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City Lodge, Auckland

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Greetings everybody. (po polsku na dole strony)

We hope you are all well & enjoying the end of summer...

We're still in Auckland.  Yesterday (Sunday 30th) we moved to a much nicer hotel/hostel at the top of Vincent St.  The rooms are nice & it also has a common area for cooking/dining & chilling out - all clean & comfortable.  Great price too, which always helps.  We thoroughly enjoyed the Hilton though. It was so clean & spacious & such a treat after being in hostels for 3 weeks.  Eating breakfast on the balcony watching Kiwis in their boats over the water - loved it.

Leszek met a fellow pole & went to join him playing poker somewhere in a pub at Mount Eden. He's going to play weekly.  Another one of his ideas is Salsa dancing, but he is still working on 'encouraging' me with that idea.  Somehow, I can't imagine my running & stiff legs being all relaxed & free with dancing.  Plus, I'm sure I was given 2 left feet by mistake...  We have bought some cheap tennis rackets & have 'attempted' to play - I am so useless though, as spend half the time laughing too much after missing a shot!  Reminds me of Reece & I playing squash in Nottingham - after our game, I'd have sore muscles - not my arms, but my stomach from laughing so much.

We've been exploring a lot over the last week.  Saturday we were picked up by Jimmy & taken out for the day with Ivana.  Ivana was the map control co driver - very amusing when we ended up at a point far North East, instead of Piha beach on the West coast, fairly near by!  It was a great day out - we ended up  Whangarei; ate lunch at a local joint, then took a walk up the beach & cliffs to take in all the great views. The day finished off by meeting at Sky City (where the tower is) & having a bit of a drink & gamble.  Picture also attached, but make of it as you will (see Leszek - I'm not saying anything!)

Leszek & I have also been exploring the North shore - some planned & some unplanned curtsey of a crazy bus driver.  I haven't ever laughed so much.  I thought we were going to be held hostage on the bus - when we explained we didn't want to go where the bus was going, she told us we should have double checked with her.  Apparently the word Museum had the same meaning to her as Zoo!  "No leave now- sit down, sit down!!" So funny....

Also took a day drip to Devonport (lovely). Very relaxing (apart from the hill walk) & even better fish & chips by water front.  The North shore area is very nice - some great big houses with lovely views & beaches.  We 'explored' somewhere looking for a computer store to pick up our video cam & ended up in Takapouna.  Had a fab Japanese meal - I always love Japanese food, but this was particularly great tempura & I finished everything.  Absolutely delicious! 

Last night Jimmy & Ivana came over for the evening.  Jimmy & I cooked a nice traditional spaghetti bolognaise. Mmmmm... I'm soon off to check out the YMCA gym next door.  I'm thinking of joining in the kick boxing exercise classes (haha).  Luckily, it's just 100m from this new hotel & guests get a cheaper entrance.

Today we made a deal & bought a car! :)  Tomorrow we pick it up (have a hire car at the mo). We went to a car auction last Wed & had a great time watching all the business taking place.  It was also quite amusing for me watching Leszek try and talk to me without using his hands or nodding - we almost bought 3 vehicles by accident...

A big congrats to Magdalena & Milo on their recent wedding.  Sorry to have missed it & hope you had a wonderful day.  We wish you all the best for the future & look forward to seeing you next year. 

Hope everyone is well.  Love the photos of the Walshs' at Disney, Paris.  Must also say congrats to the Walsh brothers for their huge effort in swimming the length of the Thames.  Well done on a great fund-raising effort (crazy challenge)...  I hope you both have a good rest now & can enjoy some decent grub.  Justgiving link attached for anyone interested.

http://www.justgiving.com/RiverThamesChallenge2009/

Miss you all.

Leszek & Kirsty.xx


Pozdrowienia!

Po krotce chcialbym zdac relacje z pierwszego tygodnia w Nowej Zelandii. Nasza tulaczka po hotelach wciaz trwa. Po tygodniu w Formule 1 (maly pokoik na 17tym pietrze) przenieslismy sie do troche wiekszego pokoju w hotelu City Lodge, ale z ta roznica ze przynajmniej mozna spotkac innych ludzi bo maja tzw communal areas - czyli sale telewizyjna z sofami i jadalnie z kuchnia gdzie mozna przygotowywac jedzenie i pogadac z ludzmi z innych krajow.

