After arriving in Auckland we took a couple of days to adjust back to the heat and sandfly free North.
We had a day off in St Heliers, where we managed to catch some of the very popular ‘Round The Bays‘ 12km fun run and generally chilled out on some of the golden sand beaches in this part of town.
After getting withdrawal symptoms from drumming I managed to contact a samba band in Auckland, AK Samba, and after a lovely vegan dinner at Mukundas, another Hare Krishna cafe, we headed down to the Auckland Bowling Club to join in with one of their rehearsals.
As we arrived at the club we were warmly greeted by Martin who was a real character. He got me kitted out with beaters and a simular drum to the dobra and I was ready to play. Darren and Mary made us feel very welcomed and were great callers. It was also good to catch up with Adrian who we hope to meet again soon.
It felt relieving to ‘bang the old drum’ again though challenging because it was all new rifs configuration.
Being surrounded by so many talented musicians was great. There was also a familiar feel from certain individuals and you can see that they were a close nit group playing to a simular tune.
After a late arrival through Aucklands red light district to Ben’s, our WarmShowers host for the night and one of the most well travelled and adventures cycle tourer we have ever met, we turned in.