taken from her facebook page:
Today is very bittersweet. I am excited to be going to Australia today but so incredibly sad to be leaving New Zealand. We’ve spent 3 weeks in Queenstown and I’ve completely fallen in love with this place and all the people here. The scenery is breath taking, with dramatic mountains and lake water so blue it seems tropical. At times I look around and it seems like a make believe place. Nomads hostel has become our home away from home and the people here are like family now. We’re known all around town as the Cali girls and everywhere we go we run into people that we know. We even made it into the local newspaper. The Find quickly became our favorite dive bar where there’s always free or cheap drinks for us along with good music and even better people. Everyone here is friendly and good to each other, nobody steals or gets in fights and crime is nonexistent. In fact I haven’t seen a single cop in the whole 3 weeks. The locals will tell you it’s the doormen at the bars who police the town. And the doormen will tell you how boring their job is, they sometimes have to kick people out but even the drunkards will settle things with an argument rather than a fist fight. Along with the beautiful landscape and wonderful people, Queenstown is also filled with adrenalin pumping fun, awe inspiring hikes and a beach at the lake that’s always active and partying. It’s been an incredible adventure so far! Oh and a huge THANK YOU to the amazing girl who found my camera on the street (after I lost it on our last big night out of course) and recognized us from the pictures, then came to our hostel and found us to give it back I absolutely love Queenstown!!