September 4th, 2006 – by: carol_lyn
My first â€śproperâ€ť travel experience. Went to the North Island with my friend Amanda the Kiwi. Had a stop over in Singapore and of course we had to try a Singapore Sling (or 2) in the Writerâ€™s Bar in Raffles. We were so determined to fit as much in as we could that I think we slept for about 2 hours while we were there.
New Zealand was fantastic. We spent some time with Amandaâ€™s family in Auckland , exploring the city â€˘ usual Sky Tower and Auckland Museum stuff. I loved visiting Devonport â€˘ absolutely adorable. Spent ages in a second hand bookshop but canâ€™t remember the name. Oh I wish Iâ€™d kept a diary because trying to remember all the little details 9 years later is really difficult! I have learnt since.
On to Rotorua stopping at the Blue and Green lakes on the way â€˘ really could tell the difference! Why donâ€™t cameras always capture what your saw at the time?
Loved Rotorua but it was so rainy (and coming from a Brit thatâ€™s saying something!). Sitting in a thermal spa in a really nice backpackersâ€™ hostel was a bit surreal. Canâ€™t believe how different it is to YHA in England!
Spent a few days up at the Bay of Islands which was just idyllic. Unfortunately crashed that car I was driving when going to a kauri forest but wasnâ€™t hurt and definitely didnâ€™t mar my NZ experience. Spent some more time in Auckland before a (very tearful) flight back to Manchester. Left Amanda to spend some more time with her family and I felt very grown up (at the age of 25!) flying half way around the world on my own.
Now my Kiwi friend has a young family and is moving back to NZ very soon. Iâ€™ll really miss them but canâ€™t wait to visit them!