FACT: I ain’t no city slicker. FACT: I am a country bumpkin. FACT: I currently live in a city.

Yup, so for those who know us, you will know we ain’t city slickers. Liz is great at embracing change, going with the flow, engaging with whatever is thrown at her… I, however, am a little slower, reluctant, grumpy even when it comes to change… it just takes me time to get my head round things.

When we first arrived in Auckland, moving from a sleepy(ish) English village to a big antipodean urban sprawl was a little too much for my delicate disposition. At first, trips out of the city made me feel calm and whole again, but I’m beginning to embrace this city life. Although, when I call it city life, I’m not sure that it is… The North Shore (North of Auckland city), feels like a series of villages – most of which surround coastal bays – even though they are encased within Auckland city. Feeling the urge for a bit of fishing, a friend (thanks Dave) recommended fishing at Northcote Point, which lies southwest of the bays (here) and just across the harbour from downtown Auckland. With Dave’s recommendation, I thought I would go for a nosey to check out a potential fishing spot. Liz came along, and from what was initially a brief scouting trip for a good fishing spot turned into a lovely afternoon inner city trip.

Northcote is an older suburb of Auckland, with lots of old colonnial buildings, although as with anywhere in Auckland it stems back from Maori civilisation (see this leaflet for more info).

We stopped at the chilled out Sausalito cafe for some brunch (see the slide show below). Whilst Liz stayed to read her book, I went back down to Northcote Point to check out the fishing spot. After watching a Maori guy fishing for a while, he turned to me and said, “Wassup bro’, and we had a natter. He was SO friendly, so I stayed a while longer, and we nattered some more. Apparently, the main fish caught here are Kahawai. I’m looking for snapper, the only reason being that it is a VERY tasty fish, so I am not sure I will frequenting this fishing spot, we shall see… I had a really nice natter with this guy, he was just really happy to chat about fishing and such, and I don’t want to sound tripe, but it was a heartening experience.  Our conversation was occasionally interuppted by occasional cheers as some  young crazee kids jumped off Auckland Bridge (attached to a rope, they call it bungee…). As our conversation came to its natural end, the Maori guy said, ‘see you later brother’, and that sent me off on my travels with a spring in my step.

I drove back to Liz at the cafe, occassionally stopping to take some photos of some of the old colonnial buildings (pretty, aye?)

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