Monday, August 14, 2006

day 4, rainbow 8

yup... saw 2 rainbows again today... i also got to check off two items on my list of things to do: visit the war memorial museum and see the maori culture show, and visit my old neighborhood in northcote. the latter was an experience that was a little difficult to describe. the last time I'd been there was at least 12 years ago. it all seemed pretty familiar (here's a map of the general auckland area), but there were some definite changes: fisherman's wharf, down at the end of my old street, was abandoned; the dairy my brother and i used to frequent for candy (i specifically recall buying gummy coke bottles) is now a wine shop, and the lotto store is a chips shop; northcote primary and a ton of new buildings, one of which pretty well blocks the entrance to the school; the onepoto domain is really a pretty nice place, and the soccer fields, in hindsight, are probably the best ground i've ever played on; and the northcote shopping center has basically turned into one giant asian mart, which i can't say isn't an improvement, but it was a little striking to see pretty much every store sign there have asian lettering. the old house is still there, though...














flowers in the auckland domain's winter garden






















maori wood carvings in a traditional meeting house
















the northcote tavern, located across the street from...




















my old house and its ski slope of a driveway (yes, that is the ocean behind it)

3 comments:

Dad said...

How are you getting around to all these places? Will you have a chance to get to the other house on Milford Beach, take a stroll on the beach, check out the changes in that neighborhood and get a better view of Rangitoto? Sounds like Northcote has gone through some major demographic changes.

Are the kids still wearing uniforms to school?

Here's a memory -- do remember when we went trick or treating in the neighborhood and most people didn't know about Holloween. And one who did gave you Corn Flakes!

Flushy McBucketpants said...

we're bussing it, mainly. though we've gotten a couple of rides into town in the morning from anton and his friend jules. i'm hoping to hit up milford maybe later this week or next time i'm in town.

kids are definitely still wearing uniforms. still with the knee-high socks... you'd think they'd go with something a little more contemporary...

yeah, i told brendan the holloween story as we were strolling down queen street. we got corn flakes, an orange, and some loose change. one year we got shot with water guns by the people at the bridgeway theatre...

em said...

I love all the photos- the one of Brendan being bored by graffiti is priceless. I feel like i'm getting a little vicarious living in via this blog. it's great. I miss you guys, and am glad to keep up with the general goings on of the two Upside-Down Adventurers.