Last Christmas, Mike and I travelled the long distance to New Zealand to see his best mate and wife who had relocated out there. We were to arrive on Christmas morning as school didn’t break up until right before Christmas. We were hoping for a fun, sun-filled 5 days with our friends and had then got a flight back to Austria via Dubai where we thought we would spend New Years Eve. Admittedly, it was rather a long way to go for 10 days in total, but we like to try and maximise all the time and we hadn’t taken a long-haul flight in while and had therefore forgotten how draining they are!
We were picked up by Rich, Em and Laura; Mike’s crew from school days and it was fantastic seeing them. We spent Christmas day in the sun, baking our pasty arms that hadn’t received much vitamin D over the Austrian winter, drinking rum out of coconuts and exchanging ridiculous presents. We had a BBQ for Christmas dinner- something I’ve always wanted to do; not that I haven’t had a BBQ before, but a CHRISTMAS BBQ is obviously so much different…!