So on Monday at 6.45am I flew out of Auckland down to Wellington to this place here - Te Papa.
The conference was worthwhile and you can read my thoughts about it on The Room Of Infinite Diligence.
On Monday, during my lunch hour I was lucky to be able to meet up with Melissa - it was great to finally meet her IRL after being online friends for a fair while now. In my daze I managed to forget to take a photo *smacks hand* but it did happen! Thanks for the biscotti Mel, I have them at work so I don't have to share them - hee hee!
I also managed to visit with this... we didn't exactly have much conversationally to share, but still quite fascinating. Just to let you know that theory about 2 degrees of separation thing in New Zealand is well and truly real, I have to point out that Steve O'Shea (the squid man) was my lab demonstrator back when I did marine biology at University. He's a great teacher by the way. ;-) I have him to thank that I can still name many marine species from the littoral zone. Heh.
By the end of the first day I was shattered and made my weary way up to the hotel. I turned off the light at 9.30pm!
Next morning I spent some time at the water front by Te Papa absorbing the tranquil harbour views. I was so impressed by so many Wellingtonians bussing, biking and walking to work. Well done! Of course it helps that the public transport down there is so much better, and that a lot of people work in the CBD which is so compact. I also noticed how New Zealanders love to wear black. We need more colour in our fashion.
The waterfront looking towards the city.
This chappy doesn't have any undies on. I checked.
At lunchtime I managed to catch up with Janine and this time I did manage to take a photo... though it took me a couple of tries!! Again, it was great to catch up in real life! The hand cream is delish.
Unfortunately, I didn't get to meet Beverley and some of the other Wellington girls (like Jenny) who would have been stuck at work. :-( Next time I will get the flights arranged a bit better so I can!
I was so tired on the second day and very glad to get home to the bosom of the family. I drove into the drive and saw DS's head poking over the window sill watching out for my arrival. DD was asleep so she only saw me the next morning.. "My mummy!" was her comment.
It was good practice for next Feb when I'm going to the VALA conference in Melbourne, Australia. Not looking forward to the flying or missing my family, but the conference should be good.