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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Been there, done that - My trip to New Zealand

Upon arrival in Auckland immigration detained me for two hours. I was told my presence was of some concern , so they interrogated me and thoroughly searched my belongings. I have gone places, but  i never experienced something like this before. Flying down under only to be treated as an miserable crook- ridiculous and let me put it straight right here: Never in my life i cared about drugs and touched a fuckin' joint !!! A fellow traveller didn't declare an forgotten apple in the luggage and had to reach in his pocket to dish out 400 NZ$, a little less than 400 US$. I eventually left the airport and stood in heavy rain. Weather rarely got much better after that. NZ is a expensive country for low-budget travellers, for starters a pack of ciggies sells around 20 NZ$, and that brings me to the next bugger - I moved in a backpacker hostels dorm. Socializing with people half my age and the smell of some deodorants is nothing i appreciate. Regular New Zealandians treated me very nice, albeit the majority of the Maoris seem to be natural born bouncers. Auckland is a slick city, surrounded by water with a subtropical feel. However the downtown area has to be avoided on a saturday night when the youth goes completely bonkers. The beer is excellent ( "Mac's Hop Rocker") and drinking a pint at 6.45 in the morning watching the Champions-League final was a highlight. I marked off the usual touristic attractions and also ventured out to the countryside. I can confirm, all very beautiful. Heading back home i handed over my passport at immigrations to a grumpy woman and all of a sudden red alert was triggered. She jumped out of her booth and ordered me in a rude manner to come with her to a room, where it all happened again. When i finally got off the hook i sprinted to the gate to catch my flight. Luckily i am still in good shape and EMIRATES airlines were waiting for me. My thanks go out to them - fantastic airline. So all-in-all was it worth it ? For personal reasons yes, for the country itself no. Drinking beer in a wooden shack in a so called third world country is more to my liking.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Final seasonal football bet

Bettingwise it wasn't a great season and sometimes it seemed a horse race with class six plodders on heavy ground is more predictable than the beautiful game. One standout bet however is Robin van Persie ( left ) to become  Premier-League topscorer at odds of 10. With two games to play he is two goals ahead of Wayne Rooney and i expect him to wrap up my bet on Saturday against Norwich City, which lost the plot after being saved from the relegation zone. In the German Bundesleague Mario Gomez meanwhile lost his top position to Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Bayern Munich plays now Cologne, which have a defense hardly deserving that name and i suppose Gomez will be eager enough to regain the top spot. My bet is a double with van Persie scoring twice and Gomez scoring anytime at combined odds of 3.8. Off to Auckland next Sunday.*** Lost