was the cry from within Wellingtonist Towers.
The young 'uns
were blasting out the latest local tunes
as some old 'uns
moved their bodies in decidedly unfunky ways. The antiquated communications system
was being updated with new tubes resulting in lots of bangs and crashes. The rest of the staff
were in the reception practicing for the Wellingtonist netball team.
AND it had been a hard day
So I escaped for some sanctuary. Wellington
is full of some wonderfully quiet places inviting us to flee from the rigours of everyday.
Some of the Wellingtonistas swear by the many darkened corners of bars
in town - back of Kitty O'Sheas
, downstairs of the Dog & Bone
before the suits invade at 5pm and even the Malthouse
balcony during the day. The ultimate is possibly Bodega
.Where's yours?Embassy Blondini's Bar
during the day gladdens the soul. Cool, calm and very collected as she sits in all her glory. The wine bar and snack bar is always open with some extremely pleasant staff. The sofas ease you in and whisper in your ear, "You don't ever have to leave. Let me look after you".
And how could we not mention the cafe scene
. Wellington is famously run on coffee and despite the recent invasion of Starbucks
the majority of coffee places are excellent. Midnight Espresso
or even Mr Bun
on Courtenay Place come to mind. We're sure you could pass on more
Where exactly did your hassled correspondent run to? Wellington City Library
As soon as the doors swoosh open the worries of life slip away. No-one is going to remind me about anything I don't want. I can pick up any book and lose myself on a desert island, in space or any other place. I can be accompanied on my travels by characters from the past, present or future.
Whilst you're alone, you also not. Humanity is all around as they sit and read - you can just feel the knowledge moving around in the air.
And there's the kids zone
which is full of squeals, giggles and laughter as the adults re-discover the books from their childhood.
Haven chosen three books (always three, two to read and one just in case) we pop upstairs to Clark's Cafe
to rest some more with coffee, Phoenix Cola and a sausage roll.
So we urge you all to take time out in your busy lives to re-discover the restful areas of our city, give yourself a little time to just be and let it happen around you once in a while.
Enjoy your sanctuary.