Before I touched down in New Zealand, I had a plan of what I was going to do for the year. When I actually landed, I changed completely to a let’s-see-how-it-pans-out-organically approach. I’ll never know if I’ve completely screwed up with my decision-making until I leave the country, look back and think, “How the hell did it work out like that?”
Forget the whole “hindsight is 20/20” concept; I’m having a lot of fun as things have gone “wrong” or strayed from the "plan."
It’s turning out to be far more interesting.
I spent my first two weeks in New Zealand exploring the nooks & crannies of Wellington to decide if it was going to be my first landing spot of the year. With it’s irresistible charm, creative flare, kick ass coffee, killer craft beers, and unique street performers, it’s close to impossible for Wellington not to lure in everyone who encounters it.
There’s something spectacular about the city that I find parallel to the quirkiness of Melbourne, Australia, but with an obvious kiwi overlay and slightly more intrigue.
Signs are displayed both in English and in Māori, the Te Papa museum is stuffed with incredible exhibits about New Zealand’s history (so packed to the point that it would take you at least a week to walk through all the displays), and the local beers include names of some of the country’s famous birds & reptiles.
Needless to say, my two weeks packed with delicious brews, great music, and fascinating factoids was completely unbearable.
I decided to leave.
Jussssst kidding. The truth is, I wanted something different. A place that felt wilder. Somewhere that would allow me to explore nature and really get some space from the high energy of cities.
Wellington is my favorite metropolis in New Zealand, hands down, but leaving turned out to be one of the most satisfying things for this New Yorker's inner jungle woman, wilderness quota that was overdue to be filled.
Before I divulge details about my hippie chick chapter, I want to share some of my favorite things about Wellington…
Oh, Wellington, I love you.
Till we meet again...