Travel.P #21 – Welcome to Melbourne

“Life is beautiful. I feel beauty all around me, in the sunshine, in the winds,in the rains, in the people, everywhere.”

Vidushi Gupta

After through the sunset until darkness we surfed closer and closer to Wellington. We saw Wellingtons orange light gloom reflecting from the clouds. Relieved and exhausted we put the anchor into the sea and had a good night sleep, close to the Oriental Bay. The city lights reflecting in the water, just 2 km far from us.

Wellington lights at night

The next morning we woke up to a huge mess in the boat. It looked like someone took the boat upside down and gave it a good shake. Before we cleaned up we went on deck and had the first time a proper view at daylight of Wellington from our boat. It was magical, we really made it. With some coffee and breakfast in our tummy, Ced and me started sorting thinks and cleaning up. Later this day Flo came, with Jules and Thibault. He was relieved as well that we made it, but sad he couldn’t join the experience. We told him our story and hung out on the boat, trying to fish and just chilling. Later on we left into town and went for a walk. Because the wind was still strong we came back and realized that the boat is moving so we relocated it and put a second anchor into the sea. Because we lost one rudder and the other one broke, I made a pair of new ones of wood pieces that were left on the boat.

Going for a poo was always a funny moment, because we went onto the dinghy, and sat over the back, from where we had a poo. Imagining that the guys in the offices of Melbourne could see you having a poo into the sea was quite funny.

Jules and me, anchored in Wellington

Melbourne is a beautiful city with 190.000 inhabitants and reminded me of Cologne. It is based at a big nature harbor on the bottom of the North Island. Wellington is surrounded by hills, which gives the city a beautiful charisma. On those hills were old and new architecture mixed with green bits that were not inhabited. In the big nature harbor are three small islands based. Through Wellintgons city runs the Wellington Fault, where the big Autralian Plate runs over the thinner but heavier Pacific Plate, whose movement causes three Faults, the already mentione Wellington Fault, die Ohariu Fault and the Wairarapa Fault. Even for New Zealand standards the area has a high seismic activity. Researchers are now warning New Zealanders to brace themselves for a quake which could measure 8.0 on the Richter Scale in the coming years, because the 500 km stretch known as the Alpine Fault, takes place every 300 years or so with its last happening 1717.

Diving spot in the city

Walking through Wellington you experience a lot of art and a community feeling, not like in the other big cities, with many areas to chill out. I was surprised by the diving spot near the harbor next to the Te Papa museum. One of my favorite places to hang out, where we met some cool people.

The Te Papa Tongarewa ‘container of treasures’ Museum is New Zealands national museum, my most favorite one, beating the Memorial War Museum in Auckland. The building got six floors of exhibitions about New Zealand’s culture and environment. It is too big to see in one day and your visits should be spread, by my recommendation, into three relaxed days. Parties are rare in Wellington, and moved from more to bush-partys than club parties. Bars and restaurants close early during the week, so that we often ended up in front of shut doors at 10 p.m. Club 121, a nightlife club at 126 Cuba St. is run by Olly de Salis and Cameron Morris. De Salis started throwing parties and was so into it that he runs now a cpmpany combining party-throwing, rave-hosting, arts, media and the house and techno night club. I mention this guy because it is fuckin’ cool what he did and it could have been me, haha.

A good chance for free kitchen and a night sleep is to walk into a big hostel or backpackers and spend the night in the TV room or a community room.

Because we hung out with a few friends we spend our nights not only on the boat, sometimes in hostels or at private apartments in Wellington, which was cool because we had the chance to talk and experience the native lifestyle a bit.

Dumpster-Dive result

One night, where we ended up at Spanish music in a small bar, open after 10 p.m. On our way back we passed the New World, and the bins where quite public accessible, so I did my first dumpster diving, together with Ced, the rest of us was still in the bar. We found bio steak worth 120 NZ$, bread, sweets and other good things. From that day on we stopped buying food and went straight for the bins, even at day time, to get vegetables, bread, and sometimes with some luck meat. I had the chance to find a friend in Melbourne, her name was Amber. I met her one day on the beach, later we had some bread and just walked around the town a bit.

Props to my little bro

The best thing about arriving by boat is that you can place your home just 2 km walk out of the city and still live peaceful and undisturbed by the big city trouble. Lucky we still had a lot of home brew left, that we nearly drank all in Wellington. Around 24 liters of beer, filled into old red wine bottles that were a part of my french crew like the coffee in the morning. We had a really good time in Wellington and also found the missing peace for our water pump, the shop had one single peace left. Super lucky for us. We also got new rudders for the dinghy and put the boat back to normal, ready for the Cook Straight crossing, ready for the breathtaking Marlborough sounds. Again sadly without Flo, but with Jules on board. A guy that we met at the Campsite-hostel in Napier. He never really sailed but was very keen to join us. All we had to do now was watching the weather window, take the anchor in and leave again. If someone told me nearly 6 month before, that I would cross the Cook Straight a second time from north to south by sailing my own sailing boat, I would have addressed this person with a blooming fantasy.

But exactly about that and the stunning Malborough Sounds, holiday houses and massive ferries in my next blog.

Here I am at my new host. Surrounded by 25 lovely dogs and so far 18 puppies about which I have to keep an eye and training. It is like working in a zoo or at least how I imagine it. We also have horses here and I would love to have my first riding experience here. The place is beautiful and far away from everything. We are based on volcano land and I am sleeping in a horse trailer that is converted into a small camper. The sunsets here are a stunning color play and still, even here no rain since months.

Consider getting blue-light glasses when you spent a lot of time in LED lights, Laptops and Phones.

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