Happy Festive Season to you all! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year!
We had a great few days, even though we only took a few days off work. We had some visitors over from Sydney staying for Christmas while they are touring around the South Island a little bit. We also invited some local friends and their toddler to spend Christmas Day with us – they also provided us with our first ever live Christmas tree! – so we had a full house! Continue reading Summer Christmas→
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, regardless of your beliefs of Christmas itself. For me, it’s a great opportunity to spend time with friends or family and to eat yourself stupid.
Most of our family and friends are thousands of miles away, but this year, they came to us for celebration and feasting. We had 6 guests in the end: from Leipzig, Germany; Barcelona, Spain and from London, England.
A few months ago, my lovely friend Nicole told me she was coming to Europe – specifically to Spain. This was of course very exciting because she would be super close and we could catch up together. The last time I saw Nicole we were exploring Oslo together and we had such a great time, she’s one of my favourite people to travel with: so calm, friendly and happy to take a chance.
Not long after giving me some vague details about her plans, she asked if Tom and I would be interested in doing a bike tour, to which we responded with a healthy “YES PLEASE”. After looking at a few route options, Nicole suggested the Pirinexus Ruta and that’s how we found ourselves cycling through the Pyrénées from Spain to France in May.
Last weekend my oldest friend in the world and her husband spent a few days with us. They have been living in Paris for the last six months or so, and I can’t believe this was the first time we have seen them since they have been in Europe!
We decided to rent a car between the four of us and drive down to Carcassonne and spend Saturday night there. The weather was dreadful, but it was just so nice to catch up and explore somewhere new together that it didn’t really matter. Carcassonne is a beautiful mediaeval fortress and citadel/castle built over hundreds of years and a wonderful little place to wander through.
I’ve known Jen since we were babies together and our mothers are very good friends back home in Melbourne. We will hopefully be able to return the visit next month when Calexico play in Paris.