Well, friends, it has now been a full 13 days since we arrived in Never Never Land. I call it that because flying over top the North island, it looks a lot like where the lost boys reside — a place of fairy tales and pixie dust, or something like that. On the ground, it’s much more like Seattle with a California/United Kingdom/Hawaii thing going on. I haven’t yet determined the right way to talk about our new home… it’s a lot like other places, and yet nothing like anywhere I’ve ever been. (Hopefully that statement confuses you as much as living here kind of confuses me.)
It shouldn’t surprise me that the #1 request from our family and friends back home is lots of pictures. Due to some unforeseen iPhone unlocking issues, I’m a little behind on my usual photo posting. (Essentially, it involves me snapping a picture on my iPhone 4 and having to wait ’til I’m in a wifi zone — basically,waiting ’til I’m in our apartment — to post it. Poor little iPhone 3 that I’m using as my cell phone now has just too low of quality of camera to satisfy my instragramming obsession. As well, our iPhone3’s are locked down to prevent downloading any apps — like Instragram or Facebook, or ahem My Fitness Pal — without losing our jailbreak. It’s quite the situation.)
Soooo…..without further adieu, here is our first 13 days made into homemade Instagram jam to share with you.
Love and miss you all. Auckland is not complete without you.
PS: We had so many interesting experiences the last 13 days that I’m dedicating my next several posts to tales of our first week in Auckland. Stay tuned, should be loads of laughs if I get it right.
First view of Never Never Land from the air, after my 9 hour nap.
Downtown, about 1 block from our flat.
Fave alley way downtown -- about 5 cafes here.
The only thing worst than eating too many calories? Having too many choices of high-calorie, deliciously attractive treats to choose from.
Empty courtyard beside the cinema. This is how the city looks most of the time -- unpopulated.
About 9 asian restaurants in a row. Colin and I decided they've traded mexican food for asian food here. Don't think we are too happy about that.
Hello from a right-side driver's seat and left side of the road.
Lost on our first day driving on the left, found a park with these strange birdies I don't like because of their freakishly long and strange necks.
First visit to the beach.
Cafe/pub at Takapuna Beach.
Awww... the B&B morning life. (Hubby and I always wanted to go to a Bed and Breakfast at home but never really got the chance. So he surprised me for our first weekend in New Zealand and for my birthday by taking me to one just outside the city. A truly lovely experience.)
Ate kiwi with a Kiwi at the B&B.
Not the smile you expect to see on someone's face after spending $200 at the grocery store.
Prep before my day out with the face-to-face team. Quirky bunch.
Move aside Moscato... make room for my new choice.
Umm... I think this is called the wharf? It's where you catch the ferries.
Top of the "wharf."
Think you can get past Auckland Ferry security? Think again.
First sight off the ferry. Hmm.
Accommodations in Devonport.
Signs you're in Auckland (whole 'nother blog post coming on this).
Ferry tale. // City view from the Devonport Ferry we ventured on this last weekend.
Just so you can see how (most) everyone dresses here.
In case you've forgotten what I look like 🙂 I'm kidding... this is Colin's practice iPhoneography.
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For some extra Instagrams from down under, see my album on Facebook, too.