Thursday, December 23, 2010

Campervan Adventure

 Joe and I relocated a campervan from Auckland to Christchurch from the 5th-10th December. He also wrote about it on his blog but these are my photos and I just got them developed. The Pokemon photos are taken on my digital camera but the other ones were on my old, chunky Chinon. There is no structure to this 'travelogue'; it's based purely on the photos/how much I can write/how much I can remember/how much bandwidth there is at my parents house to upload the photos (not much).


 I haven't explored much of the North Island at all, only the Bay of Islands and Auckland and Wellington so this was very exciting for me. But mainly because I got to see Joe, I think, and it was very romantic. I really want to travel. Most people know that I want to go to Egypt the most because King Tutankhamen was from Egypt and I've liked him ever since I went to Dunedin and Invercargill with my parents when I was eightornineorten. Dad would have been on business (he travelled a lot) so Mum and I went to the art gallery where there must have been an exhibition showing some of Marc Chagall's work because I remember seeing The Green Violinist and looking at it for a long time and liking it a lot because he had:

1. A green face
2. A purple coat
3. A violin

 I think I wanted to play the violin after that but my parents wouldn't let me because they didn't like the sound of amateur violinists???? (I ended up learning the clarinet instead so I could then play the Pink Panther on the saxophone - (ended up just learning it on the clarinet).). I remember also the painting was quite surreal and really liking that and how the violinist was really big and standing on houses and that maybe you don't need to have a job like the people in the background who are the colour of sand and not as visible; you can be LARGER THAN LIFE and happy all the time in other ways like playing yr violin on a roof all day long.  I think since then I've always hated the idea of having a 'job'; (also a simultaneous longing for green face/purple coat/violin.) Afterwards in the gallery shop Mum bought a print of this painting and let me choose one too but I wanted a postcard of this shiny Egyptian guy which turned out to be King Tut and the love affair has continued ever since. Since then Egypt has crept into my life at all the most convenient moments for example the first issue of the Where's Wally magazine Dad used to get me every Thursday after school was on Egypt so I had to keep getting it after that and so was a girl named Juliet whose house I went to one day and wore no shoes on the grass even though there were bees on it but she got stung on the foot and I didn't. (Thanks for having my back Egypt yr a real bro).

 So I want to travel and like getting excited about trips. Obviously this was no exception. On the way Joe and I wheat pasted pictures of the first 151 Pokemon that we had drawn and coloured in. The paste got lumpy and smelly over the five days.


Just realised that maybe Cloister is a visual representation of that Cramps song 'hot pearl snatch'? Seems pretty fitting if you ask me. Shellder is pretty cute though, eh?




 We stopped at Lake Karapiro which is an artificial lake reservoir by Cambridge. I got quite good at reading maps over the course of this trip - something I was never very good at/a little bit insecure about. Now though, I really enjoy looking at maps and fantasising about the small towns on them and what I can see there. A rowing regatta was just finishing up, there were lots of high schools packing up their boats and lots and lots of Lycra. We joked about people that wear Lycra even though we were well outnumbered. I told Joe about when I used to row and getting teased by the other schools for going to Avonside and not a prestigious school like Rangi Ruru or St Margarets who were always very good because they could afford lots of the very best boats and the very best coaches. Joe thought it was weird that I did rowing because it seems like an elitist sport, all the 'cool kids' at high school do rowing.Certainly at maybe CHCH Girls' High but not at Avonside. I think rowing was good there because we were so far down the chain that we weren't good enough to be cool. I don't know what it's like there now though. The fittest I have ever been was when I used to row but mainly I liked it because I could participate in an individual nature as well as a team. 


Was actually way more sunny than it looks.

These kids' mother really liked our Dragonair. 

 Lake Karapiro also stores water for the Karapiro Power Station and to get to it we had to drive over the lake on a one way bridge. Obviously Electabuzz felt right at home at the power station, but we couldn't separate him from his cousin Magmar. 



  
Mean as 'deco 'tecture. 



They now guard both entrances to the bridge.

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