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Weekend in Wellington – Food, Yoga, History and More Food

April 3, 2016
Wellington

Hello from Bali! My apologies, once again it’s been ages since I’ve written – I booked a last minute trip to Bali directly from Wellington and have been on the road nonstop! I’m attending The Institute of Code and having the time of my life. I’ll have posts up within the next week or two!

I spent the weekend in Wellington with a couple of wonderful and hilarious friends, Mikaela and Alex. You might recognize Mikaela from my Australia posts here and here.

Wednesday, March 16

I arrived in Wellington around noon – the lovely duo picked me up from the airport and we went to lunch at a little cafe called Spruce Goose along the waterfront. It was a rainy and windy day in Wellington (which is typical, apparently) so we went back to the flat to hang out for a bit. The house had an INCREDIBLE panoramic view of Wellington. See below.

Wellington

That night we (and by we I mean Alex and Mikaela) made supper and hung out with the roomies, who are all just an insane amount of fun.

Thursday, March 17

Like I said before, I booked a last minute trip to Bali so I spent Thursday doing some work and admin before I got too wrapped up in my travels. That night Alex, Mikaela and I met up and went to dinner at The Crab Shack. I’m not sure if I’ve ever been more full (I think fuller might be the correct way to say this but it sounds weird so screw it) in my entire life, we left feeling like we might die or have to curl up in the fetal position.

Friday, March 18

After a chill Thursday, I was ready to take on Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (most people call it Te Papa).

Te Papa Museum, Wellington

I’ve heard you need one full day or two short days to get through the museum. Never really being a museum person to begin with, I figured I’d be in and out of there within a couple of hours.

Te Papa Museum, Wellington

Much to my surprise, I spent SIX hours reading and absorbing the history of New Zealand. I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming amount of pride to have spent the last eight months here.

Te Papa Museum, Wellington

I definitely needed more time but my brain was shot from information overload and I needed fuel, so I met up with Mikaela and Alex for dinner. We went to the night market off of Cuba Street (one of my favorite areas in Wellington), ate some tasty food from one of the tents and listened to a busker (aka street performer).

Mik and I weren’t ready to go home so we ended up having great chats over jugs of beer (aka pitchers) and next moment we are taking photos of our double chins and dancing around her room (hehe sorry roomies).

Wellington Snapchat Snapchat

Saturday, March 19

The girls live near a walking path to the wind turbines and abandoned army bunkers. Mikaela and I began our walk and quickly realized we might die of thirst before we made it (hangovers + no water = bad news). We spent a bit of time at the abandoned army bunkers and then went back to the house.

Wellington

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A street festival called Cuba Dupa was happening on Cuba Street in Wellington, so the whole house walked down to the city. It was such a vibrant and energetic event with people, food and music – what more could you ask for?! I really overdid it with the pork sandwich and milkshake and raw peanut butter cup and burger (and maybe more?? idk I blacked out from the food coma) – to the point where I was close to vomiting (Wellington really pushed me to my limits WOW). Unfortunately, my phone was acting up (reaching my storage limit might have something to do with it), so I didn’t get many pictures.

Cuba Street, Wellington   Wellington

It was roomie Danielle’s birthday so, of course, we celebrated accordingly. The girls had some friends over and we all went into town. Lots of drinks were drunk and lots of memories were not remembered (wow look at me writing such inspirational quotes and stuff).

Sunday, March 20

Sunday morning was an ultimate low as I ate my leftover pad thai for breakfast (I’m still ashamed, please forgive me my sweet followers). I went out for a run to relieve my temporary self-loathing.

Mount Victoria, WellingtonIf you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a post about a girl named Jenna. Jenna and I met in Nelson a few weeks ago (after initially discovering each other on Instagram) and we realized we grew up about 20 minutes away from each other in Minnesota.

 

ANYWHO we had an amazing time and our paths brought us together again in Wellington. Lululemon was hosting an event called Create Your Own Calm, where you hike up a mountain and have a yoga class. So Jenna and I met up with the Lulu crew and other yoga lovers to hike Mount Victoria and enjoyed a beautiful class by Jemma and Paul of Yoga Rhapsody and Shirley of Yoga With Me. It was an incredible experience and such a special day!

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Mount Victoria, Wellington

Monday, March 21

Monday was my last day in Wellington before I flew to Bali, so I spent the morning doing a bit of work and finalizing details for my trip. In the afternoon, I went into the city to walk around and explore a bit more. I met up with Alex and Mikaela for one last dinner – have I mentioned how much I adore these girls?Wellington

I went to bed early because I had to be up at 3 AM to get to my 7 AM flight to BALLLIIIIIIII!

Have you been to Wellington? What are your favorite activities to do there? 

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