Land of the Kiwi's...finally

Auckland Travel Blog

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Yes I'm really here...
So, I finally landed here in New Zealand.  All the planning and theorizing have become a reality.  My first impression: it's dark and it's a lot colder than I'd like, but that's all part of the journey right?  The jury's still out on Auckland because I got in late and wasn't able to do anything except go straight to the Hostel,  which is decent, go get a pint up the street, and go to sleep.  I was fortunate to meet an English guy who turned out to be fascinating.  He spent 7 months at sea as part of the crew of a 13 sail cruise liner that went all over the Pacific.  He said it was tiring, fun, and simultaneouly terrifying.  In addition, he says he has a car and will be willing to drive down to the south island if I'm willing to split the gas with him.
I like how they mix the native stuff with the modern city stuff...
  I have to see what kind of car he has first.  If it's an SUV or something, I'm out.  It should be interesting either way.  Luckily, I was able to stay up late enough to sleep through the night and wake up about 900 on the 7th.   Now it's time to explore the city.  You can catch the bus anywhere in Auckland and ride for $NZ 1.60.  That's pretty reasonable so naturally I was all over the place.  I really only used the bus twice, however, because once you get to city center you can walk everywhere of interest.  I don't know how long I'm gonna stay in this hostel in Mt Eden.  It's a little off the beaten path, which is cool, but I noticed some other spots that are right in the thick of things and cost the same.  We'll see.
Old and new...
  I think it's one of those 'grass is greener' kinda things...  I like the Wi Fi here and everyone here seems not to steal and to be cool.  I'm gonna try to go out tonight and see if I can broaden my network.  It's kinda of an iffy situation because there are a lot of backpackers here and they don't seem to have the best reputation.  I don't really consider myself a backpacker a) because I'm grown and b) because I'd rather just be an independent traveler who's trying to see the world for as cheaply as possible.  Maybe I'm just in denial.  Anyways I'll keep you posted on what happens tonight...I hope it stops raining...

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Yes Im really here...
Yes I'm really here...
I like how they mix the native stu…
I like how they mix the native st…
Old and new...
Old and new...
Can you believe people jump off of…
Can you believe people jump off o…
Im on the move...just taking a qu…
I'm on the move...just taking a q…
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