It's X'mas time
Next day, I was waked up by the rubbish truck which comes everyday at 5am. Even though I almost lived at top floor, I can clearly hear the noise. Nevermind, at least it makes Auckland
clean. I was amazed that I haven't seen a single fly during my stay in Auckland. Only until I went up to Paihia
, I saw a couple of flies. That's one thing I liked about Auckland. Unlike in Australia, there're heaps of flies attack me all the way home. When I get back home, I killed 20+ flies at one time in the kitchen, a couple hours later when I came back to the kitchen, there come bigger ones. They always attack people's face and lips, quite annoying.
Civic centre downtown Auckland
Unlike flies in China, they are either interested in good smell food or rubbish, rarely attack people. Anyway, back to the topic. I had a list of areas that I was going to visit. K-rd, Ponsonby and Parnell were recommended by my kiwi mate. She said those are quirky areas, you can see some colourful/eccentric style people, while Parnell is the posh area, it's good to have a taste of nice hot chocolate/coffee. I went out early in the morning around 7am. Only convenient shops on Queen St were opened. I grabbed a bottle of drink and started my journey. I have walked up Queen St and turned to K-rd. There're quite a few colourful shops. I don't know if it's because of Xmas time or not, Auckland looks more colourful than Melbourne. It's too early, shops were not opened yet, I kept walking through K-rd and turned right to Ponsonby rd.
Most shops were closed, only a few cafes opened. It was nice and quiet. I like window shopping in the early morning, at least I can avoid crowds. The other thing I like about Auckland is, crossing roads just like back home in China. I obeyed traffic lights first, then I saw most people just crossed if there's no incoming car/bus. I thought when in Rome, do what Romans do. So I did the same thing. Later I saw there's a cop's car which is the first vehicle in the queue awaiting for traffic lights, which made me hesitate for a second. I don't have a deep pocket and I don't want to be fined for Jay walking. Then I saw a dude waited a second, watching the traffic, then crossed the road without thinking. He didn't get caught by the police. I don't know if it's just because the cop has good mood at the time, or they don't have fine for Jay Walking.
I Walked through Ponsonby rd, and turned into Victoria St. I found a New World Supermarket, so I went up and got some snacks, then kept walking. At that time, shops started to open. When I get back to Queen St, it's around 10am. I caught a Link bus to New Market. Link bus is really a convenient vehicle for visitors, it is a circuit bus. You pay $1.60 for single trip, no matter just one stop or a whole circuit trip. Visitor likes me new to Auckland, not quite sure about their bus/train routes. It's handy to use the green Link bus. You can hop on the bus, and hopped off when you found some interesting place where you want to check them out. I found there're quite a few coffee and cake shops in Parnell area while I was sitting on the bus. I Hopped off at 277 Westfield shopping centre, New Market.
Sports Shop on K-rd
A couple of stop before, I saw there's a long queue outside Swarovski. After few hours wondering around, there're still a long queue outside Swarovski. It's amazing! Heaps of people went out shopping on Boxing Day, it reminds me once upon a time on Boxing Day in Myer department store Melbourne, people almost crushed down the cosmetics table . There're huge crowds at Country Road shop, I went down to check out why so many people out there. Didn't find any thing particular attracted my attention except crowd around made me hardly to move an inch, and it took me more than 10min to just walk upstairs and out of the shop. I found more than 90% shops in Auckland have same brands as in Australia, which makes my shopping day a bit daunting and disappointing, but on the other hand makes it easier for me to save some money. I went up to the food court and fed myself some Sushi and a cup of coffee, and had my foot rest for a while. Later in the evening, I went back to downtown rewarded myself with Spicy Ramen in Japanese Ramen chain restaurant Daikoku. It was not bad, although they have advised me beforehand there going to be a 15% surcharge on the meal.