My sister and her friends fetched me from the airport and took us to dinner. The cold weather was soothing, didn't allow me to feel tired. I immediately took the camera and shoot whatever is at hand. How nice it is to be in a foreign, cold country, yet your countrymen friends show you the hospitality of home. We always behave that way, wherever we are, be it in our own country or 2nd home away from home.
At the back of my sister's house are flowering weeds. She was apologetic as not to have mowed it earlier, but i stopped her from cutting as they provided lovely subjects for photos. Dandelions are not often seen in the tropics except in the tropical highlands. There are still other non obvious flowering weeds in this lot, and i have a lot of their photos.
On the 2nd day of my arrival, we already went to the city, by the train. My sister thought i would want to take the train on my own next days she was at work. Above is the facade of the Britomart Train Station in Auckland, the grand central where most of the trains start of pass through.
Inside the Britomart Train Station, i was really fascinated by the very few commuters with very big trains. I can't help but envy the reliability, availability and ease in their mass transport system. Sometimes, there are some lag or delay in the schedule though, but very few minutes are forgivable.
A few minutes walk from Britomart brought us to Auckland Central Business District, with Queen's Street as the main central road. This is paralleled by many other roads outside it. It goes a bit upwards but the end at the top can be reached in a few minutes. It was already Christmas season and establishments already show the decors. Many old buildings are located in this main road.
At the other side of the street is the Auckland Ferry Terminal, beyond this building is already the pier.
The above cyclist bit the seconds before the bridge was drawn, even at the same time with the siren warning.
We were just able to look at the other sides of the harbour when the drawbridge was put down again. Now we can easily see the Auckland Tower better known as Sky Tower, 328 meters tall from the ground level to the top of the mast. It was built in 1994-1997, purposely for observation and communication. Now it also houses restaurants, skywalk and skyjump facilities. We were supposed to go there for dinner but time has always been a constraint, as my sister is still working. Nonetheless, just looking at it from a distance already evokes a lovely feeling.
We were walking from Queen Street to a side street where our friends live. The above building is not spectacular enough, but look at the other side, which makes it more awesome.
The full length of the Sky Tower is reflected on the glass walls. I stayed a few minutes not only to photograph different angles of the reflection, but also to just experience the fascination. It was truly awesome.