On the 10th, 11th and 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

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…not a lord leaping, nor a piper piping, and definitely not drummers drumming!

Instead…

On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…A flight to Auckland New Zealand, which didn’t go exactly according to plan! After boarding the flight, the air hostess’ realised the internal communications didn’t work. So after 1 hour of trying to fix it and failing, we had to change planes, not leaving Santiago until 2.30am on the 24th December!

On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…A time difference which fast forwarded the 11th day into Christmas day, missing it completely. Alas we didn’t see Santa on his sleigh, however much we peered out the window!

On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…An ace Christmas! The delay at Santiago airport meant we arrived into Auckland at a much more sociable time of 7.30am instead of 4am. So we were more awake as we arrived at our airport hotel called Bella Vista. We paid for an early check, had complimentary breakfast and settled in for some Christmas movies. The classic’s were on…Uncle Buck, Grounds Hog Day…but we settled for Sherlock Holmes. At 1pm when it was Christmas Day in the UK too, we cracked open the Champagne we bought in duty-free, turned the Christmas tunes on loud and opened our Christmas presents to each other. He liked him muchly- phew! Hedd had booked us a Christmas Dinner at a posh hotel across the road that evening, and Mum and Dad kindly donated the funds for us to have a great meal and wine for the evening. Thank you again folks! We had turkey and roasties and Christmas crackers, but with the NZ addition of prawns, muscles and salmon. It was yummy but not quite like how Mum makes it! We headed back to call our families. Thinking it was only 12 hours behind and not the actual 13, I rang my brother waking them up on their Christmas day at 7.30am- oops! Then it was a call to Mum, Dad and Nan who were secretly pleased I had called them second and not so early (!), before hitting the hay feeling the jet lag after a very different, yet equally enjoyable, 12th day of Christmas 2011.

(p.s. sorry for the delay in this post…get set for news on Fiji tomorrow!)

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