Saturday, January 15, 2011

You can take a crosstown bus if it's raining or it's cold II

Weekend trip to look at another boat. The boat turned out to be more of a project than I am interested in taking on at present (especially if Nico is going to make me keep gardening).

A few highlights of our trip to Auckland:

Breakfast at Sheinkin, an "Israeli-Inspired" Restaurant. I'm not really sure what that means. Probably the place is owned by Israelis, but Israeli food turned out to not be popular, so it became a sort of Kiwi-Israeli-Eastern European fusion sort of restaurant. (I had salmon and eggs; they were good, but I don't think you'll find them in Israel...)

Coast to Coast walkway, a 16 km walk across Auckland. It's supposed to take 4 hours, but could take much, much longer if you felt like stopping at any of the sites you pass along the way. A few highlights of our walk across Auckland during our trip to Auckland:

A cricket game in the Auckland Domain. (A domain is a park, in case you don't read Nico's blog. There is no link to Nico's blog because her blog does not deserve a link.)

View from the top of Mount Eden.

Climb up One Tree Hill (As sung about by U2.)

Nicole taking one of many breaks (this one on the porch of an old cottage that was relocated to this location in 1920).

These may look like regular sheep, but they are clearly city sheep.

Crazy college kids. (In case you have a small monitor, it's a play on the quadratic equation.)

View from the top of One Tree Hill (notice how far away downtown has gotten).

We took the bus back to the hotel, rather than walking another 16 km (actually, with all the missed turns and back tracking, I'm sure it was more like 20 km).

Saturday night, we caught the late show at Auckland's (only?) comedy club. I can't say that I get Kiwi humour yet, and the only really funny guy was Maori...probably not a good idea for me to tell Maori jokes.

Sunday morning: coffee as big as your head, man.

Coffee in New Zealand usually comes with a fern leaf on top. If the barista likes you, you might get a heart.

Some boats at low tide at Shelly Park Beach.

Don't ask what we were doing in Shelly Park...

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