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Flying over the Southern Alps

The flight that takes you into Queenstown airport is one to remember.  Be it clear or cloudy, the approach into Frankton takes your breath anyway.  Apparently they only allow very experienced pilots to fly in, guiding you carefully through the southern alps and down onto the intermittantly flat land that lyes 15km west of Queenstown.  Luckily for me and Al, the weather was perfect, the summer sun providing us a perfect glipse at the undescribable beauty of this part of the Southland as we slowly descended. 

Fortunately our high school friend Kat had kindly offered to not only put us up whilst we looked for somewhere to live, but was also waiting for us at the airport.

Over Wanaka, on the descent
  We cruised along Frankton Road, blown away by the sight of the mountains opposite us on the other side of the Frankton Arm.  The landscape against the water was stunning.... what an exciting start!

The memory of that first week has become not a sequence of 7 days days, but one long mess of continuous time.  We hit the ground running and didnt stop all week.  By the end of that week, we both had jobs, albeit part time... but it was a start.  And both of us (probably much to Kats delight!) had managed to secure rooms in two seperate houses, mine up in Fernhill  in a large modern house and Alex in a smaller chalet style house right in the centre of town.  We all also survived the initation into Queenstown life, kindly organised mainly by Kat and her colleaugues at 'Chico's', a busy bar in tow.

 We became nocturnal for a few nights, drinking Steinlarger and Jager bombs until 5am then only seeing the last few hours of sunlght the following day.  When we got up it was only to indulge in box sets of Grey's Anatomy and Chinese Takeaways.  Then we went out fed and watered and ready to abuse our liver's some more.  Terrible I know, but it was such good fun being back with Kat and constantly being introduced to potential new friends.  We blew our money far too quickly though because of it and we soon reluctantly stumped back to relality.

Moving into 26a Sainsbury Road was one of those things I was simply destined to do!!  Walking through those doors and into that totally new life somehow changed everything that happened to me after.

The Remarkables. Taken from St Omer Park
..   The house was amazing; there was me thinking that the view from my balcony in Thornton Bay was unbeatable then I'm suddenly faced with the floor to ceiling views of 'The Remarkable's' mountain range across Lake Wakatipu from my living room window.  To the far left you could just about see the town, sitting there looking like something out a blood fairy tale.  It was almost too good tobe true. My flat mates consisted of Jono, a 28 year old Kiwi guy who worked for Speights..... oh yes! and a 29 year old Korean girl called Lina.  Lina took me under her wing like it was her lifes perpose.  She was bloody fantastic, and although we are so different, we clicked instantly.  Jono was hard work a times, but I secretly loved it when he moaned at me for trivial things in his grumpy Southland tones.
a quick nap for Alex and Aya during our maniac first week
  It made me feel as though I was living with brothers and sisters and created a relaxed atmosphere I that I happily melted into. 

My friend from the UK visited me during my first week living in Fernhill as well adding even further more to the excitement.  Another excuse emerged to go back out into the Queenstown bar scene, taking Bo out to experience her own slice of the action on offer.  We even managed a few day time activities, walking scenic trails and heading out on the Shot-over River Jet Boat... truely a white knuckle ride!  Queenstown was living up to all reputations, and those first scary but jam packed  months were a couple of the best of my trip.  Away from the security of Thornton Bay, me and Alex were now going at it all alone.  And as much as it scared the shit out of me at times, the adrenalin and self satisfaction of it all was worth it a million times over. 

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Flying over the Southern Alps
Flying over the Southern Alps
Over Wanaka, on the descent
Over Wanaka, on the descent
The Remarkables.  Taken from St Om…
The Remarkables. Taken from St O…
a quick nap for Alex and Aya durin…
a quick nap for Alex and Aya duri…
Taken from inside my living room
Taken from inside my living room
a big thumbs up for QT from Bo!
a big thumbs up for QT from Bo!
on the ski lift going up to the lu…
on the ski lift going up to the l…
Lugin time!
Lugin time!
The girls at Chicos
The girls at Chico's
nights out as novice QT tour guide…
nights out as novice QT tour guid…
Bo me and Kat
Bo me and Kat
Tequila at Chicos
Tequila at Chico's
The Remarks from Fernhill.... summ…
The Remarks from Fernhill.... sum…
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