Sunday, January 27, 2008

Slow internet should be a crime...

I moved, but not to where I thought I was going. The house I posted about before ended up going to somebody else. Instead I'm in Normandale in the Hutt valley. It's a great house with some great flat mates. The internet sucks though. Uploading pictures is quite a chore. I'll try to get some up of my new place in the next few days.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A trip to the Botanic Gardens

I had some time to kill in town today so I took a ride up to the Botanic Gardens here in Wellington...

This is the Carter Observatory and Planetarium:

What a view!

This is the cable car I took back down into the city

This is a 100 year old cable car in the cable car museum, apparently people used to sit outside the car... which seems crazy to me.

On the way back to town, safely inside.

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Things really do just seem to work out, somehow...

For the last couple weeks I've been stressed out about money and housing. My temp gigs weren't coming in like I had hoped, I was having a hard time finding a permanent job (I still am), and I was quickly running out of money. At the same time my flat mates and I were trying to figure out how to stay in the house we're in after the current lease holders move to the south island at the end of this week.

Things went from bad to worse, we were having trouble filling the extra rooms and the rest of us would have to foot the bill for the extra rent, as well as the extra bond. Meanwhile I'm still running out of money, and nobody knew what was going to happen.

Now we know, everybody is moving out. I'm going to Auckland this weekend for the Big Day Out concert and I'll have to move before Wednesday next week.

I'll move into a hostel for a few nights until I can move in here:

It's a historic building, fully furnished and maintained by the city. Amy's mother works for the department that doles out council flats and she arranged for it, thanks Jane! The best part about it is it's location, that big round building about 2 blocks to the north east, that's the beehive, New Zealand's Capital Building...

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I'll also be starting my new job next week! It's nothing permanent yet but my flatmate Liz really came through for me. Thanks Liz!

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

A Day at the Races

We all went to see stock car races this weekend. This isn't like American stock car racing, It's a small dirt track and they had several classes of cars but the most fun to watch were the junkers. They smashed into each other and walls, spun out, and smoked a lot. At the end there was a great fireworks display and then a demolition derby! Everybody had a great time.

I'm working on getting a new house, the place I went to today was pretty terrible. I'm still looking for a new job too. The markets for both are really bad so life is really stressful right now.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

New Years!

For New Years Katie, Peter, Amy and I all went to Martinborough. It's a great little town in the wairarapa Valley near Wellington. This is the road we took to get over the mountain. It's about a 45 minute drive. These pictures were taken at the Summit Cafe at the highest point on the road.

This is the house we rented for the weekend, it was a beautiful place:

This should give you an idea of the size of the town... this is the police station:

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