A brilliant weekend and a walk up to the Mount Victoria look out point
26.07.2013 - 28.07.2013 15 °C
For the first time in a long time I had a Saturday off work so we decided to all hit the town for after work drinks on Friday night. I could actually experience that "Friday Feeling" that I see and envy every week! It took a little coaxing to get Jonny to come with us but Beki, Todd and I had already decided that we wanted to check out some quirky/trendy bars in the city that we hadn't been to yet.
We started off at "Alice" which is an Alice in Wonderland themed bar. There were flashing white rabbits above the entrance so of course we followed them and went down the rabbit hole! Inside there were lots of chandeliers, warped mirrors, clocks, and framed art work from the story book. It was a small and cosy place with low lighting, comfy booths and we were able to just sit and chat and actually be able to hear each other speak! Todd, Jonny and I shared a bottle of wine whilst Beki had a fancy cocktail that involved melting sherbert along the rim of the glass! She said it was very tasty. There was an extensive cocktail menu with a lot of them being named after characters from the book and there was even a Mad Hatters Tea Party where your drink would be served in a teapot!
After Alice we ventured down the road to "The Library" another bar whose theme is not hard to guess. There were book shelves everywhere and everyone was sitting on sofas and in armchairs! When we went in we were taken to a table that turned out to be the VIP area because the place was so busy! We were cut off from everyone else so the atmosphere was a little different but we had a nice little booth and a couple of bookshelves.
Next we went to the Bangalore Polo Club which had been recommended to Beki from someone at work. It's on Courtenay Place so we've walked past it many times during the day and it looked like quite a posh bar and they even had those glass cube tables with a little fire inside which are pretty cool. It turns out that in the evening this is not a sophisticated bar but infact a very average night club! Having been to two very nice quiet cosy bars we were a bit shocked to find ourselves being pushed left, right and center with terrible music blasting in our ears. We had one drink (well Todd somehow managed to score an extra free drink from a random local) and left.
We decided to go to the Cavern next even though we have been there before, but lets be honest, a Beatles themed bar is never going to be visited just once by the likes of us! Unfortunately the music wasn't up to it's usual standard so we didn't stay for long. Last time they had played lots of Beatles (obviously) and other old music from the 50's, 60's and some 70's but this time it seemed to be a lot of cheesy 80's glam rock that was seriously uncool and no Beatles...
We had ended up rather more tipsy than originally planned and, well, Todd was just plain drunk! We've made a habit of going to McDonalds after every night out but this time decided to switch to Burger King as we had a couple of vouchers to use. We sat down with our food and noticed that there was a girl on the table across from us who was alone and appeared to be sleeping with her head on the table. Todd mentioned rather loudly that she should "sort her life out" but I pointed out that she probably had a friend who was in the queue buying some food for her. I was right and a few minutes later a massive cheeseburger was put in front of her. Unfortunately she never got around to eating it because she preceded to throw up all over the floor. Jonny and Todd witnessed it but Beki and I weren't looking and had no intention of turning our heads to see! We were just about drunk enough to have the will power to block out what was happening and continue to eat our food. I did here a couple of splats on the floor though and then we saw her poor friend hovering around her not knowing whether to laugh or cry. We told her she shouldn't just be standing there, she needed to take action! Eventually the bouncers got involved and moved her away from us but the sick still hadn't been cleared up by staff by the time we left. Oh, and yes, they have bouncers in McDonalds and Burger King here in New Zealand! It's because these fast food places stay open all night and are obviously quite large establishments. It means that the "chips and kebab" culture isn't as popular over here as it is in England!
We got home by about 2am I think and woke up the next morning feeling a little groggy! We had planned the night before to go to an American Diner in the city called Drexels where they just serve breakfast food from 7am -2pm every day. I went to knock for Todd and Beki at around 10am and we decided to kick start ourselves into action and be ready to leave for Drexels by 11am and by gosh we did it. When we got to Drexels we were directed to a booth and started looking at the tempting menu. We all decided to be greedy and go for the special which included 2 eggs any way, hash browns, and then a choice of either bacon, sausage or whatever, followed by a choice between either pancakes, waffles or french toast. I had eggs sunny side up, bacon, and pancakes with real Canadian maple syrup. Ooooh it was so yummy. I did pretty well with my eggs and bacon, although I left most of my hash brown because it was a bit dry and I somehow managed to eat about half of the pancakes before almost exploding. We also had a pot of tea and I had a vanilla milkshake which was lush.
We spent the rest of the day mooching around the shops and Jonny very kindly bought me some clothes that I'll need for our next leg of travelling. We were pretty exhausted by the time we got home and I was having a bad allergy day and was suffering quite severely so had a nap for a couple of hours!
The next day the weather was beautiful so we decided to walk up to the Mount Victoria look out. This is something that we've been meaning to do since we got to Wellington but had just not got round to it! I thought that all the uphill walking was going to kill me but it actually wasn't too bad and we just took our time and went at quite a leisurely pace. There was a swing hanging from a large tree that overlooked the city so Todd and Jonny had a go on it, much to Beki's despair! Todd swung the wrong way and ended up in the trees which he admitted was "daft" and Beki was soon applying Vitamin E to his grazes and trying to wipe the sticky sap off his arm! We eventually made it to the look out point and enjoyed spotting all the familiar buildings. With the aid of the super zoom on Todds brilliant camera we could just about see where we live! We could also see the giant Pak'n'Save in Kilbirnie and it was easy to see the Majestic Centre in the CBD where I've been doing some temp work. It's the tallest building in Wellington and I could easily see the floor that I work on! And when I went into work the next day I realised that I could look out of the window and easily spot the tree that Jonny and Todd were swinging from on Mount Victoria! On the walk back down we decided that we would come back again when the weather was nice to find the Hobbit's Hideaway that Jonny and I visited on our Lord of the Rings tour as that is also on Mount Victoria.
When we got back down to the streets of the city we were starting to get a little peckish and found an amazing fish and chip shop - or fush'n'chups as they say it here! We grabbed some chips and walked down Oriental Bay to sit on a bench by the sea to eat them. It almost felt like home! After that we popped to the supermarket and then when we got home Beki made a classic onion dip that the kiwi's love and we sat and had a movie night!
It was such a fanastic weekend, I'm looking forward to having more Saturdays off soon so we can do it all again!