Dear Pottery People!
Thank you for joining us as our adventures continue full tilt.
I have been procrastinating this post for too long, but as I have now finished checking all my Happy Birthday wishes on Facebook, it is time to crack into weeks nine through eleven.
Week eight left you all with the cliff hanger of wether we made it to Wellington or not?
In week NINE we are here to let you know that:
WE DID !!! I had previously visited Wellington twice but this time the weather was (for the most part) great and my opinion of the city has done a full 180 turn for the awesome! Due to its unique physical restrictions Wellington is situated in a valley which is smushed up against the coast so it is not able to do the suburban sprawl thing. Where as Auckland is known for being BIG, Wellington is known for its bad weather, galleries, cafes, and music. I can't imagine that Wellington has anything Auckland doesn't, it is just trimmed up and easier to navigate on foot.
And the most wonderful things in life (to some) can be found in a beverage known as bubble tea. Maya learned something very important about herself while we were in Wellington, she loves bubble tea. And this store in particular.
Bubble tea is a cute little drink with a GIANT Whooping straw. It is made of whatever tea fruit tea you would like, milky or not, and then they put in these tapioca balls . The GIANT straw is needed to suck these tapioca balls up like that fat German kid in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when he falls in the lake of chocolate. Speaking of chocolate, my cousin Warwick and his wife brought me a chocolate cake and wrapped up a Kiwi fruit Whittiker's chocolate bar for my birthday yesterday (April 6th) and it was some awesome chocolate on chocolate action!!!
But this Bubble Tea is Maya's new drink of choice, we frequented that cute little shop everyday we were in Wellington. Mine is still a square of dark chocolate with a red wine chaser, old school.
Like Maya was fascinated with the Bubble Tea shop, I was equally intrigued by this coffee shop:
Yup, that is a big robot flying thing painted on the pillar and I have forgotten the name of it already but I can still taste that "long Black" and scone (espresso double shot and a muffin with the bottom sliced off). This place had the set up of a science laboratory and these two little ninja mad scientists that would run around and bring you your coffee. These two guys seriously must have made 15 gallons of specialty brewed coffee in 40 minutes.
We caught up for a nice lunch at this SWEET Korean restaurant with the only known survivors of Ross Michell-Anyon's sixtieth birthday bash. But you can clearly see that they are just the human shells of their former selves and that deep down inside of each one in an incubating alien warrior waiting for the signal. It is a shame but we did have a very nice meal.
Wellington is full of nifty things that you can visit and see when the weather is nice, like all this stuff:
We went to the City Art Gallery and were blown away by a photography exhibition by Viviane Sassen.
And then the strangest thing happened.
Maya came up to me and was poking at her phone and wanted to know if I saw a guy that looked like "this" guy who happens to be a bit famous on YouTube. Further research revealed that said gentleman was indeed in Wellington all the way from Toronto while he was on a round the world tour. Furthermore he was holding a Free Concert / Potluck Picnic in a nearby park at six that evening. So we went back to our hostel, charged up the phone, had some nibbles, changed into something a bit warmer and went out to meet Andrew Huang.
And I swear we walked into a B.P. station for some chocolate, MEAT PIES, and a bottle of water, and when we walked out the clouds closed in and the rain was swooping in sideways because the wind was blowing at 35 nots! This change of weather didn't even occur while we were trying to pick out what kind of MEAT PIEs we wanted, it all happened after we walked out and before we got ten paces from the store. UNBELIEVABLE!!! So then we continued to look for Andrew in a park that I've never even been in.
Luckily we did find him and some other fans tucked under a lean-to. The local Wellingtonians don't give a shit if it's raining, they are out there like sheep on a hill, unfazed and excited with rainbow doughnuts, fish & chips, and mostly candy.
Andrew played a great little set and this was my kind of music. Half his songs were about food, one was about toast and gravy, another was titled "Show Me Where Your Nom-s At" which has an uncountable number of food puns, AND AND AND a song about "Pink Fluffy Unicorns Dancing on Rainbows." [Link Please]
Here is a photo of all of us after we escaped the elements to refuge in a mall/movie theater. Andrew is the guy in a white sweatshirt just about to get bitten by the lady in pink.
She didn't break the skin and tested negative for rabies, so we celebrated by going out for some drinks and Andrew Huang is awesome and so is his partner! So please look him up on YouTube, memorize that handsome face, enjoy the tunes and tidbits, and if you see him far far from Toronto he doesn't have rabies or snore so he is the perfect couch crasher! I really have to give it to anyone that is on their way all the way around the world, that is bad ass! Good luck Andrew!
Much of Wellington looks like this (minus the handsome guy in the door way):
Check back with us to see if we make it to Napier. This little rental Nissan is kicking ass and is going to cark-it at any moment now. I don't even think it drinks gas any longer, it just goes!
Love you all!
Chris & Maya