Ive just returned from my Christmas vacation and it was great. I think the only downfall was that it was too short! I guess like any vacation. In total I had 11 days off of work – sweet!
Ill start with the weather, Christmas in New Zealand is all about the beach and bbq’s. It is the kick off to the warm summer weather. Unfortunately this year a cyclone and heaps of rain put a bit of a damper on that. It has been pretty much off and on with rain and strong winds. Not just your run of the mill showers, we’re talking buckets of rain. That is how NZ remains so green, heaps of rain with the chance of cyclone.
Christmas was spent at Michelle’s family’s house where like in Christmas fashion we ate heaps, had a couple drinks and spent the majority of our time watching little ones entertain the family with their Christmas enthusiasm. This year Michelle and I decided to get each other Stand Up Paddle boards… pretty amazing present! Now I ride in the morning and paddle in the avro. Not a bad lifestyle eh!
Boxing day we headed to a batch on an olive orchard where we once again ate well, had a couple bevies and just relaxed. It was a pretty cool spot south west of Auckland near Helensville out in the middle of nowhere. We stayed there one night and then headed back to Auckland to prep for the next part of our holidays, Waiheke.
This was my second summer Christmas and like the first it doesn’t quite feel just right, but I still managed to celebrate… was there any doubt! It started with the 12 bars of Christmas. On Friday the 23rd of December some mates and I decided it would be a good idea to visit 12 bars where we would half-hour to have a beverage… beer, spirit, shot… it doesn’t matter.
Prior to the bar crawl I was at work where my avro consisted of drinking about 6 beers and playing office cricket with hand made paper/tape balls. Yup, I was hard at it! Looking back it wasn’t the best idea to pre drink for the 12 bars of Christmas, as I only made it too 9 of them. Bwah! I must say Congrats to my mates who made it through all 12 bars… you are legend!
I am actually pretty glad that I did only make it too the 9 as the next day I was not in hangover hell (all my mates were), so I have to thank Michelle for being the voice of reason and getting my drunk ass home. It was a hell of a binge and thankfully it only comes around once a year.
I totally recommend gathering all your mates together and doing your own 12 bars of Christmas. Make sure you have a schedule, a set time limit and of course a couple shot bars as well. Also make sure someone takes a camera or has a smart phone so they can take a photo of the carnage at each bar. If you have played this game or are planning too, please let me know how you do. Hopefully you can make it too all 12 unlike me…
Bar #1 - The Playhouse
Bar #2 - The Darby
Bar #3 Bluestone Room
Bar #4 - Rakinos - I am taking the photo hence me not being in it.
Bar #5 - QF Tavern
Bar #6 - Right Track - That is my arm... Michelle took this amazing photo of me
Bar #7 - Fort St Union
Bar #8 - Fat Camel
Bar #9 - The Brewery - Goodnight Mike...