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Trip Start Sep 09, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, October 25, 2004

Well, I'm back in the very 'weathered' city of Auckland - a bit different to the Bay of Islands that's for sure! I'm staying once again at Base, which of course is a lot different to the Centabay, but still good none the less. I'm actually quite pleased to have the privilege of enjoying the crisp clean bed linen, electricity 'in' the dorm and a large lockable drawer underneath the bed - a little luxury that gives a lot of piece of mind.

I have spent some time catching up on the net in the usual internet cafe, up on the mezzanine floor. They were quite surprised to see me back and in complete disbelief, almost bordering on admiration, that I'd actually been in the Bay of Islands for nearly four weeks. The cost of internet services in Auckland is less than half the price compared to Paihia (even a third in some places), so it's been a real breath of fresh air not having to rush everything. The pace of life here however is quite the opposite.

More importantly, I've also spent some time catching up with some fine Characters. It's been great seeing Young Neil, MadSimon and the girls as well as Nate (who gave me quite an animated welcome!)

I intend to visit Rangitoto Island while I'm here as well as catch up with Aunty J (our 'JackieG' from the BB) at some point. The weather hasn't been very kind to say the least, so I'll have to hold out for a bit while I adapt, back to 'City life' - but not for too long cos' it's not for me!
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