Auckland Rose Park Hotel
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... experiences, as Portugal lost to Germany 4-0... which I had to listen to over the radio :(
Tuesday wasn't as busy as Monday - we did some routine work on farms, and in the clinic.
Wednesday was really interesting - I assisted in the amputation on the right forelimb of a black lab that had a cancerous mass! The surgery went well, and I got to help close as well - and apparently I didn't do too bad :)
I left Wednesday afternoon back to Glasgow. On Thursday ...
... I went to the city to meet Patrick, one of the guys I met at the Couch Surf meet-up on Wednesday. It felt good to be proactive, because without thinking about it I had quite quickly become expectant of Helen's companionship in my day-to-day, so it was especially exciting to be set loose in the city without her. Happily I found that I had developed a reasonable sense of direction and recognition of landmarks on the streets.
Tonight I have made arrangements to stay ...
... Pacific part, where we have
3 months for exploration and know little over than it shall be an adventure! Learning so much on sustainablity, farming and the art of living; I will never forget the kindness and warmth we have received here, one day it will be such a karmic pleasure to return this hospitality to other curious wanderers. Right now we may only have a tiny tent to offer- but who knows what that can mature into with time, dreams and hard work...
... run up One Tree Hill. Unlike the Tree Hill in the TV show, there was no Lucas or Nathan (mores the pity) but we did get a great, if sweaty view from the top, which doesn't actually have a tree at all! It is one of the many volcanoes in Auckland and did used to have a tree until it was fairly recently cut down after disputes between the natives and settlers.
After a relaxed beachy-frozen-yoghurty-cakey type afternoon we were off to the local - ...
... It has since been dormant but on the island itself you are still able to see old lava flows and fields of igneous rock where the lava had settled and cooled.
We took a short ferry ride from Auckland harbour out to the island with some nice running commentary from the captain. The weather looked promising despite a grimmer forecast this morning. Once on the island we all tramped off into the bush, there was a lot of other people getting off with ...