It's great to be back in this city

HANNAH MCKEE
Last updated 08:21 02/12/2013
Hannah McKee
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BRAND NEW: Capital Day welcomes its new reporter, Hannah McKee.

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I am head over heels for Wellington.

This city has an extreme personality - excited wind, the odd moody drizzle, ecstatic sunshine and it keeps us guessing with the odd shake or two.

Now I find myself at The Dominion Post - overseeing the Capital Day pages -and it is a bit of a dream come true.

I was born and raised in the Hutt Valley and got bitten by the travel bug soon after college, when I decided to work in Germany for a year.

After a sufficient amount of schnitzel, Hofbrau and oom pah pahs I returned to Wellington, where I have been studying at Victoria University and later at Massey for the past four years.

I guess you could say I am about as Wellington as an umbrella stuffed into a bin, a strong cup of coffee, Peter Jackson's bare feet or a knitted black and yellow scarf.

During my travels overseas I also saw many a picturesque view, the pyramids in Cairo, the Eiffel Tower, the Disney-like Neuschwanstein castle in Germany.

Despite these experiences, I can honestly say that a glass-like Wellington harbour on a calm day, the glistening expanse of water as one drives into Kapiti, and the roaring waves of the south coast, never fail to impress me.

But I don't just love Wellington for its landscapes and keep-you-on-your- toes weather.

I am a foodie and the variety of Wellington eateries is (to my purse's dismay) irresistible.

Despite years of adolescence vowing that I would never touch the stuff, Wellington's coffee culture has well and truly got the best of me.

And it may have required me to leave Wellington to realise it, but I love the sense of community in this little capital.

It's a vast cry from the shoving on a busy London street - I find Wellingtonians are generally very helpful, polite and friendly.

I think we've got a great thing going on here, Wellington, and I feel very privileged and excited to be writing about it.

If you have any thoughts or ideas on what you would like to see here then please get in touch - after all, this page is for you.

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