Today was a rainy day, so we just relaxed in our room
doing email and writing postcards. On our search for lunch we found an
interesting little restaurant called "Brucie's" where we enjoyed some
American food (hot dogs and hamburgers) along with interesting conversation with
Bruce himself (behind the counter in the photo).
Chuck and Larry went hunting
for a "rare book store" while Elaine and Joan went back to the room to
nap. Larry said that he and Elaine had seen a book store earlier that
looked like it would have some interesting books. After asking for
directions several times, Larry and I finally found a bookstore (not the one in
question). It had a small collection of technical books. In a short time we were
informed that the store was closing. We got directions to another
bookstore but we weren't there five minutes when we were informed that this
store too was closing. We gave up. We found out later that, during the
holiday season stores have shortened hours. When we were back in Auckland
a week later we again located two book stores specializing in "Rare and
Hard To Find Books". We only found a couple of technical books (on steam,
mechanics, etc.). At one store we asked if they had any technical books
and she pointed to a stack of used computer books - not exactly what we were
looking for ...
In the evening, after an initial 'get acquainted'
meeting of everyone in the tour some of us adjourned to an Irish Pub that was
located near the hotel.
... and what's a visit to an Irish Pub without partaking in a glass of Guinness !!
After enjoying the pub we retired to our rooms to prepare for an early bus departure in the morning ...
Next day: December 30