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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A post that's shore to please


These pictures are certainly not the best ones I have taken so far, partly due to the fact that it wasn't as sunny as usual. Another reason I was robbed on these pictures is that the first time I did the walk along the waterfront, they had lots of chalk art on the sidewalk by the water. Unfortunately, it was a day on which I had left the camera at home and of course on the day in question when I did have said camera, it was a bit overcast, really windy and cold outside, and the sidewalk chalk had long since been washed away.

That just means I'll have to bring my camera along everywhere I go, so I don't miss out on future opportunities to show you the best stuff I can find here in New Zealand! Hopefully you'll enjoy these photos anyways, and as with everything else they just cannot do justice to actually making the trek around Wellington's harbour on foot yourself.

So, along with taking in a concert by the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, stopping for coffees at both the Jimmy and Deluxe Cafe, taking a stroll along the Red Rocks, and hitting some of the best night life spots in town, you can expect a half a day or so walking along the flash Wellington waterfront as part of your itinerary when you come to visit me here. Not all in one day, of course!

For those playing along at home, these photos can connect in a way with the ones I had posted about the Mount Victoria overlook, as this waterfront walk is the first portion of what you'd see before you strolled up (steeply) into the hills between the Miramar peninsula and Wellington proper. It's as close a virtual tour of my fair city that you will get without actually visiting here.

And there's more to come! In May I am planning a trip to do the Tongariro Crossing with some friends and that experience will certainly blow away any of the smaller tramps I've taken thus far. Hopefully the pictures I take will follow suit. At the end of May I'm also going to drive down the south island's west coast, stopping off at Punakaiki to see the fabled 'Pancake Rocks', one of many awesome sights to be found down there. There's a few other things I'd like to see and do there as well, but we'll see how the money holds up and anyways got to have a few surprises for you! Also, sorry to be getting so crazy with all the links to other pages, so please don't feel obligated to follow them. But if you're a curious bugger like me they're a good place to go to get an idea of what the hell I am writing about.

In other news I've made friends with some of the neighbours, as I've been invited over for tea a couple of times. So it's nice to be meeting even more people, and through one set of neighbours I've met another American! One neighbour is a firearms instructor for the police academy and he works with a fellow yank named Johnathan, who's been here for just over three years and was in the U. S. Army back home before coming over here. It was great to talk to someone else who's started life anew in New Zealand but began in the States, and it's the first such American I've met since Charles and Shannon way back in August, down at Doubtful Sound. Also met a British chap named Nick who works with Johnathan and my neighbour Nevan at the police academy, so it's nice as always to extend that circle of friends.

We watched Casino Royale, the latest James Bond installment (verdict - the new Bond is cool, the movie dragged a bit but overall a thumbs-up); and the latter half of the double feature was that 2003 remake of the original S.W.A.T., called S.W.A.T. Neat, huh? Yeah, they should never have remade it. Samuel L. Jackson was cool (when is he not?) but the rest of it was very forgettable. See here for my earlier review of Casino Royale, but it's really more of an exposition on timing bathroom breaks when going to the movies than it is a movie review.

Well, now you're up to speed on all things Brooksie. I'm working the next two out of three weekends, and even though tomorrow is a holiday here Down Under (it's Anzac Day, commemorating their contributions to both World Wars) I have no big plans for that other than relaxing at home. So there won't be much event-wise to keep you abreast of, but certainly anything good that comes up I'll be posting about it!

In the meantime, feel free to offer any comments, concerns, requests, donations (hah), should you feel so motivated.

Cheers.

5 Comments:

Blogger Howlin' Hobbit said...

Hey! Howsabout a review of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra concert instead of a passing mention.

Uke-phreaks everywhere (like me!) would be interested.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Brooksie, I deeply appreciate the kind words you wrote about the ANZAC Day post I made on my blog.

I've had the chance to read through your blog and I am impressed by your photos and prose. I enjoy leaning about people and places around the world and you have provided me with some excellent insights! Thank you.

I wish I could visit Ernestos. We Yanks, as you may know, are prohibited by our government's policies from visiting Cuba. I have an old t-shirt with a picture, possibly the same one that is on the wall at Ernestos, of Che, who was a kind of hero to me in my undergrad days.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Brooksie said...

Hey, thanks for the comments, you two!

Hobbit - Great choice of name, and your wish is my command. I shall soon post a more in-depth review of the one time I've seen WIUO in action, and hopefully soon I'll get to see them again!

Nick - Cheers for that, glad you were able to enjoy some of my blog. I truly hope Bellsouth doesn't keep you down, and that your blog will keep on running! It makes for very good reading.

Take care you two :)

6:51 PM  
Blogger Beechball said...

Hey, so I'm back now and I'm glad to see that you're still around! lol It's so great that yo're planning all these trips and stuff for your summer, it sound great and I can't wait to see all the pictures! Take Care Brooksie... talk to you soon! :)

Lyndsay BB

9:34 AM  
Blogger Brooksie said...

Lyndsay's back! That's great news. I look forward to posting pictures of my upcoming trips for you, and believe me I can't wait to go! And now I'm on my way over to your blog to see what's new with you!

8:44 PM  

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