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a0018711_05624.jpgI got up after became warmer. It was 10am. I slept for a long time. I cooked boiled egg and made cup of tea using the same water because I didn't have enough water. I left there at noon.

When I arrived at Palmerston, I went to a petrol station and asked, "Could you give me water?" The officer said,"No problem!" Then, I got water and drank much.

After I went through Waikouaiti, there was two way to go south, again. Then, I prefer the seaside road, of course. However, it was too hard way. I couldn't ride the bicycle at the many place because of the too steep slopes. That's why it was like climbing, not cycling. However, I could see very great view and faced very exciting downhills. It was like a roller coaster.

When I arrived at Waititi, there were two roads to go to Dunedin, again and again. However, one of them were not on the map. Then, I asked a woman who was doing some work in her garden. "Which way should I choose to go to Dunedin by bicycle?" She answered,"You should go this way. Don't go on the motorway." I said,"Which way is short?" She said,"The motor way must be short but...some people die. This way is quite hilly and winding but you have to go this way" Then, I chose the way not motorway. Although it was already nearly 4pm, I continued to go.

However, it was too hard way. I kept climbing for a long time. Then, it getting dark so I thought if I took a tent there or not. There was really in a mountain. No cars, no houses, no people. Just trees. Lots of trees. I guessed if I stayed there, some animals would come around my tent. That's very dengerous! Although I'd been already exhausted, I kept going. Then, I met an old man who was working in the mountain. I asked him,"How long does it take to Dunedin from here?" He said,"By bicycle? It'll be a downhill before long so it's not so far" "That's a good news!" In fact, the downhill started soon later. It was fantastic! I could see very wonderful scenely and felt fresh air. That's really great! The downhill was quite long. I really enjoyed it.

Afterwards, I arrived at South Dunedin. Mr.Eiichi lives there. When I arrived his flat, he was surprised because I'd told him that I would arrive there tomorrow. Anyway, he welcomed me and cooked for dinner. It was so dilicious. He cooks very well. That's why I ate too much. And I had a shower. Actually, I hadn't had a shower for 3 days in spite of I had sweated everyday. Anyway, it was a wonderful trip.
by KazuFromNZ | 2004-05-25 23:43 | Travelling
a0018711_05023.jpgI got up at 8am today. It was so cold so I didn't wanna go out. Actually, I would got up at 6:30 but I kept sleeping. Anyway, I got ready to go at 9am. Then, many children came there. Some of them were interested in me. Some of them were talking about me but I left there before long. I just said,"Hello". When I was going, a bus got ahead of me. There were the children I met just then in the bus. They waved me hello with their smile from the bus. I returned waving and I was a little bit happy.

At 10am, I arrived in Oamaru. In the town, some road was too steep slopes. I had to buy some food in Oamaru because it is biggest town between Timaru and Dunedin. I looked at the town map and I went to New World(supermarket). However, on the way to go there, it was really really steep. It was like a mountain, I thought. But then, I didn't know that I would face more more steeper roads later. Anyway, I'd got some food.

Afterwards, I continued to go. There are two way to go to south from Oamaru. One of them is seaside road and another is the motorway. My boss said,"If you go by bicycle, you have to choose the seaside road. It is so beautiful" Yes, I prefer the seaside road. It's very nice. Actually, it was sunny again. The blue sky, the blue sea, the cool wind, the dazzling sun-shine... There were hilly and winding roads but for that reasons, it was very exciting. I could feel the fresh wind. At the lunch time, I had cereals with milk while seeing the blue sea. There were a quite few cars. On the way to go back to the motorway, there was too steep so I needed fresh air but I couldn't get it because there was too smelly... For that reasons, I was nearly dying.

When I met the sea again, it began to rain and I was quite tired. Then, I found the good place to stay tonight near the beach. I really think I'm always a lucky boy. By the way, there was Shang Point. It is between Moeraki and Palmerston. I took the tent under the tree and cooked roasted pork and mushrooms. And noodles again but today, with eggs. Ah, I didn't have enough water so I thought I'd cook using sea water. However, the wave was too high to get water. After dinner, I kept to put the dishes to get rain water. However, it stoped raining. Then, I saw very big rainbow on the sea. I was impressed by the rainbow. I had never seen such a big rainbow. A few minutes later, it disappeared from in front of me. Soon later, it began to rain again. I wondered if I had been dreaming.

