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Windy Wellington: Opposite to Auckland in Almost Every Way

Windy Wellington. The antithesis to Auckland in so many ways. Auckland was originally the capital of New Zealand, but Wellington later became the capital in order to have a better meeting place for people from both islands. Wellington is on the southern tip of the North Island, just across from the top of the South Island. However, it’s hard to imagine two cities so opposite to each other that have served the same purpose at some point in time.

Auckland is the financial centre of New Zealand and everything in the corporate realm. It is a great city, but it feels much more of an American city than Wellington, which mirrors many European cities. Art and culture are intertwined in the funky capital. Tattoos and dreadlocks replace the suits and BMWs of Auckland. Even the public toilets have character.

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Going North – Ninety Mile Beach, Cape Reinga, and A Tale of Colliding Waters

At this point of my stay in New Zealand, I was teaching 45 hours of classes a week. Teaching is not like working in the business world. In order to teach that many hours in a week, I had to be at school around 60 hours a week. Even considering the fact that I lived seven minutes from my school, I still had about four hours that were spent not working, sleeping, or eating. Exhausting. So my only free time was on the weekends. I needed to get north. I wanted to head up to Cape Reinga, the northern most point of the north island. Taking a bus wasn’t an option because of my limited time frame. I decided my best option was to hire a car. I learned how to drive when I was 15. I drove for about ten years before I moved out of the States. Still, I had never driven on the opposite side of the road. “Oh well, gotta try sometime,” I thought to myself.

Driving up north from Auckland is a very interesting experience. From central Auckland, you take the bridge over to North Shore. About twenty minutes after you cross the bridge, the city really starts to thin out. The hills start to roll and the scenery is beautiful. I was with a beautiful companion and we had a long drive a head of us in order to get to our destination for the evening. Luckily, we were able to catch a beautiful sunset en route.

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Photo of the week – August 15

Osawa Pond at Daikaku Ji Temple in northwestern Kyoto is one of the many beautiful temples in the former capital city of Japan. The temple itself dates back to around 876 A.D. The attached Osawa Pond was built with human hands instead of Mother Nature’s. The pond is located to the south of the temple and had water systems set up to have water flow from the temple into the pond.

I captured this photo just as the sakura were starting to bloom. Unfortunately, a few trees had not quite yet blossomed to their full extent, so the scenery is a tad bit sparse.

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