Monday, October 13, 2008

Half a day in Wellington

It sucked having to spend a day in Wellington in the crappy weather and all-the-while wish you were somewhere else. But we had to do something?? So Mackers for lunch, then onto Te Papa. I actually felt like a little kid dragging my feet behind Mum and Dad because I was so tired and I just wanted to collapse onto the floor and rest!

Eureka! We found a little possy on floor 2 just outside the MAF container where there were two, playboy-style, coushy, round seats! All four of us fell onto them and lay down for like 20 minutes. Everybody kept walking by and staring at us but we were over it...

But it was here, much alike the great ring Bilbo found, we stumbled upon Ralph, a squishy little soccer man. I guess if we made Ralph have a good time then we could have a good time too.

We left Te Papa and headed for a pub, only to find an up-market bowling alley. Sweet score! But at $7 a pint, instead of gulpng them back, we were sipping them! We killed an hour there (our first game taking over half an hour!) and I was on every loosing team combination. :( We were not going to pay a ridiculous price for beer again and with still another 2 hours up our sleeves, it was decided to find the New World Metro. Without any probs we grabbed a 15 pack for 16 bucks, cruised back to the carpark and relaxed against the van - BLISS!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Learning by experience or learning by reflection?

I have no idea how the title of this post will have any relevance or significance to what I may talk about but I have just returned back from ULearn08 in the Garden City and well, you have to start somewhere. I'll start with the logistics.

Living in Palmerston North and working in Foxton, I was the nominated driver to drive from Palmy to Foxton, then onto Wellington to catch a 9am flight. So it was a 3:30am start to the day to ensure that I could pick everybody up in time. It was dark, windy and revolting really. I got passed one truck spraying up water off the road, making it impossible to see, only to meet another one. This happened about 5 times!

I went with my entire school, 14 of us in total and when we arrived at Wellington Airport,we felt all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, bouncing and beaming with excitement. I don't know if you know many or any teachers but when we get together, we sort of act out or 'play up' to the worst behaviours shown by some of the kids in our classes! Yeah, some teachers are the biggest hypocrits ever! I am aware of this so I try not to be. So by the time we got through several big lines and to the gate, then got told the flights were cancelled! We needed a bit of space from each other :) No hard feelings though.

I'll post this now because the autosave isn't working...