RTW 2005 travel blog

Despedida de solteros

Te Tokata (Nugget Point)

Te Tokata (Nugget Point)

El faro de 1869

La ceremonia

La ceremonia

La novia

Los novios

La ceremonia

La novia

El novio

Los novios

Celebrant Willocks

El anillo

Ya puedes besar a la novia

Firmando los papeles

Firmando los papeles

Marido y mujer

Brent firmando los papeles como testigo

The Nuggets

Felices

Juntos para siempre

Senora Willocks y Winston

Todos vosotros

Dándole al pimple

Con Brent

A ver quién coge el ramo...

Alejándonos del faro

Nuestro lugar en Te Tokata

Nuestro lugar en Te Tokata

Nuestro lugar en Te Tokata

Mr Yellow-eyed Penguin

Mr Yellow-eyed Penguin

El primer baile con Mr Fur Seal

Posando con Mr. Lion Seal

Mr Lion Seal quitándonos protagonismo

Mr Lion Seal quitándonos protagonismo

Mr Lion Seal quitándonos protagonismo

Junto al mar

Mrs Leopard Seal

Junto al mar

Juntos

Mi esposa

Vaya pedo lleva Ms Fur Seal...

¡Qué falta de respeto!

Huevo frito

En la playa

Mirando hacia nuestro gran testigo, el mar

En la playa

En la playa

Hacia un futuro juntos

Mis esposas ;-)

Juntos en Taiaroa Head

ÉL...

ELLA...

... LOS OTROS

... LOS OTROS

¡Homenaje de boda!


(Version en castellano abajo, aunque no son completamente iguales)

The sun hasn't come out yet, but the first rays of light are already drawing the silhouette of the huge cliff and its lighthouse limiting, thus, the immensity of the Southern Ocean. Six people can be seen by the lighthouse. Us two, our celebrant and three witnesses: our friend Brent, Winston and the celebrant's wife. Not far away, the day starts for a group of seals that play around with their pups. Meanwhile, huge waves hit the rocks and the noise floods our senses.

Celebrant Willocks starts the ceremony and puts into words the meaning of our presence there. A soft breeze caresses our faces and moves our hair as he speaks and a chill tingles down our spines. Seagulls fly above our heads and fall suddenly silent when he asks if anybody knows of any reason why we shouldn't be married. We are holding hands and will soon have a ring on them symbolising our bond. Corale, the celebrant's wife, is now reading an Apache Blessing for us and you can see she means every word she says. Winston uncorks a bottle of Catalonian cava that Brent has brought for the occasion together with a delicious chocolate cake. We celebrate our happiness right there, by the lighthouse. Now everybody is married but Brent, so he will be the one to catch my bunch of flowers in the air. We'd love to be the witnesses of his wedding one day. It has meant a lot to us that he could make it.

We part from the lighthouse and turn our heads to look back at it with every step we take. This will forever be our place and our biggest of dreams had just become true.

DATE: 22nd September 2005, sunrise.

LOCATION: Te Tokata (Nugget Point), by a 1869 lighthouse on a cape facing the Southern Ocean and the Antartida on the south east coast of New Zealand.

CELEBRANT: Trevor Willocks, a retired sheep farmer from Owaka.

WITNESSES: Brent Emerson, Dr in Biology and a dear friend from my old days in Norwich. Corale Willocks, the celebrant's wife. Winston, the greatgrandchild of the lighthouse caretaker.

GUESTS (in order of appearance): a whole family of fur seals, Mr. Yellow-eyed Pinguin, Mr Fur Seal (the first dance), Mr Sea Lion, Mrs Leopard Seal and Ms Fur Seal (who got disrespecfully wasted).

COSTUMES: An ivory-coloured dress from the 1950s and a tails coat from the same period from a retro second hand shop in Queesntown.

TRANSCRIPTION (for those who really want to know it ALL, such as parents):

CELEBRANT WILLOCKS: On behalf of Mikel and Idoia, I would like to wlcome you to this happy and joyous occasion as we assemble together as friends and witnesses to the joining on matrimony of Mikel and Idoia. Marriage is a normal state of life, ordered that natural instincts and affections might be fulfilled and perfected. It entails the love, companionship, help and comfort, that a husband and wife should have for each other both in prosperity and adversity. Marriage means a man and a woman living together faithfully and loving one another. Marriage means that each partner may help and support the other. It means the sharing together of joys as well as sorrows. It is a growing together in a closer richer bond of love. Mikel, will you have Idoia to be your wife, will you love her, comfort her, honour her and keep her in sickness and in health, remaining faithful so long as you both shall live?

MIKEL: I will.

CELEBRANT WILLOCKS: Idoia, will you have Mikel to be your husband, will you love him, comfort him, honour him and keep him in sickness and in health, remaining faithful so long as you both shall live?

IDOIA: I will.

CELEBRANT WILLOCKS: Mikel, repeat after me. 'I Mikel, take you Idoia to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, to love and to cherish as long as we both shall live.'

MIKEL: I Mikel, take you Idoia to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, to love and to cherish as both as we long shall live... Sorry, as long as we both shall live.

CELEBRANT WILLOCKS: Idoia, repeat after me. 'I Idoia, take you Mikel to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, to love and to cherish as long as we both shall live.'

IDOIA: I Idoia, take you Mikel to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, to love and to cherish as long as we both shall live.

CELEBRANT WILLOCKS: ANd now together will you repeat after me. 'I promise before our friends and witnesses to care for you in sickness and sadness, and I promise to enjoy life with you, and rejoice with you in gladness. I promise to be there for you, and to listen, and to give to you from my heart and soul. I make this vow in love, keep it in faith, live it in hope, and share it in honesty, from this day forward, for all eternity.'

