Friday, February 3rd, 2017: Last Day in Queenstown, Glenorchy, Solo dinner
We slept in after our crazy night out and made a late breakfast. Then we hit the road to check out a small town, Glenorchy. This town had some new views we wanted to check out and many awesome stops along the way. Before we hit the trails, we had lunch at Glenorchy Cafe, which had the best mocha I’ve ever had! We sat outside to eat and again we were fight with those seagulls the whole time. These birds are so aggressive and super fucking hungry apparently.
We found this trail that led to this really cute lookout. It was a perfect trail for me, not much incline.
On our way home we stopped at a lookout for these sweet shots:
Madeline and Jamie wanted to have a nice romantic date night so I was on my own for dinner. I did my research and found this cute little Italian place, The Cow, to dine. The bolognese was amazing and the 2 glasses of Pinot were divine. I got to this restaurant around 6:30ish and was the only patron dining outside, so I decided to FaceTime my girl Jill. I eventually had to let Jill go because more and more people were showing up and dining outside with me. I didn’t want to be rude. I was also just sipping my wine at this point in my meal and taking up a larger table outside. I was trying to buy some time. Thankfully, this cute older couple sat with me while they waited for a table and we got to chatting. Carol and Tom were from Seattle and had just completed a 3 day hike at Milford Sound. I think they said it was over 35 miles in 3 days. I was in awe of them as I don’t think I could do something like that at my age and they were definitely close to 70. It was really awesome to meet them and hear all about how they got stuck in that horrible rain we hit while driving to Te Anu. They had to be taken by helicopter to their next checkpoint it was so bad. What a story! But they got a free helicopter ride out of it so that’s pretty badass.
Don’t think I haven’t been tindering because I have. I was messaging this guy in Queenstown and we made plans to meet for a drink after my dinner (hence why I was buying some time). Israel ended up being a lot cuter in person, I was pleasantly surprised (let’s also not forget about my two glasses of wine). But seriously, he was very cute and from Brazil. He had been in New Zealand for a few years and taught himself English. He seemed to be doing quite well. I could understand him for the most part (enough to carry a conversation). We decided to go to the Winery (again!) as he said he had not been there. He loved it. It was nice to be on a date with a man who really enjoyed wine. We had really good conversation and we were definitely feeling each other. I couldn’t stay out all night or entertain anything more than drinks with Israel. The big hike was planned for the next day and I wanted to make sure I was well rested (not hungover) and ready to conquer this challenge. Madeline and Jamie met up with us before we left. Madeline even gave me the chance to kiss him goodnight by offering for them to go get the car and pick us up, but I didn’t take it. Partly because it took me longer than my response to realize what she was doing; and also, I’m not sure I wanted to make out with him and then have to go home. haha. It has been a long time since I’ve had sex, so it wouldn’t take much for me to jump back into bed with someone. Why tempt myself like that? My friends at home are putting their palms to their foreheads right now. Because it makes a good story Kristin. Yes, yes, I know. Sometimes you have to be realistic and weigh the pros and cons. I would much rather be hooking up with guys in Aus, where there is potential to have more than just one night. When we got home, Israel and I were still in contact. He let me know how beautiful he thought I was and how badly he wanted to kiss me. NOT HELPING MAN. I told him how nice of a time I had with him. And that was that.