Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Lalaland meets NZ

Hello friends. This is our first attempt at writing a real trippy trip blog. We are currently in Auckland trying to figure out how were gonna get around the north island. Were staying in a backpacker hostel called nomad that is oh so hip.

So yea we started our trek flying into L.A. on a really old crappy plane that Jay and I were both sure was going fall out of the sky. But thanks to the in flight movie, The Proposal, this thought barely crossed our minds. We landed in L.A. around 7 were liza picked us up while simultanously getting yelled at by a turd cop for parking somewhat akwardly. LA was great though, we got to hike in the hollywoodhills (aka right under the giant hollywood sign), thanks to ethan who took us there while liza was at work. It was pretty wild, deserty, and senic. I thought hiking around LA would be easy because, you know, its LA. But it ended up really kicking our ass, the last hour of the hike was straight up hill and it was like 100deg. Being three guys and jacked up with testosterone nobody wanted to man up, and say they were about to hurl so instead we nearly drove our selves towards passing out.

The next day was highlighted by me and jay buying food for the day at the grocery store with our spare change for a grand total of $5.22. (Not actually the highlight, but still really impressive)

We ended up our trip in Venice Beach and Malibu, which was seriously hip and georgous. Thank you to all of the LA crew especially Liza and Brit for opening up their sweet Beverly Hills apartment to us for the for days we stayed, we really had an awsome time.

The flght to New Zealand was 13 hours long it wasn't so bad, because they gave us a pair of fresh socks in case ours got soiled during the flight. New Zealand is amazing, Auckland is so georgous. Its a super clean trendy city, that sits among cinder cone volcanoes and the strangly aqua blue water of the warf. We spent the first day or so getting bank accounts(met the nicest bank guy ever) and tax numbers. Its pretty stressful doing this stuff, and suprisingly takes alot out of you. But day two were done with most of the loose ends, we got to finally do some fun stuff. We went on an Auckland bridge walk with our hostel, in which we thought we were literally taking a walk over the bridge. But it ended up being we got to walk through the framework of the bridge while being tethered to the walkway. The views were amazing, Jay forgot his camera. We got a chance to grab a drink with a few people that did walk with us which was really cool. It was nice to finally get to sit down and get to know people.

So yea we are somewhat stuck in Auckland for the moment while we figure out our transportation situation. Well I wouldn't really call it stuck, as Auckland is awsome, but Jay and I are really just itching to go down to the south island. We really want to go out and find some solitude and hit some of the treks down there before they get crowded. Hope to update again soon.

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