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Sleeping in that hostel in Rotorua was awful. The smell was nauseating. I usually adjust well to bad smells, but not that Sulfur. I didn’t really get any sleep. I was so relieved to leave, except we have to go back tomorrow. Today we did the Waitomo glowworm caves and it was amazing. The glowworms look like stars. We first abseiled into the cave and that was really cool.  Then we zip lined through it in the dark. That was unbelievably beautiful and peaceful to just soar through the dark and all you see are thousands of glowing worms around you. It was really just so incredible. Then we got into tubes and floated down the river of the cave with our headlamps off. Our guide sang “Hallelujah” as we floated. He had a beautifully peaceful voice. It was really special. Then we got to climb some waterfalls and crawl through some small holes. When we came out of the cave it was pouring down rain. It was perfect. We came out into this kind of rainforest area and the rain just made it so beautiful. Eustace Conway said there is no such thing as bad weather, that when it rains it’s because the earth needed the water and you just have to embrace it. I felt that way when I came out into the rain. Just accepted what the earth was doing, and it was beautiful. I found out the glowworms aren’t actually worms, they’re maggots. The glowing is actually their poop or something. They have a really interesting life cycle. The hostel we are staying at tonight is peaceful. We decided to get an actual hotel for tomorrow so hopefully it won’t smell so bad if we have air conditioning and no open windows. We decided to do the canopy zip lining tour through the native Mamaku forest for Daniel’s last day. That should be fun. Then it will be on to Gisborne for me. I’m craving Thai food, I think I’ll get some tomorrow. I am grateful for today. Hopefully I will sleep soundly tonight. 

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