We'll get there fast and then we'll take it slow ~ The Beach Boys, Kokomo
Ahh Dunedin. I've been back down south for a whole week now and already it feels like I'd never left.
Not without the initial adjustment pains mind you: adjusting to going to lectures, adjusting to the freezing cold, adjusting to doing the whole long distance relationship thing again. It's been like getting back into a pair of jeans that have just gone through the dryer. A bit tight and uncomfortable to start off with but comfy again with a bit of wearing.
It definitely helped that we hit the ground running. Lectures, labs, and miserable weather galore. In fact, it was just our second day back and we were already performing our first craniotomies. I was literally holding someone's brain in my hands. Once the centre of their personality, all their thoughts, hopes, and dreams. Incredible, awe-inspiring, just wow.
Despite all that excitement, I couldn't help but long for the balmy summer days back in Auckland.
Just before I headed back south, C and I took a week vacation at his family bach in Piha. It was the one week over the entire summer when Auckland had amazing weather. Score. A whole glorious week of lazy mornings, nana naps in the arvo, and strolls through the beautiful Waitakere Ranges. It was our little place like Kokomo.
The boys came and stayed for a couple of the days and since some of them were heading back to the UK and Australia, for their last morning in Piha we treated ourselves to brunch at The Piha Cafe.
Originally, there was a bit of controversy over the opening of the cafe. Local Piharians are staunchly protective about keeping their slice of paradise pristine and uncommercialized. Awesome for us visitors wanting to admire the scenery, not so awesome for businesses wanting to get a foot in the door. After years of wrangling with resource consent shenanigans, fast-forward to 2012 and The Piha Cafe is a firm fixture on the Piha scene, offering some of the best views a cafe can offer, along with great tucker at very reasonable prices.