A big disappointment made its way into my inbox this week… apparently the math camp for my future PhD programme is scheduled for the 2 weeks before I have planned to arrive in the US. This means that I would have to both re-arrange my travel plans and find somewhere to couch surf for 2 weeks if I was going to attend. As neither of these seems realistic (I have places to be! People to see! There’s not many folks as busy as me! [note: I am kidding, just felt the need to Dr. Zeus it up]), it looks like I will have to miss this otherwise excellent opportunity to bond with my cohort.
In other news:
WHEN IN WELLINGTON – Academic Progress Clunks its way through the NZ capital
(1) Visit the Te Papa Museum – The museum is large, free, and fun. Oh, and did I mention it’s free? For the struggling graduate students out there, this is a cool way to soak up a wide range of NZ culture without breaking the bank.
(2) “Hike” the Southern Walk from Newtown to Oriental Parade – You can make a nice 10km loop walk if you follow Oriental Parade along the bay to Taranaki St. and then make your way back to Newtown. A good mix of urban & urban park with lots of stunning 360degree vistas.
(2.5) Mount Victoria – While you are doing the Southern Walk, take a detour and head up to the Mount Victoria lookout point and spend some time in the sun (if you are lucky enough to be in Wellington on a sunny day). Bring a snack and enjoy the birds eye view of the city. Note: if you are feeling a bit nerdy, there are quite a few cool posters up on the lookout that tell you about the history of Wellington as a settlement including its later development into the island nation’s capital.
(3) Cuba Street – Reminds me quite a bit of Vancouver’s Main and Commercial shopping districts (with a bit of Gastown mixed in) only on a smaller scale. Lots of cool “op shops” where you can stock up on trendy “gently used” duds and coffee available at regular intervals.
(4) Wellington Film Society – I mentioned the Film Society in an earlier (admittedly rambling) post but I should reiterate that this was a great way to enjoy a bit of Wellington culture whilst blending in with the local crowd. If you are going to be around Wellington for a year, buy a membership and make the 6:15pm Monday showings at the Paramount Theatre a regular event.