Lovely views - but no internet
My mobile didn't pick up what little reception there was in Warkworth with the new Sim card that Ross had got me. My old tank of a laptop died, cutting us off from the internet. My final earnings - and therefore our entire worldly monies - didn't quite make it over with me. I'd been so stressed when I'd done the transfer in the moments before leaving that I'd entered the information wrongly. I needed another code from Ross's bank in NZ, but it was a bank holiday, then the weekend, then I had to wait for it to be Monday morning in Europe, then the internet cafes were shut so I couldn't call the currency transfer company, hence another twelve hours'wait before the transfer could even begin...
Great spot for birdwatching, but not a great spot to be penniless
We needed food and other supplies but had no money. I couldn't call anyone. We weren't within walking distance of any amenities - apart from fabulous views that is. I couldn't drive, so I was reliant on Ross's patience if I wanted to go to town. I felt trapped and miserable. Furious with Ross - even though it wasn't his fault - for not making it all work.
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Things sorted themselves out slowly. My mobile works in Auckland. The money arrived and we bought a new computer (though even then the first one we bought was faulty and we had another 3-hour round trip to Auckland the next day to replace it. The shop refunded the petrol though, so that was okay).
The city of sails: Auckland from the Harbour Bridge
To treat ourselves we had a yummy (veggie)burger from BurgerFuel (highly recommended - nine out of ten) and went to see Avatar at the Imax (very nice - eight out of ten). I started to see some of the good sides to living in New Zealand.