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Part 2 of the longest blog in the history of time!!!

Wow. That's the first time I've had to separate my blog into 2 entries. CRAZY!!! Moving on...

The next day I got up to go look at an apartment that had some rooms for rent. It was okay but I don’t think I can afford it. But one of the guys who went to go look at the flat as well is going to the film school that I would be going to if I lived in a perfect world. I was so envious but I thought it was really cool that he was going there. He was quite cute as well. Speaking of the film school I got back in touch with the secretary and she said she can meet up with me next week which will be really nice. I can’t wait to go to the school and check it out!!! Maybe I can get a job there. That would be sweet as, bro.

After I checked out the apartment I went to meet up with Ferdie who is the guy running the restaurant. He said he would hire me if I wanted the job but that he can’t guarantee my hours. He said he’d get back to me when he has a better idea of what he can give me and that I can get back to him whenever I want so that if I wanted to go and look for another job I could and then have this job as a worst-case scenario. So that was really nice of him. I’m definitely gonna have a look around and pass out my resume as I need at least 40 hours a week. Especially living in the city. One can spend a lot of money here. But oh my goodness. It is so nice to know that I have a lot of options in terms of things to do and places to go. I will never live on an island again.

After I checked out the apartment I went to meet up with Ferdie who is the guy running the restaurant. He said he would hire me if I wanted the job but that he can’t guarantee my hours. He said he’d get back to me when he has a better idea of what he can give me and that I can get back to him whenever I want so that if I wanted to go and look for another job I could and then have this job as a worst-case scenario. So that was really nice of him. I’m definitely gonna have a look around and pass out my resume as I need at least 40 hours a week. Especially living in the city. One can spend a lot of money here. But oh my goodness. It is so nice to know that I have a lot of options in terms of things to do and places to go. I will never live on an island again.

Later on I decided to go and see a film. This was a really big deal for me for 2 reasons. One... it would be the first time that I would ever go to a film by myself and two... it would be in the theatre that the Lord of the Rings films premiered in and the theatre that Peter Jackson had renovated with the help of other people from the cast and crew who donated their money to help get it up and running again. YAY!!! Every chair has a plaque with the person’s name who donated money for the theatre. I sat in either Liv Tyler’s or Howard Shore’s chair. Awesome!!! I didn’t know which was which as the plaques are on the arm rests not the actual chair but either way that rocks!!! So, they only place one film a day there so I decided to see “Slumdog Millionaire”. Amazing. Lovely. Brilliant. I love Danny Boyle. Everyone go see this film you will feel so good after you watch it. The sound system in this theatre was amazing, by the way. I wouldn’t expect anything less of Mr. Jackson. =)

After that I went back to the Backpacker’s to meet back up with Sean and Sinead. We decided to go down to the BASEment Bar again as we really liked it. We left a note for Hannah to come and join us when she got back from the “7’s. She met up with us after awhile and photo sessions began:

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After that we headed outside as they had set up a stage for a Led Zeppelin cover band!!! We had heard them warming up earlier from our room as we were getting ready so of course I was all, “We are SO gonna go watch them!!!” Plus, Hannah likes music that she wasn’t alive for either so it worked out. We went out into the crowd and made our way to the front, or at least as close as we could. The band was amazing. I got some good photos of them as well.

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Met some crazy costumers:

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Then we went back to the BASEment Bar and saw some more costumers:

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I found the Elmo's!!!
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Ron, this one is for you.
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It was good fun. The next day Hannah had to leave to go down to the south island. We were sad to see her go. =( But we made a good friend. The next people to move into our dorm was a dude named Gorm from Norway. it was really sweet. Apparently “Gorm” in Irish means “Blue” so we called him Blue for the time he was with us. Then we had a girl named Laura who was from Germany. She was nice as well.

The day after they got here Sean and Sinead had the day off so we decided to go to the “Te Papa Museum”. It has free entry so we thought why not??? This place is amazing and it has like 6 different levels so it’s a bit confusing to get around in but there is always something new to look at. They had a real giant squid on display there that was way wicked looking. It’s the only museum in the world that has one on display:

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It’s really gross but cool. Oh!!! And then they had a huge photo of when The Beatles came to New Zealand in 1964!!!

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That totally made my day. Look at how adorable Paul is!!! Here’s some other cool photos that I took:

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Entrance
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Old Skool Chinese Earthquake reader
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Giant New Zealand floor map
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Maori war canoe. It's HUGE!!!
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Maori tiki
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"The Treaty of Waitangi" New Zealand's version of their Declaration of Independence. It was like a story high. Not the real one. Just the one in the museum.

About 5 years ago they had a Lord of the Rings event there with all the costumes, weapons, prosthetics and what not. I wish they still had it!!! I totally missed out on that one.

After the museum we went to go see a film. YAY!!! It’s another Oscar nominated one called “Milk”. Sean Penn stars as Harvey Milk who was the first openly gay man to be elected into politics. I love Sean Penn. He was SO good in this film. I love when straight guys play gay men well ‘cause you completely forget that they’re straight and you go “Hang on, this guy has a wife and kids in real life. Wow, he’s GOOD!!!” That’s exactly how I reacted after seeing this film. It’s directed by Gus van Sant and those who know his work can totally tell. It was really good, I highly recommend it. So that’s 2 Oscar films down and 3 to go!!!

Then we headed over to Cuba St. so Sean and Sinead could go over the details of moving into their new flat. Got to meet some of their flatties and they seemed really nice. I figure that I’ll probably spend some time over there so new friends to be made. YAY!!! We then headed back to the hostel to eat dinner and then went to the BASEment Bar for a beer. The BASEment Bar has become sort of a 2nd home for us. Plus the crew are way super awesome. As you can see here:

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K, maybe mental is more the correct term.

