So much has happened in the past few days. I will have to take more time to compose a post later this evening.
I am now the proud ownder of a white 1994 Mitsubishi Magna Sedan. Manual! The engine purrs, almost no rust. Good tires. All for $1600 NSD (which translates to roughly $900 USD). I talked him down from $1650. hahahahaha. But I think it was a good deal. So far, at least. I will let you know if adventurous mishaps begin
Saturday, I bought the car and got the hell out of Auckland as fast as I could. I had spent the night before in a ten person hostel dorm, sleeping almost not at all. It was basically awful. I couldn’t stand the thought of another night in one of those disco and hip-hop blaring dens of constant activity. And I got exactly what I wanted the next night, camping in a field of sheep.
The place I am staying now is beautiful and idyllic. A little campervan parked in the driveway of Black Sands Lodge. Which is basically the home of a lovely middle-aged couple (I believe) named Bobbie and Julia. Very nice ladies. I am staying for free in the campervan in exchange for three hours work a day in the garden. An awesome deal. And they have an 8′ surfboard to rent for $20NSD for three hours. Not bad not bad. My board is 9′, so there might be a little learning curve with this one. But I think I am ready to tackle a slightly shorter board. If not, I will find out soon enough.
More later about the action packed past few days….