so after unforeseen circumstances at home my trusty travel partner and map Alyce left me. we had a great two weeks together and memories to last a life time. you know how you say you'd be lost without someone, well today i figured out that saying literally. after dropping her off at the airport i out the city behind me and cruised straight to the coastal town of raglan known as having one of the best waves in the world. the 2 hour drive turned into 5 as i wouldn't dare stop ask for directions and couldn't read the map to save my life ha ha. i made it here greeted by stormy weather and dismal waves. after contemplating what to do i decided i might as well go out for a surf and it wasn't to bad after all but nothing to write home about. i headed into town to discover my wallet was nowhere to be found and quickly headed back to the beach making to 25 minute drive in about 10. i never thought it would be a blessing to have lost my wallet but it sure was. i ended up finding it in the parking lot but the best thing was the change of weather. as soon as i found my wallet the sun started creeping out of the clouds and it ended up being an amazing afternoon. not being one to dismiss a positive omen i quickly jumped back into my wet clothes and ended this afternoon with an amazing 2 hour session under the sun and in warm water.
with the premature departure of Alyce i am now left with just under a month of solitude. at first i was really not looking forward to it seeing that the past few months have been spent with some amazing friends and not to much alone time to speak of. after todays drive alone through the rolling hills and the only views being sheep and cows i have come to realize that this might be just what i need, a time for reflection and chances to meet more amazing people. my plan as of now is to relax in the coastal town of Taranaki down the coast for a week or so and fill my time with surfing , reading ( just finished my 15th book of the trip) and starting the practice of yoga. could be filled with a ton of high moments and potentially a lot of lows as well, as most of you know i am a very social person (as my teachers have complained to the rents for the past 12 years) and being on my own for awhile is something i will definitely have to adjust to. one great thing i have to look forward to besides the two minute noodles im eating tonight is the reunion i will have with my parents and sister in just about 40 days in good old Nosara, Costa Rica where i will then reside until just before school starts in September. might be a while till my next update seeing that ill be camped out in the woods with a pile of books and living the hippy lifestyle for the next few weeks. oh and also another really cool thing that happened jsut to make you guys jealouse at home. alyce and i while at gisborne last week were the FIRST people in the WORLD to see the sunrise how cool is that? if thats possible then isnt it about time for you guys at home to start thinkin of travelling?