In the least complain-y way available to me, I would like to very politely complain – just a little bit – about how busy life in Auckland is. I thought New York was bad, but it has nothing on New Zealand, apparently. I'll have to start telling that to people who ask if I miss the hustle and bustle of the big city*.
A lot of this, of course, has to do with the fact that I've been busy catching up with friends, and I have more of them here than I realised**. They've all been coming out of the woodwork since I landed, and when you have the offer of awesome friends to hang out with, who's going to say no?
What this means is that I've not been taking nearly as many photos as I want to – but that's okay, because I've been having a lot of fun instead. I've snapped a few pictures with my phone here and there, but I do try not to get too 'bloggy' when I'm hanging out with people, especially when I haven't seen them for years.
I did manage to take a few pictures over the weekend while down at the Wynyard Quarter, because I was with my family and the same rules don't apply to them***. Thankfully. The Wynyard Quarter is supremely cool, it was a beautiful day, and everyone was out greeting spring. It deserved to be recorded for posterity – even if only by phone.
Wynyard Quarter is a long-term project – 25 years, according to Waterfront Auckland – the first stage of which was completed in 2011, just in time for the Rugby World Cup. The development of Auckland's waterfront was/is incredibly important, but last time something was done down there for a large sporting event, it ended up a ghost town soon after the sporting event was done. Lessons learnt and all that. The Wynyard Quarter was packed on Sunday. I don't think there's any fear that the same thing will happen again – especially as somehow it's already been two years since the RWC (where did those two years go again?)
I can't wait to get down there again, hopefully with my actual camera. For now, though, the phone pictures will do – after all, it's not like it's going anywhere.
*This is a lot of people.
**A huge relief - I was quite sure I was going to end up a total loner.
***They have to love me.