Yes! It's June 4 and I am in Buenos Aires...I should make that clear. But before giving you some news on Argentina, I should tell you about my time in Auckland, New Zealand. It is an excellent city to visit and I highly recommend it.
Arrived Wednesday 30/5 at 1pm to wet weather. But it cleared later in the afternoon giving us time to take a decent stroll through part of the city...Albert Park, Aoeta Square and Queen Street. New Zealand has a population of just over 3 million of which about a third live in Auckland.
Once again, fortune was on my side. No! I didn't win any competitions, but Thursday´s weather turned out excellent. After continuous days of rain, the sun was out. We spent the morning on ´Fullers´Harbour scenic cruise. We spent about an hour at Devonport, a quaint village on the opposite side of the Harbour, but where real estate prices are almost as expensive as any decent inner city suburb of Melbourne.
Then onto the volcanic island of Rangitoto for a brief stop, before going on a decent run around the bay, including under Auckland's Harbour Bridge. Even got to see Pradas base on the Harbour. Prada was the Italian yacht competing against New Zealand for the America's Cup a year or two ago. Italy lost the final 5:0. :(
We went up Sky Tower just before sunset ... getting to see the city by day, and by night, (a good tip I picked up when going up the Rialto Towers in Melbourne). At 328m, Sky Tower is the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere and 6th tallest in the world. C.N Tower in Toronto is the tallest at 553m. But Sky Tower is taller than the Eiffel Tower and Centrepoint Tower in Sydney. Anyhow, needless to say, the views are exceptional.
Late Friday afternoon was our departure time, but I still had a chance to catch up with Roger Barn, (IT Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, now lives in Melbourne but is originally from Auckland). Roger took us for a drive through the Auckland Domain, the suburb of Parnell, as well as the bayside suburbs of Mission Bay (where we stopped for a coffe), Kohimarama and St. Heliers right up to Achilles Point'.
I am having an excellent time in Buenos Aires...but you will have to wait a little longer for news about this exceptional country.