Christmas in Wellington
24 Dec 2005
|Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
There's no escaping it now. It's the 24'Th of December, Christmas Eve, and that's as good as it gets. My wonderful family sent me a big box full of presents, Christmas Cards and candles? I love the cigars and the "Nissehue" (Christmas hat?)
Yesterday the weather was unbelievable rough, we had thunderstorms and lightning all day long. And today the sky is clear and it's warm. But, Wellington is also known as the City of Wind, and today we got quite a lot of it.. Not a problem though :-)
I am staying at the Nomads Capital hostel downtown, and what a nice place. It's in an old, but very newly renovated, English building with white ornaments in the ceiling and very high standard. Almost like an upmarket hotel... Very cool (and cheap) $18 pr. night!!!
So what's Wellington like?
It's most definitely a small big-city, but it's the most southern Capital in the world. Wellington was the main filming and production location for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Chronicles of Narnia and King Kong! So the local are very proud of their city.
With over 350 restaurants, bars and cafes, Wellington has more eateries per capita than New York! And they love to go out, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There's no such thing as a quiet night in Wellington.
Yesterday night I treated myself with a bit of luxury... I went to the Embassy, bought the best seat in the house for King Kong and a small bottle of real French Champagne and popcorn for the movie. That was a nice experience. Leather seat and table for the glass and bottle. Very cool.
Tonight I'll go to the annual Midnight Christmas Concert and Carols in Wellington Cathedral, where I performed with Roskilde Cathedral Boys choir in 2004. That should be good.
Tomorrow on Christmas Day I'm going out with a bunch of guys from England so that should be fun too.
That's it, for now.
See the videos, they're small in size, see the photos and please leave me a message.
Best wishes to all