IDOIA AND MIKEL: I promise before our friends and witnesses to care for you in sickness and sadness, and I promise to enjoy life with you, and rejoice with you in gladness. I promise to be there for you, and to listen, and to give to you from my heart and soul. I make this vow in love, keep it in faith, live it in hope, and share it in honesty, from this day forward, for all eternity.

MRS WILLOCKS (Apache Blessing):

May the sun bring you new energy by day;

May the moon softly restore you by night;

May the rain wash away your worries

And the breezes blow new strength into your being.

All the days of your life may you walk gently

Through the world, and know its beauty.

Now you will feel no rain,

For each of you will be the shelter for each other.

Now you will feel no cold,

For each of you will be the warmth for the other.

Now there will be no loneliness,

For each of you will be companion for the other.

Now you are two persons, but there are three lives before you:

His life, her life and your life together.

Go now to your dwelling place,

To enter into the days of your life together.

May beauty surround you both

In the journey ahead and through all the years.

May happiness be your companion

To the place where the river meets the sun,

And may your days together

Be good and long upon the earth.

MIKEL: Idoia, I give you this ring, as a symbol of my love and as a sign of my promise.

IDOIA: Mikel, I give you this ring, as a symbol of my love and as a sign of my promise.

CELEBRANT WILLOCKS: The wedding rings serve as a symbol of the vows you have just spoken. THey are the outward sign of the inner love that binds your lives together. As the ring is without edge or seam, having no beginning and no end, so it symbolises the perfection of love that cannot end. On behalf of all gathered here, I extend to you our good wishes, our friendship and our love and support. May your relationship flourish and grow throughout a long and happy life together. By the powers vested in me as a civil marriage celebrant, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss the bride, but not too long though ;-)

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Aún no ha salido el sol, pero las primeras luces del alba comienzan a despuntar dibujando los contornos del gran acantilado que, junto con el faro, ponen límites a la inmensidad del Océano Pacífico. Seis figuras se recortan bajo el faro. Nosotros dos, nuestro celebrant, el Celebrant Willocks, y tres testigos del enlace: nuestro amigo Brent, el bisnieto del farero, Winston, y la Sra. Willocks.

No muy lejos, comienza la jornada para un grupo de focas que juega y cuida de las más pequenas. Mientras, enormes olas golpean las rocas y el sonido del mar lo inunda todo.

La ceremonia ha sido sencilla y ya solo quedamos nosotros dos en este pequeño cabo al sur de Nueva Zelanda. Sólo dos y la eternidad del océano, sólo dos que son uno solo... y ya ha salido el sol.

Está ha sido nuestra boda, un día inolvidable que nos gustaría haber compartido con todos vosotros y en el que muchos de vosotros estabais aquí sin saberlo.

Aquí van algunos detalles que no aparecen en las fotos...

FECHA: El amanecer del 22 de septiembre del 2005.

LUGAR: Te Tokata (Nugget Point), un cabo al sur de Nueva Zelanda en el Parque Nacional de Catlins, junto a un faro de 1.869. Para todos aquellos que estéis cogiendo apuntes, ésta es su localización exacta: LATITUD 46 grados, 27 segundos sur; LONGITUD 169 grados, 49 segundos este.

CELEBRANT: Trevor Willocks, un granjero de ovejas de Owaka, todo un personaje hecho a mano.

TESTIGOS: Brent, Dr. en Biología y amigo de Idoia de los viejos tiempos en Norwich. Winston, el bisnieto del farero, otro personaje hecho a mano. Corale Willocks, que nos recitó una bendición apache (como lo estáis leyendo).

INVITADOS: Las primeras en llegar fueron un grupo de focas Kekeno que siguieron la ceremonia desde un primer momento. Más tarde, fueron llegando Mr. Yellow-Eyed Pinguin, Mr Lion Seal, Mrs Leopard S. Seal, Mr. Fur Seal que nos dedicó el primer baile y Ms Fur Seal que se agarró un buen pedo.

Y por supuesto... LOS TRAJES: En un primer momento, pensábamos ir vestidos como siempre, pero en limpio. Hasta que (no sé muy bien por qué) se nos ocurrió entrar en una pequeña tienda retro de segunda mano de Queenstown (la verdad es que siempre entramos en este tipo de tiendas, pero queda bien poner "no sé muy bien por qué"). Ahí nos estaba esperando EL vestido. Un vestido de los años 50 de color marfil y hecho a la medida para Idoia, el único vestido de boda que había en la tienda. Yo encontré una chaqueta de frac muy acorde con todo el conjunto. Estabamos emocionadísimos. Hasta la dependienta estaba emocionada. No era la dueña, pero para unos que entraban a su tienda, iban a salir vestidos para una boda. Iba por toda la tienda sacando camisas de 'los Pecos' para conjuntar con la chaqueta. Estaba tan emocionada que no se dio cuenta hasta el final de que la chaqueta no estaba en venta, que era sólo de alquiler. La verdad es que fue una decepción, pero habíamos encontrado el vestido perfecto, el único, y era nuestro. Cuando íbamos a pagarlo, la dependienta todavía decepcionada por el lapsus del frac, nos sugirió en voz baja que podiamos alquilarla y no devolverla nunca. Así, ¡como suena! ¿No es increíble? Por supuesto, 'alquilamos' el frac, compramos el vestido y salimos de esa pequeña tienda como las personas más felices del mundo. Fue todo tan increíble que incluso ahora nos imaginamos volviendo a la tienda y encontrandonosla completamente vacia y, al preguntar en el establecimiento de al lado, nos dirían que la pequeña tienda se cerró cincuenta años atrás cuando la dueña huyó con su verdadero amor en un viaje sin fin y, desde entonces, nadie ha vuelto a entrar en ella.



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