I'm not sure if the staff are congratulating us or mocking us:
Here are the 3 of us decked out waiting for the opening ceremonies to begin - apparently there are 2000 Canadians here and they were very prevalent.
It was pretty cool to see all the people dressed in either team or national colours.
It's quite a big event for the city and much like the Olympics in Vancouver, everyone's in a friendly, talkative, upbeat mood. Of course I don't feel old, but there have been a couple of times in the past year where someone on a bus or train has offered me their seat which has surprised me. However, on the train to the opening ceremonies a gentleman got up to offer me his seat and it just happened to be the mayor of Auckland.
If you look at the photo again, you'll see the island with the volcano poking up in the distance - we're heading there today for a bit of a tour. It happens to be NZ's youngest volcano - it emerged from the sea about 600 years ago.
This will be the first time I've celebrated my birthday not in Canada. My travel companions managed to find a candle (but no matches) and stuck it in a group of NZ fruit - the green feijoa, with some 'gold' kiwifruit (they're not so fuzzy) and an avo. Thanks Nancy and Linda - I will indeed remember this birthday!