Snowboarding anyone...?

Christchurch Travel Blog

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Just getting into the swing of things...
So, after meeting the two Aussies,  Kev and Chris, it was decided that we wanted to go down to Christchurch and go snowboarding.  I had a little internal struggle because I still had a day left on the hostel I was staying in, and I didn't want to squander that.  Additionally, I was going to have to buy an unanticipated plane ticket to get down to the south island.   After some consideration I decided to roll of course.  Two reasons prevailed: a) everyone has been telling me that the south island of New Zealand is better anyway, and b) the whole point of this trip is to be open and up for whatever. Consequently, I bought the ticket, packed my stuff and was on a plane within about a 4 hour span.
The cathedral across from the hotel...


We got to Christchurch and it was late and cold.  Fortunately, Kev knew someone who lives there so we got picked up from the airport.  The first night we just hit the hay and was uneventful.

The next night was different.  We went out to get something to eat, then hit an Irish pub.   I had like three beers and I just could not hang.  I don't know what it was (jet lag maybe) but I had to tap out at about midnight because I COULD NOT keep my eyes open.   Plus we were supposed to be going snowboarding the next day anyway, so I needed my rest.  Somehow I woke up at about 3am and Kev and Chris weren't back yet.  I thought this was strange, but I rolled back over and went to sleep.  Mind you we have to catch a 7am bus to the mountain in the morning.
Random statue
  I woke up again at about 530: still no sign of these cats.  That's when I started to worry.  I thought either one of them died or that they both got locked up.  Believe it or not I jumped into a cab and commenced a search.  I started at the hospital and then finished at the police station.  No dice on either.  Now it's 645 and I decide to head back to the room.   Lo and behold, they were there, and they had seen me jump into a cab, but were too drunk to stop me.   Needless to say, they smelled like a distillery all the way up to the mountain and most of the morning, and was equally worthless at snowboarding.   Kev was too hungover to roll.

By the afternoon, Chris had sobered up and it shaped up to be a great time.  The south island is definitely better than the north and I highly recommend it.   Keep an eye out for my Kiwi/Aussie translation blog because it is definitely a different language.   Next stop: back to Auckland...
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Just getting into the swing of thi…
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The cathedral across from the hot…
Random statue
Random statue
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The New Zealand that I pictured i…
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Bob Ross could have painted this...
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Notice that there's no rail to ke…
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