After recuperating from a mad long flight at the St Francis Retreat Centre, I had one night to kill in an Ibis Budget (exciting!) in Auckland CBD. Next morning, I was up early and wondering why I'd not bought any breakfast bars! Reason: the hotel was next to a load of lovely cafés. Although there … Continue reading An Auckland Morning
Near where I was staying at the Retreat Centre in Hillsborough, Auckland, was Onehunga Mall. Since I started the MA, I found myself unable to do much quilting, which - those of you who know me well - is a passion of mine developed over the past five years or so. I decided to walk … Continue reading Quilting: Patchwork Passion, Auckland
When I timed my trip to New Zealand, naturally I didn't look up to see what big events were on (or not!). So I arrived on the last weekend of the World Masters Games, like the Olympics for all age groups, meaning every hotel in Auckland had long been sold out. Not a peep, not … Continue reading Auckland: St Francis Retreat Centre
I did disappear a bit. There's an empty seat where once we chatted daily. Sigh. I got to New Zealand and started working hard on the MA thesis which is - after all - why I'm travelling. I posted a few bobbets on FaceBook and kind of tailed off. I've been to Australia in between … Continue reading ‘Scuse me? Where’s the blog/MA at?
This place is nice! It's less like a hotel and more like an apartment building. Studio doubles are the smallest room, but offer plenty of space for two people. https://youtu.be/czmtdWvwv1Q
Most airports: bleurgh, whatever, get me out of here. Auckland: making a real effort on the welcoming people front! Before you get to baggage claim, there is a huge wooden hand-carved archway, called a tomokanga. It was unveiled in 2008 and you can read more about it here. Everyone was stopping to get a picture … Continue reading Arrivals: Auckland Airport (AKL)
You may recall my previous flights with Latam, from Johannesburg to São Paulo, onwards to Buenos Aires and thence to Santiago. I'd come to expect okay-ness. Which is fine. Safety most important and all that. Latam's obsession with queuing was much in evidence at SCL airport. The flight was boarding, but only for the 12,000 … Continue reading Flights: LA801 – SCL to AKL, Santiago to Auckland