Every day I stumble across new and interesting things here in Auckland, that I’d like to share with you. This Friday, I’m also looking ahead to a very exciting event on Saturday. All I can say is #TeamAllBlacks! Are you curious about this week’s favourites? Then read on!
Favourite Game – All Blacks vs. Wales
I can’t tell you how excited I am about this upcoming game. OmG! This has been on my wish list for ages, and since the World Cup last year I got even more excited about New Zealand’s national sport. This Saturday I’ll go to my first ever live rugby game to watch New Zealand’s heroes – the mighty All Blacks – shining against their opponent Wales. The game will be in Auckland’s Eden Park Stadium and I’ve been told that the All Blacks haven’t lost a test there since 1994. Very promising! Before the kick-off, however, I might have to do some homework to get familiar with the rules. Anyway, I can’t wait until Saturday – to feel the atmosphere in the stadium and to be part of the cheering crowd – bring it on All Blacks!
Favourite Event – Auckland Festival of Photography
At the moment the Auckland Festival of Photography is on. That means there’re a lot of events and exhibitions going on throughout Auckland. Thus, for me as a photography lover, an absolutely must-visit. This week I decided to see the exhibition at the Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter. A very unique setting to hold an exhibition, and I loved it. I had never been into a Silo before and therefore I didn’t know what to expect. The space and light inside, truly amazed me. I think it made the artwork even more special. They also used the outside space to exhibit some of the works. Definitely this week’s favourite event!
Favourite Run – Remuera Loop
After having read my previous post, this should not be a surprise to you. I just can’t believe that I ran an easy 22k last Sunday. Except for that, I also may have found my favourite running course in Auckland so far. Normally, the so called Remuera Loop is about 15k long. Since I started off in Grey Lynn, my run got a bit longer though. Depending on which direction you’re starting off, you can either start with the flat section along the beautiful coastline towards Mission Bay, or you can start with the steep section on the other side of the course. Either way, you’ll face amazing views and you’ll surely get some variation into your training. Just give it a try and you won’t be disappointed, I promise!
Favourite Food – Kumara Fries
You all probably know sweet potato fries, right? Some of you may not like them because of their sweet taste. But I am definitely a big fan, especially when combining them with something salty or acidy, like a salsa dip! Here in New Zealand, they call them Kumara fries. I ordered some when we were eating burgers and after that I had to make them myself of course. Though, the Kumara potatoes you can buy in the supermarkets are different from the ones I knew from Holland. They’re much brighter from the inside – not that usual orange colour – and less hard, which make them easier to cut. It’s probably because it’s another variety and they also taste slightly different. Anyway, they’re very easy to make and super yummy. I’ll upload the recipe soon.
Favourite View – Western Springs
For the most amazing views, you often don’t have to travel far. At least, not when you’re living in New Zealand 😉 No, just kidding. A few days ago, when I was about to finish my 10k run, I ended the route with a loop through Western Springs. Not only because it’s quite convenient, as in: nearby home, but also because it’s actually a very nice spot to stroll around. I wouldn’t advise to go there on the weekends, though, when there’re too many kids and Asians around feeding all kinds of birds. Sorry, but this can be a bit annoying when you’re running. However, during the weekdays, especially in the afternoon, you can really relax there and you’ll probably have very nice views, just like I had.
Happy weekend you all!