Starting in Auckland

It wasn’t as hard finding George as I thought last night. Ignoring the recommendation of taking a cab (~60$NZ) and taking the SkyBus (16$NZ) it turned out that stop #4 was right in front of the hotel. Easy, convenient and on Queen Street.

So this morning we walked the few blocks to the harbor for breakfast followed by a stroll through this portion of the downtown area. Imagine my  surprise to seeing the Explorer of the Seas at dock. Although thinking about it, it shouldn’t have been a surprise at all. She has to be somewhere and is doing a NZ trip prior to the TransPacific run. After being totally confused, I realized this is her last port prior to Sydney, then she has the next 12 day run before I board on the 23rd.

And back to the present and ending the speculation. There are a lot of sporting goods stores in this area. Except for one, it didn’t seem like much of anything was on sale. And that one had signs all over the place about “the new summer styles.” Considering we are in the Southern Hemisphere and it is getting on toward autumn, that feels like the adds are a bit off.

Our guide for the next couple of weeks met the group ~1100 for a quick walk about which included information on several museums, a wander up the hill and around a portion of the Uni grounds before saying that we would get together at 1530 for the admin “stuff.” Dinner was with the group and it is now a more than adequate time to head to sleep….

Clock Tower at the University

Clock Tower at the University

Once a men's exclusive club, it now has both women and ivy

Once a men’s exclusive club, it now has both women and ivy

from the hill

from the hill

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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