7 am I awake and Imran is already up and getting his kids ready for school. He makes us tea, I have a quick shower, and then we are on our way to downtown Auckland. Imran is a software developer also and works not far from my bus stop. So I get a free ride. He is a pretty awesome guy.
The night before I book the NakedBus to Brynderwyn, I will have to find a way from Brynderwyn to Ruawai when I get there.
We arrive downtown around 9 am and I say goodbye and thank you to a new friend.
My bus doesn’t leave until 1 pm, so I dropped off my bags at the information place. They have bag storage for $5. Well worth not having to carry them around.
Other than the harbor, Auckland looks like every other city. Lots of people, malls, shops etc.
While sitting on a bench enjoying my view of the harbor, some crazy Christian man sits beside me and tell me all the good stuff about Jesus and god. After about 10 minutes I nicely said, goodbye. This lasts 5 minutes and 2 New Zealand well dressed city representatives ask me if we can have a talk about what makes a community worth living in. Why not, I have another hour to waste. They ended up being very patient with my never direct answers. J lol.
Well it is 1 pm, I am on the bus and ready to head up north to Brynderwyn. A few pics below of a fun ride. It wasn't raining, just tinted scratched windows on the bus.
So here is where I want to explain to people about always being nice, even when you want to slap someone.
When I was waiting to get on the bus, two ladies were being a bit pushy for no real reason. I remember thinking I wanted to ask them if I was in their way, but I reminded myself. This journey is about meeting people and learning to always be kind. So instead I turned to them an asked if they would like to go ahead of me, I am in no rush. This paid off in full only 2 hours later.
We arrived in Brynderwyn, one of the ladies from before gets off ahead of me. I also noticed we are in the middle of nowhere. There is nothing, it is just an intersection where two roads meet. I decided to ask her if there is any way to get to Ruawai from here. She says no, but you seem so nice. I will give you a ride there. Her husband who was picking her up agrees. See, being nice in all situations is better. I am already proving it.
During our 25 minute commute to Ruawai I get a chance to talk Cynthia and her husband Alan about New Zealand, the area I am going too and places I should see. We had a great ride.
They drop me off right at the hostel door and I say goodbye to another couple of new friends, Cynthia and Alan. Thanks for the ride!
The hostel door is wide open and there is a sign that reads, “Come in, find a room, and come see us at the gas station.” Hmm friendly people.
While checking in I noticed I am the only person in the hostel, and the owners inform me, the entire town only has internet at the Cafe, which closes at 4 pm. It is currently after 4.
I am starving so I walk into the main strip, which is 6 stores. They all close at 4 pm except the grocery store. I grab some bananas and a NZ beer (Mac’s Great White Cloudy Wheat Ale). Finally, I will have a beer. Mmmmm.
I forgot to mention, even the Bar/Pub was closed at 5 pm.
Check out some of the funny pictures of this town.
A vet clinic that sells meat (surgeries that went bad, still make a profit).
A closed police station.
Another great day travelling!