My second Christmas down under in a row… If nothing else I have definitely got some good friends in past year. This Christmas was not just about food and surf, it was mostly about friends!
I live with three Germans, Hanna, Heiko and Moritz. Since they are used to celebrating Christmas on the eve of December 24, they decided to make a big dinner on Monday evening. It was another hot and muggy day so I escaped to the beach (the kitchen is too small for everyone anyway…), got some fun left-handers and by the time I got back to the house the dinner was practically ready (couldn’t be better 🙂 ). Mmmmmm, roast veges, some meat, colorful salad and a glass of mojito. The evening was still warm and mosquitoes were blown away by a light breeze, so not only we enjoy good food, we enjoyed nice view over the ocean as well!
Luckily, I set up the Christmas tree few days before. It was quite an effort though, just because we spend most of the time in boardies and bikinis and and I just don’t feel “christmassy” (if you know what I mean…). There are few Christmas lights around town, but noone really sees them. How could we, the daylight is almost till 10 o’clock in the evening… Anyway, if I want to get a present from Santa (and of course I want one 🙂 ), I have to have a tree, I guess? So, I went to the trash store, found some plastic, quite ugly tree, but good enough to “do its job” (I hoped). And it did work! Santa made an effort and stopped by on this side of the world as well 🙂 .
After opening presents (Santa remembered even Clubby, our cat), some dancing and show of an illusionist-wanna-be, we finally made it to bed. Not much time to sleep though, we had to get up early in the morning to prepare breakfast for our friends. In UK (Wes, my boyfriend, is English) people celebrate Christmas on December 25. Wes was working on bacon ‘n eggs, Heiko made some beer bread, Hanna prepared delicious fruit salad, while I was frothing over Wes’ new pancake maker and made so many crepes that probably my flatmates will not want to hear about them for a while (not that I worry, more for me I guess 🙂 ). Dean and Anne dropped by, French Alex did, few Americans came to wish us merry Christmas as well, little Ian and two of my very new Slovenian friends…
Couple of days ago I got a text message saying: “Hey, we are two Slovenians in Raglan and people in town told us about you and gave us your phone number. Should we meet?” Hell yeah! Wes was just laughing at me. You Slovenians are funny! If there is another English in town, I would probably roll my eyes and say “another one?”. Well, if another English person would show up at the shop and tell the shop assistant where he/she is from, the person at the counter would probably not say “oh wow, you know what, there is another English person in town, you can probably get his/her phone number at the cafe across the street, where he/she used to work”… was my answer 🙂
After the big breakfast all of us strolled down to the beach. One must have a wave on a Christmas day 🙂 Besides, we needed to do some sport in between all this eating activities. Namely, there was another barbeque (NZ way of spending Christmas) waiting for us the very same afternoon. Aaaaaaaa, why I ate soooo many pancakes again???
I decided to make Ćevapčići… (my favourite part of bbq). Maybe not the best idea of someone who is not very talented kitchen person, especially because I could not just go to butcher’s and ask for some dough… But, when mixing meat with some spices, I couldn’t really go wrong and noone of my friends has never tried them before so I had perfect opportunity to experiment. Well, Gostilna Čad (famous restaurant in Ljubljana) would not really employ me as a head (or any other) chef, but the result was not bad after all…
My Christmas was amazing! I wish I would be with the family and see my friends back home, but then I would miss the friends I have here. This is probably negative part of traveling, but I can’t have everything, can I 🙂 ?