Feb. 14th, 2017

amazonv: (TARDIS)
2/11/17
I woke up and finished packing.
8am Breakfast at the B&B – tasty fruit, eggs (fresh from her chickens), toast, tea – really lovely.
9am She drove me to the airport
It wasn’t a long flight to Wellington, a bit bumpy though. Apparently, they are known for wind.
At the Wellington airport – I ended up buying ice breaker merino 30% off shirt and underwear $
I got the Buss 9$ downtown then walked to the hotel.
I checked into The Amora Hotel. It was not bad, great view.
Hotel included free wifi, free laundry room and free soap!
I did 1 load of laundry 1 wash, as there was only 1 washer, but needed to do two. The sand and just dirty clothes had left me wearing my last clothes – and I had even hand washed the underwear the night before.
I ended up doing a hang dry for the first load as the dryer was full.
Then it was time for my High Tea I had reserved at 3pm $
REVIEW
After tea I checked on the washer, and it was still full
So I wandered about, part of which was establish where my weta tour picks up tomorrow.
I also got to wander through the “Wellington Night Market. In Left Bank off Cuba Street on Friday and Saturday nights, 5pm - 11pm, the market offers people a new food and shopping experience, along with a variety of entertainment, including live bands, cultural dance performances and karaoke.”
I decided since Wellington is known for craft beer to have dinner at the Black Dog Brew Co – brown and bread and spread tray (pesto, hummas, caramelized onions) $
On the way back to the hotel I stopped at a convenience Store and grabbed $5 water
Once back at hotel I checked the washer, still full.
So I took advantage of having the internet - I checked a job a friend had alerted me to at a tea company, but I was not qualified.
Then I checked washer – nabbed it right before someone else, there is only one. Set timer to go flip wash load 2 from washer to dryer in 30 min
First load of wash is strewn about the room
My shoes are still wet from yesterday – and sandy
Again tried to catch up on internet
When the second wash was done the dryer was still busy and the room was closing soon
So both loads of laundry now wet and strew about room
Upside there was a fireworks show for some reason in the harbor I got to enjoy.
amazonv: (TARDIS)
Feb 12, 2017
Woke up
9:00 Mojo café for a flat white and honey/butter toast for breakfast $12
10:30 – 1pm Weta workshop there and back again tour
It was AWESOME, I could see Hitsman and Volk and Kurt doing this for sure. Hitsman seems to have looked into it but doesn’t like the unpredictability of employment. Chainmaille, leatherwork, sewing, 3d printing, forging, just so much awesome. I wish I had the talent for it.
1pm+ Te Papa museum https://www.tepapa.govt.nz/ $10
Very interesting. I happened upon it while they have a Snowden exhibit. Also confirmed I really am not a modern art person.
At the museum café I got some Tip Top (ice cream) Hokey Pokey (honey) flavor $3 as I had heard about it / seen ads. It was a good ice cream. Hats off on the butter (tastes like fresh kerrygold), cream, and ice cream in new Zealand.
Coffee – the flight hanger (one of the baristas was a winner at the national championships) and a feta and spinach scone. They love their cream and butter here so much.
So windy!
But yes so far all good food and coffee
Then walked to get some whiskey and crème brule at The Library.
Got myself lost on the way home, as per usual. I am directionally impared.
Then back to the room to pack, shower, and do some internet.
I think that is all I managed :(
amazonv: (TARDIS)
Feb 13, 2017
Woke up 2am
Dressed, packed
Uber to Wellington airport – apparently 7th most dangerous airport due to wind
Got there when they opened, 3:30, which was 2.5 hours ahead of my flight, they recommended 2-3
The Air New Zealand employees were not there yet
4:00 checked my bag in
Wandered a bit then went past security when it opened
I ended up changing $10 NZ for $5 AU - woo exchange fees :(
They have adopted the same bullshit security theatre 1 baggie of travel sized liquids in carry on only.
Past security I got a flat white and parfait
Then flight, 4-5 hours
On which I got breakfast as well, I guess I am a hobbit
I talked to a new Zealand native on the way to Australia for her son’s second wedding
And also napped a lot
Arrived at some early hour
Got the SkyBus to somewhere
Then got a train from there to the hostel
Checked my luggage in – room not ready, when paying though they assessed a credit card use fee.
Walked to the shrine of remembrance
It is a bit of history of all the conflicts Australians have been involved in, along with specifically remembering many specific units/battalions/soldiers.
Impressive, and depressing that humans keep doing this to one another over and over, and putting faces and stories to numbers in history books.
I then has lunch at Jardin Tan (lunch botanical garden). Ginger beer and noodles and beef. They also charged a credit card fee. This seems to be popular here? The food itself was good, but prices here seem high. Service was also spotty.
I wandered all the garden, with many backtracking and getting lost. I am a concussed goldfish even with a map and GPS.
A bit before closing I got a pot of earl grey and scones with jam and clotted cream at The Terrace. The scones were moist and light and fluffy. The tea however was a bag, and although a full leaf pyramid sachet (temple tea co), not very flavorful. I noticed signs for high tea and based on my experience and the price they were asking, I do NOT think it would be a good idea.

The oaks were massive and gorgeous. I love old trees. If I lived here I would make a picnic basket of tea and scones and a book and sit under them on nice days and read happily all weekend. I stopped by the grey garden because it sounded amusing, and had the temple of the winds (book title). I was amused to see a California garden there. And of course the camellia collection. I can only imagine how beautiful everything is in the spring.
All that walking has made my feet quite sore.
Also, I hate people.
People-smashed flowers – aka sat or stood in flower beds to get better pictures!
People-stole plants, and the garden has had such an issue they can not afford to restock any longer!
Children-ripping flowers to smell them, encouraged by their minders.
People-defaced flowers – as in graffiti.
People-smoked, I can’t imagine that is permitted (due to rubbish created)
People-kanoodled. I am not a fan of PDA but I can withstand a bit of hand holding and being sickeningly cute, but I hate anything more from anyone.
I hate humans
Now back at the hostel grabbing a bit of wifi and planning tomorrow before I go get some water and pass out. Tomorrow I have to fly again and will have my giant bag….so contemplating sleeping in and being absolutely wasteful. It seems awful to do though.
The more I travel the more I realize most places really are the same. Perhaps I’ll get the travel bug out of my system and stop trying to see everything. Besides I fall apart physically when travelling. There are some unique things per place, but perhaps instead of running around like crazy I can just see 1-2 things leasuirely?

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