Auckland - here we come!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Dear beloved Auckland,

We were not anticipating another visit to you so soon. But $1000 for airfares and two weeks in Auckland is better economy than $1000 for one week in the Marlborough Sounds (though I will miss you, dear heart).

Dear, dear Auckland. I can't wait to feel that humid heat again even though it does unspeakable things to my hair. I am even looking forward to your unending display of motorway agapanthas. However, I am not yearning  to live in you again, Auckland; and I can't say I'm fond of the crazy crush at Botony Downs PacNSave, or the row upon row of brown, orange, black, or grey rooftops across the farmland of my old hometown in Howick, or the ghetto that my husband's old sleepy hometown of Papakura has become.

But I do love your beaches. I do love those Norfolk Pines,  and Dunkin' Donuts, and the main street of Howick, and Smith and Caughey and the Auckland Philharmonic and the dairy at Clevedon, and most of all I am looking forward to seeing the dear familiar faces of people I love who live in Auckland. New friends, old friends; family, sisters and brothers-in-laws, cousins, aunties, uncles, nieces and nephews, old family friends, old famliar places, lots of memories everywhere we go.

We are coming Auckland. Please turn on your best sunshine for us. And actually, it will just be really nice to have two weeks without worrying whether that distant rumble is an airplane or an earthquake.


Sarah of 'Catching the Magic' said...

Have a very wonderful time and I hope the weather is truly marvellous for you too!

We're heading to Nelson for 2 week's in the NY with my in-laws (who are coming over from England!). So looking forward to some good, relaxing family times :)

All the best x

Julze said...

I hope you have a great time in Auckland..God bless!

Cate said...

Looking forward to seeing you Rachel - yippee!!

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