The last couple of days have been devoted to setting up housekeeping, making R’s work life functional, and getting ready to leave for 13 days. I now sport an All-Blacks official 2003 World Cup rugby hat. My film processed cleanly – as Effie says “no worries” when I begin photographing in earnest.
R and the Auckland waterfront at high noon just before lunch at a wharfside cafe. Sky Tower on the horizon can be climbed, bungee-jumped and dined in. The tan building on the left is the Ferry Building, where the harbour cruises are launched and innumerable opportunities abound to relieve the tourists from their money. We’ll save that for later – maybe a dinner cruise for New Years? Are there fireworks? We just miss Chinese New Year, a pity because the Asian community is so vibrant here.