Published: May 15th 2012May 15th 2012
Auckland. Any good bru?
Of all the places I thought I'd visit by the time I'm 30 NZ was not a top priority. Brother Jack has hosted me for 4 days in his student accommodation, a shared unit with 4 others and it's been a really good time. Not just because I got to step back and pretend I was a student again with beer pong and have a fair few drinks for a couple of nights, but I found Auckland to be a pretty laid back city. Just my style.
The first day, with not much sleep Jack took me on a walk up to Mt Eden - a previous active volcano, provided for an incredible panaromic view of the city. Oh, there's also a deep crater there which is grown over with grass. Pretty surreal.
The main streets of Auckland have all you would expect in a city - from convenience stores and plenty of kebab outlets to at least 4 Burger Kings and the high end stores like Gucci. And the streets are spacious - there's not the population of people to clog the flow in getting somewhere. However, there a few steep hills. You might want to have a level of fitness to walk everywhere around the city, haha. Either that or you'll definitely gain fitness here and work on developing some calf muscles.
Jack and I ventured to a french Sunday market called La Cigale - got lost on the way. (I've realised I've relied on google maps way too much at home). Had to ask a local shopkeeper where to go, but all good in the end. Jack didn't know it existed and will be going back every Sunday from now on. A great farmers market, but also everything that makes the french, well french. Breads, cheeses, pastries, wines, condiments and so many more yummy things.
I have sampled some of the pubs and bars, and I have to say I am quite impressed. They are really cool and funky - somewhat rivaling Melbourne (big call I know). Jack took me on a tour of these, and I say a tour as a pub crawl with 2 people just doesn't sound right. They seem to have really thought about the detail in their venues. My favourite was Snapdragon - a 2 storey bar overlooking the port and upstairs there was a fake swivelling bookcase door. Need I say more?
There's a large Asian population here so naturally we had to have some awesome Japanese food - it's everywhere.
My final day in Auckland included a chance meeting with a disgruntled senior citizen of Auckland at the laundromat who is really unhappy with all the tourists and wish they'd all go back to where they came from, but likes Aussies. Hmmm, not sure he meant it. Yes, I helped out with Jack's washing lol.
Big thanks to Jack for a great trip to Auckland - a great tour guide and host! xx
Now get back to your study.