Auckland, Dunedin

Place 49 & 52 Day 89 & 4: Auckland & Dunedin – Wrapping It Up

Kim’s day;

Today Kim had a late start but decided to do something useful with her morning and hung the new curtains. They look really nice!

Kim headed into work and was on an evening admin and resorting shift meaning that Kim dealt with some back office hotel stuff but also got to assist with the restaurant and bar. This allowed Kim to run food, take drinks orders and get away from the desk every now and again!

At the end of her shift Kim gave a colleague a life home and then popped around Narina’s house to help her get ready for her mini break back home. This mean that Kim sat around chatting with Narina for an hour or so and then shoved everything that was needed into the back of her car late at night! As she walked back to her car she gave Curtis a quick call to see how his day went, it was nice to have a little catch up.

Kim is so excited for Curtis to come home tomorrow!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis had a McDonald’s breakfast and then got to the client for around 08:45. There wasn’t much planned to do but then when he eventually got there some more people had arrived with their laptops so Curtis had to do these. This took pretty much all day as well as helping with ongoing problems and answering questions.

Curtis left about 16:00 and went to subway for some food before going to the apartment to finish some admin work. He had planned to leave the client much earlier but the whole working day ended up being about 9 hours.

Curtis got his flight changed to 10:00 tomorrow so he will be home before 13:30!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland, Dunedin

Place 49 & 52 Day 88 & 3: Auckland & Dunedin – Weeknight Party & Another Amazing Drive

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim was on the early shift. She was at work by 6:30 and was on reception. All of the check outs went well and this gave Kim a lot of time to get admin done.

Kim finished at 2 and headed home to relax before going out to a surprise leaving meal for a colleague.

Kim headed across the North Shore to where dinner would be and waited for Narina to arrive with the lady who is leaving. We had a lovely meal. Kim had a steak and cheesecake and it was delicious.

After the meal they all headed out and met up with some more worn friends.

Kim is currently still out but will be heading home shortly because she is tired!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to the client a little later today and the monitor he was waiting for hadn’t been delivered yet so he helped out a little bit with people who were unsure how to do different things as well as checked if anyone had any issues at all.

After this, Curtis drove up to Oamaru which was about 1.5 hours away. The drive was beautiful with big rolling hills and Curtis’ ears even popped when going up and down the hills!

Curtis got to the client and spent a few hours there getting things done and then left around 15:00.

Curtis drove back to the client in Dunedin and the monitor had arrived so he sat down and setup the desktop he had been planning to setup for the last few days!

He finished this about 17:45 and then drove back to the apartment.

Curtis went to McDonald’s and got a ‘gourmet creations’ burger which was tasty!

Curtis had a bit of admin to do when he got home and then just chilled out.

Curtis is hoping to be finished tomorrow and maybe fly home a little earlier.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland, Dunedin

Place 49 & 52 Day 87 & 2: Auckland & Dunedin – Asian Fusion

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim had a late start but their flatmate had ordered a washing machine so Kim was up earlier than she would usually be on a late morning start. They were due to arrive at 9, but ended up turning up at 9:45.

After they had been and gone Kim made herself a tase breakfast of hash browns, mushrooms and eggs. It was very tasty.

Kim then headed into work and spent the afternoon doing admin.

She was also the restaurant manager until the early evening which meant that Kim had a nice varied evening.

This time Kim did not throw any pizzas on the floor, so it was far more successful than the other day.

Kim sent a few emails making orders and made notes for upcoming bookings.

Kim then headed home and had some dinner and then had a chat with Curtis hale writing the blog.

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis woke up at 07:00 as he thought, for some reason, that it would take 30 minutes to get to the client whereas in fact it would take about 5 minutes!

So, Curtis had a coffee, relaxed and watched some TV. He then went to Subway and got a breakfast from there (bacon, egg and cheese).. It was not good!

Once the time came, Curtis headed off to the client.

