We had dinner last night on Ponsonby Rd in Auckland with Michelle Burke, her boyfriend Dave, Margot, and Jannypan. So nice to see everyone here! We spent a part of the day today shopping and eating/hanging with Michelle, Dave and Jannypan. Janny left to go to the airport and Dave and Michelle are off to Waiheke Island to stay with some burners there (apparently they have the KiwiBurn man in their back yard!).
Today I had a bit of a meltdown when my iPhone lost a long blog entry which took forever to type in on the iPhone AND the iPhone can’t choose the “scan” option on my earthclassmail.com mail. I had been feeling technologically disabled (and a little PMSed). Dave had bought a mini laptop for their trip and was going to sell it when he returned to the States, so I bought it from him. Already, having a keyboard and a place to book flights and hostels I feel way more flexible. Technology for the win.
In other news, Jacob has decided to walk the Te Araroa trail from south to north, so we’re flying in to Queenstown/Invercargill tomorrow. He spent the day yesterday with the guy who wrote the Te Araroa book, and 2 guys who have walked the entire trail, including the guy currently mapping it. He got tons of great info and maps from them. I’m probably going to hike the beginning 10k with him on Jan 13. I bought a bus pass for myself so I’ll be on the backpacker bus Stray from Jan 14 until Blair arrives on Feb 9.