The cyclone seems to have passed, taking the rain away with its fury. But before we go back into sunshine and spf 50 mode, I want to tell one more story that occurred on a rainy day.
When I moved to Auckland I had three jobs, I later narrowed this down to two jobs, but I was still rather busy. Which meant that when I had a day off, I took advantage of it – regardless of the weather.
One sunday I decided that I must do something. Thanks to the joys of facebook chat I found out that both my friends Eva and Owen were not up to much that day. Owen decided that he wanted to go to Piha – a nearby black sand surf beach – to scout out future photoshoot locations. Since I had not yet been to Piha, I decided to join.
We made plans to meet at Britomart (the central train station) and have lunch at a nearby cafe. The rain was coming down harder than I have ever seen before, completely negating the usefulness of my umbrella. After swimming the hour to Britomart – and yes – the rain was so torrential that it was more of a swim than a walk, I found my friends. It ended up being that the cafe was closed, so we went somewhere else for lunch.
After a nice cafe lunch, we ran through the rain to the car only to find that Owen had left his lights on and the battery was now dead. By this point, Eva was wanting out of the adventure but I used my peer pressure skills to keep her there. Owen managed to find someone to jump start the car, and somehow in the process broke the rear view mirror off.
So now we were soaking wet, with no idea how to get to Piha, with a broken mirror – but at least the car was running. I read the map whilst at the same time trying to 1) fix the rear view mirror and 2) not be car sick, as we made our way to Piha. After getting slightly lost somewhere in Te Atetu, we made it through the beautiful Waitekeres and came to Piha.
Despite the rain, I changed into my bikini and played in the water for a bit before Owen played around with lighting techniques whilst taking photos of Eva and me. It wasn’t long however, before hypothermia threatened to set it. so we decided to head back to the city – and to dryer clothes.