Monday, May 22, 2006

Auckland Day 1

First off the ride from SFO to Auckland was pleasant. The plane was about a third full. Each seat has a nifty in seat, on demand entertainment selection. Bradley, Adam's boss picked us up at the airport around 6:00am. His wife Claire drove us around and acted as a really nice knowledgable tour guide.

The day we arrived we opened up a bank account, connected our cell phones, moved into our studio apt AND went grocery shopping. That would have taken weeks in Costa Rica. Here's a picture of a view from our room and our first homemade meal on a suitcase coffee table, if you can call cheese and crackers a meal.

I'm using these blog posts to keep myself awake. I have to stay up as late as possible to acclimate my body to the new zone. So here is some interesting observations:

-Driving on the wrong side of the road. The key is to keep yourself in the center lane. We'll see how well that works tomorrow when we get a rental.

-Drivers are not as bad as we have been told.

-Bathrooms have towel warmers. The US is way behind on this technology.

-Grocery prices are similar to Portland. The yogurt section is about three times as big as any I've ever scene. I guess dairy is pretty big here. Imagine going into a grocery store and seeing items that look similiar, but you don't recognize any brands. It will be hit or miss for a while.

-The local cooking channel was cooking bangers and mash. Why is a sausage called a banger?

-The cosmic connection between Portland and New Zealand is the destruction of the Trojan nuclear power plant near Portland on the day we arrived in Auckland. New Zealand is nuclear free and we discovered the Trojan explosion on the Kiwi local news.

Here's the view from our temporary apartment in the Auckland CBD.


Liz said...

Look, I'm posting a comment! Just want to say Hi. Glad you made it safely into Auckland.

Driving on the "wrong" side of the road is hard enough, but then they had to go and switch up the turn signal and windshield wipers too! Have fun discovering the idiosyncracies of your new home : )

Joanna said...

I have just discovered your blog and it's really interesting reading it! I'm a Kiwi married to an American and I lived in UT for 7 years, and have been in NH for one. I had a good laugh about seeing groceries but not knowing what brands are good and bad! You mentioned yoghurt - if you haven't figured it out by now (I know I'm a day late and a dollar short!) try 'Ski' brand yoghurt. Yummy! I grew up in Dunedin and then Hamilton so I know lot of the places you talk about - even the penguins!

Hope everything goes well and if you need any translation let me know! lol!