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magical spontaneity. totally. wow.

andrew's family took me in and immediately started stuffing me with amazing food.
they set me up in a beautiful bedroom with a super comfortable bed.
AND extra fluffy towels.
i was so dirty and smelly when i arrived in nelson (the festival and the hike!)...
picnicked in the queen's gardens the next day with some sauv blanc (what was it?)
swimming next to the bird sanctuary in their backyard.
andrew gave me a scuba refresher! (err, more like retaught me the course)
i TOOK A TEST! i haven't done that in so long...
it feels so incredible to be under water, breathing and seeing,
enveloped by silence and sheltered from the world.

on the word "eh":
eh, pronounced "ay," like the letter A.
used in kiwi conversation at the end of a statement.
used to look for confirmation.
uses: "this music's pretty cool eh?"
or "there's a plane overhead eh?"
north islanders say it's a south island thing.
south islanders say it's a north island thing.
i've heard it mostly from wellingtonians.

other kiwi words and phrases i'm diggin:
fancy (as in, "what takes your fancy?"
reckon
wee (as in small)
pissed (drunk, rain)
fanny (not the arse, but around the front)
togs - swimsuit
loo - toilet
good on ya!
chur/cher - multi-use, like cheers

homeres says:
i like this whole english/kiwi translation, makes good for my own trip ..one day! Cheers!
Posted on: Jan 13, 2009
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