Troups battle the Tasman sea waves..
Learn what happens when Troups hitchhike for the first time..
Picture perfect – Wanaka, New Zealand (South Island).
Hosteling is a new experience for us. We were predicting a bunch of smelly 20 yr olds running around and boozing it up all night. Shru being a clean freak was especially unnerved about the potential bathroom conditions that awaited her in the hostels.
There were many things that influenced our decision to leave the safety of our home and corporate jobs in the New York City area. You read books about people reaching a breaking point in what they often describe as boring and monotonous lives where they feel unfulfilled and unchallenged. Others wish to see the world or change the world and decide why not now. Why not just take the plunge and deal with the consequences later if it just doesn’t work out. For us, you could say that it was a gradual, organic process of weighing what we want for our future vs. what was perhaps inevitable given our current course in life.
4 day journey on Milford Track in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
So, today we had the bright idea to try to change our seats on our Air New Zealand flight out of San Francisco to Auckland. For some reason, they had Shru and I in separate rows and we had a 7 hour layover to kill at the airport. Why not see if they had two seats together? So we journeyed over to our connection gate but of course there was no one there since the flight didn’t board for over 5 hrs, so we asked someone working at another counter where else we could find Air New Zealand personnel. They said our best bet was to just go back out of the gates to the departure counters and talk directly with the booking agents. We paused for a second, thinking how is it possible that there isn’t someone on this side that can look into this change for us, but we said ‘what the hell, we have so much time and the security lines aren’t even that long. Out we go!
So, at the start of our little world adventure, we decided that if there is an option to get from point A to point B for ‘almost’ free then we’ll take it. Unfortunately for us we took on this mission outside a long term storage facility in nowhere South Jersey to park our car for the next 4 months. We decided to take the NJ Transit train back to Hoboken from the storage facility. The pudgy guy with likeable face behind the counter pointed down the road and said, “Just walk up the road a little ways and hang a right by the movie theater, and the train station should be on your right..probably like a 20 minutes walk”