Right away, he helped out people he had migrated yesterday and then moved onto another building where he had a laptop ready for a user.

Curtis sorted this laptop for the user and set it up for them, showing them what to do.

Once he did this, he migrated the reception PC which took a while due to it having a lot of files!

Once he did this, it was time to leave and grab some food! Curtis got back to the apartment (after taking a wrong turn!) and relaxed. He had been recommended a place called ‘buddha Stix’ which is near his apartment but it wasn’t open yet so Curtis made a coffee and relaxed.

Curtis eventually walked down and it was only about a 10 minute walk, but there was a lot of heavy wind!

Curtis got there and found out it was a ‘fine dining, Asian fusion’ place.

Curtis had rice paper rolls for starter which had prawn and pork in them along with mint and cucumber.. Delicious! These were dipped in a spicy plum sauce!

For his second course, Curtis had Northern Thai style noodles, which were surprisingly sweet but certainly an incredible mix of flavours!

Curtis left here incredibly full and went back to the apartment. Curtis did very little and especially nothing productive whilst he waited for Kim to finish work so they could talk, which they did!

Curtis plans to go to the site he went to today and possibly another which is about 1.25 hours away, but we shall see.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland, Dunedin

Place 49 & 52 Day 86 & 1: Auckland & Dunedin 🇳🇿 – Edinburgh Replica

We woke up at 05:20 to get to the airport.

Curtis drove to the airport with Kim in the car and then they swapped seats when Curtis went into the airport.

Kim’s Day;

Once Kim had dropped Curtis off she drove home and hopped back in bed to get another few hours of sleep.

Once she woke up, she felt she deserved a McDonalds as she did get up to take Curtis. Once she grabbed some breakfast she headed home to FaceTime her family as it is Mothers Day at home.

She had a nice long chat with her family and then just relaxed until she started to get ready for work.

Kim started at two so headed in to work and had a quick early afternoon with all the guests checking in by 6pm.

This meant that Kim had a fair few hours to get some admin done.

She smiled upcoming guests to get their time of arrival. Later on in the evening Kim made up new tab cards as the older ones were starting to look a little rough around the edges.

At the end of the shift Kim had a tasty chicken schnitzel and chips.
Once Kim got home she grabbed a drink and their flatmate came out to have a chat.

As it has the weather has been a bit rubbish Kim made them both a hot chocolate and shared some cookies.

It was nice to come in and have someone to chat with.

Kim ended her evening by relaxing, writing the blog and talking to Curtis.

Curtis’ Day;

The airport was incredibly busy this morning and Curtis got his bag checked and then went and got a McDonald’s breakfast and coffee.

Once he ate, he went through security and sat at the gate for a while then boarded the plane. On the plane, he got a lot of sleep which was good as it was all go once he landed!

Curtis got to the airport and got his rental car. He got upgraded again and got what must be the longest car in the world, a new Mazda 6.

Curtis drove to his accommodation and checked in, then headed to the client. There were some beautiful views on the drive too!

Curtis was greeted by a dog today!

He got 2 PCs migrated today, but planned to get more done. Unfortunately, there were no power cables with the PCs that were delivered so Curtis had to go and get some which wasted some time, though migrating 2 people is better than none.

Curtis left the client around 17:00 and got back to the apartment where he relaxed for a bit and then took a 20/30 minute walk to find food. Curtis couldn’t decided what he wanted, but eventually decided to settle on a burger from ‘Velvet Burgers’ he got the ‘Cheesy Bro’ and a Corona! It was a pretty nice burger, though not amazing.

On his walk around, he found a Cadbury factory/Cadbury world! Sounds like that is somewhere we have to visit together!

Another interesting Dunedin fact given to us by our flatmate: All the roads are an exact replica of Edinburgh’s roads!

Curtis got back to the apartment around 19:00 and just chilled. He is up fairly early tomorrow to get as much/all of the office done and then he has to go to another office, but that will probably be on Wednesday.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale