Category Archives: Wellington

Just Google it

I was just Googling myself (as you do) and found my name on stuff.co.nz – under a picture I took during the bush fire back in February when we were watching the helicopters with monsoon buckets all night and half … Continue reading

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Before we came to New Zealand, I`d never

 seen so many people walking around barefoot. In the streets, shops, even in class. You do read about Kiwis’ love for jandals (flip-flops), but the barefoot thing was a surprise  talked to strangers as much. From fellow hikers, who say … Continue reading

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Touching squishy things or Victoria University Coastal Ecology Lab open day

As luck would have it, we live close to the aforementioned Coastal Ecology Lab and walk past it on our way to the bus stop, so when we spotted a sign advertising Open Day we decided to go there.  We`ve … Continue reading

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Mount Victoria

Mount Vic has been on our list of the things to see in Wellington since we arrived.  We finally tackled it yesterday, except we did it in a lazy way – instead of a 1,5 hike up the hill we … Continue reading

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The Weta Cave

This mysterious-sounding place is a front shop and a museum for Weta Workshop,  which together with Weta Digital designs and produces special effects, props, weapons, creatures and even whole words for movies. Having started in 1987 in a back room … Continue reading

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Wildlife central

Having grown up in a pretty urban setting, the only animals I had seen growing up were in the zoo. When I moved to London, I saw foxes (which I mistook for stray dogs), squirrels (who used to climb up … Continue reading

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Not a typical Wednesday

Yesterday Mike has submitted his last assignment! He is officially done with his MA! All that remains is for him to get his actual degree and transcripts! I`m so proud of him! It’s been hard-working 2 years! To celebrate, we … Continue reading

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Life by the ocean – penguins and waves

So I`m walking home (Rebecca’s home, to be precise), from a supermarket, which is an hour away. But the walk is lovely, some of it along the beach, with stunning views, so it’s no hardship. And then I see a … Continue reading

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Return trip

So we bought our tickets back to Russia, where we want to stay for the summer before moving to a yet unknown location overseas.We will have had 3 summer in a row (with a bit of spring mixed in)! It’ll … Continue reading

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Waitangi Day in Wellington

There were two things we wanted to do in New Zealand: try hangi and see haka. Turns out, Waitangi day is when you can do both.  Every year on 6 February, New Zealand marks the signing of the Treaty of … Continue reading

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