I suppose many of you like me think about traveling a lot. It's all so exciting to plan, anticipate and pack for a trip. Arriving somewhere new is like a gust of fresh air in your life. Everything is novel and invigorating. The opposite of home.
The problem for most of us is that travel, for various reasons, time, money, responsibilities is not always possible.
The answer is to travel without leaving home. When you're somewhere new you make an effort to search out interesting places, visit museums and galleries, do walks, study the history of the area but when we're at home we drift along, often not noticing whats going on around us. I decided this year to act more like a tourist in my home town -Wellington. To start looking at it with the curious eyes of a stranger and it's been fun. I've been surprised to discover that it also has an extra dimension that traveling in another country doesn't have, pride. The more I see of my home town and country the more proud I become.
Here are some of the things I've done so far, just in case you're coming to Wellington for a visit.
Visited Zealandia (Karori Sanctuary) I can't believe I haven't been before!
Take the ferry to Somes/Matiu Island (another first)
Walk up to the Brooklyn Windmill (now a regular event)
Walk the Orongorongo track
Go to the Wellington Chocolate factory (not a hardship. The smell when you walk in is amazing)
Walk to Red Rocks
Walk the Southern Walkway
Wander through the new War Memorial Park
Go to Cubadupa - new Cupa St Festival
Visit the Left Bank Night Market on Friday night
Become a regular at the fabulous Ekim burger truck on the corner of Abel Smith and Cuba St
Tried the amazing homemade frozen yoghurt truck at Moore Wilsons
The glorious thing is that I've really only scratched the surface of things to do in Wellington. If I come across some other great things to do I'll let you know. I'd love to hear of what's outstanding where you live?