Now, after making the decision to part ways with Kiish and make my way toward Picton and the South Island, I had a very rough plan in place for the coming days. Essentially:
- Head to the town of Blenheim to meet and stay with my friend's friend's parents (whom I'd been introduced to and only spoken to through email) and,
- Meet up with another random travelmate I'd been in touch with only one day prior about possibly renting a car together - this being a girl from Spain named Nuria.
In each of these situations, my knowledge coming in was pretty limited but I figured I'd just take it as it came and hopefully it would all work out well.
Wine Tasting and Making New Friends
Before I had set foot abroad, I had shared my potential itinerary with a number of friends. Luckily for me, one of my friends from LA had studied in New Zealand and still had friends in the country that she was happy to put me in touch with - which was great because my contacts in the area were almost nil. Through her introductions, I was put in touch (via Facebook and email) with two sisters, as well as their parents, as potential people to meet during my New Zealand travels.