I have realised, that in my last post I didn’t mention that, while I was on a quick visit to the Kennedy’s, I had a job interview (over Skype) with Renee Kerstens, F & B* Head of Department, to apply for the position as F&B Service Attendant at the Remarkables in Queenstown. I got a job offer straight away and had to get back to Queenstown for the signup day on the 28th May.
As mentioned, Linnea would arrive on 20th May, as this was the earliest she could do it and I would be working most of the time if she arrived later. This meant I had one week to show her around the beautiful North and South Island before I had to start working. But more about the trip in another post later.
Now, back to where I ended my last post.
I got back on the Kiwi Experience bus with the first stop in Lake Tekapo on 27th April. At the end of the bus ride for the day, we had a final stop at the Church of the Good Shepherd. It is a tiny church built in 1935 from stone all within a 5-mile radius, and a random fact is that the waiting list to get married there is three years!
So, what makes Lake Tekapo is that it is part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, which means that it is an amazing spot to do some stargazing. So, I decided to sign up for the Mt John Observatory tour where we would get more knowledge about the stars and look at them through a huge telescope. However, it was very cloudy that day, so they couldn’t do the proper tour. I decided to cancel my booking with them and saw later that it was a good decision since it had not been possible to see a single star.
This didn’t mean that I did nothing that day. I had decided instead to go on a little hike up to the summit of Mt John to watch the sunset from there. It was quite tough for me, as it was at a constant incline and I was carrying a lot of layers with me in my rucksack since I knew it would be very cold once I got to the top. About two thirds of the way up to the summit, I looked out through the trees and it made me realise how far up I was. I had a bit of a panic attack – no, seriously – especially because I was all by myself, already out of breath and just having a hard time getting up the mountain. I eventually calmed my breathing down properly and got going again until a second wave of the panic attack hit me. I got control over it a bit faster than the other one thankfully. I eventually got to the summit, where I sat on a bench and enjoyed the view and sunset for about 20 minutes. There was a very strong wind at the summit, so it would have been freezing without the extra layers on!
I made my way all the way down the mountain just before it got too dark to see.
It was a nice day even though I didn’t get to do much stargazing 🙂
*F&B= Food and Beverage