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Wellington, New Zealand: Kimberly Soo

I live in Wellington City, aptly known as the coolest little capital in the world. (It’s also known for being the windiest city in the world, but that’s less exciting). Wellington is a thriving hub of arts, politics, history, culture and coffee. It combines the hustle and bustle of big city culture with the comfort and perks of living in a small community. The main city is the political and cultural heart of New Zealand, but is still small enough that a short drive either side can take you out to beautiful beaches or pristine native bush. The people are creative, socially progressive, environmentally conscious, and come from an eclectic mix of different cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

This is a photo of Zealandia, an eco-sanctuary 10 minutes away from the city centre. Zealandia has a 500-year goal to restore the area inside the eco-sanctuary to pre-human state. They also work to protect native wildlife and preserve flora and fauna. It always amazes me that this huge section of beautiful greenery and fresh-water is only a few minutes from the busy city, but that’s just another perk of living in the capital.

There’s always something to do, somewhere to go or something to celebrate. If you can’t tell, I love Wellington a lot and think it’s a really great place!

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