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Christchurch, New Zealand, December 25

Log Entry:

12/25/2001

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and Happy New Year to everyone! We have finally finished our campervan adventure in New Zealand and will be flying to Sydney later this afternoon. I will try to update the site with all the new pictures we have in the next week. We spent Christmas in Christchurch at the Dreamland Hostel, run by a very nice Swiss gentlemen named Marcus. For Christmas dinner, Marcus organized a native New Zealand Maori "hangi" feast for all of the guests (about 15 of us). This basically involved digging a hole in the ground, building a fire topped with iron plates, letting the fire burn down, removing the coals and leaving the plates, then putting all of the food wrapped in foil into a wire cage lowered into the hole and covered up with wet sacks and dirt. A few hours later we had a great meal of roast pork, chicken, kumara, pumpkin, bread stuffing, potatoes, and cabbage. We ate outside on picnic tables, enjoying the 70+ degree weather. And we all smelled like smoke. And we liked it.

God bless you all! More to come soon...


Pictures:


The hangi pit




Marcus placing the irons




Playing with matches




Now that's a fire, sort of




Digging out the goods




Smells good!




Chow time with Edwin and Dennis from Holland




Dave, Sue, and the Charlie Brown tree