Almost time to leave Queenstown

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Man, I didn’t need half the stuff I packed. The Japan holiday went like that too. I don’t pack heavily in the first place; maybe I can pack even less in future. It feels good to travel light – I admit I take some pride in not having to sit on my suitcase to close it – it gives me confidence that I’m managing to live a bit more simply than I used to.

Yesterday was full of food and a bit of adventure. A story with pictures…

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Saw a lady walking her miniature pony on the way to town yesterday. This is the best photo I could get after stalking them for a minute, ensuring my footsteps matched the pony’s, like a real hunter would.

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We found an American retro style diner that had opened that morning: Cranky Franky’s. I like it. The food presentation was average, but tasted good. Staff were rushed yet very friendly – not sure they anticipated that many customers on the first day. The decor was charming and I love all the oldies music piping from the Wurlitzer in the corner. It made me feel like a teenager in an Americana movie, innocent and hopeful, not some hipster food snob preoccupied with presentation and service.

For this reason, I half hope they keep the food how it is.

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Best of all, the menus are in Comic Sans. :D

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Pretty view from the pier.

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Coffee, bread and dips from a café called Altise (I think) in the mall in Queenstown centre.

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Went to Botswana Butchery for dinner. Niaal and I shared a 45 hour slow roasted lamb shoulder for two. So good. Crackling still on, meat falls off the bone, comes with mint sauce and rosemary jus. The reviews are true – it’s enough for 3 average eaters.

Today, I hope we get some chillout time in town. Have to finish shopping for pressies and eat a few things I missed. Right now, my heart’s set on Cranky Franky’s mac & cheese, but we’ll see if we make it past the fish and chip stand that sells eel meals and fresh roe-marinated urchin.