domingo, 28 de setembro de 2014

War Memorial Museum


Lines written on the entrance of the Museum.


Today I went to the War Memorial Museum with two friends of Brazil - Tati and Gabriel [Chosen] - and one from Germany - Luitwing - to see what kind of things we could be amazed in there.
The plan was to go there around 15h because it closes at 17h and some people said that you can lose easily three hours onsite. But, due to some delay on departure we end up there by 16h. And it was true, there is A LOT to see there and you need to spend at least the entire afternoon to really get an idea. So this post will only show a little bit of what I saw there today, but yes, there will be another one just dedicated to the War Part of the museum.   

Another thing before we start: the entrance is for free if you show your Student ID card!

First, let me introduce you to the Museum showing the map:

This way, it will be easier to who read relate the place I was.

The very first part that I visited on the Museum was the "Inside Antarctic" but there is not too much to talk here, I didn't spend time reading what was on the walls. They showed an Imperior Penguin and stories about people who lived and still lives there.

After that, we went upstairs to "The Kai Room" ; "Coastal" and "Land". There, we saw a lot of animals that are Native from New Zealand, it remembered what once I heard, that New Zealand fauna and flora are unique and was developed without intervention of mankind until nowadays. Some of those species I was able to take a photo, but a great part of them I could not because of the illumination that was terrible for my poor camera. See some here:

Birds usually found in NZ coast

Little Shag - "Kawaupaka" 

Common Green Gecko

Forest Gecko

"Geckos are a family of lizard with large eyes and soft, granular skin.
An enlarged transparent scale is fixed over each eye and they cannot blink.
New Zealand has around 40 species of geckos.

Kiwi - Animal that is symbol of New Zealand.
A nocturnal animal, lives in forest and scrub from sea level to the subalpine zone.
They eat seeds, berries, insects and other invertebrate animals found the forest floor.

On the left, a Kakapo. The world`s heaviest parrot (up to 3,4 Kg) and one of the rarest.
Habits and facts: flightless (doesn`t fly); solitary; nocturnal; strictly herbivorous,
The only parrot with a "lek" (or arena) breeding system.
My friend Gabriel (Chosen) said that it almost got extinct because of the rats when the British arrived. 


After spending some time seeing the animals I went through another part of the museum that was calling my attention from the very beginning. The "Maori Natural History". If you are reading this blog since the first post or only saw the post that I talk about my trip to Rotorua you already know a little about Maori Culture, but I intend to explore more and more about them, understand everything that I can, visit the Villages more than once and learn not only about their culture, but the Haka, and sure, you will see everything here too!

Moving on,

Inside of this section of the museum you can see a lot of tools and the history behind some of them. I specially separated a group of images where you can check the precise work of the Maori.

Together with all this there was a brief history of Rata, that could be a Maori Legend. It sound like this;

Tetahi rangi                                                           One day Rata
i haere a Rata ki te ngahere                                   went into the forest
ki te tope totara                                                      to cut down a totara tree
hai tarai waka                                                        to build a canoe.
I te mutunga                                                          When he had finished
ka hoki ki te kainga moe ai                                   he went home to sleep.
I waenganui po                                                      During the night
na nga manu, me nga mu                                      The birds and insects
me nga patupaiarahe                                             And fairy people of the forest
i whakaora i a Totara                                            helped put Totara upright.
Ano e Rata ka topea,                                             Again Rata cut him down
heoi te tu kau ano                                                  and again he stood up
Ka huna tata a Rata, ka mataki                             So Rata hid nearby and watched
ka uia nga tamariki a Tane                                    then asked the children of Tane 
"He aha tena mahi ki a au?"                                 "Why are you doing this to me?"
"Na te mea nau i takahia                                       "Because you disobeyed
nga ture o te ngahere.                                            the laws of the forest.
Te mea tuatahi, me whai mana to take,                 First you must have a good reason
katahi ka tono ai kia whakaaea koe                      then you must ask permission
hei tope i te tamaiti na Tane"                                to cut down a child of Tane"
Te hune ia o Rata                                                  Rata was ashamed
ka inoi kia whakapaha                                          and begged their forgiveness.
Na reira te huri o nga tamariki a Tane                  And so the children of Tane
ki te awhi i a Rata                                                 helped Rata build his canoe.
ki te tarai i tona waka

By the end of the time that I spent there I went to the "Volcano" area of the Museum and saw a replica of one People of Pompeii that was carbonized in the big Vesuvius Eruption:

After that, FINALLY, I went to the War saloons of the Museum, unfortunately it was already 16:55, and I only could see one little part that was the Holocaust Room, a dedicatory to all men and woman who died in that war.

