Cold and Rainy

Greetings from Auckland!

It’s another cold and rainy day here in the Big City. I’ve decided that I’m not as big a fan of Auckland as I was of the smaller towns. It’s much easier to navigate around the smaller towns and it’s a LOT less expensive. We’ve spent so much money here it’s not even funny. Also, the hostel we’re at is a bigger one and folks haven’t been as friendly. It’s like high school with all of the cliques and such.

We went today and got our last round of the Hepatitis A/B vaccination. The doctor there also kindly informed us that the malaria medication we were prescribed back home was for Central America, not Southeast Asia. Whee. So, we had to get some new malaria medication too. Better safe than sorry, even though I didn’t like dropping the coin on it. Cheapskate me.

Last night we got our dinner at the White Lady. It’s a trailer that has been open every night (save one due to a power outage in 2006) since 1948. It’s a cultural icon. Of course I got a burger, but I felt it would be wrong for me to ask for it plain, like I normally do. So, I got a regular non-modified burger and took it back to the hostel to eat. Lettuce, tomato, fried onions, tomato sauce (essentially ketchup), cheese, meat, and toasted bun. It was a first.

So that was an accomplishment I wanted to tell everyone about. With today being so rotten out, I don’t think we have much planned. For the rest of the week, we plan on going to a comedy show, the local Aquarium (penguins!), the transportation museum, and perhaps a Hare Krishna dinner this weekend. Our flight to Indonesia is next Wednesday at 6:30 AM local time. It’s hard to believe that our time in NZ is almost over.

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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4 Responses to Cold and Rainy

  1. Brock says:

    I'm so proud of you, Rhys! You guys have been inspiring me to try new things, to venture out. First with Indi dangling her legs over the Grand Canyon, and you trying all this new food.

  2. Lory Martin says:

    Penguins!!!I'm ENORMOUSLY Proud of you!Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!No Coke; Pepsi!

  3. Mark says:

    "Lettuce, tomato, fried onions, tomato sauce (essentially ketchup), cheese, meat, and toasted bun. It was a first."Holy crap. Did I read that correctly? (rubs eyes)…(reads again). Damn! Times, they are a'changin.

  4. Kristin says:

    Penguins!!! I have an odd fasination and love for them! Even call my hubby Penguin!! LOL, I know, I am weird!

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