My journey to Wellington and the adventures I had when I found some friends!
23.10.2009 - 28.10.2009 17 °C
Sorry it's been a while since my last blog, I have done loads, so I'm sure this will satisfy your appetite for my adventures!!
So I finally left Taupo after many attempts and arrived in Napier just in time to see the aquarium, which was really good! It then proceeded to rain, loads, so I really didn't fancy wandering around after I had made my dinner in the hostel, and chatted to a weird old guy who told me about his drug-addict friend who committed suicide!! WEIRD! So I watched a movie for a bit and then hit the hay, ready for my early morning bus ride to Wellington.
The bus journey was about 5 hrs, but it went pretty quickly, and then I arrived in Wellington. I had to buy a new phone, as mine decided to finally stop working just as I actually needed to use it to contact Sadie, James'cousin who was very kindly putting me up for the weekend. But once that drama was over, I wandered (dragged my bag!) up to Sadie's flat and waited for her there.The flat was really cool, massive high ceilings, and big windows with views across the city and the harbour! We decided to head out for a wander and a drink, and Sadie showed me all her fav cafes which was cool. Wellington had a really awesome feel about it, and I liked it loads more than Auckland, the only other major city I had been to.
On Saturday we went to a couple of craft fairs, with Sadie's friends, who were all so so lovely! It was so nice to feel like I was almost part of a group rather than being on my own - so thanks for that guys!!! We then headed back to Sadie's to get ready to go to the jar-cocktail party (yes this is a party where you drink cocktails out of jars!!!) It was really fun, and Sadie's friend Andrea and David had cooked amazing curries and made loads of yummy food, so I was properly being spoilt!
On Sunday we went down to the fruit and veg market on the waterfront, which was great and then wandered back into town to go to a free gig. This did not quite live up to our expectations, and was a weird historical/political lecture with a couple of songs, so we swiftly left! We then headed up the cable car to the botanical gardens, which were really lovely, and where Sadie and I had loads of fun on the swings, regressing back to our childhoods!! (see pics! - www.flcikr.com/photos/abilucy) Then we went back to Sadie's and made amazing (even if we do say so ourselves!) banana and cinnamon muffins! We spent a while trying to get a film off Sadie's flatmates computer, but ended up renting one, and then going to bed early hehe.
This weekend was a bank holiday, so luckily (or not so luckily for Sadie, having to entertain me for another day!!) Saide had the day off, and we went for a lovely long drive around the bays. It was so clear and beuatiful, and we could even see the tops of the mountains on the south island!! We had lunch and then went back into town to go to the city gallery, where there was this amazing exhibition on. I will dig out the name of the artist and post it soon, but it was really great. Then we went round to Kerryn and Simons for a while before being invited to a BBQ at Cherie and Rob's - like I said it was great to have friends again, even if they were temporary!! Had such a lovely time round there and lots of laughs, and I was reallt sad to be leaving in the morning, especially when we woke up and saw the weather!! It was sooo grey and miserable, and I was getting the 8.25am ferry across to Picton!
The crossing was pretty awful, kids throwing up left right and centre, but luckily, I didn't join them, and managed to make it to the south island in one piece and hop on my bus to Nelson.
I got into Nelson yesterday at about 3pm, found a cool hostel - they provide free brekkie and free CHOCOLATE PUDDING!! Jane you would love it!!! I got chatting to some really nice girls from the UK, Tamsin and Fiona, and I've been wandering around with them today which has been fun. I've booked my buses and activities for the rest of my time in NZ, I can't believe its all nearly done! But I can tell you I've got some pretty exciting stuff lined up, and I'll leave you waiting in anticipation for my next installment!! I can tell you're all super excited now!
Anyway, I hope I haven't bored you all too much, I am missin you all as always, and thinking about you loads.
Love your travelling friend Abi xxx