Wellington, I think I love you...

Trip Start Apr 01, 2010
Trip End Apr 30, 2010

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Flag of New Zealand  , Wellington,
Monday, April 12, 2010

Ok for starters, someone has to tell me why Poland put its entire government on 1 plane.  Really?  I mean c'mon.  Who books these flights, Jay Leno?

So we have arrived in Wellington.  Wow!  Really cool city.  Little bit of San Francisco, little NYC, little Paris.  Very cool.  Just wish it was sunnier and less windy, then there would be no question that this is our favorite place so far.  Just such a good vibe here.
But first, let me explain how we got here.  We drove from Napier to Dannevirke (a little viking town in the middle of nowhere) where we spent the night at a cool little nature reserve.  Lots of ducks at the pond and a family of chickens to greet us in the morning. A quick breakfast and shower, then back on the road.  We drove through a whole lot of beautiful nothing and then suddenly Wellington and the coast appeared from nowhere.  Kind of like driving west through California and then suddenly the Pacific Ocean just appears. 
We spent yesterday afternoon scouting out the city.  We first drove to the Te Papa museum and enjoyed a little history/art/culture before crossing to a brew pub where we met more friendly locals and finally found a proper India Pale Ale.  Yeah!  Then it was on to a holiday park where we called it a day.  Again the local fowl woke us in the morning.  This time it was ducks.  And soon after, a Tui found his way into the kitchen.  Vaughn is learning quite a bit about birds - and we'll all probably die of Psittacosis.
But it was back to town, where we continued to discover some really cool stuff.  Wellington has so much to offer.  We started with an area called Cuba, where we had coffee and lunch at Fidel's.  Then we moved on to a few galleries and a great old book store.  We wound our way past the capital buildings and back through the University area before ending up in the high finance area.  Eventually, we got a tip on some great Indian food and found ourselves stuffed on curry back in the camper. 
Sadly, the stars aren't out tonight.  Too cloudy.  They had been putting on a great show previously.  The isolation of New Zealand combined with the clear skies has yielded some amazing star gazing.  Should be even better on the South Island, I imagine.  (Reminds me of a T-shirt I saw today.  Outline of the South Island overlayed with the confederate flag with the heading "the south shall rise again.")  We're hoping to dodge the rain this week.  Apparently the fiordland is about to get drenched so we will likely hug the East coast first and then cross over when it's dried up a bit.
Wish us luck.  It maybe a few days before we update the blog again.  We love getting the comments though.  Great to hear from all of you.
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mewelsch on

I never knew Cuba was in New Zealand. Thanks for the educational and entertaining site. Melissa

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