Random stop.

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more unintentional hitchhiking:
after the germans dropped us off in takaka, ulrik and i were looking at a map to find hostels. a man (glenn) approached us and said "you look lost." we told him what we were doing and he offered to take us to pohara, to a camping ground across the street from the place he was headed. we went, and it was the equivalent of a KOA ("top 10 holiday park" - i recommend avoiding them), but our site was right next to the beach!

later that night, we went out to one of the 2 pubs in pohara for drinks with glenn. (they charge an extra 20% around christmastime!) [he is going to be in thailand at the same time as anna and i, and he might even pick me up from the airport with his thai fiance!] the next morning, ulrik and i went to his parents' camper bus for breakfast and then glenn drove us to pu pu springs (the clearest water in the world) on the way to the abel tasman hike! on the way there, we stopped to lick honeydew from the trees, and glenn picked us some red clover flowers so that we could make tea.
the sunset at Glenn's house - amazing!!
he also showed us a fern that we could eat!

what happened at the beach:
it was the warmest night BY FAR that i've experienced in NZ yet. after a really good conversation with ulrik, i couldn't fall asleep so i got up and went out to the ocean. it was totally dark, but i spotted some burning logs down the beach. as i approached, i saw that it was the dying remnants of a huge bonfire. i stood beside it, singing my heart out into the ocean with my sarong blowing all around me in the warm wind. ...but shortly after, there was no sarong to blow around - just the wind moving over my skin, a completely perfect, amazing sensation. ulrik came out to join me and stood at the fire, singing ("wade in the water") while the tide came in. po marie.

learning thai:
'sabai sabai' means "take it easy"
'mai pehr' means "not hot/spicy"
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the sunset at Glenns house - amaz…
the sunset at Glenn's house - ama…
Pu Pu Springs - the clearest water…
Pu Pu Springs - the clearest wate…
oooooops glenn fell in...
oooooops glenn fell in...
on the way to Abel Tasman
on the way to Abel Tasman
eating bug poop off the moldy trees
eating bug poop off the moldy trees
the bug poop. err, i mean honeydew.
the bug poop. err, i mean honeydew.
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photo by: rrrenata