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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.

Our flight was at a very civilised 10:55am, so got up at normal time (well I did heh) and we left home around 9am (thanks to Pete for the lift!).

Security and immigration was all very painless (hey, it's Canberra!) and then we sat around in the international terminal for three quarters of an hour.

The sweetie and I on the plane
The sweetie and I on the plane

Boarded around 10:30 and was instantly disappointed - my window was all scratched up and pretty much impossible to photograph out of :(:(:(

Scratched up window on the plane :(
Scratched up window on the plane :(

Even more disappointing was not being able to document the amazing flight path we had out of Canberra - taking off to the north, then banking left all around the city, flying to the south of Parliament House. It was an amazing view and I doubt I got any photos that worked. Ok so it looks like the ones of the northern suburbs mostly worked, but nothing much south. Sad times.

Belconnen town centre from the air
Belconnen town centre from the air.  At least some of the photos of the north of Canberra turned out.

This was the best photo I could get of the Parliamentary Triangle :(
This was the best photo I could get of the Parliamentary Triangle :(

To add insult to injury, the GPS refused to get a signal, so I've got no data at all for the flight :(

And finally, the entertainment system was being a big poo. Very unintuitive interface, and the volume controls wouldn't work. I started watching a documenatary on James Cameron and the Titanic, but there was an "elapsed time" message on the screen that wouldn't go away and when I hit a button to try and fix it, the whole thing died. I had lunch while it sat in the naughty corner and after lunch it must have rebooted because everything was working properly, including the volume. Finised watching the Titanic documentary and then started a bit of a silly documentary called Drain Alcatraz. Didn't get to finish watching that because we landed.

But on a positive note, the 777 did have a lot of leg room - probably the most I've ever seen in economy.

Probably the most leg room I've ever had.  Stu's knees weren't hitting the chair in front
Probably the most leg room I've ever had. Stu's knees weren't hitting the chair in front

Lunch on the plane - Pan Fried Chicken in Herb Gravy, served with sauteed vegetables and mashed potato
Lunch on the plane - Pan Fried Chicken in Herb Gravy, served with sauteed vegetables and mashed potato

Meandered through immigration (Australian e-passports work there) and customs (had to declare the mini bar of Toblerone they gave me going through duty free heh), withdrew some cash (for some reason the pin on my card is not working :( ) and jumped in a taxi to go into town.

Hotel is ok. Doesn't have a super fancy view, but does see up to Mount Victoria, and the room is actually pretty nice - very large and even has a kitchenette.

Room 657, Quality Hotel, Cuba Street Wellington
Room 657, Quality Hotel, Cuba Street Wellington

Dumped our stuff then went for a wander.

Headed down Cuba Street to the harbour.

Sculptures next to Civic Square by the waterfront
Sculptures next to Civic Square by the waterfront

Me and the sweetie by the Wellington waterfront
Me and the sweetie by the Wellington waterfront

Wellington at dusk
Wellington at dusk

The Boatshed, by the waterfront
The Boatshed, by the waterfront

Then headed back. Stopped in Bad Grannies for some beer, then went across the road for Mexican at The Flying Burrito Brothers, which was good, but really really didn't need dessert hmm!

Booze!  Sign at Bad Grannies Pub
Booze! Sign at Bad Grannies Pub

Chilli Con Queso - Sizzling spicy cheese dip served w corn chips.  This stuff was amazing and we practically burnt ourselves trying to devour it.
Chilli Con Queso - Sizzling spicy cheese dip served w corn chips. This stuff was amazing and we practically burnt ourselves trying to devour it.

The sweetie had enchiladas - Holy Mole: Chicken w Mole Poblno sauce
The sweetie had enchiladas - Holy Mole: Chicken w Mole Poblno sauce

I had tacos - Tacos al Pastor - braised pork topped w smoked pineapple salsa, Chicharron slaw.
I had tacos - Tacos al Pastor - braised pork topped w smoked pineapple salsa, Chicharron slaw.

The sweetie had Banana Chimichangas - Bananas wrapped in a tortilla, fried w sugar cinnamon, served w icecream, and I had Cajeta Cheesecake - Baked with Goat's milk caramel (cajeta) w tequila laced berries & ice cream.
The sweetie had Banana Chimichangas - Bananas wrapped in a tortilla, fried w sugar cinnamon, served w icecream, and I had Cajeta Cheesecake - Baked with Goat's milk caramel (cajeta) w tequila laced berries & ice cream.

Then back to the hotel. It's 9:30pm now here, but ony 7:30pm back in Canberra. So even though we're tired I doubt sleep will come easily...