We're into the first week of the July holidays. Samantha has been with us for a few days and has now returned to Wellington for a week to earn some money. She flies to America in August but got a job for a week and so was off this morning. While she was here we (Jade, Jacky, Samantha and me) went up north to see dad, Ross and family. Samantha is away for a year so it was a chance to catch up with everyone before she goes. On the way we stopped off in Hamilton to see Adam, and in Auckland we caught up with Keegan. We stayed at the Skycity hotel - right next to the skytower in central Auckland.
Jacky and I ventured into the casino for a look (and to validate our parking). What a disgusting place! To quote Obi-wan Kenobi in Star Wars: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious". I hated it - all the garish lights, the noise, the smells of greed and stale alcohol, all those shattered dreams. We couldn't wait to get out! Keegan's right - it's very disorientating being in there - not like the real world at all.
Although we had little time for looking around (not even Real Groovy or Marbecks) we did find some shoes for Jade to go with her ball dress. Yes the ball is also coming up in August - pictures are sure to follow. Then it was back to Stratford to feed all the animals. A hectic couple of days and my first and last time in a casino!
Love and peace - W