I know there is still a bit of a stigma behind “meeting people off the big bad internets.” Me? I’ve done it more times than I probably should have and I have always been glad that I did. It has resulted in many incredible friendships, the two most important being my husband and my great friend Ashleigh who was the maid of honour at our wedding.
I’m always careful. I’m sure they are, too. My own husband told me that when he travelled across from NZ the first time to meet me face to face he was prepared for the fact that there was always that chance he’d have to book a hotel in New York until his flight back to NZ because I’d either show up and be insane or not show up at all. I like to think that most people are generally good when it comes down to it. I mean, if I’m on the internet and I’m not a big fat liar, why are they any different?
A friend who I have known online for a few years now through blogging and DailyFratze was travelling through New Zealand with her boyfriend. She contacted me on Twitter to ask me what some of the must see places were in New Zealand. I told her some places that I knew but that she was also welcome to stop by and say hello if she was passing through our town.
Adastra and her boyfriend did come and see us and they even ended up staying with us for a night. I enjoyed catching up with her and showing them a bit of our surrounding area. I like to think that only a local could give such a grand tour! Perhaps not, but I think that in the nearly 2 years that I have lived here I’ve come to know quite a bit about this place.
When they came, we went out and showed them a beautiful sunset at the dock in our town.
We took a photo for DailyFratze together.
This morning, I decided to take them up to Denniston where the old mine used to be. Besides a beautiful view, there are beautiful walkways and trails as well as some great history left behind. There are tours there but we were not able to get into one on short notice.
After Denniston, we went a bit further to Granity. It’s one of my favourite places around. We had lunch at the cafe there and had a nice walk on the beach. We were going to go on the Charming Creek Walkway, too, but it was blocked by the train that was being loaded up with coal and it looked like it was going to take quite a long time. We decided to just head back so they could get on their way and continue exploring New Zealand.
I’m glad I got to meet such awesome people in person. It was great seeing New Zealand through someone who was seeing it for the first time. It makes me appreciate it a whole lot more.