A Month of Madness and Mahem
Trip Start Jun 04, 2009
79Trip End Sep 06, 2010
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Hope you all had a great time celebrating the holidays, I can't believe we missed out on a white Christmas what a treat for you back in England. I’ll let know all the details of our celebrations a bit later but I last left you with news of my new job so I must start by telling you all the fun I’ve been up to with that before we get stuck into turkey alternatives and 2010…
So my new job is working for a company that owns three shops in town, two activities booking desks and the information centre. It’s a bit of a jump in the deep end to sit underneath an information sign and be expected to know everything about anything in Queenstown when in fact more often than not I'm just using google and keeping my fingers crossed
In the build up to Christmas my work had two Christmas Parties, one very soon after I joined which was a big Chinese meal and drinks which Steve and I were very well behaved at to make a good impression. The second one was a Cranium tournament which we let loose for and had a great time with a really fun bunch of people. The night ended up at the 'big club' in town where we haven't been yet. Steve left after 10 minutes and I battled it out for a few hours but I think it has confirmed our club days are over! Much more our style was Steve's work christmas party which was a camping trip just outside of Queenstown at Moke Lake, it's a beautiful place and feels a lot more remote than it actually is which made for a great get-away. We played a confused game of rounders, egg and spoon and chinese whispers then Steve played guitar for everyone around the campfire while we star-gazed or sang depending on levels of drunkeness until the early hours.
Our Christmas was a strange but memorable one, of course being the middle of summer it was never going to feel like Christmas here but I didn't realise how little everyone embraces it here anyway, no Christmas decorations in town or Christmas music playing. You might think that this was a bad thing but in my opinion Christmas is all about getting together with family and as long as that wasn't an option for us I was happy to pretend that it wasn't happening all together. We did watch Love Actually though which just made me really homesick for a jolly white British Christmas - but you can't have everything! On Christmas Eve we went to our local pub quiz which had more teams than ever and battled it out to win the grand prize by just one point! Much merriness ensued :) By Christmas Day we were being jolly and up early to have a breakfast of bacon and bubbles, the bacon being the real treat as we haven't had any proper bacon since England. I say we were being jolly, although I do seem to remember Steve asking his Christmas present to be another hour in bed-woops! Next stop was the sofa and we got stuck into some internationally renowned Christmas feel good films like the Sound of Music (much to the annoyance of our Brazilian housemate who is used to summer Christmas and it doesn't involve the TV being on!). All our housemates grouped together to make piles of food that we had throughout the day and with so many international representatives we had all sorts to choose from, a giant baked ham, salmon, cheeses, nachos, cookies, rice pudding, cakes, cheesecake, chocolate dunked strawberries, garlic bread and on and on
Boxing Day at work was not as much fun so I'll skip past that. I then had a lovely three days off in the sun but due to the mass tourist numbers I wasn't able to get on any activities so I had some 'crafternoons' making our costumes for New Year’s Eve fancy dress. Between Christmas and New Year we had a great night at some friends house who have somehow managed to rent out a holiday villa permanently with the most amazing views I've seen in Queenstown, a tennis court and a jetty. We had a cheeseboard and bbq followed by a poker night which Steve managed to win taking the grand prize of $40 which I then made him spend on beers for everyone who played. The night then descended into an intense game of girls vs. boys Cranium and charades until the early hours which answered the age old question that yes girls are better than boys! We decided to be loyal to the pub where we do the pub quiz and go there for New Years, it's by no means the fanciest bar in town but it is out of the way and that means less tourists which is always a good thing. On New Years Eve I learnt to hate my job for the first time. I was in the Information Centre and had a queue about 5 people deep all day long and every person seemed to have taken more stupid pills than the person before them, I felt like I was being ground down by inane questions and lack of both sense and logic
5 - "Will I get wet river-surfing?"
4 - A long and drawn out conversation trying to explain that 'Lake Road' is not a Lake itself but a road next to the Lake to a man who had been trying to find it for half an hour!
3 - "Will there be any fireworks before it gets dark tonight?"
2 - (on New Years Eve when I said all accommodation was booked) "If I drive to Christchurch will they be celebrating it there too?"
1 - "Do you know where my car is parked?"
Can't complain too much though, I do like the amusing people - once they have left and I don't have to talk to them anymore that is
That brings me to the end of 2009 and the end of this entry so thanks for coming this far with me - lots more planned for the new decade so watch this space.
Lots of Love,
Amy and Noah