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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Needless to say, by the time Mom left, I was thoroughly exhausted from our non stop couple of weeks together. It was an amazing visit, and I am glad I got to show her as much as I did. After nearly 5 months, my time on the South Island was up. The two of us took the InterIslander ferry for the North Island and enjoyed the beautiful three hour crossing of the Cook Strait.

I had heard from a number of Kiwis how the capital city of Wellington is a “cool little city,” so I was really hoping to enjoy it there. In Kiwi speak, I imagined their definition of a city to be more like an oversized town, but while Welly may seem smaller in size, it is still a proper city full of tall buildings, busy streets and sophisticated professionals crowding the sidewalks. Before Mom had to catch her flight home Wednesday night, we got to ride the cable car to the top of the Botanic Gardens and get this classic city shot. Don’t get me wrong, Wellington is a very interesting place, but real city life has never been my style. I think after spending so much time in remote South Island, I am experiencing a bit of a culture shock coming back into the “real world.”

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