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So while we were at the War Memorial yesterday Stu got a message from Kit that the alarm light was flashing. The alarm hadn't gone off (that we know of), it was just flashing. Stu got her to check the breakers and sure enough one had tripped. When we got back to the hotel last night I investigated how long the power had been off for. Turns it had been off for three full days :(:(:( I was pretty upset because it would mean losing an entire fridge/freezer worth of food. And we were worried about the fish too.

So of course I couldn't get to sleep for ages. And Stu stayed awake reading quite late which made me restless and he woke me up at 5am and then with a sore spine and hunger it was hard to get back to sleep. But I eventually did. Glad to not have to sleep in that bed again.

Got up a little late, got ready and backed up all the things while Stu got ready.

We headed out for brunch, ending up at Espressoholic. Had a nice brunch there.

Then we walked down to the Te Papa museum. It was a bit crazy because it was "Dance Day" and so was a bit crowded. I pretty much hated the museum from the first few minutes. It's modern so you don't get organised galleries. It's basically a choose your own adventure, which means it's easy to miss things if you don't happen to see the entrance. This may work ok for some people's brains, but not mine. It just stresses me out. I need things to be organised. So we wandered somewhat at random, because, unorganised museum. I'm not entirely sure of the point of the museum. There didn't seem to be a lot of logic to how things were organised. One minute we were walking through stuff on war with the Maoris and a second later it was feral animals. The kids did seem to like it though as there was a reasonable amount of interactive stuff. My favourite part was some of the modern art on the top floor. One gallery had a whole stack of things I thought were pretty cool. We finished up with the Gallipoli exhibition which at least had a set course to it, but was pretty crowded and did get congested in places.

Outside Museum of New Zealand / Te Papa Tongarewa
Outside Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

The Marae (meeting place) at Te Papa, designed by Cliff Whiting
The Marae (meeting place) at Te Papa, designed by Cliff Whiting

Stained glass at The Marae
Stained glass at The Marae

Dancers rehearsing in one of the foyers in Te Papa
Dancers rehearsing in one of the foyers in Te Papa

Mobile phone necklace by Lisa Walker in Toi Art
Mobile phone necklace by Lisa Walker in Toi Art

Laptop necklace by Lisa Walker in Toi Art
Laptop necklace by Lisa Walker in Toi Art

Indra's Bow by Tiffany Singh
Indra's Bow by Tiffany Singh

Indra's bow encourages us to acknowledge the spectrum of colours present in our everyday lives. The title refers to the Hindu god Indra, who used a rainbow to destroy evil. The work is also inspired by the Hindu festival of Diwali, which celebrates the triumph of light over darkness
Indra's bow encourages us to acknowledge the spectrum of colours present in our everyday lives. The title refers to the Hindu god Indra, who used a rainbow to destroy evil. The work is also inspired by the Hindu festival of Diwali, which celebrates the triumph of light over darkness

Feathers in Indra's Bow
Feathers in Indra's Bow

Fun to get different angles of Indra's Bow, although difficult to photograph the whole thing
Fun to get different angles of Indra's Bow, although difficult to photograph the whole thing

Each ball in Indra's Bow held something different relating to the colour of the ribbon
Each ball in Indra's Bow held something different relating to the colour of the ribbon

Magic!
Magic!

Next to Indra's Bow was a kids activity area.  This kaleidescope box was there
Next to Indra's Bow was a kids activity area. This kaleidescope box was there

Animation screened onto a glitter board by Reuben Paterson.  Photographs don't do it justice
Animation screened onto a glitter board by Reuben Paterson. Photographs don't do it justice

Total Internal Reflection, by Tiffany Singh.  Reminded me of the James Turrell exhibition.  That I never got to see.
Total Internal Reflection, by Tiffany Singh. Reminded me of the James Turrell exhibition. That I never got to see.

