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and so it begins.....

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So in the last 96 hours I have gone from the fields of Wisconsin, to a motel in Chicago, to my friend's apartment in L.A., and now to a the Base Central Hostel in Auckland, New Zealand. I dont really know what day it is. The flight over was actually quite relaxing. I got some sleep and was once again impressed by international airline service as compared to the rather terrible service we have come to expect in America.

A bit of humor for everyone -- I arrived in Auckland airport with a few items I knew were banned - namely a banana and a turkey sandwich. Although I was prepared to toss them both before going through customs, the biosecurity team and their trusty beagle got me first. This would not be that funny if not for the fact that the whole thing was filmed for New Zealand TV Ch. 1. I guess they are working on a show about dogs that work for a living, and I will be appearing, unshaven, and quite disheveled on the national tv down here. I wont lie, Im kinda psyched about that.

This hostel is nice and all, but it conveys what I was somewhat concerned about having not backpacked in four years....the computerization of the backpacking world. I mean, everyone here is on the internet or on the iphone. Perhaps its just this place, but its a far cry from a decade ago when in europe I recall a more social atmosphere. Also, I am quite off-put by the amount of packages and tours being thrown at my face. It is true that like myself, many people come down here with little more than a bag and a rough sketch of what they want to do. I have never liked the structure of tours or guided trips so I plan on staying away and trying my best to navigate the country on my own.

For today its a few basic things that I want to accomplish, buy a cell phone, get an electronic converter, and maybe start planning what Im going to do in this city the next few days.

That's all for now.

Posted by efstein 16:10 Archived in New Zealand Tagged backpacking Comments (1)

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