Our First Weekend

Flashback: February 19th-20th, 2011

Last Friday, we went to the beach, Takapuna, which is just a 20 minute bus ride away!  Though it was sort of cloudy and “cold,” we still had an excellent picnic and stared at the view for hours.

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Can you blame us? Magnificent.

That night, we went to the Chinese Lantern Festival at a park right near our apartment.  We started off the evening by eating some delicious vegetarian Chinese food.

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Then we each had half a pineapple with Hokey Pokey inside for dessert.

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After sunset, we walked around looking at all the gorgeous lanterns all lit up.  They were huge and ornate, such a fun sight to see!

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We started off our first Saturday with a trip to the Farmer’s Market. For breakfast, we had a gourmet chocolate-almond croissant as a treat from an artisan baker, plus I had a ginger latte.  The produce was so cheap, so we were naturally very excitable, and stocked up for the week.  For lunch, we got a gourmet ham sandwich from the jolliest Kiwi lady ever.  I am not lying when I say that it was the most delicious ham I’d every tasted.

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Later in the day, we hiked up Mount Eden, which is just a 25-minute walk from our apartment.  The view from the top was incredible!

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That night, there was a meetup at Father Ted’s Pub for all study abroad students.  When we walked in, we were shocked to see our adviser playing lead guitar in the band!  We always have a good time at Father Ted’s 🙂

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