I took some few photos, including one's victim letter, so horrible, makes me sad and also think about what is a human, in every sense of the word.

Panoramic picture of the Holocaust Room, with names on the walls.

Letter of Lida, only sadness could be saw there.
So that was my first time in the Museum, this post will probably suffer a change once I get back in there, maybe I will make a "Part Post" - like in the trip part 1; 2 and 3 (...) - so in this way I can fill with more details. The next time I will also go directly to the War part and bring more stories for those who are reading.
No more for now,

Our trip continues!

See ya!

segunda-feira, 22 de setembro de 2014

First REAL Trip (Rotorua + Taupo & Coromandel) part 3



After everyone had jumped from the Taupo's Bungee, it was like 11:30am and we were late to get to Coromandel. We departed driving fast from Taupo just stopping at Mac Donalds to lunch, and as happy kids that we were, we could not miss the opportunity to each on the famous "Mac Plane". - Photos of the plane at the end -,

On our way to Coromandel and Cathedral Cove - where they actually film a scene of Narnia:See it here. - we were stopped by the police when one of the cars was at 130 km/h when trying to pass another car on the road, just a stupid attitude. Luckily nothing happens and the driver received just a warning and were able to continue our trip.

It took to long to get into Coromamdel, we parked the car around 3:30pm, then we had to make a trail on our way down to Cathedral Cove. Just a 30 minutes walking and... well, I will let the pictures speaks for themselves:

We stayed there until the sunset and then returned to Auckland. On our way back we could see a night sky full with stars like diamonds, filling the entire blackness. I got a little bit sad because I could not take any pictures of that sky, but that its OK, I intend to go back there, with a better camera and register everything. 


Our Trip continues!

See ya!

First REAL Trip (Rotorua + Taupo & Coromandel) part 2




7 am and everyone woke up. The previous night I almost couldn't sleep because all I was thinking it was just this: The 47 meters Taupo`s Bungee Jumping. The highest jump of New Zealand - or just North Island where you can touch the water - And what a water! The river… so clean and blue… you will see.
On our way to the Bungee we made only two stops, the first one, a sight view place. Since it was a bright morning we could see all that we were not able when it was raining. And it was a quite view: the city; the gigantic Taupo`s Lake, and just far away from there, the mountains covered with ice. I regretted not having bought a Camera that I saw in the store just before we went on this trip. But I tried my best as you can see in this photos:

Photo by: Gabriel Nassif [Chosen]

Photo by: Gabriel Nassif [Chosen]

Photo by: Gabriel Nassif [Chosen]

Photo by: Gabriel Nassif [Chosen]
Then… it was the time. Now or never, jumping for the very first time on Bungee. All my body was nervous and I even got into the place yet!
After 10 min driving we've got back in Taupo's Bungee. I went into the reception, they measured my weight, gave me some previous instructions and sent me to the platform. I was the second of the group to jump. Everyone was jumping for the first time, I believe, and we were 8 people.

In the platform, they adjust the equipment and I was ready to go, my friend Artur had already jumped. I walked through the point where you jump and looked down. Like this:

On that point I almost (ALMOST) give up.
And when you finally get the courage or just give up of trying not to have fear, because you do, you jump. In like 3 or 4 seconds you get the most speed ever!! And the river is approaching! More and more, you are about to touch it, and suddenly something just pull yourself back and you start a pendulum movement, that for me was the very best park. Lots and lots of screaming as you realize what you just did and also, that you are alive. 

"Every cell of my body was screaming: DON`T DO THIS!"

"I`m gonna slap the water!!"

--------------------------------- OUR TRIP CONTINUES IN THE NEXT PART -----------------------------