|Today we took a ferry to Russell, which was the capitol of New Zealand for a while, and was known for a time as the "Hellhole of the Pacific"! It's definitely not that way anymore, as it reminds me of a tropical (and somewhat larger) version of Snug Cove on Bowen Island at home. We looked around for a while, then had fish and chips amongst some agressive ducks and seagulls before jumping back on the ferry to return to Paihia. Afterwards we went to Waitangi, where the treaty of Waitangi between the British Crown and the confederation of Maori chiefs was signed in 1840. Later we shopped for dinner, then went to the beach with our new friends Tom (from the U.K.) and Darren (from Alberta). We went back to the hostel, where Pohmy (the hostel parrot -- see photo) decided he was going to drink my beer and read my book. No joke -- he was actually hanging off the side of my beer bottle, chewing and licking the top! Then he started chewing on my book and I had to gently ask him to go somewhere else... Katherine cooked up some sweet burgers, oven fries and salad, and then we drank and played "Asshole" (a card game!) for a few hours. Later we went to the "Beach House" bar and had a few beers before crashing for the night.