Last stop on the North Island
Trip Start Mar 01, 2006
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Due to Courtney's insane work schedule, and my lack of a cell phone - we had some issues getting in touch with each other once I reached Wellington. From a pay phone I called the three numbers I had for her and left messages starting on Tuesday evening. But when I arrived in Wellington at six thirty and walked to her apartment there was a note taped to the outside of her building
When I first met Courtney at the University of Copenhagen thirteen years ago, we became fast friends, sharing similar backgrounds and the same sense of humor. Courtney was at the top of the class as a Sophomore, simply out thinking and out performing all others including the older students. I could tell that Courtney was special. Since then, she has received her Doctorate in Architecture from the University of Copenhagen, and has been teaching in Denmark, South Africa, and now New Zealand. But she's not just any teacher. She's the one that makes you see the world in a whole new way, convincing you that you knew it all along, just needing a catalyst to bring the thought forward.
Arriving at Courtney's place, I could see the giant smile of recognition walking down the street towards me. Can it actually be her after all of these years? She looks so beautiful - even more than I remember. Seeing her brought back so many memories as we sat and chatted and caught up on the current state of our lives
The next evening we met another one of Courtney's friends, Sus, for dinner. She is also from Denmark currently working in NZ. After a week on my own, it was nice to have Girl's Night Out and chat and laugh with friends..Unfortunately, my arrival in Wellington did not synch up with Courtney's work schedule, and again, I am on my own.
Overlooking a beautiful harbor, Wellington is known as the cultural capital of NZ. There is a lively shopping, dining, and arts scene - something for everyone - and everyone is out exploring. For the next three days, I wandered Wellington, taking in the Botanical Gardens, the National Dragon Boat Festival, Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, open-air markets, and a great run across the city up to the Mount Victoria look-out. I would have enjoyed the shopping more if I weren't living out of 2500 cubic inches of space and having to carry everything on my back. But I guess that will help keep me within my budget. I have saved Te Papa, New Zealand's national museum, for when I return to Wellington in four weeks. For now, I have to head to the south island where I have been promised beauty beyond imagination.