Working in Another Country
Working in Another Country – In retrospect I was very clever when I gave myself a couple of days to acclimatise in Auckland. Despite the sleeping tablets and foolproof sleep plan (check out the last blog post, here, to find out more about that plan) jet lag still hit hard which totally reduced my capacity to do stuff for an entire day. Staying in an Airbnb helped too because it felt a bit more homely than hostels do. The Airbnb was a delightful flat in a quaint suburb of Auckland, near Westmere, that was peaceful but convenient and the hosts were so accommodating I felt at home right away. Overall I had a great time in Auckland, but jet lag, plus cyclone cook, plus Easter doesn’t exactly make for an utterly jam packed time, but that’s just what I needed.
The flat was super close to Auckland zoo, Western Springs, the museum of technology and industry and the speedway. I thought a relaxed amble about to get my bearings would be just what I needed. Unfortunately my plans for a leisurely stroll were scuppered by a swarm of angry maternal poultry… Not in the zoo, but in the park. I don’t really trust birds, especially geese, and the hissing and general intimidation certainly has made me trust them even less. After that debacle one of the AirBnB hosts was kind enough to drop me off at Mt Eden. In good weather it is at pleasant as it sounds – a grass covered dormant volcano that provides stunning views overlooking Auckland’s skyline. Throw in the eclectic mix of weather that a cyclone brings and you are left with a slightly less picturesque scene. The torrential rain pour meant that I got to instead have a delightful lunch in a trendy cafe/restaurant – I was spoilt for choice!
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The next day was the day that cyclone cook was due to hit the centre of Auckland; and this was my day for exploring the central business district! So I tentatively prepared a packed lunch to head in for the afternoon. The weather was surprisingly good so exploring parks, art galleries, museums, the harbour and a couple of shops was very pleasant. One of the highlights were the huge twisty trees of the central Auckland parks, the other highlight was sipping on a heavenly palm sugar cocktail in the Sky Tower as sunset was approaching. It was perfect. Sitting in luxury on the 53rd floor with stunning 360 degree views of Auckland was certainly very memorable. A tip if you find yourself in Auckland – book in for food or cocktails in the sky tower. It will costs you $20 to just go to the viewing platform on the 51st floor. You may as well opt for a $20 cocktail instead! I promise you it’s worth it!
My final full day of Auckland was spent exploring more of the slightly hipster yet charming suburbs of Auckland. Strolling by the seafront of Westmere and enjoying the buzz of Grey Lynn and Ponsonby. One of the best bits of the day was at a really cool market complex that had bars, restaurants, a fresh produce market, along with a couple of clothes stores, home furnishings shops and some slightly more ‘miscellaneous’ establishments. It’s a really broad mix but it’s laid out in such a beautiful way that it’s all very synergistic and beautiful. So definitely head to Ponsonby Central if you get the chance! After that I had a very relaxed evening in to give me time to prepare for the 5:30am start the following day as I began the journey north of Auckland. Keep an eye out for the next blog post!
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