I have met more people from around the globe in two months here then in two years in Atlanta. For example, we recently had one of Adam's colleagues over who emigrated with his family from Zimbabwe. Forget reality TV try this on for size - his dog was killed because a cobra bit it in their backyard and by the time he left his country, inflation was so awful that a cup of coffee cost more then he had bought his house for. He shared how hard it was to get out and the things he missed most, like the first rain of the season over the African plains. No matter how great it is here, missing home is a common theme among expats, immigrants, and wayward travelers. He misses the rain, I miss Chick-Fil-A.
To keep things international, we went to the Chinese Lantern Festival in Albert Park over the weekend. We brought some wine and snacks, which are actually called nibbles here, but I can never say it with a straight face, so to keep my dignity in tact, I'll stick to snacks. We went with our Canadian friends and got to see dancing dragons and lovely lanterns hanging in big, beautiful trees. It was fun. See here is proof:
|Me having fun.|
To top the weekend off, we went to a Super Bowl Party on Monday. Yes, you read that correctly. It was yet again, another holiday here so Adam had the day off. Last Monday was Auckland Anniversary Day, I mean why shouldn't every city have it's own celebration?! This Monday was Waitangi Day or as we have re-named it Super Bowl Monday. If you are curious what a Super Bowl party in New Zealand is like well then let me help you out:
|No that is not Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy|