The Kiwi Files ~ Auckland and the End of the Road (Locus Award Nom)

The good news just keeps coming in, Gentle Reader.

I just found out Waistcoats & Weaponry is in the finals for a Locus award, alongside Paolo who’s a friend of mine (not to mention Joe, Ian, and Garth who I greatly admire).

What an unexpected pleasure!

And now on to your regularly scheduled blog post…

After an epic drive around the South Island, the AB and I headed to Auckland, where we spent four days exploring the city. I visited lots of thrift and consignment shops and rather fell in love with the modern meets artsy Auckland aesthetic. I didn’t buy anything though, because I hadn’t any luggage space. All my free space was filled with L&P and Tim Tams.

Auckland put on quite the show for us. It’s a lovely city and we spent most of our time there just wandering around.

We decided not to visit (yet another) vineyard and thus never got to any of the islands. Perhaps next time we are in town we will hop a ferry. Instead we gloried in the urban world, having just spent a great deal of time driving across vast tracts of rural land.

Look at me getting all artistic with the pictures.

“Getting urban” for Gail means eating all the things. And we did. There was a tasting menu at a Japanese restaurant (WHY IS THIS NOT A THING?), gourmet ice cream (overrated), a truly special farm to table experience at Ortolana involving lamb, and a disappointing and ultimately unsuccessful hunt for the perfect pavlova. (The Pavlova: The Story over on The Old Foodie.)

The Pavlova that wasn’t right.

In the interest of getting myself away from a food report, I should also say that I wasn’t a total slacker. The AB’s definition of “getting urban” means art shows and museums and the like. Also, we did stop by my Kiwi publishing house. They were utterly charming and stuffed us silly with New Zealand cheese and wine, of which they are justifiably proud. It made me think that my US editor, Devi, really ought to be made known to them: cheese and wine are two of her favorite things.

And that’s it for this long run of hijacking the blog for travel posts.

Or you think it is… wha ha ha! I have another trip right around the corner. I’ll have my programming stuff up the Wednesday before I leave for New Jersey and the Steampunk World’s Fair and then there will be a report on the event, and then we will return you to your regular Gail blogging warbles.

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  1. Leen713 said:

    The Steampunk World's Fair is a great event. My husband and I have attended every year since it started. Be prepared to have an awesome weekend. 🙂

  2. June said:

    The best home-made pavlovas are meant to look rather "beat-up". That's why the cream goes on top of it to cover the "crumbling". That pavlova looks way too tidy to be home-made or hand-made.

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