I’m back in Sydney and finally getting myself settled and situated after my short hop over to New Zealand. I spent my time solely on the north of the north island on this trip – mainly because I was concerned I was going to have to make a doctor’s appointment to get my visa. Besides what I’ve already written, I don’t feel like I really accomplished too much in my time. I think I did a lot more walking, shopping and hanging out than sightseeing.
I did manage to make it to some caves in Waitomo for their famous glowworms. A funny thing actually happened during the boat tour in the pitch-black cave. My tour group was with a French family, and on the boat, I was sitting next to the mother in the front row, while the dad sat behind us. To my surprise, and his wife’s as well, he proceeded to wrap his arms around ME and tickle ME thinking (hopefully) it was his wife! And, to make matter’s worse, it was super pitch black, and we were on a little boat. Talk about an awkward moment!
Also, during my time, there was a huge earthquake on the south of the south island. It was listed at about an 8 magnitude, so tsunami warnings were actually issued for the south of Australia. There was plenty of talk about this subject at the hostel, which is the only reason I actually knew about the occurrence.
Time passed and I finally got my visa for 12 months of work and holiday in Australia. I jumped on a plane and headed home – home in this case referring to Sydney. I’m back to my life here now, but actively pushing myself to make upcoming travel plans. Obviously, living here is costly and I don’t make very much money, so travel plans have to be budget Oh, well, should still be fun!