Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Exploring Wellington

Hello everyone! First of all, thank you everybody who reads and/or comments about my posts, its nice to feel that connection with all of you back home.

Today I spent the day exploring Wellington with Chrisanne, with Danny as our tour guide. Danny took us down to Cuba St, where we got to see all the shops and stores, including Real Groovy. Real Groovy is basically the New Zealand equivalent of Newbury Comics, but what was awesome is that Chrisanne and I found seasons 11, 12, and 13 of ER! They only have up to season 10 out in the U.S! However, apparently the discs here are formatted different so to watch them on U.S. computers and DVD players you have to kind of hack or mod the player. But its possible, and definitely not illegal, so we're going to try it out.

While walking down Cuba St, Danny made it a point to show us the Bucket Fountain. Here's a few photos of it:

And yes, apparently Elijah Wood elieved himself in it and almost got arrested.

For lunch we stopped at Munchen Burger, where I got a hot dog and the man asked if I wanted "tomato sauce" on it. Knowing that Kiwis call ketchup tomato sauce, I said I did.

After the sun went down, Danny took us out to explore the botanical garden. We took the cable car up to the top of the mountain they live on and when we got to the garden at the top, there was an amazing view of Wellington there. I'll try to post photos in the morning, since they were refusing to upload tonight. If this thing continues to give me troubles with uploading photos, I might have to put links in these posts to a different place you can look at the photos.


  1. Bill, Great to hear the trip is going so well. What a great idea the blog is. There are several people following along - everyone from Florence and Auntie Mary Jane, some of the Bible Study ladies and of course your parents.
    I think basically we are all just jealous!

  2. Hi Bill,
    It's Jane Barnhart your mom's Bible study and other Saint Mary's ventures pal.
    Did you get photos of the botanical garden. Those would be great to see. The further in you get to this trip, the more unusual the plant life will become I'd imagine. There are multiple gardener's in the bible study crew, so post an occasional "what is this plant" for us. Have a great time.
    Jane B

  3. Of course we won't know what the plant is, it would be best if you told us. Or if no field guide, make up something good.
    Jane B

  4. Hi, one question - why would anyone put ketchup on a hot dog? Hot dogs demand mustard. When you get home, we'll talk about this. How did I miss this detail when I had you in TC? I'm a failure. Enjoy your time there. I can't say that I am jealous because I just got home from a three month stint in New Mexico. So, I'll just say, "lucky you!" Good traveling! Hello to Chrisanne for me!

  5. -You guys are so lucky! Try some crazy food for me! And do they have Kiwi Family Guy too?!

    -This is Pete Jr btw ;)

    -Also! Just a few notes about what's been going on since you've been gone:

    1. Farrah Fawcett died :(

    2. Michael Jackson died of a heart attack

    and finally

    3. Heath Ledger.... still dead.

    Have Fun Kiddies!!!