Shortland Street isn’t your typical adventure spot, but I made it one during my Japan visa run. Following my coffee and walk-the-dog (and cat) ritual in our neighborhood, I hoofed my way to the bus stop and caught a bus (two actually) into the Auckland CBD.
Made my way to Shortland Street from Britomart, and headed to the Consulate of Japan. While waiting for my name to be called, I perused the books in the library and chanced upon The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga – he created the famous Astro Boy character (among others). Such an awesome body of work! After getting a thumbs-up for my Japan visa, I sashayed down Shortland Street and was drawn into The Kapiti Store. A friendly shopkeeper let me sample some Ramara cheese. Oh, what a warm smile, good manners and delectable cheese can do – I left with a whole pack.
En route to the bus stop, I stopped to admire the 3m-tall Maori Warrior bronze sculpture along Quay Street. After drawing Woman of Words in my Wellington Mini Adventure story, an art installation is a MUST in all my sketchbook exploits.
And all that in just two hours! Hmm, where shall I go next?