Day 11 – Queenstown Pt. III

Hey there,

IMG_4021There are so many good things to say about our third day in Queenstown! First of all, I forgot to mention in the last post that we had upgraded rooms (away from those boys. Ew.) and snagged a double so it was basically a hotel room! We had our own bathroom and could shower in peace. We were kind of getting over the whole hostel idea. And why not for only a few bucks more? Secondly, my gutsy friend Diana was going to BUNGY JUMP!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Such a brave soul. She was so jittery and nervous the entire way to the gondola (after getting lost lol two directionally challenged girls) but hey, I was her number 1 fan in her life-changing-adrenaline-recreational activity! ๐Ÿ™‚

IMG_4024We invited a few friends for moral support and little did we know that it was SNOWING. Diana was going bungy jumping in a blizzard. Is this real life? We got into the gondola and arrived at our destination. Already nervous about the jump, I’m sure Diana was even more nervous because of the weather concerns. Were they going to cancel? I’m not wearing socks. Actually, I’m not even wearing close-toed shoes (which I did end up purchasing). What if Diana had to reschedule? Will the blizzard die down?

IMG_4029We got into the room going over the technical things and listening in on the counter guy making phone calls back and forth. We noticed some guys at the bungy site clearing away snow. This was really freaking risky. Then, the counter guy told us that we had to cancel today. We all looked at each other communicating via facial expressions and we just knew it was sad news. The guys went back out while the counter guy started rescheduling with other eager jumpers. Apparently the sidewalk down was closed off so no more jumpers could come down. We could barely see the trees where the jump site was. Suddenly, another phone call.

“Okay. So it’s okay for now? Okay. Is it cleared? Yeah. All right let me take care of these guys and let them know.” Click.

The bungy was happening! He announced it and said only the ones present can but then the afternoon sessions are cancelled. Diana was all kinds of mixed feelings at this point as written on her face. Supportive friend to the rescue to encourage! Diana was number 3 to go! We waited patiently as three other jumpers (one tandem and one solo) went first and tested out that the bungy cord was safe! ๐Ÿ˜€ Then. it was Diana’s turn. With the odd music playing above us and Diana’s running start, Iย decided in that moment I didn’t ever want to bungy jump. Her scream echoed as she plummeted down. Of course, with the bungy, she bounced back up and dangled for a good 15 seconds.ย She did it!!! What’s scarier than bungy jumping?!

IMG_4035 IMG_4033Afterwards, we had to celebrate such occasion with food! We went to an Irish Pub and had real food along with some dessert. It was so nice to just sit back, chit chat, and plan our future trip to Ireland. ๐Ÿ˜‰ In about 4 years, maybe we will make it REALLY happen!IMG_4036 After an exciting morning, we had the afternoon to relax, repack, laundry, and catch up on our internet life. I don’t think we did a whole lot in the afternoon but we definitely got ready for our night ahead.

IMG_4059This was going to be my first bar crawl ever. Pretty sad to say I’ve never been to a bar crawl, but that doesn’t mean I’ve never been out! Just never to an organized bar crawl where you are timed on where to go. Not really my thing, but hey, maybe this would be fun! It was also our last night with Angela before she headed off to Auckland. We were going to really miss her. She had really been with us through most of our trip and left us with so many giggles!

IMG_4062The first two bars we went to were all right. Pretty overcrowded but we knew the coolest bar was next. We just had to hang on a little longer! Now, the third (and last) bar we went to was called Minus 5 Degrees. This bar was completely made out of ice!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ But before we could enter, we had to put on some attire provided by Minus 5 Degrees. We put on a jacket along with some gloves. The rest, you were on your own. We got a quick briefing about what you can and cannot do and then entered a cooler-like area. Finally, we could enter and see this winter wonderland!

IMG_4072I was so entertained and amazed by the fact that this bar was completely made out of ice! The furniture, sculptures, shot glasses, drink glasses, shelving, everything! Only the drinks themselves and materials to make with weren’t ice. Wow. The gloves definitely came in handy and there wasn’t a single dull moment in that place! Of course, it was even better when some 90’s music came on! ๐Ÿ˜€ It was as if this bar was made for me. โค

IMG_4067 IMG_4079But, even good things come to an end so we had to leave with the next bar crawl coming through. It was such a fun night meeting up with friends and letting loose. At the same time, it was disheartening to say goodbye to some of our wonderful friends we made along our journey. It really felt like our journey was ending without our dear friends next to us. We learned that you meet so many people–some you barely speak to and some you spend countless of hours sharing stories and new experiences. Many travelers we met agreed saying that you get to know someone so well in a short amount of time through travel and how wonderful it is; but, when you are headed in different directions, you miss them like hell and wish the travels could continue together.ย It gets exhausting meeting new people and trying to form those special bonds you did with those you traveled so far and long with. Goodbyes weren’t easy. Instead, I look at them as see-you-laters.

Without getting too sappy and emotional, I will leave you with this photo. These kind gentlemen (and woman) attempting to take a photo of us, for us, but instead decided a selfie was in order. Ahh, Queenstown. I love and miss you already. โค

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Cheers,

Jess

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