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Museum Hotel


Museum Hotel

Originally uploaded by beewebhead.

We stayed at the Museum Hotel near the TePapa Museum, Wellington.

It’s all painted black outside and the decor inside is just incredible! Several motorcycles, works of art, chandeliers and a very dark and gothic atmosphere. The rooms are spacious and luxurious.
Read some more about the history of this hotel, which was transported on wheels.

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WOW


WOW
Originally uploaded by beewebhead.
I took this picture when I arrived in Wellington. The World of Wearable Art (Wow) is an annual International Art and Fashion event where designers can enter garments of wearable art . This is an example.
 

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A seagull in Dunedin


Originally uploaded by beewebhead.
Jonathan Livingston having a rest?

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Wingatui Viaduct


Originally uploaded by beewebhead.
This viaduct, 197m long and 47m above Mullock Stream is the largest structure on the line. It is still the largest wrought iron structure in New Zealand.

Read a bit more about the history of the Taieri Railway

The whole FLNW group and some more people interested in the discussions travelled on the Taieri Gorge train on Wednesday midday.

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Rolling hills


Originally uploaded by beewebhead.

Gentle slopes, flowers blooming in spring and the only noise you can hear is the wind blowing and the waves crashing against the rocks in the distance. First evening in Dunedin.

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Sunset


Sunset

Originally uploaded by beewebhead.
At the end of the afternoon Bronwyn and Leigh drove us to the marae. We stopped for a photo of the sunset.

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Dunedin morning/afternoon

It was a very cold night when I arrived in Dunedin. The wind was blowing so it was a bit bumpy out there in the sky before we landed at 8:30 pm. Leigh and Rose were out there to meet me and we waited a little bit more for Stephen to arrive and drive to the hotel. Nice room so after a hot shower I slipped into my comfortable pyjamas and I uploaded the first pictures to Flickr. Cool to have broadband in the room. Little did I know the broadband connection would cost me so much! To my disapointment, I did not manage to transform the recordings I had made on the plane to mp3 and I am still trying to figure out how to do it or find a tool. Audacity does not seem to function with WMA files on the Mac.
I went to bed at midnight and slept like a log until 5:30 am the following morning.

On Monday morning we met Stephen, Teemu and Rose for breakfast at the hotel. Leigh brought Konrad who had just arrived from Canada and after several cups of coffee, talking and getting to know each other, we walked out to the Octagon. We met Michael at the cafe (who came all the way from Adelaide, AU to the conference). It was fantastic to finally be f2f after so many years just corresponding and interacting virtually. Michael is just like online – warm and very friendly. Teemu was patient enough to show me how to use the wireless and although he had a Mac as well, we didn’t manage to convert the WMA files either.
Stephen left us for Stewart Island, as he felt like having some rest and contact with nature. Rose went out to buy her pyjamas for the night at the marae. Konrad, Michael, Teemu and I went for a stroll around town but I lost them and continued my exploration on my own before joining everyone else at the staff room of the Otago Polytechnic. We met Jo, Sean, Dawn, Bron, Terry, Caroline.

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