Saturday, September 5, 2009

Wellington Botanic Garden

I sometimes make less of an effort to sightsee in the city I’m living in. I find myself saying, “I can do that next weekend.” Is anyone else guilty of this? No more, I say.

After about three months of living in Wellington, I finally wandered into the Wellington Botanic Garden. Even though my most recent Canadian home had mild winters, I’m still delighted when greenery can blossom in winter. Fresh clean air! Birdsongs! The ability to stay outside for more than ten minutes! How wonderful.

The garden has been around for more than 100 years and is so much fun to stroll through. Whether you’re a begonia fan or just looking for a beautiful walk, I guarantee spending time here will make you feel good. I decided to film part of my audition video here; naturally, the day I came back it was overcast. (But still beautiful!) I also stumbled across the Peace Garden and learned that Wellington has been an officially nuclear-weapon-free zone since the early 1980’s.

I’ll bet when you take a moment to relax, you don’t visualise congested 5pm traffic, airports, or birthday parties for five-year-olds. I’m guessing you picture something more soothing and peaceful. Next time you need a break, I suggest the Wellington Botanic Garden.