Hamilton Day 1

Good evening – this one is a bit weird, I wasn’t thrilled with the wifi options at this hostel, so I’ve opted just to keep using my 3G data here (of which I’ve already managed to use 500mb while in NZ). So this means that I’m writing this entry on my iPhone – so don’t expect anything fancy!

Luckily I have hooked up my iPad’s bluetooth keyboard to my iPhone, so that works. Unfortunately my iPad doesn’t currently have WordPress installed, and I don’t really want to spend the data installing it!

Anyway….

Today I am in Hamilton, New Zealand. It’s weird seeing Hamilton all over the place, very much reminds me of home. They even have an outdoor ice rink here! Craaaazy 🙂

So where did I leave off…

Auckland. Day 2.

Right.

Yesterday was much better than Auckland Day 1, though to be honest I didn’t do too much. I got up and wandered around Auckland, which is what happened for most of the day, really. I saw a lot of the city, stumbled on an International Triathalon, so I stopped to watch that for a while (and cheer on the Canadians!). I discovered that they have Kettle Corn there (YAY!) so I bought some of that, and continued my wandering.

I did see the New Zealand equivilant of the CN Tower, but didn’t go up it – one deck was closed for reno, and it just didn’t seem worth it. I wandered around the entire downtown, weaved in and out of malls and stores, and basically mucked around lol. Got to know the downtown area pretty well, and found some food here and there.

Back at the hostel I got laundry done (you are welcome), spent some time coding and catching up, met my new room mate for the day from Germany, and decided to go take in some classical music at a memorial concert (piano and some violin) – so that was nice.

After all that, I pretty much turned in… it wasn’t a terribly exciting day! Auckland is a nice city, but it very much reminds me of Canada, or any major downtown, so nothing too shell shocking there.

I’m looking forward to seeing some of the natural wonders that New Zealand has to offer.

That in mind, TODAY, I rented a car from a place called Rent A Dent (O…M…G you should see this thing. Bright orange. Need I say more?), going directly from the rental agency to the highway for the 2 hour trek from Auckland to Hamilton.

Let me remind you, here you drive on the left side of the road (aka the wrong side), and the driver sits on the right side of the car instead of the left. So it was a bit odd for the first while, and I probably should have driven around the city a bit to get used to it, but I did it – no biggie! Just have to remember to KEEP doing it as I continue to drive. Shauna expressed no faith.

So I made it to Hamilton and went to check in – the reception desk wasn’t open for another hour so I wandered around. Found the downtown of Hamilton, it’s like a downtown Burlington, maybe downtown Hamilton a bit (at home that is), so again nothing too shell shocking but very nice. They have a little movie theatre down there and all the normal stuff. I found food at this mediterranian place and ordered some sort of chicken and rice bowl – still not entirely sure what I ordered – but it was good.

Wandered around town a bit more and returned to the hostel. Got myself checked in… ugh it’s a 7 bed room again. Luckily only 4 beds including me are occupied, and they don’t seem like the type to come and go at all hours, so maybe it won’t be too bad. But I don’t plan on doing this too much more. The website wasn’t too specific with the # of beds.

It’s a tiny little hostel, not terribly impressed but it’s not bad. Free parking, so whatever.

Back into the city after checking in – no reason to hang around. I walked all the way to the end of the Main Street and found a theatre (went to see a play there tonight), and just explored the rest of the city. I do want to go see some stuff around here, but it was a crappy day and there wasn’t time to go out and see it, so I was pretty much stuck in the city.

Other than that, I went to see a movie tonight (I think it was called Safety not Guaranteed – very funny, nice movie), and then a play at the theatre I found, which was terrific. They did a great job, and it’s been a while since I’ve seen a live play. So nice to see.

And then I’m back. At the hostel. Now. Writing this long article on a tiny screen using an iPad keyboard.

In other news, I did get a hold of Sarah, she was an exchange student at our Rotary club a year (or two?) ago and she lives in Hamilton, so we’re going to meet up for breakfast tomorrow, and I did also go to a little museum around here and saw some interesting artwork and a little history of the area.

So that’s my life today. Tomorrow I’m planning to go see some very cool caves, so I’ll hopefully have some interesting pictures and stories for you then.

Oh! I also decided, if at all possible, how I want to spend Christmas… on a cruise! So I’ve asked my travel agent if there’s anything reasonable in the area at that time. It might wind up being terribly expensive, or just not possible – who knows. But I figure what better way to spend Christmas when you can’t be with family?

So that’s it for me for tonight, I saw news articles and spoke to my family during the debates – sounds like Obama held up well. Here’s hoping it’s enough.

I’m going to go to bed soon… so g’night (or day, whatever it is for you).