Back in early 1980, I was born in Wellington and lived in the area for the next 9 years. Despite growing up here, when I re-moved to Wellington in late 2003 I liked it about as much as I like my alarm clock. As far as I was concerned the wind was a pain, there were too many people marching around in suits, and I especially hated the way that whenever I took a wrong turn while driving I would end up on the motorway. Shudder.
Between now and then, though, I got to love it. I know to always carry a spare hair-tie to keep the wind from turning my hair into a face-whipping lacerator. Tane and I have morphed into suit wearing marchers, especially on Lambton Quay at lunchtime. I even shamelessly wear sneakers with work clothes like a true local. Now we don't have a car, the accidentally ending up on the motorway isn't a problem either. Having said that though, we have ended up in Newlands by accident a few times. Heh.
Yesterday Tane and I were walking through Central Park, enjoying the vibrant colours while avoiding the dangerous looking mud puddles and sodden leaves. We agreed that Wellington is the new black. Also, that while the rest of the world sounds pretty exciting to visit, Wellington is still pretty neat. Why?
1. The views
True, that means hills, and hills mean puffing and pain. The views at the top, though, are awesome. This is the view from our house.
And this is from a hill near Eastborne that we climbed on Waitangi Day. Even though I looked like an angry tomato at the top, it was worth it.
2. The Town Belt. It's pretty cool starting the day walking through here on the way to work.
3. The great vibe. And the culture - neat movie theatres, cafes and shops.
4. Feeling like we're in the centre of the country. Which, in many ways, I guess we are.
5. It's home. This is me and my sisters at Titahi Bay, where we grew up.
In fact, one of my earliest memories is of sheltering from the wind right near this spot. Pretty typical Wellington, eh?