Last Saturday I made one last visit to Wellington with Bernie to a) finally go to Te Papa and b) go to a Mexican restaurant. New Zealand has some great spicy substitutes, manifest in Indian and Thai restaurants, but very little Mexican to speak of. Fortunately with Bernie being a Wellingtonian we had no problem finding our way around.
After our bus ride there, we made a quick stop to Subway to tide us over till dinner, and on the walk to the museum we found this street:
Wouldn’t that be nice, if all the polite people lived together?
Anyway, we soon made our way to the museum …
The museum itself was huge. I couldn’t believe how much there was to see – and it was FREE! I still can’t get over that. I’m not a big museum person but I would highly recommend this one. They also had a great exhibit on New Zealand immigrants, which, being the genealogy glutton that I am, I loved.Pan de Muerto for dinner. On the way we saw this advert:
Then we reached the restaurant, which had this banner out front:
For dinner, I had chicken enchiladas with a pollo con mole sauce. But rather than describe it, I’ll just show it to you:
That’s sour cream and onions drizzled over the top (Yum). Afterwards I realised I probably should have had something spicier, but it was still great. Not AS great as American Mexican food (yes, I realise that’s kind of a contradiction …) but still worth the trip.
Afterwards Bernie and I walked along the Oriental Bay, where we enjoyed the boardwalk, the beach whose sand had been imported from Nelson, and the old houses. Oh, and some Kapiti ice cream 🙂Our bus back to Palmy wound up being an hour late, but even that couldn’t put a damper on a great day. It was a fantastic last visit to Wellington!
And finally, the much-anticipated song of the day: Up Around the Bend by Creedence Clearwater Revival, because a) my daddy raised me on this band, b) every time I listen to them after a long hiatus I get really excited to rediscover them, and c) it’s one of my favourite songs to work out to.
All the Best,