Stu watching the glitter animation
Stu watching the glitter animation

Everything in its Right Place, by Helen Calder
Everything in its Right Place, by Helen Calder

Automated Colour Field, by Rebecca Baumann
Automated Colour Field, by Rebecca Baumann

Rainbow Country, by Ani O'Neill
Rainbow Country, by Ani O'Neill

Kaz and Stu outside at Te Papa with Wellington behind us
Kaz and Stu outside at Te Papa with Wellington behind us

One of the cannons that was cast overboard from the Endeavour on 11 June 1770 when it ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef
One of the cannons that was cast overboard from the Endeavour on 11 June 1770 when it ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef

Sculpture of Lieutenant Spencer Westmacott in the Gallipoli exhibition
Sculpture of Lieutenant Spencer Westmacott in the Gallipoli exhibition

Diorama of Gallipoli
Diorama of Gallipoli

Maori prayer book which saved the life of Private Hone Tahitahi by stopping a bullet
Maori prayer book which saved the life of Private Hone Tahitahi by stopping a bullet

Collected our bags and headed up Cuba Street to find linner. Eventually ended up at the same sushi place as yesterday.

Then collected our bags and headed for the airport. We were going to leave for the airport at 17:00 but decided since we were ready at 16:00 we'd head out and then we'd only have to move once. Except that checkin didn't open til 16:30 so we had to wait around for that. And then we couldn't go through security until 17:30. So it meant a whole heap of waiting around to get to the gate. Stu was going to work on his essay but just didn't get a good enough block of time. We shoulda stayed at the hotel for an hour. Oh well.

Gandalf flying on an Eagle in Wellington Airport
Gandalf flying on an Eagle in Wellington Airport

Bought some stuff duty free (it seems you are allowed to buy duty free liquids in New Zealand, don't know why we couldn't in Hong Kong).

The flight home was a lot better then the flight over. Sadly we took off to the south so no views of the city (not that we would have seen much anyway as the clouds were too low). The entertainment system on the plane we had was much more modern, and even had USB charging in the seat. Watched Darkest Hour on it. And the GPS recorded this time! Although there was nothing much to record as I didn't get any photos because it was dark.

Stu and Kaz on the plane about to go home
Stu and Kaz on the plane about to go home

Arrived in Canberra twenty minutes early. Took a little while to get through immigration. Then a taxi home.

My computer was still on when we got home - seems it acknowledged the UPS this time and put itself to sleep. I have some dead fish in the two foot - the rummy nose tetras. That tank was offline for an extra day because the RCD needs resetting if it loses power and it felt *cold*. The fish in the angel tank look ok, and Stu said no obvious casualties downstairs, but that will need to be checked again tomorrow. Stuff in the fridge/freezer mostly *looks* ok, but some things will need more care than others. The freezer did fully defrost, as evidenced in frozen peas that had stuck together, and Stumpy's food that had obviously flowed in its bag. But how warm did it all get? There's half a chance that things didn't get *much* above freezing, as the house is pretty cool and the doors weren't opened. Sigh.

Anyways, that whole incident put a bit of a damper on the last bit of our holiday, but we still very much enjoyed it. And got to enjoy one of the very last direct international flights from Canberra to Wellington.

Another very restless night being uncomfortable from a way too soft bed and a way too big pillow.

So the plan for today was going to be Te Papa in the morning, and me to entertain myself in the afternoon while Stu worked on his essay.

But I looked at the weather forecast which said it would be cloudy in the morning with rain in the afternoon. So I said I'd go do my own thing in the morning while Stu did his essay, then we'd go to a museum in the afternoon.

So I had cereal in the hotel, then headed out around 9am. Stu had found an Art Deco walking tour, which passed by about thirty art deco buildings in Wellington. So I walked. And walked. And walked. Fifteen and a half thousand steps by 1pm. Whoops.

