Wellington (Or: Road Tripping)
Trip Start Mar 08, 2008
51Trip End Sep 06, 2008
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So we pick up the car and I'm totally confused because everything's on the wrong side. I keep turning on the windshield wipers when I try to turn on my signal
Because we arrive in Wellington so late in the afternoon, the only thing we have time to do is go to the Te Papa museum. Te Papa is one of the most impressive museums in New Zealand and was built at a cost of something like 315 million dollars. It's a beautiful modern building on the harbor with gorgeous views of the ocean. The museum has a great collection of Maori art and artifacts, and all the signs are written in both English and Maori. (Maori is a close cousin of Hawaiian, so the two languages are quite similar. The women's restroom sign said "wahine". Many towns have Maori names, so they look like 42 vowels strung together with one or two consonants.) Te Papa has a lot of interactive exhibits that are especially great for kids. And it has a nice collection of modern art by local artists. We had a fantastic time at the museum and barely scratched the surface in the two hours we were there.
Tomorrow, our real road trip begins. Please say a prayer for all the brave New Zealand drivers who are sharing the road with us for the next week.