Here’s somthing I didn’t factor into my trip. Friendship. I have always been one of those people that makes friends and goes to the end of the world and back to keep in touch with them. I just like keeping in contact with those who have made a positive impact on my life. It’ll take some getting used to, but here on this adventure there will be a lot of people who impact my life immensly, but whom I may never hear from again after a day.
Upon arrival in my hostel I became friends with one of the guys from my room, Manolo. He’s 24 and from Uruguay, we were in the same room for two nights. We chatted some and went exploring town. He is at the end of his trip and just left to catch a plane out of here. On our walk we talked and joked, I helped him with his English and he tried to teach me some Spanish, it didn’t work so well. We didn’t have any plans, we just wandered, going into stores that looked fun and chatting about ourselves.
The part that I will remember most was the fish market. As we were strolling along (I taught him the word “stroll”), we came across a big bin of snow. It was just sitting in there behind the fish market. I talked about the snow in Canada, and talked about building snowmen. He had never done this. He had touched his first snow just a couple days prior as he was driving through the mountains. We backtracked and went to make a snowman. The snow turned out to be more of a crushed ice, so our snowman was just a wee little guy, standing just six inches tall. We laughed a lot then I made a snowball and threw it at my new friend. We got into a big fight and laughed a lot. It was very memorable and a great way to start my trip, even if we did both reek of fish afterwards. I was worried I would be lonely here on my own, but there are so many others doing the same thing I am so there are always people around to talk to.
Manolo just left and we hugged goodbye, we didn’t exhange emails or numbers or anything. It’s a 24 hour friendship. Maybe someday we’ll meet again and we can say to each other “remember that time in Auckland…”. It was a very interesting experience, and I know it will happen much more, I’ll just have to adjust to it.
I’m off for the day. Soon I will post more about my trip and Auckland itself!