You may be getting tired of hearing about Wellington by now, but it’s only about 3 hours away and easy to get to. I went back this weekend. I don’t even need the GPS by now to get to the house I stay at and I’d say that’s an accomplishment because you know how much I hate driving in big cities.
Early morning drive again, about 6:30am after a FaceTime chat with my mom. Was subjected to saying hello to Bailey (the new puppy from last time). I love driving this early… no one on the road, and thank goodness for a fully charged iPod since the radio doesn’t really work well. Probably not the best weekend for a road trip because by the time I made Bulls for coffee, it was hailing. Luckily it lightened up a bit for the rest of the drive and my time in town.
Oh! I finally got to go to the other Gallipoli exhibit at the Dominion Musuem – The Great War Exhibit. There’s Anzac Square, National War Memorial, and then the museum behind it. WETA also worked on this one. I highly recommend booking a tour ($10) and having someone take you through. I was in the first tour with 2 older ladies from Auckland and our guide – Hayden – knew way more than the exhibit explained. It’s about an hour and the exhibit is very well done. The first section was made to look like a war time French village and it goes on from there. There’s some new additions so pay attention to the floor in certain areas. Also, you can smell at least 3 different types of gases that were used during the war.
This last weekend in Wellington was also the Women’s Lifestyle Expo at the TSB Arena on the Queen’s Warf. Tons of great stalls and things to win. Cheap nails stations and hair stylists. I met with a friend that I met at Armageddon and we went to the expo after lunch. Somehow I ended up being talked into a new haircut. It looks so different that I hardly recognize myself. Glad I got it done because I had the theater that night.
Circa Theatre next to the Te Papa Museum is this small 2 stage theater. When I was at Armageddon, William Kircher (Bifur) announced that he would be performing for a month as Sherlock Holmes and with the flyer he handed out we were able to get a discount on tickets. Good reason to go? Maybe not, but I was a bit excited to finally be able to go to the theater again. The fact that he was playing Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles and I’d actually met him the month before just made it even better… and wow did they surprise!! I was a little worried in the beginning with 4 Watsons, but they certainly pulled it off. It’s very well done and you should go see a showing if you’re in Wellington any time soon. Friday and Saturday nights are around 8pm with a 4pm showing on Sunday. I’ll definitely be going back to Circa when I get a chance :)