Sunday, December 18, 2011

Around the World: Waiheke Island

December 18, 1991

Arrived in Auckland after giving a day away at the International Date Line.  Met a fellow Canadian at the airport, Gail, from New Brunswick. We introduced ourselves to three more Canadians from Huntsville at the hostel in Auckland I've already made enough money cutting my hostel-mate's hair to pay for the night's stay at the hostel and some groceries.

After a good night's sleep, I seem to be adjusted to this time zone.  On a quest to get out of the city and explore an island just off the east coast.  Walked through Auckland from the hostel to the ferry docks and bought a ticket to Waiheke Island.

Onetangi Beach, Waiheki Island, New Zealand
Photo by: Trakesht at en.wikipedia

Staying in Onetangi Bay and the beach here, which is only a long stairway trek down a steep hill from the hostel, is virtually deserted. The shells on the beach are spectacular and I have easily filled a large container. The people here are incredibly hospitable. The water is beautifully clear and free of jellyfish.  The waves are perfect for the novice body surfer. The island is peppered with flowers and every corner I turn is more beautiful than the scenery behind me.  I think I'm in love!

The sun here is very strong. The 15SPF I brought with me is nothing more than a basting, I swear I can hear it sizzling on my skin, like bacon in a pan. I am kicking myself for balking at spending $9USD for 45SPF in Hawaii. I am already regretting that decision!

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"Go down to the beach before the tide comes in,
And write your worries on the sand.
Then watch the ocean come in and wash them away."

~Maithri Goonetilleke