There are the usual hotels
and B&Bs in Oamaru. We opted
for something different. We stayed
at the Chillawhile Backpackers Hostel, situated at the north end of town in an
old Victorian Mansion. One of the
cool things about Chillawhile is that they have an art gallery – people who
stay there are given a board or canvas and access to paints, and creativity is
We had a private room
(rather than a dorm), with four beds (so we had a lot of choice!). There are kitchens, shared bathrooms, a
piano, lounge areas, and the art room.
And, of course, paintings hanging everywhere.
My painting is titled “When
Penguins Dream” – my happy, Mona-Lisa-smiling little blue penguin is dreaming
of warm waters, a colorful tail like a Carnival costume, and maybe even
thinking of the Caribbean.