Thursday, March 20: Sometimes you’re sick of eating such a restrictive diet for the sake of your health so you make mushroomy pizza on wheat bases. And then you wake up in the morning swollen and sore.
After 46 days away we’re back in the land of the long white cloud.
Europe & Canada were amazing, exhausting, beautiful, cold , delicious, and exhausting.
It’s nice to be back in a familiar, soft bed which is higher than a foot off the ground. It’s nice to be able to make tea whenever I want and to use a washing machine instead of a sink and to have a shower I can turn around in without turning the water off with my butt.
I’ll miss warming up with a mug of hot wine while shopping for ornaments in the multitude of Christmas markets in Vienna. The incredible volcanic landscapes of Reykjavik and the bountiful thermal springs. The beauty of Prague’s magnificent buildings; everywhere you look it’s a fairy tale. And the beer! Berlin’s young generations remembering but moving on from past atrocities & making it a lively fun place full of good food and good art. Krakow’s walkability and the ring of park that surrounds the city centre. Budapest’s resilience and the pockets of greatness everywhere – the zoo, the views from high hills, incredible buildings, thermal baths, the market, and Gozsdu alleyway full of cafes and restaurants. And Vancouver was Wellington on a larger scale. Therefore I love everything about it.
I’ll be back one day Europe, for now I’ll try to forget how long it takes to get to you. And how much better your public transport is.
Saturday, July 13: Six Barrel Soda Co kola nut with a shot of coffee. I think the kola nut syrup is sweeter now than it was last winter, but it’s still delicious.
Monday, July 15: Is this the coldest Wellington has ever been? I’ve taken to wearing a hat for the first time cause I really can’t handle this weather without one. (or tights under my pants, or four long sleeve layers, or gloves, or leather boots.)
Sunday, June 30: Ti Kouka was closed, The Hangar ignored us, but Plum! It had been a while since I last visited Plum and they seem to have really stepped up their game. They’ve never been bad, but this was great!
Finally something good about the sun going down at 5. We took ourselves on a walking tour of the Wellington Lux light installations on Monday night. Right after work, as the sun went down during that magical twilight period.
We saw a few installations on Saturday night so great that we were inspired to catch the rest on the last of the three night installation.
It’s quite amazing how special something can be when you look at it in a new light (hur hur). The office buildings and street lamps and moon all seemed to shine for me. I see you.
- Try 13 new recipes
- See 13 movies in the theatre
- Play 13 songs on my bass
- Save $130 per week
- Read 13 books
- Print 13 photos
- Publish 13 travel blog posts
- Try 13 new foods
- Try 13 new whiskies (or whiskeys)
- Wear 13 items of clothing that have been languishing at the back of my closet
- Watch 13 foreign language films
- Learn 13 helpful (foreign language) sentences for travel
- Try 13 new restaurants/cafes.