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Wasting Time in Auckland – Days 70 – 72
Sunday 5th – Tuesday 7th June 2005
I started early this morning for a fun day at Elerslie Car Market. I just hoped I could get rid of the car now.
I put the car up for $300 and drove to Elerslie car market. Once I arrived, the girl on the gate looked quite surprised. I drove on through to the cheap car section, and a guy jumped into the car before I had even parked. He liked the car and wanted to take it for a test drive. We did so, and he ended up buying it for $225. I don’t care what he will do with it, I was just glad to be finished with it now. In all honesty, I probably could have got more for it if I had really tried, but I do think too much.
It was as though a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders now. I didn’t have the worry of it anymore, and I returned to the hostel very relieved indeed. I spent most of the rest of the day just watching films, then went to bed for some sleepy actions.
On Monday I called to cancel my car insurance, but they were closed due to it being bank holiday. With everything else being closed also, I did nothing more than relax for the entire day. Places here closed from mid day Saturday, all day Sunday and on bank holidays, which is quite annoying if you need to buy something on the weekend.
Tuesday came and I decided on a day of sightseeing. I went first into the city for some gifts and a wander then had my lunch back at the hostel. After lunch I made my way to the Mount Eden Summit. It was a 30-minute walk up an old volcano to the summit for some great views across the city. My camera’s batteries ran out of power just as I got there, so I headed back down again to get some more.
I was surprised to say the least when I passed a car in the car park on the way down. One door was open, and an old guy was sitting with his feet out the car. A lady was doing something that she should not have been in public to the guy, and I had to look twice to make sure I was seeing it correctly. Back at the hostel that evening I spoke to another traveller who had also seen this act and was very surprised.
I obtained new batteries and made my way back up to the summit for some pictures before returning again to the hostel. It was a lovely clear day, the first in a long time, so I wanted to make sure I used this opportunity for some photos.
At the hostel I phoned again to cancel my car insurance, but again they were closed. It was 5:05pm, and they closed at 5:00pm. Never mind! Again, I just wasted the evening.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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