Some friends I know in Auckland have kindly allowed to me to housesit for them for my first week in New Zealand whilst they are on holiday. And so I’m currently living in a beautiful house (complete with hot tub) in a South Auckland suburb called Mangere Bridge. I do have one housemate, but it’s okay she’s small, hairy and spends most of her time outside licking herself. Meet my roomie:
And so I’ve been using this blissful downtime to:
- Deal with the jet lag. A few 6am starts, and a few 5pm emergency naps – hasn’t been too bad really.
- Do the boring life stuff. Set up a bank account, switch my driving licence, get my tax number sorted.
- Detox from the seemingly endless boozing that started around two months before I left (and I am absolutely not writing this on the deck with a chilled beer in my hand).
- And also do some local exploring…
I do have a few more hikes and other bits I’d like to check out before I leave here on Monday. It’s been a lovely week relaxing in the sun, and next week I join the Stray Bus in Christchurch to begin my South Island travels.
It’s not a bad life really.