I spent four days in Auckland before I flew to Melbourne to meet up with Scott and his family. Auckland is a really nice city! I could see myself living there for a bit for sure.
It was a bit overwhelming to go from a small town on the west of Fiji (Namaka) to mass-consumerism and a city that has 1.5 times the number of people in the entirety of Fiji. I kept thinking that Auckland was really orderly and empty.. a big difference from crazy Suva!
As soon as I got off the airport shuttle, my friend Stef picked me up (I met her in the Yasawas) and she took me back to her house. Her house was having a moustache party that night and it was a lot of fun! (and cooooldddd) I got to see Kaula as well, Stef’s friend I also met in Fiji. I bought some wine at the duty free and it was lovely.
I planned to climb the next day at the local gym, but the trains weren’t running that weekend and I was a bit nervous about going into the boonies by bus with no map so I decided to explore Auckland instead and get some errand-y type things done. Rock climbing gyms are always in the weirdest areas. That evening I hung out with Stef and her flatmates and slept on their couch (thanks, Stef!).
Going to a grocery store was quite exciting.. hummus! grapes! strawberries! cashews! milk (urghh)!
The next day I checked into a backpacker place downtown and then met up with Sd (friend from USP) and we walked up Mt Eden (good views) and ate sushi (yum!). In the afternoon I headed to the Extreme Edge climbing gym. I was hoping to find a partner to climb with but couldn’t so I just bouldered. That was still okay with me! My muscles still hurt.
On the last day, I left on an ultra early flight to Melbourne so I had to wake up at 3:20am to catch the shuttle. It was early!! I’m sorry dormmates.