Tripod sculpture outside the Embassy Theatre
Tripod sculpture outside the Embassy Theatre

Central Fire Station on Kent Terrace
Central Fire Station on Kent Terrace

James Smiths Corner building on Cuba Street
James Smiths Corner building on Cuba Street

Wellington Free Ambulance building on Cable Street
Wellington Free Ambulance building on Cable Street

Hotel Waterloo on Waterloo Quay
Hotel Waterloo on Waterloo Quay

Wellington Railway Station
Wellington Railway Station

Sculpture sign of Wellington Railway Station
Sculpture sign of Wellington Railway Station

Sculpture sign of Bunny Street
Sculpture sign of Bunny Street

The Beehive
The Beehive

New Zealand Parliament
New Zealand Parliament

Parliamentary Library
Parliamentary Library

National Library
National Library

St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral

Inside St Paul's Cathedral
Inside St Paul's Cathedral

Sculpture sign of Plimmer Steps
Sculpture sign of Plimmer Steps

Met up with Stu at Espressoholic and then we went and got some sushi for lunch.

Collapsed for a while in the hotel and I had a shower because I was pretty sticky.

Because my feet were so sore I suggested we go to the War Memorial instead of Te Papa, so that's what we did.

Stu next to a mural in an alley off Hopper Street
Stu next to a mural in an alley off Hopper Street

We went in and saw the Great War Exhibition, which was pretty good, and easy to follow round in a set course without missing anything. We also had a look at the Anzac Gallipoli exhibition which was mostly just photos and info boards, with a couple of deviations off the main course which stress me in museums.

National War Memorial
National War Memorial

Fountain at the National War Memorial
Fountain at the National War Memorial

Richard Alexander Henderson and his Donkey sculpture outside the National War Memorial - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Alexander_Henderson
Richard Alexander Henderson and his Donkey sculpture outside the National War Memorial

Inside the National War Memorial
Inside the National War Memorial

Inside the National War Memorial.  All the flowers were still fresh from Anzac Day just two days before
Inside the National War Memorial. All the flowers were still fresh from Anzac Day just two days before

Museum housing The Great War Exhibition
Museum housing The Great War Exhibition

Different soldiers' hats in the Great War Exhibition
Different soldiers' hats in the Great War Exhibition

Diorama of trench warfare in the Great War Exhibition
Diorama of trench warfare in the Great War Exhibition

Machine gun with periscope in the Great War Exhibition
Machine gun with periscope in the Great War Exhibition

One-third scale model of the Bruno gun, an ex-battleship gun, captured by the Australians in 1918.  The barrel of this gun is currently at the War Memorial in Canberra
One-third scale model of the Bruno gun, an ex-battleship gun, captured by the Australians in 1918. The barrel of this gun is currently at the War Memorial in Canberra

Left a bit after 5pm and went to The Third Eye in search of beer. Found some (there were fourteen of theirs on tap!) which was quite nice.

Fourteen locally brewed beers on tap at Tuatara Brewery on Arthur Street
Fourteen locally brewed beers on tap at Tuatara Brewery on Arthur Street

Just for fun, today I got photos of three of the different stop/go pedestrian lights around Wellington.  As well as the normal walky man and an animated one, I saw at least three other different kinds.  There's probably more I don't know about!

Sexy lady traffic light, Cuba Street
Sexy lady traffic light, Cuba Street

Old lady traffic light, Waterloo Quay
Old lady traffic light, Waterloo Quay

Soldier traffic light, near the War Memorial
Soldier traffic light, near the War Memorial

Then went looking for dinner. Stu wanted Malaysian so we went to Rasa. I didn't want to stay because the only free table was right next to the door - in fact you couldn't even open the door fully without hitting the chair. They said they'd move us when a table freed up, but it was just as stressful with people pushing past. Really wasn't happy but Stu wanted to stay so we did. The food was actually pretty decent. Had some satay chicken sticks, a beef rendang and another satay chicken dish, with garlic roti and coconut rice.

Then back to the hotel by 7:30pm and wondering what to do all evening. Read my book for a while and checked into our flight and blogged but I still think I'll have an early night.