23.12: A long bus ride (over 550km through mostly less spectacular scenery) from Queenstown to Christchurch was waiting for me. Looking out of the window for an hour, followed by a good movie (forgot the name! The one with Denzel Washington and the prison break…), then a couple of hours sleeping and finally empty the battery of my Ipod. Arrived in the third largest city in NZ I just stored my luggage in the base hostel and went out for a walk through the streets. Five minutes later I found a nice park at a river and lay down for two hours, soaking up the sun and watching the ducks playing around. Another ten minute walk and I arrived in front of the cathedral. I grabbed a coffee from Starbucks (hmmm, long time ago and so delicious!) and went in. The local Kiwi-Christchurch-Chorus were practising their songs and I was just listening them for an hour or so. Apart from hundreds of Asian tourists, walking around and taking photos, it was a really peaceful atmosphere. Later on I took the bus to the airport and met my Swedish and American friends again. We all slept at the airport, because our flights were in the early morning. I arrived at 0820am in Auckland and went straight to bed – I didn’t received enough sleep on the freezing ground.
Oh, it’s the 24th of December. Christmas or as we say, ‘Heiligabend’. We (again the Sweds, Anna & Mariell) went to an Spanish tapas restaurant, drank some wine from the most southern vineyards in the world, which I’ve mentioned a few days ago, and talked about the last couple of weeks, Christmas at home and all the different tasty dishes we are missing. Starbucks carrot cake for Mariell, a gingerbread-latte for Anna and a McSundae chocolate for me – desert on a tight budget
This morning, still Christmas, my alarm clock beeps loudly, it is 0530am and I have to get up. Today is the return day – yeaaah! I am flying back on the globe, heading up northeast to the Fiji Islands. Departure time is 0915 and I should be welcomed with 34 degrees, a few showers and strong winds. That’s the forecast said for Nadi.
I wish everybody a Merry Christmas with your families at home, with your new friends on your travels or perhaps with some other strangers on an airplane, like me!
A special though is going to Diana, my auntie in England. Hope you feel better soon and I guess you’re happy to be home with all your boys and girls around. Be strong and make the best out of every day. Looking forward to see in March! Take care, all the best for you!
I am not a big Christmas person and everybody knows that, but I really miss you all – my mom & dad, my granny, my sister and my little nephew (hope you’re enjoying your time in Mexico), my best mate Markus, my homogeneous friends in Hamburg and of course all of my good friends all over the place. Even some people, who I met on my travels and I just, know them for a couple of days or weeks. Please don’t be angry that I haven’t mentioned you here, but I’m thinking of you!
A lot of people asked me if I ever come back from this trip and sometimes I wasn’t sure. It’s such a pleasure to travel around and see the world, but it feels also really nice to tell you now, that I’m coming back in January 2011 for a couple of days, then off to Norway (as you’ve already seen above) and after that, I am back in Germany for a let’s undefined length of time. That’s my Christmas present for everybody out there, who’s looking forward to see me again!