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Dublin Welcomes Us

I slept for 14 hours last night, after we finally got to our apartment - it was cold and rainy, and somehow the airport transfer wasn't informed that he was picking us up.  Then the apartment included features like "curtain rails falling off roof", "dirty cutlery" and "temperature set to 45C".  We managed to get cleaners and handymen and get it all fixed, but not the nicest way to spend your 25th wedding anniversary.

Today is much nicer.  While it was raining at 7:30 when I went out to buy some breakfast things by 9:00am the sun was out and it definitely felt like spring.  We went for a lovely walk and bought a few necessities.  Still need to find salt & pepper though, which seem crazy to be missing from a serviced apartment.

#dublin
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+John Bartlett if I had that view I'd be in an apartment on the foot bridge :-)

We're in the Hanover Riverside Apartments, Block J, on Forbes St.
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Baby Orangutan

Today at the Singapore Zoo, with Fraser going ape (heh) at all of the cute baby animals.  This is pretty cute, though.  Hard to photograph against an overcast sky, but I think this is not too bad.
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Can't see a picture but good to know that you are having a great day
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Singapore Architechtural Playground

Singapore looks like the place architects go to play.  Marina Sands is like some weird gigantic monorail - without the rail - and the Art Science Museum holding all it's treasures in its palm.  We're hoping to check it out tomorrow as there is an Annie Leibowitz exhibition on and I would love to go see it.

Singapore does seem to be quite a playground for architects, and then ruined when the mall at Marina Sands is labelled as "Shoppes", in a bizarre twist of marketing fail.
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An amazing sight!
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Travelling in Style

Wandering up Mt Victoria this afternoon while we were killing time before leaving we came across these two beautifully presented Vespas (Vespi? :-)

I even had the good camera in my hand!
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+Gordon Rowell their son? Or maybe those are their birth years - that looked plausible too.
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You Can't Take It With You

For our last night in Wellington we're having dinner with Heather's cousin. Accompanied by this awesome Pinot Noir celebrating 200000 .nz domains. Definitely worth waiting until there were 550000 registered before drinking!
Unfortunately we have to leave most of the wine collection back in New Zealand because of the tax we'd face on importing it to Ireland.
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Yeah, I have always stored my wine at a pretty-much-constant temperature in the downstairs part of the apartment, and I am worried about temperature in the storage area.  If I could store it all on the concrete floor at ground-level, surrounded by boxes of books I think it could be OK.
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Here's hoping the Greens can get enough votes to get Susanne into parliament this year!
 
I became a candidate for the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand to champion rights and freedoms for New Zealand. I'm thrilled to help shape the Green Party's Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1404/S00363/a-champion-for-internet-rights-and-freedoms.htm
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Some random photos from our last day in Wellington - now that we've arrived in Dublin and have decent internet connectivity again.

We had to check out of our motel by 10:00am, but the flight was not until 5:30pm, so there was a bit of time to get around for one more look around where I've lived for the last 35 years.  Most of these are taken on the South Coast, and from Mt. Victoria, with a few more through the window of the +Air New Zealand A320 for our first leg to Auckland.

#wellington   #youcantbeatwellingtononagoodday  
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Welcome!
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Singapore Tourist Bus

Idly fiddling with extreme depth of field while sitting on the top deck of the tourist bus, wishing we'd asked how long before it left before we climbed onto it.

We've got a couple of days stopover in Singapore courtesy of the doctor's prescription due to one of the permanent complications from Heather's chemotherapy.  It's an ill wind...
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+Maureen McMillan there was quite a lot to see from the bus but we ended up using the subway more, as the bus started later than us.
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Last day in Wellington, we checked in at about noon to get rid of our eight(!) bags and then off to Maranui for lunch. Lots of time to kill until our first flight at 5:30pm so we went for a walk along the south coast, a last visit to Mt Victoria lookout and now waiting at the airport...
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Be safe
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Young & Keen

Tonight was a farewell from the Victor team, who organised for the Maitre d'Hotel to drag me off and distract me while they all donned moustaches and beards.  Problem was, of course, she took me over to meet the bartender, this young chap from Uruguay here for the year on a working-holiday visa, and after we'd been talking for five minutes they all started to wonder where on earth she'd taken me and she had to come and drag me back...

Photo of moustaches and beards to follow, I guess - not by me - but I did get this one of the bartender :-)
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Yeah, I guess I've personally been at peak beard for a while now :-)
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