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    • Day 54

      Grey Lynn Sunday Organic Market

      February 2, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      The Grey Lynn market is a 100% community owned and operated food market – a local alternative to grocery stores. Since it is only a 5 minute walk away, off we went and we were pleasantly surprised.

      Besides fruits, vegetables, meats, milk, coffee, cheeses, honey and breads there is also a community trading table, where community gardens and backyard growers sell their garden surplus.

      We spoke to several of the wonderful people who grow and make the nutritious and delicious foods that were being offered. We are surprised by the high prices of food and gas here. Kids played in the playground and local musicians played music in the shade.

      We bought a box of a variety of local fruits and a baguette to take on our trip north. Limes are expensive here so we also bought a jar of fresh lime juice. We were told that it would last for a month.

      What we have learned in the past 2 days is that NZ is noticeably committed to becoming zero-waste and this community market is working hard to follow suite to reduce people’s impact on the environment.

      It is very common to see people carrying fabric bags and shop keepers have paper bags for packaging. Bottles and jars are reused. Reminds me of the 1950s. What goes around, comes around.
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    • Day 5

      Comme un dimanche

      March 12, 2023 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      Comme un dimanche, une matinée tranquille, au programme lessive et itinéraire pour la suite du voyage.
      Le midi on rejoint une amie à moi des vendanges pour manger asiat puis direction le petit festival Pacifika toute ensemble où on rejoint encore d'autres français.
      Une aprem posée dans le parc à l'ombre bien sur 😅
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    • Day 5

      Und schon ist der Tag vorbei

      July 7, 2023 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      Wie schnell ein Tag vergehen…
      Da ist man gerade erst aufgestanden müde vom 28 Stunden Flug und ist schon 24h Stunden in Neuseeland. Im Hintergrund schimmert der Skytower durch, den man von überall sehen kann in Auckland, egal wo man ist.Read more

    • Day 43


      March 12, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

      Letzte Station auf einem großartigen Trip durch Neuseeland und einzige wirkliche Großstadt des Landes mit gerade mal 1,5 Millionen Einwohnern. Dank Lisas großartiger Recherche haben wir hier ein Top Airbnb Penthouse ergattern können 😄. Unsere Behausung inkl. Dachterasse mit Blick über Auckland konnten wir dann auch auskosten da ein Zyklon beschlossen hatte gerade hier drüber zu ziehen. Aber gegen einen Tag Pasta und Chillen hatten wir nach dem eng getakteten Programm auch mal nix. Den zweiten Tag haben wir dann Auckland zu Fuß erkundet, den Eden Park besucht und ein letztes Mal bei Carls Jr. gegessen. Jetzt geht’s ab nach Rarotonga - Inselstop Nummer 1 auf den Cookinseln. Und dazu gehts noch auf Zeitreise. Nachdem wir heute den 13.03 in Auckland verbracht haben überqueren wir im Flieger die Datumsgrenze und kommen kurz nach Mitternacht am 13.03 in Rarotonga an. Der gleiche Tag also nochmal von vorne - verrückte Sachen gibt’s 😄Read more

    • Day 240


      May 2, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Das zweite Mal in Auckland checkten wir zuerst für zwei Nächte in ein Hostel ein, dass uns beiden nicht wiklich gut gefiel. Danach wechselten wir wieder zu einer AirBnB Unterkunft, in der wir auch Till und Elfi wieder trafen. Taz, unser Gastgeber, war ein wirklich cooler Typ und wir hatten viel Spaß zusammen :) Wir verbachten noch einen vollen Tag in Auckland, Matze und ich indem wir einfach noch ein bisschen durch alle möglichen Ecken der Stadt liefen und Till und Elfi indem sie das Krankenhaus erkundeten. Efli ging es nämlich gar nicht gut und das, einen Tag bevor wir zusammen nach Samoa wollten...Keine schönen Aussichten!
      Am Ende des Tages verlief dann doch noch alles zum Guten und nach einem gemütlichen Filmabend und etwas chaotischem Packen stand unserem Abflug am nächsten Morgen nichts mehr im Wege :)
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    • Day 52

      Houses in Grey Lynn, Auckland

      January 31, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      I read that staying in the Grey Lynn area or Ponsonby would be a good choice. Houses, or villas as they are called, in both districts were mostly built in the 1890s. Low rents in the 1950s attracted many immigrant workers who quickly made this neighbourhood their home. Now, these cute houses are being renovated and Grey Lynn has become a much sought after trendy place to live, 3 km from downtown Auckland.

      We are staying on a very quiet, tree-lined street called Selbourne Street. No cobblestones here or fishermen going to work at 5 in the morning. It is extremely quiet, even with all the windows open.

      The lady who owns the house has owned the house for 23 years and did some big renovations. Originally the houses didn’t have plumbing or hydro so a lot of work had to be done to modernize them.

      Wikipedia has this to say about these house -

      “Most of the houses in the area were built between the 1890s and the beginning of the First World War. They were constructed quickly and with little variation in layout. Their façades were differentiated by the application of mass-produced items; wooden fretwork, stained-glass panels, turned balusters and pressed tin (intended for interior ceilings – this "new" product occasionally appears on the gable ends of some villas). The most important feature was the bay window—hence the name "Bay Villa"—an important feature which marked the owner as middle class. The new inhabitants tended to be young couples, mostly white-collar workers such as clerks and office workers, teachers or skilled crafts-people.”

      Most of these wooden houses have a similar floor plan with a central hallway. The parlour was located directly off the corridor, near the front entry. This room was reserved for entertaining guests. The bay window (when fitted to the protruding gable) was reserved for this room, and the best furniture and family treasures would be displayed here. In our house, this room has been made into the guest bedroom.

      In most villas, the main bedroom was typically across the corridor from the parlour, facing the street. A second bedroom and any other bedrooms typically faced the side or back of the house. Our hostess and her sister occupy these two rooms.

      The kitchen, pantry and scullery – were always at the rear of the house, away from the street. Typically, they were located in a lean-to, with a floor at ground level. The kitchen was for cooking and eating. Early villas would have had a coal range as the sole means of cooking. Later, a wetback provided water heating.

      Larger villas sometimes had a separate dining room and a pantry for food storage. A common feature was a safe. This house has a dining and a living area at the back, as well as the kitchen and a deck.

      Early villas did not have bathrooms. Long-drop toilets were located in separate buildings in the rear yard. Two bathrooms were added to this house.

      The laundry was typically in a separate building behind the main house. Laundries would have contained timber (kauri) tubs and possibly a copper, for boiling water for the washing. There is a little renovated house at the back of the property that our hostess rents out. It may have been the original laundry building...

      We took some photos of some of the houses on this street. Most of them have fretwork and stained glass, and a front veranda. They are very cute houses.
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    • Day 19


      August 25, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

      Autoversicherung endgültig erledigt! Topf, Campingkocher und Gas gekauft. Für Wochenende einpacken. Heute ist wieder Freitag, also: Deaf Club. Da aber Toilette defekt war, sind wir alle zum "cafe" Crave gegangen.

      Car Insurance totally finish. Buy pot, camp stove and gas. Then packed for weekend. With Caitlin and Marvin "deaf club" in Crave. It was cool!
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