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Trip Start Aug 22, 2005
Trip End Feb 06, 2006

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

I felt Wellington was a good place. It was sunny, the grass was green and the flowers smelt of flowers. It was a bit empty though and dare I say it... a little dull? Although I did notice a lot of gothic teenagers around, which added a bit more character...

The Te Papa museum is undoubtedly one of the best in the world and as a self confessed museum geek this is highly rated. My favourite sections were on Maori history and an exhibition called 'Passports' giving the lo-down on how New Zealand was colonised and how the culture has evolved into the melting pot it is today. It was brilliant; I spent about 2 hours wondering around, opening drawers with bits and pieces inside telling stories of how Gujarat and Argentine ladies came to NZ and watched films on how Polish Jews escaped the war to find a piece of paradise here. They had little touch screen games on how you would fare as a 'people exporter' in the 18th Century and how people survived the months at sea. I guess I have to thank my parents for my love of museums like this; I would have stayed overnight if my tummy hadn't demanded food.

Other than that I went up in the cable car for a nice view and walked around the botanic gardens. I went out later for food and a glass of wine but the place was DEAD (at 10pm..). All I encountered were people with their hoods up asking for spare change. I barely resisted the urge to say "No money's spare!!!" and went home pretty quickly. Maybe it's lively at weekends? It didn't really matter to me though as I liked the fact that a developed capital city could be like this! I felt the same way when they told me the movie studios (now Peter Jackson famous) are so discreet you can't even tell they're there in the suburbs. Only in NZ.
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