Backpacking trip begins, headed to Barrytown via Greymouth
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The day started in an absolute RUSH. I woke up late, got ready by 7am and had to meet the Intercity coach in front of another hostel (Stonehurst) at 7:30am. But before that, I wanted to organise my C'ch activities for when I get back. So I spent some 15 mins or so checking out, and speaking to the lady at the reception. I literally ran across the street to the hostel. Having a stupid backpack with a broken wheel made matters worse. After all this, the flaming bus arrived some 30 mins late. So there I was, no breakie, no nothing, waiting in the cold morning weather for public transport. Sigh!
The bus arrived and made umpteen stops across C`ch to pick up everyone, inc.
We arrived Greymouth where I bought my grocery for the day.
The hostel was absolute pants. I even wondered why we're staying there. Turns out that, this is a rumour of course, that one of the people who have a stake in Stray own the hostel in Barrytown and wants to promote it.
By this time Linda and I got done with an early dinner, the rest of our Stray-mates had arrived. They didn`t seem too friendly, not to mention they were all split up into different groups. What's even worse is that, the second group of Stray mates arrived a few hours later causing more confusion. I was bored to my wits, I`ve never felt this bored on a trip before. Got introduced to the driver Noddy who seemed like a loudmouth to me, but a charming one all the same. Done with all the sweet hello`s, met my roommates - Bronwyn (British) and Suzanne (Dutch) that night, chatted for a bit and I called it an early night. It was a bit cold outside, and the stupid door opening up at the slightest breeze didn't help.
Crowd-wise, I reckon my Ireland trip had set high standards. I was a bit disappointed but then, I came here very well with the expectation that nothing could outdo the group we had in Ireland. I was just glad seeing that none of them were the real party-party types, they all seemed well behaved to me.