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Today was another fulfilling day. It was hard to say goodbye to Harvey and to walk away from the Laughing horse. I had such a wonderful time there. We hitch hiked from the end of the road, which is about 2km from the farm. We got picked up in about 15 minutes by a nice couple from Holland who spoke pretty good English. They weren’t going to Nelson, which is where we were trying to get to but they said they would drive us to the next town. The wife talked to us a bit, she said something really powerful. They were in Christchurch and not too long ago there was a massive earthquake that devastated the city and many people died. She said how seeing how massive the destruction was, was really incredible and that it was so hard to imagine how humans choose to create that kind of destruction. She was referring to what’s going on in Syria and with ISIS right now. Nature is so powerful and can cause so much damage. It’s just hard to believe how after seeing how sad the aftermath of an earthquake is, that people drop bombs and make that kind of damage on purpose. That’s a scary thought. Anyways, they decided to change their plans and take us all the way to Nelson. So that was great! Traveling never fails to restore my faith in humanity. I really appreciated that; my hitching karma came into effect! Pick up enough hitchhikers when you have a car and you don’t have to worry about getting picked up once you are hitch hiking! Later we walked around Nelson getting some things we needed and because it was so hot we stopped at a bar to get a drink. We ended up getting into a great conversation with the owner. She was so nice, I told her all about what I was doing. She took a liking to us and gave us free drinks and some fresh tomatoes and basil. Then this evening I got into a great conversation with some people at the hostel. One guy was from San Francisco and he’s just graduated with a neurobiology degree. The girl was from Canada and just graduated with a phycology degree. We talked about mental illness and education and what’s wrong with our system.  So many people believe it is a problem and are passionate on the subject. It’s amazing! It’s good to know it’s becoming more present. I’m so grateful to get to meet so many great people. Life is awesome!

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