While we were checking out the waterfront on Sunday morning, the lead boat of the Velux Oceans 5 race rolled in to the harbour. The Velux 5 is a round-the-world single-handed yacht race. The leader – Brad Van Liew from the US – had been at sea for more than 30 days straight! He had been living off of dehydrated food, sleeping on the floor, and trying to enjoy the pleasure of his own company without slowly going insane. I can’t imagine what was rushing through his mind when he was greeted by his family and the Wellington welcoming committee.
|An amazing set of sails|
On Sunday evening we made our way to the botanic gardens where we celebrated Jen (my colleague)’s birthday by enjoying a fabulous concert under the sunny skies. We set up blankets in the grass and wined and dined ourselves to the beautiful music of Bella Kalolo. She has such an amazing sultry voice. Melodic and beautiful. It was a fabulous evening under the clear blue skies with great company. A perfect way to end a glorious weekend.
|Pete and Annika waiting for the band to start|
|Opening band. An acoustic trio + bongos. Awesome.|
|The audience grows.|
|Jen's homemade birthday cupcakes!|
|Where has this invention been all of my life?!!!|