One last chance.....

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One of the best nights out in The City of Sails

The time had come again, without me even noticing, my desire for a change of scenary had crept up and before I had time to change my mind, myself and Emma were paking up the house (again!) and heading back to Caltex to catch the bus into Auckland. I think I though it was my last chance to earn enough money to stay in NZ a bit longer.

Our journey into the city was hilarious and as follows;

Thornton Bay to Pollen Street Caltex - via Taxi

Caltex to Manukau - via Coach

Manuaku -Papatoetoe - via Bus

Papatoetoe- Down town Auckland - Via Train

From there we lugged our luggage on foot to Fort Street, and Queen Street Backpackers. Perhaps it was our exhaustion, perhaps we were a bit delerious from the kiwi sun, but i remember being so pleased to arrive at the hostel.

Our favourite bouncer at The Car Parl
Looking back, thats a strange emotion to feel after arriving in such a dingie hostel. This place was enourmous though, the biggest i'd seen along my travels. We opted for a twin room, oposed to a dorm, purely as we intended to stay for several weeks..... sharing for that amount of time was just too much to handle. Anyway, our room turned out to resemble a prison cell, with two bunk beds on one side and a tiny sink and mirror on the opposite wall. We did have an enourmous sash window however, which was big enough to sit upon and watch the world go by on near by Queen Street.

That same day I went about sending out CV's again, as did Emma - wondering the shopping malls for vacancy ads and speaking to a few recruitment agencies. I vividly remember pondering my financial ruin. I had enough money to last about 3 weeks... it was getting serious.

 Regardless of the money problems me and Emma had a blast in Aucks - It lasted 3 weeks; Though i dont regret a moment of it. We had day trips to Devonport & Takapuna, lazy afternoons at Mission Bay. Crazy nights out at the Viaduct & K-Road. Trips to Auckland Museum, afternoons in qaint coffee shops in Mount Eden.... all the while living in a hostel. I even grew the balls to perform a bit of poi spinning in public - a real nerve racking moment but one that I treasure.

 I knew at this point the game was nearly over - which ever way I turned, the route was leading back to England.

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