one extreme to the other
26.02.2008 - 26.02.2008 26 °C
After 3 days it was time to take a view of Auckland from a different perspective so the two numpties decided to take a bus out of the City to Mount Eden which is a volcanic cone out of the centre of Auckland to warm (get it) us up for all the Volcanoes later in the week at Rotorua. The views were great and I think the racket from all the crickets in the trees (you should have heard the din, we needed ear plugs) gave Julian some light relief from my rubbish banter on politics and the meaning of life!!
Being prepared as ever we did fail to notice the rain shower and spent 20 minutes hiding behind a tree while a party of school kids which were up there as well took the mick while sitting on their dry School bus. I think it was fairly obvious we did not come from around here. After a nice stroll past the University, which had loads of freshers starting their first week of term (which made us old gits reminisce about the good old days), and a walk through the park and Museum, we got back to the apartment and maybe it was seeing all the young uns but it became obvious to Julian that something was playing on my mind.
Maybe it was me having a mid mid mid life crisis but I could not get out of my mind a young girl we had seen the day before up the Sky Tower. Not because she was very attractive, although she quite fit, but because we saw her falling on the outside off the tower on a bit of rope while we were having a cup of char. See photo.
Thinking only a fool would throw themselves off the highest building in the southern hemisphere and seeing as I am the ultimate fool look what I did.
All I can say is what a rush. They strap you in then make you look over the edge 192 metres up. The bloke with me started giving me all this speal about some painters on the roof of this skyscraper below us slacking off and how he saw a pop video being filmed on another roof the day before but all I could hear in my head was "oh god oh god oh god". Turning to religion was not enough to prevent me going, as all the people in the tower cafe had their cameras out. One minute I am chatting away the next I am swinging over Auckland having my photo taken. Next minute my stomach is where my nose is and the ground is approaching at a right spate of knots. It was brill and the best thing was it was quiet so they let me go again for nothing which was even better because I had done it once. I felt sorry for the other guy that came up with me though. He had applied to work there and was on his job interview and they sprung it on him that he would have to jump. Now we have all been nervous on job interviews but this was a whole new level. Poor lad. He went though so hopefully he got the job.
We have been in Auckland for four days now and although it is going fast, too fast, I did say I was glad to be heading off tomorrow to which Julian replied "why are you going to do something else stupid". I do not know what he was on about.
Right time to go and have a well earned glass of vino before Max and Paddy hit the road tomorrow down to Waitomo in the campervan.
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I wonder if they are looking for a new James Bond!!!!!