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Trip Start Oct 18, 2005
21Trip End Dec 15, 2005
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After a quick walk through town and through the botanical garden, we all settled down for a lovely Thanksgiving Day feast in our place. It was a nice taste of home, even though the turkey came in a box
Several of us went back to the Holy Grail for the 2 for 1 drink special from 9 to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Outstanding! It was a good night that ended in an Irish bar. Janell commented that percentage-wise there were more drunk people in this bar than in the last bar. Chris commented, "Percentage-wise, I'm drunker than I was in the last bar."
Day 39: This was the last day on the South Island for our friends from Portland. We made a quick pit-stop at a local winery before dropping them off at the airport. It was sad to see them go, and now we were back on our own.
We decided to stay one more night in Christchurch. We hadn't done anything "normal" in over a month, so we took in the new Harry Potter movie at the cinemas. Lo and behold, they serve beer at the cinemas in New Zealand!
There was a big Christmas in the Park festival going on that evening in Christchurch, so we decided to go check it out. At first we thought it would be pretty cheesy, but it was actually pretty good. There was a massive stage resembling a U2 concert, complete with huge speakers and a 20 piece band to back up the singers. There were over 100,000 people in attendance!! This is a very large percentage of the population of the South Island (around 10% or so). Very cool.