Time is flying, it’s Friday again. Are you curious about my favourite discoveries this week? Then check out my second Friday Favourites and let me give you yet another glimpse on how awesome Auckland is.
Favourite City Escape – One Tree Hill
I’ve already been to One Tree Hill before, but this spot is definitely one of my favourite city escapes. Together with the neighbouring Cornwall Park, it is Auckland City’s largest parkland and you could almost imagine yourself somewhere on the countryside. It’s not even far from the City Centre (approximately 13-minutes-drive from downtown) and a great spot for a run or a nice afternoon stroll. You will also come across sheep and cattle, so there’s always something to watch. Oh, and did you know that One Tree Hill is Auckland’s largest intact volcanic cone and counts 3 craters? Enough reasons to pay it a visit when you’re in Auckland, right?!
Favourite Night Out – Poetry Idol at Auckland Writers Festival
At the moment there are a lot of cultural events going on in Auckland, which is great. I’m always in for trying some new stuff, and since it was the last weekend of the Auckland Writers Festival, I decided to see the Poetry Idol event on Saturday night together with one of my flatmates. I have to admit that I was a bit sceptical about the term ‘Poetry’, since I automatically associated it with a boring event, old fashioned language and bold people. But oh, how could I’ve been so wrong! It was the most interesting and amusing night since ages. In short, it was a battle between approximately 10 poets (sorry, can’t remember the exact number anymore) – or you could also say comedians – who got judged on their poems and performances by 3 jury members during several rounds. In the end, the audience got the last vote to decide who should be the winner. Not only the performances were really good, but also the audience made it an unforgettable experience. I would recommend it to anyone, in case you get the chance to see an event like this! Oh, and my advice would be: never get fooled by your own preconceptions! 😉
Favourite Run – Tamaki Drive
As you might have read in my previous post, I’ve had a very good run along Tamaki Drive last Sunday. Good in the sense of; it felt good, I ran a nice pace and a long distance. All great, but this run is not featured in the Friday Favourites topic because it went so good. It’s because the route that every runner in Auckland probably likes to run, and I can imagine why. It’s flat along the coast, it has spectacular views on Auckland City and on Rangitoto, and it always reveals something new after every bend. In case you need a little break during your run, there’s a big chance that you’re near one of the beaches or lookouts, where you can rest. So, if you’re done with running Auckland’s hills, or you’re Dutch and only used to a flat landscape, try to start off with running along Tamaki Drive, you will love it!
Favourite Food – Japanese
Auckland and food; this is a whole chapter on itself, trust me. But for now, I just reveal this week’s new discovery: Mercury Plaza, a hidden gem just behind K’Road. It doesn’t sound very fancy, neither it is – at least when we talk about the façade of the building. But when it comes to affordable yummy food, it suddenly becomes very attractive, especially when you’re on a budget. Mercury Plaza has a variety of authentic Asian eateries, which all looked equally delicious. At the Japanese eatery, I tried Ramen for the first time in my life. It was really good and satisfying, exactly what I needed that day. Although you won’t sit there very comfortably with the TL-lights on, I’m already looking forward to try the other eateries as well. And you can also opt for take away. I think, the next time I will go for Thai food…can’t wait!
Favourite Training – Nike+ Training Club
This week, I thought it would be time to get back into my strength training routine. I haven’t done any exercises in quite a while, to be honest, since I mainly focussed on running. But a good runner also needs a strong upper body. And you all probably know; once you get out of your training routine, it’s even harder to get back on track. And that is exactly what happened to me. Where to start then? This is when the Nike+ Training Club (NTC) came along – yes, once again the Nike Club, and nope, this is not sponsored. I never tried their training classes before, so I thought I could give it a try. The NTC offers almost every day different sort of classes, like Pilates or strength training for example. It’s free of charge, the only thing you have to do is to register online before attending, that’s all. It’s a great way to try something new and get in touch with other people. Let’s see what class I will sign up next week – Pilates is a keeper, that’s for sure!
Happy Friday & good luck to all the participants who will be running the Leiden Marathon on Sunday!