Dizzying Day in Auckland
20.03.2013 21 °C
Today I woke up after about 10 hours sleep, feeling a little better. Exciting we bought cereal and real milk (it's not the same in South America), which tasted amazing for breakfast! We watched some breakfast TV, where again they had a very informal style. The female presenter almost told the male presenter to grow some balls plus they had a heated discussion about wedding etiquette and they were allowed an opinion - that would be allowed on UK news TV! After 9am the programmes turn to mostly adverts, with constant repetition of the same three or four products, which makes it seem a bit like a shopping channel. Subsequently, Andrew really wants a Ninja 3 in 1 blender and a Total Gym, like Chuck Norris and Olivia Newton John use!!
We headed out into the city again, for our only full day in Auckland. Andrew wanted to go to the fish market, so we went to the marina, silo park and the wharf area. There were some pretty impressive boats there! I hate to think how much they cost.
The wharf buildings are really cool, they look like barns with enormous sliding doors, and would be a great place to go for dinner or a drink after work.
The fish market was quite small and boutiquey - I think Andrew was expecting a big wholesale type of place - but it would be lovely to come and shop if you lived here. We bought some chips from the chip shop next door but were disappointed when we found they were oven chips It was quite an overcast day, but down by the marina we made the most of it and sat out in the sun.
Yesterday we had seen the Sky Tower of course, you can't really miss it, but today on the way back from the marina, we saw people doing the harnessed walk around the top of it. Not for me!
I started to feel dizzy, headachey and light headed again once we began walking around, it was a really horrible feeling. So we ended up stopping at a pharmacy, who suggested a cheap decongestant nose spray, because of the flight pressure, and also some immune boosting multi vitamins for £34! So I took the nose spray.
Continuing on a money theme, lunch was a bit of a shock to the system after two months of relatively cheap living. We ordered two chicken burritos and it cost more than £15! And the didn't even taste that good...I started to miss London and its awesome food!
Andrew had been in pain with his neck ever since he hit his head in Cusco, so after lunch we found a massage place in one of the shopping centres and both decided on a shoulder, neck and head massage, as I thought it might help my congestion too. It hurt! And definitely was the least relaxing massage I've ever had. I guess that's what you get for getting one in a shopping centre?
We both needed some cheap trousers as we new it would be colder here, and we ended up somewhere called The Warehouse, which is the equivalent of buying jeans from Wilkinsons in England! Mine were too long (of course!) so I had to take mine up using our mini sewing kit from Muji (thanks Ben and Sneha - so handy!). I definitely needed my mum here at this point, but I managed it! Although I think they may be ankle swingers now though?! Auckland needs a primark, new look or h&m for us travellers. Andrew's breo watch finally broke on him, the digital face had been waning for a while, so he bought a replacement from a dollar shop and put the inside of it into his nicer breo wrist strap. We're getting very thrifty and handy whilst abroad!!
Aside from the marina area, Auckland feels a bit like Leeds to me. A city that's big enough to have plenty of shops, restaurants and bars but that's small enough not to get lost in it or for it to be too busy. I think it would be a really nice place to live. Just not for me as its too far from home!
Tonight we met up with a friend from Auckland who I met in the touch PR years, Bonnie, and her partner Nick. They took us to a Belgian restaurant in the Mission Beach area, which was a beautiful place. Andrew tucked into enormous green lipped mussels and Nick had a metre long sausage! It was so nice to catch up, talk about their travels around Europe, their new house and of course get advice on what to do here in New Zealand. And also really lovely to see a friendly face after two months of talking to strangers.
Even though we can now speak the language of our current country, it doesn't mean we can understand! Bonnie ordered us a Mt. Difficulty wine and said we should go to there winery when we were in Queenstown. She said they had a range called "Roaring Mig", "Roaring what?" we said, "Mig", "Mig?", "Yes, like Mig Ryan", "Ahhhhh Meg!!!". There was also a conversation about a cartoon with a girl called Jim...we'll get the hang of the accent soon!