As soon as I was into the tent, I slept. However, I woke up at 8pm. It's like yesterday. I rang to Mr.Eiichi who lives in Dunedin. I told him that I would arrived in Dunedin maybe the day after tomorrow. He said,"Take care. Don't do overwork" After that, I turned on the light and read a book while hearing the sound of the sea...
by KazuFromNZ | 2004-05-25 23:40 | Travelling
a0018711_04654.jpgHi, everybody. I'm writing this journal on 25th but it's a journal of the 19th. I'll write about my bicycle trip here.

I would leave my house at 8am but when I got up, a clock showed me it was 10:30. But it's no problem. Enough sleeping is very important. Anyway, I rode on the bicycle at noon and started.

It was a very fine day. I kept going under the dazzling sun and blue sky but the wind was a little bit cool. Yesterday(18th), a woman who lives in Waimate, told me she welcomes me if I want. When I went through near Waimate, it was 2:30. Then, I decided to keep going. When the time became around 3pm, I was tired and I thought I should find the place to stay tonight. I was tired but I had to keep going because there were huge farms around me. You know, there were too smelly. I can't sleep such place.

When I went through Glenaby, I found the good place to stay. It's Waitaki River side. The river is big and clean. How lucky I am! It was getting dark so I took a tent quickly and cooked for dinner. I cooked chinese noodles. I could use water from the river. I also ate nuts with suger and muffins. My boss made those for me. Those were very delicious. Also the noodles was good. I really realised that my body became happy to eat food. I felt my body said"Thanks" whenever food got into my body. At 6pm, it was almost night. I saw the sunset. Then, the river was very beautiful. As soon as I got into the tent, I slept.

However, I woke up at 9pm. I watched out side. Then, I could see a lot of stars in the large sky. It was quite cold so I thrust my head out of the tent and my body was in the tent. I was hearing the sound of river. Afterwards, I read a book while hearing the river sounds. I didn't know why but I couldn't sleep till late at night. The night was very long. I was just hearing the sound of the river and the wind...
by KazuFromNZ | 2004-05-25 23:39 | Travelling
a0018711_21148.jpgHello, everyone. How's it going? Today, it was sunny in Timaru. In fact, it hadn't been sunny for over a week here. Today, I could see the blue sky. It was so nice.

Well, this afternoon, Hiro came to my house with his work mate. Actually, before that, I happened to meet them in front of Warehouse. Anyhow, I'd known that he'd been going to come to Timaru today before. He went shopping and got lots of things because his town, Tekapo is quite small town so many people also come to Timaru for shopping.

Hiro said,"Timaru is good town" Yes, Timaru was beautiful today because the weather is so nice. On a sunny day, we can see the blue sea and the blue sky. Then, buildings, trees, flowers, and people look beautiful, too, you know.

Hiro had brought his guitar. I wrote a message on it. That was,"Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is mystery, Today is a gift" I like this phrase. When I went to Christchurch by bicycle, Sindia's host mother, Nancy taught it to me. I love it.

After Hiro left there, I went to the church to study English. Some Kiwi volunteers have the English conversation group for foreiners who live in Timaru and study English. Although it's only once two weeks, I always go there. However, unfortunately it was the last time to me today because when next meeting happens, I'm already in Marlborough. I have very enjoyed the time in this group. Perhaps, I'm coming back there again in 4 or 5months.

By the way, in the evening, one company's manager rung me and she said, "This is blabla company could you work our place?"(I'm not sure but like that) Then, I remember that I had an interview before. I suppose it was about 2 months ago. It was them. It's a too late reply, isn't it? Then, I told her that actually I've already got a new job. Is it normal for Kiwi? Anyway, I'll go to Marlborough.

Tomorrow, I'm leaving Timaru to Dunedin. Maybe I can't keep a journal here in 3 to 6days or perhaps, over a week. But, no worries about me. I'll be back with certainly.
Then, see you later everybody.
by KazuFromNZ | 2004-05-18 21:01
a0018711_214734.jpgHi, everyone. Have you enjoyed your life today? Today, I got up at noon. Recently, I've slept for 10 hours everyday. How about you?

