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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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