Thanks to the Hilton for a free nights’ accommodation, an Air New Zealand ticket sale several months ago and two obliging grandparent-small-child-looker-afters we got a trip away for our 20th. We went on a plane, bus, train and boat. Mike is so good at travel I didn’t need to worry about a thing, just have fun. I have a new appreciation of all the travel he does to earn a living. I thought I was not going to be able to sleep but after walking 15000 steps that day (according to Mike’s step counter) I fell asleep very easily.
It was exciting to see Auckland for the first time. I first noticed some different trees – palms and pohutukawa. The sea breeze smelt fresh (except when walking past heaps of people smoking on Queen Street.) A city on a hill with ups and downs everywhere was interesting for a change, and it wasn’t broken!! Most people smiled back when I smiled at them. I felt like asking people how they lived in this giant metropolis (but didn’t.) It was so interesting to see so many different but ordinary people doing what they do in a city. (Women driving buses and trains, business women, women cooking and waitressing, women politicians, women working at the airport…..) I saw an older baby in a pram on Queen Street. It was so nice to see a little person (and Mike said the baby knew I was a mega mother because he waved to me.)
We visited New Lynn where Mike lived as an 11-16 year old – his parents being Salvation Army Corps Officers. The current officers let us look around and told us all about the work they do now like Budgeting advice, Food Bank, Addiction help, Seniors Friendship Programme.
We had a very nice time together and I’m looking forward to our 30th.