Awfully Awkward in Auckland(!)
Trip Start Dec 21, 2009
22Trip End Aug 07, 2010
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Awkward in Auckland!
Hi guys... it's taken me a while to get this blog up but I figured I'd at least have a few things
to talk about by the time I did.
As you all know, the main reason for me coming here to NZ was to apply for my working holiday visa to give me a bit more time in Australia. I only booked my flight about 18 hours before getting on it and I had a very enjoyably 4am wake-up to get to the airport on time.
I got to the airport ahead of time and everything went smoothly. For about 2 minutes
The flight itself was pretty uneventful (always a good thing) and the choice of movies was good. Emirates definitely ranks up there, next to Cathay Pacific, as one of my favourite airlines. I landed in Auckland and again had a little difficulty with customs... this time trying to explain that I had no address, no intended area to stay in or person to stay with. The bloke seemed nice enough and let me in once he realised I wasn't going to cause any trouble.
I went to the tourist information and picked up a few leaflets.
On Thursday I went to the Auckland Museum, which has a combination of Natural History, Science and Cultural Maori exhibitions, as well as a dedicated war memorial with exhibits on the second world war. Naturally I worked on my Australian visa application and left it as much as I could for the time being.
Friday I had a lie in, read my book, went for a walk around Auckland and just took in the sites.
Nothing particularly exciting in the day but I went to the cinema and watched the movie 'Kick-Ass', a movie I really enjoyed, although its goriness has been much underplayed in the adverts!
Yesterday, Saturday, I went and did something I have secretly always wanted to do but have been unable/too poor(/too scared!) to go ahead and book
spectacular, especially on a nice day like that one.
A while later we completed the walk and a few of us stayed on for the second part of the experience: the jump. We got kitted up in a different (but similarly sexy) suit, which was blue this time. I let the couple that I'd done the climb with go first (it was the wife's birthday present) and watched them fall 192m in no time at all
"3, 2, 1, GO!!" ............. (jump).
Not quite as glamorous as the others by any means, what with the last minute panic (which lasted about 5 seconds before I told myself to MTFU!), especially because when I did go, I started waving my arms and legs in the air frantically, as if I was taking part in some kind of mid-air front crawl race. What happens is they let you drop 10 metres first, stop it, check you're ok and take a photo of you before releasing it at any given moment. Dangling in the air at 182 metres in the air like that is NOT something that I can say I've experienced many times but it was the wierdest (and scariest thing EVER)...being suspended by something you couldn't see with nothing but an entire city full of people and a huge great big fat target below you that you were instantly about to hurtle towards.
Anyway, a matter of seconds later and I'd zoomed to the ground and hit the target (literally - my smooth moves meant that instead of landing on my feet I pretty much just fell over laughing with relief/exhilaration). Seriously, an awesome experience I would try again, even if I did have a
last minute change of mind
Today, I've not done much in particular. I took a round-trip on the ferry and went for a walk which was pretty cool. I'm also just about to go see Avatar in 3d (FIIIINALLY I get to see it after being isolated in Thailand and not getting the chance), because I figured that If I don't watch it now, I'll never get the chance to watch it in a cinema. Not sure what the next few days involve, but I guess it'll mainly be relaxing, organising Australian work visa (checking for certain now that the embassy will be open again, post-weekend) and hopefully doing one more day-trip.
Unfortunately I haven't been able to scan the skywalk or skyjump photos so I've only been able to upload photos of a photo,but hopefully you'll enhjoy them nonetheless.
Let me know how you're doing..spread the word, show people the link, whatever. I'd love to hear
from you all, as ever :-). xxxxxxxx
(I just want to confirm, photos of Hong Kong Pt II and the ones from Sydney are now also up... do have a look if you have the chance!)