Cookie Time and Adventure Pool – Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch was a fun artsy town with lots to do. We went to Science World to play trying out the vertical slide, rock climbing and my favorite, the gyroscope. We picked up our old friend Hiro who is living here and visited the Cookie Time factory. We just had to check out the museum boasting the worlds` largest cookie. You can even buy bags of broken cookies for a discount. I especially liked the Cookie Time mascot who looks like a red cookie monster on drugs. In the Botanical Gardens, there was a whole forest of Camillia trees! K, S and I had fun playing in the autumn leaves.

We checked out two hostels in Christchurch as the first one just didn`t do it for us. Stonehurst was huge and felt really sterile with tiny little prison size rooms. We changed over to Dorset House which was much more homey and comfortable. Kenneth made Sus and I a lovely breakfast in the well-equipped kitchen before we headed into town.

At the travel agency, I changed my whole itinerary. I will skip Asia for the moment and move onto Africa next. So basically yesterday, I ran around Christchurch getting it all done. It was when I was exchanging my New Zealand money into Rand that it really began to sink in. I will be in Africa in less than 24 hours.

My last night in New Zealand was spent eating Chinese takeaway attempting to play pool but not succeeding. We adapted the game into an adventure sport with a high adrenaline factor. We didn`t sleep because we had to leave at 4am so we just made the best of it.

I chucked all my warm wintry clothes and my umbrella as well as the tons of books I didn`t get a chance to read. It was a short drive to the airport and very strange to finally be saying goodbye to Kenneth and Susanne for good. We have so many great memories but all good things must come to an end.

“Are you ready for Africa?” asks Susanne. “The question is: Is Africa is ready for Carmella?” corrects Kenneth. Let me find out.

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