our view

This is the view from my room in Queenstown. Seriously. It’s awesome.

So once again I am travelling, and once again I’m writing in this blog. It was pretty fun doing this blog when I went to Europe a couple years ago, so I’ll try to do it again. This is only a three week trip, though, so it wont be as extensive.

Also I actually have friends to travel with this time, which is new for me (no, not the having friends part. (okay, yes)). I’m here with two friends from San Francisco, Matt and Rebecca:

Matt and Rebecca

(matt’s on the left)

And we’ve met up with our friend Emily from college, who lives in Queenstown now. Here she is driving on the wrong side of her car:

Emily Driving

So since I’ll mostly be with people, I probably wont be spending quite as much time sitting pathetically in internet cafes pleading for social interaction as I did the last trip. But send me comments and maybe you’ll encourgage me! I’m never above pleading for social interaction!

Anyway, so we arrived in New Zealand after an incredible flight into the future which somehow left on Monday and arrived here on Wednesday, but was only 12 hours long. We flew into Auckland and immediately boarded a harrowing flight to Queenstown, which had to land by circling down between huge mountains into this beautiful valley.


And let me just say that Air New Zealand rules! On the cross-pacific flight, the food was really good. And when they asked me what I wanted to drink I did my usual meek “oh I’ll just have some orange juice please” routine. But then my seatmate (who I had dubbed Mr. Sniffles), was like “I’ll have a beer” and got one. Without Paying! Whaa? What was the nature of that transaction? I was confused. And then later the stewardesses came parading down the aisle with full bottles of various choices of red and white wine which they served in little glasses made of real glass. For free! Why certainly I’ll have a Chardonnay. That sounds simply delightful. Please have Duckworth fetch the Rolls dear, I have a headache.


Not only that but every seat had its own personal video system that had a really current, extensive, collection of movies and TV shows. What better way to spend a 12-hour flight to New Zealand than watching the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy? I opted instead for a crazy Japanese game show that I couldnt understand (but involved models and puppies somehow), and then watched The Last King of Scotland which was pretty good, and a bit of Pan’s Labyrinth which I’d already seen but really like a lot. They also had lots of old classics and childrens films (no Dreamworks ones though). I’m looking forward to the flight back on which I plan to watch:

the little mermaid

because I’m weird like that. (No, not really (okay, yes)).

I’ll have more on our activities in Queenstown and general jet-lag grogginess in the next post. It’s been a really fun trip so far. Please comment!!

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  1. blevin
    Apr 13th, 2007at10:10 am

    yeah right, your new zealand looks totally photoshopped. by which i mean to say awesome.

  2. Laurent
    Apr 13th, 2007at10:15 am

    Awesome ! Your pics look amazing, including the little mermaid. Didn’t know it was your fav movie though, very interesting. Have fun !!!!!

  3. Becca
    Apr 13th, 2007at11:28 pm

    So your newer friends don’t know about your long-standing Little Mermaid fetish??
    But I’m glad you’re enjoying NZ. I’m jealous and can’t wait to hear about more adventures.
    Don’t forget to eat Toffee Pops, and, more importantly, don’t forget to bring me some. As in, lots. Bring me lots.

  4. vanitha
    Apr 14th, 2007at5:26 am

    wow!! that view from your room in Queenstown is gorgeous!
    And yes, free booze and stop-when-you-want personal movie players are the saviours on long flights! How else could one survive the 23 hr flying time to India!! Next time don’t go for the little glass, get the whole bottle! Have fun Taylors!

  5. Jessi
    Apr 17th, 2007at6:04 am

    Hey! looks like you are really having a rough time out there so far :-)

    I forgot to tell you about Tim-Tam’s. There are these chocolate covered cookies in NZ. You bite off opposite corners of a cookies and suck hot tea through it. It just turns into molten cookie-chocolate-yumminess and you have to eat it all at one time. It is complicated you might need to get a kiwi to show you how it is done…


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