Nico (vilakins) wrote,
Nico
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Day out

trixieleitz is up for a weekend drumming course not far from me so she's staying here.

I picked her up from the airport around midday yesterday and we went up Mt Eden, one of our many volcanoes, which gives you a good view of the city; you can even see from one side of the country to the other because the isthmus is very thin here.

trixie

trixieleitz on Mt Eden and proof of how far snowgrouse's t-shirts have travelled.

Then we went to the Aotea Market. Parking was not easy. The Civic car park, which has always had plenty of space before, had a queue to get in and cars were only allowed through when one came out. So we gave up and went to a Wilson's one up the road which had a pay-and-display ticket dispenser--which only took coins. [rolls eyes] It was $3 for 30 minutes; they think people walk around with $12 in coins? Between us we paid for 30 minutes and went to the market and bought lunch (Indian and Vietnamese) thus acquiring coins, then I went back and paid for another 90 minutes, discovering after three failed attempts that you could only get a ticket if you put a multiple of $3 in, and I only had one $1 coin with all the $2s. Nice one, Wilson's. You really make it easy for your customers.

Anyway, we had fun at the market. We got a massage, fruit smoothies, and yummy handmade chocolate each, Trixie bought a beautiful iridescent coloured glass pendant, and we enjoyed looking at all the stalls even if we didn't buy anything else. There was also a street performer on a very tall monocycle juggling basket balls which was entertaining; he had a good patter.

juggler

We had dinner in Mission Bay at the Bar Comida (tapas abd a to-die-for French apple tart), then went home and watched The Christmas Invasion, a great way to end a good (if very hot) day.

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