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Published: February 26th 2010
Me and hubby.
Nothing like a good nipple twist.
Day 76: Thursday, February 11th, 2010
Wellington, New Zealand.
Per Contiki brochure: "A full day to explore the city and its surrounding area. Take your time to enjoy the amazing Museum of New Zealand, known as Te Papa "Our Place". Maybe do some shopping or see the sights of the Lord of the Rings trilogy or just relax in one of the city's many cafes. Later this evening join us for a walkabout dinner."
Today I had my first (I'm so embarrassed to say "first") Lord of the Rings location tour- the Wellington Rover Tour
. Now, Emmo had warned those of us that had signed up (Tara being one) that only the truly hardcore fans would appreciate it. I assumed I was hardcore- even though I tend to fall asleep during the extended versions. My heart is still in it! I was not hardcore enough. It was a lot of "see that tree? It was in the movie!" In hindsight, I should have had someone take a picture of me holding a pen and piece of paper up to a tree as if asking for an autograph. There were very pretty locations, but I could have skipped this excursion (though if
Re-enactment of one of the Ringwraith shots.
Couldn't find a still screen to include with this, oh well. If you're a LOTR movie fan you'll recognize the shot.
I had I would have wondered what I had missed and if I should have gone.) One definite cool thing we did is that we stopped at the WETA cave
is the visual effect company that has worked on many movies, including the LOTR trilogy. They had a mini theater that showed a behind the scenes tour... it went on a bit long, I fell asleep. On the plus side, they had some cool merchandise and some memorabilia from the movies they worked on. Definitely a "must do" if you're into movies and in Wellington. We stopped for lunch where they had a LOTR menu for us (I ordered some sandwich that had "Legolas" in the name.) Then, after lunch, as we were driving to our next destination, I once again fell asleep. Needless to say I'm a bit tired and if my brain gets bored for longer than 3 minutes, say night night. I woke up, luckily, when the tour guide started asking us all who our favorite character was. I think this guy was used to the true "hardcores" who would then answer and also recite the family tree of their character. I don't really have a favorite.
I can tell you who I can't stand and that's the slow moving friggin' Ents
- they were my Jar Jar. However, since I felt like I needed to give an answer I gave a very educated and impressive answer: "Um, the one horse guy, with the blond hair. He's cute. Can't think of his name." The driver responded "Legolas" and I continued my intelligent conversation with, "No, the one who was banned because the other guy had control of the king... that one." I was later informed that the name I was looking for was "Eomer
". Whatever, the actor was cute, that's why he won my vote. When we got to Rivendell (which was a park- everything except trees was digitzed) we donned capes, ears and a sword and posed for a few pictures. No one was into it though. Sigh, even talking about the locations is boring me again- just look at the pictures.
That night, there was an option to go bowling/do dinner but Alex had a better suggestion: Mexican food at The Flying Burrito Brothers
. So, Alex, myself, Jen, Tara, Erin and Jess headed over. It was GREAT food- seriously, one of the best mexican restaurants I've eaten at-
and that's including the States! We walked thru the Cuba Street
district to get there and back which just had an LA vibe to it for some reason- can't explain why. Fun night with the gals!
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