The Wrong Side of my Car

A blog about Auckland City, its streets, and culture shock

23 Jan 2016

Noise pollution, Auckland edition

Last time I told you we have a bit of a noise problem in Auckland City. Now, your first reaction may be, well duh, you’re not in the wop-wops, mate! And you’d be correct. Expecting heavenly silence 24/7 in a city centre is ridiculous.

But sometimes it’s a bit excessive. And unneccesary.

It gets interesting if someone from Belgium (and probably much of the rest of Europe) asks. It is hard to explain this to them. Because the worst sources are a bit like 91 octane fuel. You just don’t encounter them over there.

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10 Jan 2016

Reflections on living in an apartment for a year.

If you have been following my blog, you might know that, um…

Sigh. Who am I kidding? Nobody is following my blog.

…I have been living in the Auckland city centre for almost a year now. One of the big Sovjet-style apartment blocks along Hobson Street.

Yes, one of those

You may also know I came from the Belgian countryside. Where the idea of living in the city is a bit of a mystery. Is it really so convenient to have everything close by that you could even—gasp—ditch your car? Or is it really that dystopia of dull grey, crime, claustrophobia and terrible traffic?

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