Summer in January

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Celebrating New Year in the middle of the summer was a completely novel experience for me. I mean, isn’t it amazing when January looks like this?

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This beauty is called The Pōhutukawa- an evergreen tree whose blooms are made up of masses of stamens

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And it smells lovely, too!

But getting back to celebrating New Year,  not that we did much celebrating, having arrived from Picton in the evening. After a quick dinner we headed out to the waterfront to listen to live music and to see fireworks which in the end were cancelled due to – surprise, surprise – strong wind. It was still fun to listen to the 80s and 90s music being played live, watch the crowds milling about and see the twinkling of thousands of lights around the bay.

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Between New Year and January 7 both and I and Mike were on a break from out respective studies – well, mine just hadn’s started yet. While I was reading up on some books we were told to read in preparation for the course, Mike was catching up on his uni reading as well. The only interesting we did was a bbq party organized by our friends Eva and Mauri  – it’s amazing how so many people managed to fit together on small front yard and nobody fell off the steep stairs!

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