And then I got extremely lucky! One major benefit of travelling with James was that I always had a hitchiking buddy. I hate big buses and wanted to keep hitchhiking but I had promised my sister and parents that I wouldn't hitchhike alone. So I sent out my energy to the world: find me a hitchhiking buddy! And the next morning at Geoff and Renee's house, in walks Birgit, a German girl who had just finished working at the Arthurs Pass Cafe. Ta-da! That was easy.
Our first destination: Lake Tekapo!
PS, a note about hitchhiking: I plan to write a detailed blog post about the benefits of hitching around New Zealand when I have more internet time. (It's 3 dollars per hour here.) Let me just say briefly that even though hitchhiking has a bad reputation around the world now, thanks to scary movies and news stories only reporting the bad things about it, it's my favorite way to get around New Zealand. And I am always safe about it, only travelling with another person and trusting my intuition. Its the best way to meet the locals, and its how I met Kristy (see my Riverton Farm post) who is taking me on a week-long road trip starting tomorrow!