Raglan: A Day by the Sea
The city of Hamilton is okay. One can live here for a while, but it does not seem to have something special or interesting to it (no sea, hills, pedestrian pricing, etc.). A local told me, that nobody really knows why Hamilton is there. It is not by the sea and no major thing is produced here. Surely the river Waikato may have been a reason for an early settlement. Though I have not seen any ships on the river and I don not think that there is a port here either. “If the University closed down,” The Kiwi theorized. “Not much would keep the people here.”
Yesterday, on Saturday, I left the Hamilton area for the second time since my arrival. I actually wanted to ask Fabiani, if she and Anna (both are from my home University) wanted to join me in town, instead they asked me to come along to Raglan, located one hour west of Hamilton. Anna’s flat mate Denise has a friend’s car at her disposal and was willing to take us along. It turned out to be a good chance to do something exciting on a Saturday. Boy, did that feel good!
We drove through downtown Hamilton and left the commercial outskirts behind us. After a few more kilometers we were suddenly in a green rural area. A winding road lead between rolling hills which reminded me strongly of those in Ireland. Eventually we reached the coast of the Tasman See by Raglan. We drove a bit south and parked the car.
Wow, the coast is really awesome: It has a long and wide sand beach. But don’t ask me how the body of the dead sheep came there. The wind made streams of sand rush over the beach, creating a second ocean in motion besides the sea. Light and shadow patterned the landscape. It was very windy. We saw a lot of surfers and even someone racing in a small wagon over the beach. The wagon was moved by the wind, as it had a big sail attached to it. Raglan is an internationally renown place among surfers. Above you can see a collage of fotos I took.
It’s great to know, that there is more to New Zealand than Hamilton, though I do still enjoy studying here. I am now thinking about buying an inexpensive used car to be able to make such trips more often - and for the time when Caroline comes here in November and December and we will tour around the islands.