Welcome to my personal travel journal! If you don't know me, that's OK! I hope you'll enjoy reading about some of my adventures and misadventures, and hopefully learn something new about a corner of the world.

Recent updates:
2015-10-06: Day 8 of Niue in 2011.
2015-10-05: Day 7 of Niue in 2011.
2015-09-29: Day 6 of Niue in 2011.

For list of trips, see TABLE OF CONTENTS.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

"The Beehive", which houses the executive branch of the New Zealand Government. The tour was very informative, and included visit to the earthquake pads the building sits on. The building is effectively disconnected from the ground, separated by a pervasive gap that went through the walls, stairs, and even the railings. The tour was surprisingly nonrestrictive, with the kids being allowed to sit in the Prime Minister's chair and stuff. It was also amusing to see the empty Senate chamber, since the Senate was abolished in New Zealand. However, when the Queen comes to visit, she still sits in the upper house chamber, and sends a representative to order the lower house members to attend her there.