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Trip Start Oct 18, 2005
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Trip End Dec 15, 2005


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Friday, November 25, 2005

Day 38: Finally, a relaxing day with no adventure activities! Not that it wasn't fun, but we all needed a break. We ended up having lunch at the best sports bar in the world, the Holy Grail! It used to be a movie theater. The set it up so the main focus is a 10m screen that you can see from anywhere in the place, and the rest was in tiers; the main bar and dance floor is on the bottom, the second tier is a restaurant and stadium bleachers to watch the big screen, the third tier is another bar with pool talbes, and the fourth tier is a private party room. The overall capacity is 1,000 people...no kidding. They said it is full when the local rugby team plays.

After a quick walk through town and through the botanical garden, we all settled down for a lovely Thanksgiving Day feast in our place. It was a nice taste of home, even though the turkey came in a box.

Several of us went back to the Holy Grail for the 2 for 1 drink special from 9 to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Outstanding! It was a good night that ended in an Irish bar. Janell commented that percentage-wise there were more drunk people in this bar than in the last bar. Chris commented, "Percentage-wise, I'm drunker than I was in the last bar."

Day 39: This was the last day on the South Island for our friends from Portland. We made a quick pit-stop at a local winery before dropping them off at the airport. It was sad to see them go, and now we were back on our own.

We decided to stay one more night in Christchurch. We hadn't done anything "normal" in over a month, so we took in the new Harry Potter movie at the cinemas. Lo and behold, they serve beer at the cinemas in New Zealand!

There was a big Christmas in the Park festival going on that evening in Christchurch, so we decided to go check it out. At first we thought it would be pretty cheesy, but it was actually pretty good. There was a massive stage resembling a U2 concert, complete with huge speakers and a 20 piece band to back up the singers. There were over 100,000 people in attendance!! This is a very large percentage of the population of the South Island (around 10% or so). Very cool.
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