That night we played bingo and Blue won a fifty dollar bar tab. WOO-HOO!!! Good times to be had!!!

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Went to bed pretty early that night as we were tired from walking around all day.

Woke up the next day to find out that I could go and view a flat that I had emailed someone about so that was cool. I had to take the bus to get there but Wellington has really good AND cheap transport so no worries there. I couldn’t go and view the flat until after 5 so I thought to myself “Hmmm, what should I go and do until then???” I then decided that I was gonna go and hunt down “Weta Workshop”. Oh, glorious “Weta Workshop”!!! It’s on the same bus route to the place that I was gonna go view so it worked out perfect. In the last couple years “Weta Workshop” has opened up what they have called “The Weta Cave”. It’s a shop right outside the studios that has some of the artists’ work on display and some souvenirs that you can buy. I couldn’t wait to get there!!! The bus dropped me off and the bus driver said that I had to keep walking further down the road and then I couldn’t miss it. Exciting!!! So I kept walking and I went on for awhile thinking that maybe I HAD missed it but as soon as I thought that I turned the corner and saw a huge “Weta Cave” sign!!!

Okay, so those who know me know that this is a HUGE deal for me. This is the place where 75% of Lord of the Rings production took place. The place where thousands of weapons, costumes, prosthetics and so on and so forth were created for the films. I had to walk alongside the studios to get to the entrance of the “Weta Cave” and as I walked by I saw the entrance to “Weta Workshop” (it took all my strength not to walk in and ask if Richard Taylor was in) and some of the windows were open so I could hear people sanding, hammering and sawing and I just knew that they were working on something amazing. Who knows??? Maybe they are working on mock-ups for “The Hobbit”!!! ACK!!! HOW AWESOME!!! Since the windows were open a bit I could see the tops of some of the desks and a lot of them had Lord of the Rings statuettes on them. *sigh* Talk about the most amazing job. “I get to wake up every day and go create new characters for movies.” So freaking awesome. Then I turned the corner and found the entrance to “The Weta Cave”. Just as I walked in they were starting a 20 minute film that showed a quick glimpse of how “Weta Workshop” got started and all that. It was nice to hear Richard Taylor’s voice again. His accent is so strong it almost sounds like he’s mimicking himself it but it’s truly his Kiwi accent. The film went on to say that the room we were sitting in was actually where they created everything for “The Frighteners” with Michael J. Fox. AWESOME AGAIN!!! The shop is actually very small but I think I still spent about an hour there and I looked at the same stuff over and over again. It never gets old to me. Here’s the photos I got:

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Lurtz (which I have seen countless times at Comic-Con and Oscar Party events.)
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Elven Cloak. Not the real one but made from the same material as the ones made for the actors. This one you can buy but it'll cost you an arm and a leg. I like my limbs, thanks.
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Cool Elvish swords.
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More cool swords. You can see the small version of "Sting" for the scale double in the bottom right corner. How adorable!!!
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A cool Zorro maquette.
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Kong holding Ann
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Kong standing guard over the Lord of the Rings collectables that are now incredibly rare!!! As you can see below:

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That Balrog is worth anywhere from 20 to 25,000 U.S. That could buy me a car!!!
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I'd love to have that Witch King.

Look, Ron!!! Gentle Giant does Lord of the Rings maquettes!!!

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Legolas
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Witch King

  • drool* I want that Witch King one!!!

I just thought it was so cool that after 7 years I was standing in the same place where all the people I admire worked so hard to make The Lord of the Rings come together. It was a bit surreal. I wish I had someone there to experience it with me.

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Afterwards, stopped by the flat with the room for rent. The place is a bit old but very cozy and the people seem way nice. They have an adorable dog that looks like an Alaskan Husky but it was a bit chubby so I couldn’t tell. It was very sweet, though. Got back on the bus, headed back into the backpackers and now I’m just chillin’. I had a great day, today. Mainly ‘cause of all the Weta madness. I don’t have a job yet and I have no idea where I’m gonna live but at least I got to go to “Weta Workshop”!!!

Okay so that was yesterday and now it's today. Today is crap as it's raining cats and dogs and I have no one to hang out with. Boo!!! I'm thinking maybe I'll watch a DVD. Of what, I don't know. But it'll be awesome whatever it is. Miss you all, love you tons and if you made it this far without dying of boredom then you are a ROCK STAR!!!

Posted by Squarabara 23:39 Archived in New Zealand Tagged living_abroad

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Sara, thanks for the great blog post! You are truly having the trip of a lifetime! I'm glad you're taking pictures so you can look back at all the fun you had. You've met so many new people - I hope you stay in touch with at least a few of them. I'm not surprised that you're making all those friends since you're such a sweet, open person. I look forward to your next blog (even if it isn't as long as this one, lol)!

by PeggyB

ok. great blog. but i'm just gonna have to make a list of jealousies. there's just no other way to put it.

1. Um, WETA workshop? Are you F*&^ing KIDDING me?

2. "Oh, Liv Tyler or Richard Taylor's seat, whichever." I'm gonna KILL myself!

3. Led Zeppelin cover band...which is on a good par with the museum squid, in terms of novelty and sheer oddball coolness. I'm torn.

4. What is a story-high? That sounds interesting. Explain.

5. Well, new zealand.

6. awesome female jack black awesomeness.

I felt such a sincere, good feeling when you wrote how you could peer through and see the tops of the weta desks. this is such a pleasant image for me, imagining you doing that. Like Oliver...but a chick....and american.

i'm going to comment on the other one now.

by Pips11

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