After an excellent but surprisingly tiring trip to Cape Reinga and The Bay of Islands the return to Auckland was brightened by the prospect of a reunion with the Italians and Young Ben for a communal dinner followed by drinks at the Globe nightclub where the redoubtable Selena would be getting back on the booze Aussie style.
As I returned somewhat after the others I missed the group dinner however Alex did cook my share of the provisions and turned out a pretty decent spag bol in double quick time (the least I would have expected from an italian). Later in the Base club we played a little pool (Alex again surprising us with his abilities, this time with the cue) before my compadres retired to bed ahead of their next morning departure to the Hot Pool Beach courtesy of their Kiwi Experience bus.
After shopping for the coming week and wandering the streets for a few tourist photos I then decamped to the library to try and upload pictures on their free wifi - a task made all the more frustrating by an Argentine woman gabbling non-stop on the phone to what must have been her entire family back gome judging by the time she was on the phone.
Later I met up with Rich down by the Nomad hostel, where he and his mates were half way through a litre of the hard stuff, to pick up my travel adaptors which had finally arrived and to hear the sound system in his newly pimped motor (I suspect the ride to Coromandel will leave me with severe tinitis). The rest of my evening consisted of doing the laundry whilst overdosing on Series 2 of Dexter and a short sleep ahead of watching the England game (aired at 4am out here). This was followed by the two Chech travellers packing and leaving the dorm in the early hours - wearing a head torch with an extremely bright beam the guy managed to illuminate the room like those spotlights at a movie premiere and made more noise than the All Blacks squad during the haka, he seemed oblivious of both and took ages to decamp to the outside hallway having woken all of us up in the process! Still he did pop his head back in the room to say goodbye - how very sweet!
Next couple of days will consist of catching up on the blog, online albums, meeting Rich on Wednesday to sort out our road trip playlists and a few beers, pretty standard fare until we get on the road on Friday morning. . . . . . . . cant wait!