Relacje z tego tygodnia zaczne od konca, bo to w sumie najwazniejsza wiadomosc dla nas - kupilismy "nowy" samochod! Wreszcie skonczy sie wertowanie planow autobusow i pociagow i marzniecie na przystankach. Swoja droga mielismy pare przygod i nieoczekiwanych wycieczek tylko dlatego ze wsiedlismy do niewlasciwego autobusu (po tym jak pani kierowca powiedziala nam ze dojedziemy do muzeum jej autobusem po czym pojechala w zupelnie odwrotna strone!).

Otoz owy nabytek jest koloru ciemnoszarego a zwie sie Nissan Pulsar, automatik! :) Znalezlismy miejsce gdzie sprzedaja auta, ktore byly uzywane przez wypozyczalnie samochodow i gdzie po 200tys km sa sprzedawane prawie za bezcen, ale maja wciaz pelny serwis i przeglad.

Wczesniej zwiedzalismy rozne zakatki Auckland i ze znajomymi (Anglik i Slowaczka) pojechalismy na dzienna wycieczke na polnoc od miasta.

Oprocz tego kupilismy tez kamere - wiec niedlugo trzeba zmontowac film na wzor tego z USA (bede sie musial usmiechnac do Leona, albo go zaprosic na piwko do Krainy Kiwusow :)) Stety niestety mieszkamy tez w samym centrum, gdzie do kasyna mam 5 minut drogi - wiec juz bylem na paru wycieczkach z marnym jak na razie skutkiem :) A bedac juz w temacie pokera - poznalem przez internet kolege z Polski - Bartek - z ktorym gralem w pubowej lidze pokera, i ktory przekazal cenna wiedze o Nowej Zelandii.

Poza tym organizujemy karciane (tym razem tylko dla smiechu) wieczorki grajac w przerozne gry od Fish zaczynajac po Dupie Biskupa konczac (dodatkowa porcja smiechu jak obcokrajowiec wypowiada "diupa byskiupa") ;). Bylismy tez w kinie, gralismy w tenisa i mamy wyjatkowe szczescie do restauracji - zawsze jak zbladzilismy, zeby odzyskac sily wchodzilismy do napotkanej restauracji - pierwsza dostala nagrode za najlepsza restauracje w Nowej Zelandii w 2008r a druga najlepsza japonska restauracja w Auckland... byle wiecej takich pomylek nawigacyjnych! :)

W czwartek planujemy przetestowac auto podrozujac po polnocy Polnocnej Wyspy - dzisiaj jest pierwszy dzien wiosny wiec pogoda powinna byc coraz lepsza na takie eksapady... Planujemy tez zapisanie sie na tance, ja na pubowego pokera a Kirsty na kick-boksing-aerobik.. cokolwiek to znaczy - trzeba miec jakies hobby bo bez pracy po jakims czasie moze byc nudno.

Swoja droga Kirsty wciaz chodzi na rozmowy - bez wiekszych rezultatow (ludzie sa tu za bardzo wyluzowani i nie odpowidaja na emaile na czas i ciagle kaza jej czekac), a ja mam marne szanse na wize pracownicza. Narazie postaram sie przedluzyc wize turystyczna z nadzieja ze polski parlament w koncu ratyfikuje Wize Wakacyjno-Pracownicza (w ambasadzie mowia ze miedzy wrzesniem a listopadem powinno byc zatwierdzone).

To tyle jak na razie
Gorace pozdrawienia ode mnie i Kirsty




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sikorka
sikorka on

really great adventure
This is so cool you took this trip :D For me, as for a person who moved far away from Europe only once, this is really STH.

So how is the weather and people there? Do you meet many local people? Or travellers? And are there any tarantulas? :D

Ania

Stuart on

The 'funny bird' is a fantail, a small native bird that flutters erratically as it catches flying insects. Common to NZ bush, and according to Maori custom if it flies indoors, it's presence means that a death will occur within the family.

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