“Did you come over the hill?!”

September 25, 2009

First off, let me mention that I found another connection to Barney Stinson and Dr. Horrible:
In season 1, episode 15 of How I Met Your Mother, Barney transforms from a hippie about to join Green Peace to the womanizing, suit wearing bro he is today using a transformative montage that is exactly like…
In Dr. Horrible, when he moves from a small time evil-doer to a major evil superpower, and he suits up in his new red lab coat.

Count it.

More records from New Zealand (which I’m sure will be the subject of this blog for quite a while, since nothing ever happens at the Sunshine Coast).

On our 3rd (?) day in New Zealand, the girls and I stopped off at this little town right before Nelson and saw a very awesome, very old little brewery town, where we had a beer tasting and saw a very old airplane. While we were having our lunch in the parking lot (because we had rented a camper van with a ‘kitchen’ in the boot), a man approached us, and asked us where we were going. “West,” we said, and he told us not to before we went north to a pub, whose name is escaping me right now. But it was promoted as on the Lonely Planet’s top 10 best pubs in the world, so off we went in search of glory and beer.

3 hours and one very tricky mountain later, we arrived at the pub, hidden behind some trees in a remote area with nothing else around. We approached the bar, only to discover that it was closed until September 14th, two days after we were set to be on the west coast. We walked around the complex, finding a giant tire swing, a really cool cell phone pole, and generally eccentric and nifty decore.

But the problem remained that we were three hours north of where we wanted to be, and there was only one way to get to the West coast, which was back the way we came, another 3 hours over the huge mountain. So we decided to check out the little town marked on our map, Collingwood, because, hey, we’ve made it this far, right? Since the town is on the map, we assume it has to be big enough to give us a reason to get out of the car for an hour or so. And we were a little bit right.

The town was tiny. Like Plain City tiny, with one main road and no cars anywhere. We parked the car in front of a library where a bunch of 13-or-so-year-olds were hanging around. Yes, the town is so small that the place to be for misguided and bored youths is the library. Our van, which was a Wicked Camper (not this one, but an awesomeer one), attracted the attention of all of these youths. When we left the van, they asked us tons of questions, especially after finding out that we were from Germany and the US. “Do you have KFC?” “Did you come over the hill?” “Do you drink?” “Do you smoke?” “Are you from Amsterdam?” It was adorable. They told us that the beach was pretty cool, so we checked it out for a bit. It was kind of gross, but my standards have been raised quite a lot by Australia.

I went back to the car at one point to grab my uke, and the kids, including some who had not been there before, were all still loitering around. They asked me to play a song, and I said “no” and they pestered and pestered, until I decided to play one of the 2 songs I know all the way through for them, ‘Such Great Heights’ by Iron & Wine. When I finished they were like “Cooooooool! Play something else! Something we know!” and one of the boys yelled “Play ‘Enter Sandman’ from Metallica!” Okay, the ukulele does not lend itself to Metallica. I laughed, and eventually the Germans came back, and we asked where there was to get dinner around town. They pointed to what turned out to be the only restaurant in town, which was pretty tasty, but way expensive.

Then we started our 3 hour drive back down the mountain, finally parking at a McDonald’s and sleeping for the night.

Next up, I guess I’ll do a birthday post, since people keep telling me it’s a big deal.



  1. gotta love teeny tiny towns :P

  2. You know, I should have already started watching HIMYM just because of NPH, but all of these similarities with Dr. Horrible are convincing me.

    Those kids in front of the library – so cute :)

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