Yesterday I arrived at the Swanson bus station, where Acushla (Cush) picked me up for my homestay. She is married to Eugene, and they have three kids: Sam (15), Oscar (13) and Ruby (9). They also have three dogs: Doug, Max and Charlie. They have two horses and work from their home doing kitchen remodeling. They are sooooo nice and are excited for me to be here. :)
They live in the Waitakere ranges
This morning they took me for a flat white at the "cafe" on Bethells Beach. Bethells is where the show "Xena" was filmed back in the 90s. It has beautiful black sand and big dunes. It's not full of condos and houses and is virtually untouched, and that's what makes it so lovely. The cafe is a mobile cafe that sells a bunch of stuff, including hamburgers (thank goodness!), flat whites and kumara fries. Kumara is like a sweet potato and when fried, they sprinkle garlic and mayo on them. Totally delicious! I also went with the family today to look at a new horse they are going to buy, "Blackjack." He is a beautiful black mare.
Tonight we are going to grill out and have friends over. Everyone has been so kind and nice and very interested in Wisconsin and the Midwest. They are fascinated about snow and hearing about the Packers. I brought some Seroogy's chocolate for the family, as well as some Andes mints, and they love them. I think we will go to a winery later on in the week. Yay!!
Until next time,
In What? Waitakere!!
Sunday, January 09, 2011
Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand