Recently at OurOyster, we thought that it might be nice to conduct interviews with some of the many interesting people we have met on our travels. Being novice interviewers however, we decided to test the concept out on our friend Joe Sherry. Joe was extremely helpful in getting this idea off the ground.
I met Joe Sherry electronically through the Couchsurfing project, where we were both members of a New Zealand message board. We compared travel plans and ideas before we left home, and both arrived in New Zealand at roughly the same time. We first met at a couchsurfing event for Thanksgiving day, and our friendship took off from there. I was lucky to be adopted as an honorary flatmate at the legendary “Copeland castle” and partook in several adventures with Joe and his flatmates. Including, but not limited to, surfing at Muriwai beach and scooting around Waiheke island.
James met Joe about a month after when he was lucky enough to be accepted as a couchsurfing guest at Copeland castle. He stayed at Joe’s for several days and was present at one of the big parties held there. I unfortunately, had to work that evening and was not able to attend.
James left the next day to hitchhike around the Coromandel peninsula, and we would never have met each other if it was not for the Christmas road trip planned by Joe’s flatmate Nils. James and I met during that road trip and the rest is history.
After two months of being fast friends in Auckland, we went our separate ways to travel New Zealand, but met back up later in Wellington where this video was filmed.
In this video Joe speaks about why he chose to come to New Zealand, his perspective on travel and what he has learned from this experience. The sound quality of the video is slightly lacking as Wellington is a windy city and we don’t have an external microphone for our camera yet, but we did our best to edit out the windiest bits.
Interview by James Cook
Video editing by James Cook and Jade Johnston