What a Whirlwind

It is currently halfway through day 3 for me.  So much has happened that it seems like it should be much longer.

The plane ride was pretty rough, and by rough I mean turbulent, and by turbulent I mean the whole rest of the day while I was walking around I felt like I had just stepped off a boat.  That bad.  It literally felt like the ground was moving beneath me.  Thankfully, that has now gone away and I can walk normally.

The plane landed at 6:40am, about 40 minutes ahead of schedule.  I had a nice bus ride to the hostel and got settled in quickly.  I only had to wait about 20 minutes for my room to be ready!  I quickly showered and packed my bag for everything I would need to get done that day.  I accomplished a lot that morning and by lunchtime I had activated my bank account, bought a sim card for my phone, and put in my request for an IRD number (an IRD number is like a tax ID number that will enable me to work in NZ).

I spent the rest of the time walking up and down Queen Street, which is the main street in Auckland.  Unfortunately, I left my camera at the hostel, so I’ll have to go back later and take some pictures.  The next day I bought some groceries for myself from an Asian food market which surprisingly had a good selection of produce, meat, and canned goods for reasonable prices.  I took a walk over to the University area and found a wonderful park to sit and eat my lunch.

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The park is called Auckland Domain.  It’s hard to see from this picture but the flat land extends far to the left and right and is covered in what I can only guess are Cricket Pitches.  I have no idea if that is the correct term for those long green patches, but I saw a group of school children playing Cricket on  one of them far in the distance.

I then walked around the large hill in the distance and found the Wintergarden.  I had read about it in my guidebook, but I wasn’t that thrilled about visiting it.  I am really glad I stumbled upon it.  Two green houses connected by a central fountain and a Fern Area.  Yeah, an outside area dedicated to ferns.  It was awesome.

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This is inside the Fern Area.

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This is inside one of the green houses.

Over the past two and half days, I’ve kept looking out for help wanted signs while walking around.  I found one across the street from where I’m staying and I took my resume in, but I haven’t heard anything back from them yet.  Other than that I’ve applied online to a few places.  One of which is a golf course, that just emailed me back a few minutes ago and set up an interview with me for next Tuesday!  I’m so excited, I would love working in the club house of a golf course.  I will be kinda pissed if I do get I though, because I left my golf clubs at home. Oh well.

I’ve met some cool people already, and with the nice patio outside it will be really easy to meet more.

 

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3 thoughts on “What a Whirlwind

  1. Virginia, the way you describe it, one would think you were a native. Good luck with the interview at the golf club!

  2. Lisa says:

    Good to hear you are doing well! Thanks for keeping us updated on your quest.

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