Today, I went to the park which near the beach and played tennis with a wall. Yes, I played alone for about an hour. Why was I alone? Actually, I don't have a friend to play tennis in Timaru, you know. But the wall is my good friend. Anyhow, it was a good exercise for me. In fact, it has been bad weather recently so I hadn't gone out almost of everyday. However, it was so cold today in Timaru.

By the way, I've made the trip plan a little. I'm going to Oamaru on Wednesday and stay there. Afterwards, I'm going to Dunedin in 2days so I'm getting Dunedin on Friday, I hope. I'm going to stay in Dunedin until Monday morning. If I didn't have energy, I would take a bus. If I had ultra energy or I was crazy, I would go to Omarama, Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo, and come back to Timaru. For now, nobody knows what am I doing when I leave Dunedin. Guess what'll happen then.

Then, see you tomorrow. Probably, after tomorrow, I won't keep a journal here for several days but no worries. I'll be back certainly.
by KazuFromNZ | 2004-05-17 21:44
a0018711_211243.jpgHello, everyone. How's it going?

Today, I worked all day but it's normal to me. I work all day every weekends because my work is usually assisting my boss(Sir) to renovate their house. My boss goes to his regular work Monday to Friday.

By the way, my new work is starting on 1st June, maybe. Well, next(this?) week, I'm going to Dunedin by bicycle, maybe. Although a lot of my friends have already known it, I went to Christchurch by bicycle in April. It took for 11 hours! When I reached to Christchurch, I was nearly dying. I had to go there in 2 days. So now, I'm going to Dunedin in 3 days, maybe. It is about 210km to Dunedin from Timaru. First, I have to make a plan to reach there.

A man who lives in Dunedin welcome me so if I arrive in Dunedin, I can stay his flat but on the way, nobody knows where I will stay.

The 100mile journey was quite boring because the scenery was nothing special, you know. I mean on the way to Chch from Timaru. In the opposite direction, I look forward to seeing the scenery to Dunedin because my boss told me that's very beautiful. However, I guess Dunedin is quite cold now. I'll take care about myself and you too. Especially Nori. Good luck in Edendale!! Don't be frozen!

Then, see you tomorrow.
by KazuFromNZ | 2004-05-16 21:07
a0018711_205816.jpgHello, everybody. How's it going? I'm fine, thank you. Today, I did gardening like last weekend. I enjoyed it.

Yesterday, I told you I'd got a new job. The work place is actually not in Christchurch. It's in Marlborough Sounds. Do you know where is it? It's north east of South Island also near Picton. My work is nothing special. It's bed making and clearning at the Backpackers. However, I can do some activities free of charge. Anyway, when I start the life there, I'll tell you how the life is.

Well, last Wednesday, when I came back from Christchurch, I was reading the book, "ILLUSIONS" written by Richard Bach. Have you ever read it? I really like it. I recommend your reading the book. Actually, my boss(Madam) recommended my reading it. Before that, I told her I love the book,"THE ALCHEMIST" written by Paulo Coelho. Then, she told me you must like"ILLUSIONS".

If you get a free time and you like, please read the book. Then, see you tomorrow.
by KazuFromNZ | 2004-05-15 20:55
a0018711_21519.jpgHello, everyone. How's it going? Today, I got up at 3pm...because I had been awake until 6am last night. Well, I know it's not in the night. I used a computer all night.

Today, I rang to the Backpackers if I could work there or not. I got the information yesterday in Christchurch. I think Christchurch is good place to get any information. It's difficult to find information about working in Timaru.

Well, on the telephone, I asked the owner,"I'd like to work there from this June" She said,"That's great!!" For an instant, I couldn't understand what happend then. I just said,"really?" I was very surprised because I have never got a job such easily in New Zealand. Also the day before yesterday, I had a interview for about 30 minutes and they told me that they would sent an e-mail to me later.

I told the Backpackers' owner that I'd like to work there from about the begining of June. She said,"That's perfect!!" I said again,"Oh, really??" I couldn't believe it. Why suddenly, does everything go well? What's up with me? I'm worried about it. Bad things might happen to me before long. However, I'm happy now, anyhow.

Today, it was rainy in Timaru. It has been rainy for 3 days here. I heard it's rare for Timaru. I was in a house all day today.

