Frank's Excellent Adventure travel blog

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa

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Two Seals

One Seal

Beautiful Weather!

Christchurch - Cathedral Square

City of Christchurch

Punting On The Avon

Acrobuffos: Water Balloons

Betty Brawn

Betty Brawn - The Human Carousel

The Stewardess

Cirque No Problem

Chris Cross

Night Sky Aerial Show

Night Sky Aerial Show 2

Night Sky Aerial Show 3

Fire Show - Flame Oz

Fire Show - Flame Oz 2

Fire Show - Flame Oz 3

Fire Show - Flame Oz 4

Fire Show - Flame Oz 5

Fire Show - Flame Oz 6

No Idea Who This Was? She Could Spin 6 Hula Hoops At...

The Privy Council

Dub FX - The Music Pitch

Mulletman

Mario: Queen Of The Circus

Me


Wanna carry my life in a bag....

Like to live in a hotel room....

Wanna be a travelin' man!

It is with great sadness (the Jets lost to the Colts) and still a little joy (at least they beat the Chargers!) that I type my update today. I did manage to find a Sports Bar to watch the game today, I am in Christchurch and it is big enough to have a Sports Bar, the game was on at 9 AM Monday morning here. Very odd watching Monday Morning Football! I hope I can find somewhere to watch the Saints and Drew Brees win the Superbowl.

After my last update the weather took a turn for the worse and the cold, cloudy, foggy, misty, rain settled back in. The coldest winter I have ever spent is a summer on the South Island of NZ. For a while I kept thinking maybe I was in Seattle. They tell me there are really beautiful mountains here, but due to fog I haven't been able to see them yet. So what to do if the weather isn't cooperating and it is cold and wet in the Spaceship? Yes, you're absolutely right, head to the nearest thermal hot springs and spa! Which is exactly what I did.

I wound up in Hanmer Springs, NZ a stunningly beautiful, quaint little town with a famous hot spring - Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa - nothing like a soak in 40 degree Celsius hot mineral water followed by a full body massage to warm the soul. What could be better you say? Follow it up with really good food. Yes, that's what I did. Great Thai food. Relaxed as.

The following day my friend Beth and I went to visit some new friends (Alitia & Nick) at their home/farm. They have a honey business and treated us to fresh honey - Manuka - and Honey Dew and Tea accompanied by fresh baked scones that Alitia threw together. To make it a little more amazing was the fact that Alitia was a couple weeks away from giving birth to their first child. Incredible hospitality which is the Kiwi way.

From there it was backtracking to Kaikoura which is famous for Seal, Dolphin and Whale watching. Due to weather I couldn't book a flight to see the whales and the boat did not sound too tempting considering the high seas. So, after a quick visit to see the seal colony we checked into a quiet little lodge and chilled out enjoying some home-(Frank)-cooked meals. It was nice to have a full kitchen without 400 other campers trying to get at the stove. The weather never got any better so after a few days we pointed the Spaceship south and drove to Christchurch.

Christchurch is a neat little city. There are good hotels, decent restaurants and lots to see and do. It turned out that the World Buskers Festival (www.worldbuskersfestival.com) was coming to town, which provided me with many hours of entertainment. Nothing like nut-job, street performers to bring a smile to my face and pass away the days. So after more days of rain and the performances being canceled the sky cleared - well sort of - at least we weren't getting soaked - and the show got on the road - literally. I saw acts such as Betty Brawn, Mario Queen of the Circus, Mulletman (loved the haircut), Cirque No Problem, The Fuse Circus Aerial Show, and the nighttime Fire Show - Flame Oz. There were endless street freaks to check out, a Music Pitch and best of all, Street Food! I had lots of great vendor food but my favorite deserves a mention, Hungarian fried bread smothered in garlic and salt! I need to say that one more time - fried bread with garlic and salt! These are a few of my favorite things.

Well now I'm hungry so I gotta go. I need to see if the Hungarian Vendor is still set up and then I'm going to start working on my own Busker Act. Hey, I may need a way to buy a plane ticket home at some point. Hmmm, I could tell some jokes, come up with a few clever tricks and finish off with the belly roll! (*those of you who saw my application for TBJITW have already had the pleasure of seeing the finale!) With the long hair I could even steal the mullet look.

"So, this lady walks into a bar with a poodle under one arm and a 10 pound salami under the other......"

Peace and love,

Frank



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