We'll chalk this one up to knowing yourself really well, because I wasn't wrong about loving it: it's my favorite city so far. It comes together at a central point called the Octagon (which, being like a tiny, less medieval, much less Italian version of Bologna made me really, really happy). And while it's all about Italy for me, Dunedin has one thing to offer that Bologna definitely doesn't: haggis!
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We initially ordered it just to check it off of the list-of-things-tried, but it turned out to be DELICIOUS. It's hard to describe: sort of meaty, tangy, well-seasoned--definitely something I'd order again, or even try to make, if you know, I happened to have sheep organs lying around.
We also had fun exploring thrift shops, hipstery cafes and drinking delicious coffee! I bought a romper that I shrunk in the wash a week later (womp womp) and we discovered a brand of soda that tastes like Coke, only good.
Honestly, there was so much to love about this city that it's hard to cover everything we experienced over our three day weekend there. It wasn't ALL amazing though. Things took a detour for the uncomfortable when Sunday afternoon we encountered a couple of sloppy-drunk University students on the street. The girl barged right into my personal space and sang (melodically shouted) into my ear with her arms around me. She was very proud of her voice. The guy was pretty enthusiastic about it too:
In the evening we grabbed dinner at a Thai place and our waitress recommended a place where we could get really amazing donuts afterwards. I'm more of an ice cream girl, but we took her word for it and I'm so glad we did! These donuts came with syringes so you could inject your own filling into them. It was fun to watch the pastry fill up, like it was taking a deep breath of creamy deliciousness; any food that is also an activity is OK in my book!
Then on our way out of town we stopped at Dunedin's world-record-holding landmark:
the world's steepest residential street! ...which...might sound a little underwhelming, but being from a country that boasts the world's largest frying pan, paper cup AND mailbox, we can certainly appreciate its magnetism.