It is official the weather is windy here and my plastic shopping bags were flapping around like my mum's fatty arms. I have caught the train into town a couple of times, it reminds me of my days in Europe although everything is smaller in nature and more quiet than London. It seems surreal being up here in the capital. It will be a challenge to get into the groove and work my way into the social fabric of this city which seems to have so many narrow roads, old small flats and hills that you always feel like you are exposed to the elements.
I have been staying with Paula and Aaron Bruhn and their kids in the suburb of Ngaio they are also crashing at Meg and Hunter's place. It is very Londonish with not much room and a very old style. There isn't much in Ngaio although it is close to the amenities of the city (in Wellington terms) I looked at two flats today in Newton which is more like North East Valley Dunedin accept it is more ethnically diverse, because the wind isn't as cold as down south to keep the foreigners away. The quality of flat is disappointing in comparison to Dunedin. I guess dilapitated old flats seem worse than Dunedin's dilapitated newer flats. It is more expensive here too.
Anyway it looks like I will be shifting to Newtown soon, but will keep you posted.
Tomorrow is my first day at work and I feel like a fish out of water in the foreign environment. It is like when you used to finish school holidays to go back to school. But mummy won't be coming along to bring my lunch! It will be interesting to see how things go, both with work and socially. Most of my meagre amounts of Wellington friends are still away on holiday so once the Edgecombes return it will boost numbers, and hopefully open up some sporting chances.
I went to Wellington Baptist this morning alone and with several opportunities to share information with people around you and a holding hands benediction (not the Southland way) it was very awkward. The evening service at The Street wasn't even on. Those punks! Still I n\know where it is for next time!