26th July 2014 – Wellington, New Zealand
The early bird caught the sunrise. The golden arches, into which the pines etch. In a country eponymous with a bird, It’s not the kiwi. It’s the seagull that rules this stretch.
Took a midnight bus from Taupo to Wellington, reaching at a freezing 7 AM in the morning. It has been an descending trip for me so far in New Zealand. Auckland was cold. Taupo was colder. And Wellington almost has my balls in the freezer. And hell, its only July.
Was picked up by Yeoni in Wellington, which makes my first complete Couchsurfing experience. I hosted her in Singapore, travelled with her to South Korea, and now she hosts me in Wellington. Since the sun was still rising, we caught an early morning breakfast, and then watched the sun rising over the misty Oriental bay.
After breakfast, we drove further to the Scorching bay, about an hour out of Wellington city, and checked out a cafe called Scorch-o-rama. Wellington has one of the highest density of cafes in the world, but this one was special, because it was the only cafe in a long stretch of beach, and was flocking with people.
And sea gulls. Plenty of sea gulls.