Day 17: Valentine on Vulcan

On the second day, we marked the hilly areas as the no-go zones for the sake of my husband’s sanity. No, it was me who whinged a lot.

If there was a painful part of holiday, that would be the obligatory souvenir acquisition for people at home. You can’t buy another cheap looking key ring without the risk of being called tight-arse, so you’re trying to be more creative or thoughtful. But that cool hand-made wooden tribal mask (used solely to scare off the neighbourhood children) could cost as much as your plane ticket and customs would most likely confiscate it. In general, I despise the vague “oh, it’s up to you, dear” answer because I know I would end up running around town looking for something pretty and be thanked with sour face.

After a stressful morning of trying to read my family’s mind, I settled on a few jars of manuka honey which is healthy, “reasonably priced” (compared to the tribal mask), made locally and it lasts until the apocalypse. It ticked all boxes. Perfect!

The highlight of our day was discovering a cute little lane called the Vulcan Lane. Being true sci-fi nerds, we instantly declared it our favourite lane in Auckland. Not only does it bear my favourite humanoid race in Star Trek (surprise, surprise! Earthling comes fourth), the lane also offers a decent range of cafes and restaurants. We had a delicious tapas dinner there. After that the night went downhill as we watched the Kardashians’ antics back at the hotel.

We thanked the Lord for not having cable TV.

3 Responses to “Day 17: Valentine on Vulcan”
  1. Sounds like you and your husband are having a good time! Be sure to take lots of pictures so those of us who will probably never make it there can live vicariously through your travels.

    • Bytta says:

      We had a great time but these two fools forgot to bring the camera to some of the beautiful spots.
      NZ is not that far from the west coast of USA. But I gather you live closer to the east coast, right?

      • Hi Bytta! I lived on the East Coast until about a year and a half ago, now I live about an 8 hour drive due west. I appreciate being able to live vicariously through your travels.

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