I’ve arrived in Auckland and everyone else is yesterday..!

I’m in a quiet Starbucks having my first NZ flat white (it’s not bad!). I need a phone charge and free wifi (over here you need a voucher with purchase so no looming outside by the window) while I await my room at the YMCA.

First impressions of the Y were mixed- friendly people on desk, a pool table but a bit institutional (reminds me of UBC residence) and of a mess on the ladies’ room floor. At least it was being cleaned up promptly…

Auckland is just waking up to Thursday at 8am. Lots of shiny cars, buses and the odd bike zipping by. I’ve been here for a couple hours and I can’t wait to amble down a few streets, see the harbour, buy a few groceries and perhaps even find a PAYG SIM card.

PS. I had a scary moment when the Starbucks wifi timed out and I thought I’d have to repost this.

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