So this is up a bit later than intended, but here’s my weekend recap! I normally don’t do these, because my weekends are normally pretty regular, but last weekend, Rory and I went up to Auckland to see Hans Zimmer in concert. My sister, Jo and her fiancee, Tibor, live up there, and were kind enough to let us crash with them.
The flight up to Auckland was uneventful. Domestic flights are always much simpler than international I find. The weather in both Wellington and Auckland was pretty drab and grey, which was a bit of a bummer. When Jo and Tibor picked us up, they joked and pointed out it was sunny before we arrived. This also happened the last time we visited them in Auckland. Rory and I just bring the Wellington gray everywhere we go.
We first made a pit stop at this little German place called Diehl’s Bakery. Jo and Tibor always go here for the really nice bread. It smelt and looked amazing in here. It was tiny though, and was only for ordering and then going. Jo and Tibor grabbed some pretzel bread, and other breads that I didn’t know the name of. Rory and I grabbed a Berliner donut each. They’re pictured above, the little circle donuts with chocolate and icing sugar on top. They didn’t taste too sweet actually which was nice.
Then we drove around to get back home and drop stuff off, then to the mall. The weather wasn’t great to go to the beach or park, so we decided to do some shopping. The things I keep forgetting about Auckland whenever we go, is how huge it is. It’s really hard to get around without a car. The public transport system isn’t great, and the city is just so huge and spread out. Compared to Wellington, that is. Auckland is still small compared to other big cities around the world. But for me and Rory, we prefer Wellington.
In the mall, I proudly resisted buying much stuff. Even in Typo, which is a stationary store with so much cute things. I did end up buying a pair of gloves from Forever New. They were too cute. Gray, with a black ribbon decoration, and a little love heart on the fingertip of the thumb and forefinger, so you can still use your smartphone with them on. I had to get them.
After a while, we got hungry and went to get some lunch. Jo and Tibor suggested an Italian place called La Porchetta.
It was a cute, family friendly restaurant, and we’re all fans of Italian food so it was a good choice. The food was really nice too, always a bonus. Jo and Tibor did question why I was photographing everything, but I explained that it’s what I do now. I can’t help it, and I don’t really want to stop.
After lunch, the rain didn’t let up. So we decided to just hang out back at Jo and Tibor’s place, before heading out for the Hans Zimmer concert at 7.30pm.
So, my sister has always been good at art. Literally, every year at school, Jo was at the top. She is very talented, and continued studying it into uni. She enjoys sketching, and she’s damn good at it.
She casually showed me some of the other sketches she’d done. She’s very proud of her work (as am I and the rest of the family), and it’s easy to see why. Girl has skills.
In the living room, I noticed that they still had the invitation and polaroids up from our wedding 😀
After oohing at all the art, Jo showed me a massive bag of clothes she was planning on getting rid of and donating. She wanted to know if I wanted any. We looked through everything and discussed at length what we thought of a lot of them and why she was getting rid of them. I liked a lot of the clothes, but only kept three. The others I liked were ill fitting on me, as Jo is long, tall and fairly skinny. I’m short, and a bit more round. The singlet that a perfect fit for her, was a dress on me (lol). Anyway, I kept a couple and I thought I’d show you.
By the way, all you fashion bloggers who can take photos showing off your outfit, either on your own, or by asking someone…how do you not feel awkward? Taking them on my own is hard to co-ordinate angles. Asking Rory to take them, I felt weird standing there and kept hysterically laughing…Anyway back to the clothes, I kept:
A floral bomber jacket. Jo said it didn’t suit her, as she doesn’t really wear floral patterns. It was an impulse buy.
A black t-shirt, with patterns on the sleeve, which was made from a nice silky material. Jo said she just got bored of that top. I love it.
Another shirt, more patterns. Still a tad longer on me than I’d like, but I will add it to my wardrobe. I love patterns, if you can’ tell.
For the rest of the afternoon, we hung out, chatted, and watched some Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
For dinner, instead of going out again, Tibor made us dinner. Tibor is from Hungary, so he made us some Chicken Paprikash. I had no idea what that was, but it looked and smelled really good. He also asked if we wanted sauerkraut, which I forget what it was. It’s fermented cabbage, which they were fermenting themselves which is very cool. He also added some sour cream. They put more effort into their meals than me and Rory normally would.
They also have a hanging in the kitchen which came from Hungary. It listed foods, and the calorie intake I believe. All in Hungarian obviously.
After dinner, Rory and I went off to Spark Arena to see Hans Zimmer live.
The concert was amazing. Rory and I are both fans of Hans Zimmer’s work. For those who don’t know him, he’s a movie composer. He’s composed soundtracks for many many films, and a lot of the themes are well known even if you don’t know who wrote them. The arena was packed.
My favourite films he’s composed music for are Pirates of the Caribbean, Sherlock Holmes, Kung Fu Panda, The Lion King, Inception, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice… Hearing and seeing the music performed live was incredible. The music literally vibrates through you, and it’s so much more powerful. Now, I’m going to talk about my favourite pieces he played.
Discombobulate is my favourite piece from Sherlock Holmes, and I’m glad it got played. I love the choice of instruments for this piece, and the slow build. Seeing it live gave me literal goosebumps.
Then, we got to hear pieces from The Lion King. When the opening bars of Circle of Life started, there was an explosion of noise from the audience. But what hit me the most in the feels, was when they played the finale piece. I could see this part of the movie in my head, and I nearly started crying. Especially during the last 30 seconds, and then the very last note. So many emotions.
The first act ended with the Pirates of the Caribbean theme, and I was so happy and bouncing up and down in my seat. How can you not get pumped when you hear this:
In the second act, I didn’t recognise as much of the music. Until we hit the superhero portion. I’m not the biggest fan of the DC cinematic universe, I found Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman kinda boring. But the one aspect I do enjoy, is Wonder Woman. Her theme is amazing and kick-ass basically. I loved that the ladies on the strings and drums were up front and centre during this piece. But try not to feel pumped and invincible while listening to this:
I think that was my favourite piece of the evening.
After the show I was literally vibrating, not just from the music and the crazy light show that accompanied it, but from the entire show itself. If you get a chance to see this show, please do, it’s amazing!
After all the excitement from Saturday, Sunday was a chillfest. We woke up around 8, then lounged around before our flight at 11.
Our flight was uneventful yet again, which is good. Rory found a way to lose the Fiji money he was still carrying around.
I bought donuts.
Then we were hungry for some food once we arrived in Wellington. So we chose the healthy option of Burger King.
Once we were home, we dragged ourselves out one last time to get groceries. Then we did nothing.
All in all, not a bad weekend! What did you guys get up to?