Ciarán & Elaine's Travelog

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Well we've made it down to Christchurch pretty fast to be able to see the World Cup final. We plan on going back up to some of the places we skipped through though at some stage.

Christchurch is the biggest city on the South Island with a population of about 350,000. It was mainly built by British and Irish settlers about 150 years ago and you can really tell because all the place names are Cashel this, Tuam that and Oxford the other. Its a really nice city and some parts of it really remind us of home because of the older architecture and gothic style buildings.

We arrived on Sunday and had an early night because we had a 5 am start for the football! Watched the match in the Holy Grail pub and there was a really good crowd there - full of Italian and French. Later that day we met up with Isabell (a friend from Auckland) and went to the Bog Irish pub. We met up with another Irish guy there, Keith, and we entered a pub quiz. We did pretty well and came 2nd winning a $30 bar tab. But then came the bonus was fastest fingers on the buzzer - the buzzer being Siobhans phone number back in Dublin as only Google could answer these questions! We knew Siobhan wouldn't let us down and with the correct answers we went through to the tie breaker - which we won with a spectacular guess from Elaine! I mean, who would have known that largest number of letters in a dinosaurs name is 23?!! Well we won another $300 bar tab with that one and it may as well have been the lotto with the way we celebrated!!

We had to act fast to spend the tab as Isabell was flying to Australia on Thursday so we arranged to meet up the next evening for a slap up dinner (and 1 or 2 drinks...). Luckily for us it was a trad night in the pub and we had a brilliant night. As you can imagine the next day was a bit of a write off....


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