|Kia Ora, and welcome to Aotearoa, The Land of The Long White Cloud (New Zealand).
Oh am I glad to be here at last. It's exactly as I remember it from my last visit in Feb. 2004. The city is as vibrant as ever, and the kiwis are still going strong.
I am currently staying at the ACB, that's short for Auckland Central Backpackers hostel, and it's very nice accomodation in the center of the city. Lately I've been busy getting up to speed with big-city life which is rather different from everyday Fiji lifestyle...
It's also fun to be able to cook again, compared to just showing up at mealtimes, and here you can escape from everything and everybody which is not always easy on a tiny island in the middle of nowhere.
By now I have been in Auckland for almost a week, and I've got myself sorted out so I'm ready to find a job somewhere.
As you can see from the photos, I have visited the New Zealand Maritime Museum, since this is most certainly a sailing nation, and Auckland is also known as "The city of sails" and it was quite interesting, especially because they had a huge section dedicated to the America's Cup history.
Today I was on a free Kiwi Experience daytrip around Auckland, and it was actually a very good experience. We visited two out of Aucklands 52 extinct volcanoes, North Head and Mt. Victoria. Both were once millitary fortresses with big guns, tunnels and everything, created because of the threat of Russian invasion in the early 19th century. Now it's recreational areas for all to explore.
I will soon be posting more photos and more stories from New Zealand, but now it's time for some Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!
PS. Should anyone feel the urge to txt (sms) me the number is: +64 211441422