Change of Plans
Trip Start Jun 03, 2010
129Trip End Feb 04, 2012
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I don't really have to make the decision until I get my visa and medical forms in Auckland, but I'll probably opt to just do the three more months visitor visa, not working. Another full year is a long time to keep playing around. I could start real-life things here, but then they'd be cut off in a year. Unless I think about NZ residency, but that thought is scary, too permanent. The thing is, this loophole law is in review, so it might be now or never if I want another year here. I wonder if I could stay three months as a visitor, then start the next year. That would at least buy me some time to think.
Aaanyway, second change of "plans" is that I didn't find a job, but I was able to set up a wwoofing in Opotiki, Bay of Plenty. So tomorrow I will take the bus to Taupo, spend two nights there, then head to Opotiki. I'll wwoof there for a week, then go to Auckland and stay with my friend Mark's mom
I didn't do a whole lot in Wellington while I was here, mostly because it was cold and rainy the entire time. I went to the Te Papa museum, which was really cool. I'm not normally excited about museums, but I really enjoyed this one. I went there two days because there was too much to see in one day. It was about the history of New Zealand, in both geological and cultural terms. One thing that was funny was the "artifacts" from 1930. I guess when your country is only 200 years old, 40 years ago is ancient times. There was actually a display of "last century" with Ninja Turtles and other things from the '80s. Apart from that, there was extensive info on Maori heritage, WWII in New Zealand, volcanoes, earthquakes, sea life, and plenty of interactive things to keep me busy. It was interesting to see New Zealand's perspective of world events.
I also did a tour of the Parliament Building, the "Beehive" (since it looks like a beehive). I didn't mean to do the tour. I just wandered into the building, then it turned out you were only allowed in if you did a tour, and what luck - one was just starting
My other touristy thing I did was walk through the Botanical Gardens, which was nice. They had a few plots where they had planted flowers in patterns to look like flags from different countries participating in the World Cup. Each was marked with a small sign saying "Welcome (country)."
Sunday, the day of my second RWC game, was beautiful! The sun finally came out, so I spent the day meandering back and forth between the South African Culture Festival and Fanfest by the water. Both had good music and lots of people around. A group called Strike played at Fanfest. They were percussionists that used all kinds of equipment for their music - drums, xylophones, pipes in water, buckets, metal sheets. It was really cool.
The South Africa vs. Australia game was a good one, except that South Africa lost. On the way there, amongst thousands of fans walking toward the stadium, I ran into a parade
After the match, it was back to Fanfest to the giant outdoor screen to watch NZ vs. Argentina to see who moves on to the semifinals. Another good game with players I knew. Then after, as I was just leaving, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra started up on the stage, so I stayed for their performances. Pretty cool.
Now I've got another sunny day to kill in Wellington, so I should get out and enjoy it! I'll try to add some pictures later tonight.