Then, see you later. By the way, thank you Eriko for coming and writing the comment here.
by KazuFromNZ | 2004-05-14 21:52
a0018711_23571.jpgThis afternoon, I had another interview but it was just say"hello" because the manager was not there. It was not an exact appointment. Last week, I sent my CV to the shop but I didn't know whether they want a new stuff or not. A shop stuff told me it's getting in winter so they don't need a new stuff maybe.

However, this afternoon, I've got many information about job. Tomorrow, I'll call to those shops if I can work there. Perhaps, I can be working the shop which I visited yesterday but I'm not sure. The assistant manager told me there were too many people had interviews so they needed more time. Anyhow, I'll ask many work place if I can work there.

I hadn't booked a bus but there was the bus stopping in front of me when I went out from the shop. Then, I asked the driver if I could take the bus though I hadn't booked. Then, I could! I'm always lucky. However, when the bus start moving, I noticed that I hadn't got a radish which my boss wanted.

When I arrived in Timaru, there had been already in the dark though it was 6pm. Then, I really felt it's getting in winter. Well, I was also surprised that the trees had no leaves in front of Cathedral in Cristchurch. Ah, yesterday Son said,"It's so cold here. I've got winter clothes today. When I was here in February, I used to wear just T-shirt" Yeah, sure is. I miss summer. Don't you think so everyone who's in the Southern Hemisphere?
by KazuFromNZ | 2004-05-13 23:55 | Travelling
Hi, how's your life? I'm quite good. I'm not so sleepy now because I got up at noon today. Now, I'm back in Timaru.

Yesterday, I met Son on the way to go to the interview. Son is Korean guy. I got to know him at the pub in Christchurch in January, I suppose. Well, yesterday, it was very fancy meeting him there because I'd thought he was in Sydney. In February, when I was leaving Christchurch, he told me he would go to Sydney and stay for about 8 months. Then, I thought maybe it was the last time to meet him in my life... But yesterday, he was certainly in front of me. I asked him,"Why are you here?" He said,"I didn't like Sydney and I missed Christchurch" Yes, several days ago, a man who's Japanese and came from Sydney, told me that Sydney is not good place to live for Asian people because some Oz hate Asian people. What do you think Peter&Ruth.Z about it?

Well, Son had just arrived in Christchurch on 11th. He was going to school in Christchurch. I told him that we could be meeting very often if I got a job in Christchurch. When we were leaving there, he said,"You must be Korean" He says it whenever I meet him. Now, my hair is quite short so he also said,"You look the Korean army" He is a funny and nice guy. I don't know why but many Korean people told me my face is Korean.

At 4pm, I went into the shop for the interview. There were a lot of visitors in the shop. The interview happened in the shop. There were some tables and chairs there. I talked to the assistant manager and maybe the assistant manager's assistant. Actually, I really enjoyed the interview. They asked lots of questions to me. It was interesting. For example,"Why did you come to NZ?","What are you going to do when you go back to Japan?","What did you do in Japan?","How's your life in NZ?" and so on. I like talking about such things espesially the people the first meeting. I think I've done as I could then.
Afterwards, I went to Sandy's flat. Now, there are only Sandy and Katy in their flat. They welcomed me. I was so happy. When I arrived there, actually, Katy was sleeping though it was 5pm. Sandy told me it's normal to her. Before long, Katy got up and we had dinner. It was very good. We talked many things. When we were talking, the Sandy's phone rang. It was from her mother. When she was talking to her mother, suddenly, Katy began to laugh. Well, both Katy and Sandy are Taiwanese. I can't understand Chicese so I couldn't understand what Sandy was talking about and why Katy was laughing. After the calling, Sandy told us with her smilling what is up with her home in Taiwan. I can't tell you about it. Ask her if you are interested in it. She told us her mother had been excited. Then, I thought Sandy was very excited, too.

In the night, I slept on the sofa in the living room. Although I had a sleeping bag, Sandy gave me two warm blanket. When I wake up, they'd been already out because it was 12pm... Anyway, I'm very really heartfully thankful to them. Thanks a lot. I really enjoyed the time with you, Sandy and Katy.
by KazuFromNZ | 2004-05-13 23:06 | Travelling