We’ll remember Auckland as the place where we survived our first “wrong side of the road” drive, from the airport to our hotel. We were very worried about the right-hand driving but, surprisingly, it feels more dangerous as a pedestrian because the cars constantly come at you from directions you can’t naturally anticipate. We spent most of the day walking around, and still have trouble predicting where to look before crossing the road! We spent a good part of the day along the waterfront, which is really very lovely, filled with marinas and walkways and lots of pedestrians. Right now the Volvo Ocean Race has a village set up full of information about this international sailing race which is currently stopping over in Auckland for a couple of weeks. I should mention that we did quite a bit more walking than we intended due to some marital discussion over navigation – “let’s use the iPhone map” vs “I don’t need the map, I have a terrific sense of direction.” But, if you’re going to wander in circles endlessly, Auckland is not a bad place to be! Especially when the temperature is PLUS 26 instead of minus 26 like it was at home less than a week ago.