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Published: October 31st 2007
Back in London for another stint of work etc before we get another holiday... life is tough I tell ya!
As per our routine we were pretty busy while in London with work and catching up with friends.
Kristi managed to score a job for a huge Media company planning and organising all the worldwide travel for the company's VIPS and journalists, which she hopes will help her into Travel Co-ordinating for feature films back home in NZ.
We had a really cool night when we went to Andrew and Emilie's place for a fondue and poker evening 😊 Was great fun - we managed to consume an entire kilogram of cheese between six of us! After the masses of cheese and antipasto we got down to the serious poker playing (texas hold 'em of course!). Kristi and I managed to clean everyone else out (complete fluke as it was Kristi's first time!) and the end of the night we were there only two left playing - I won by a narrow margin in the end 😊 Was a great night!
The only downer in this period was the fact that I managed to get, oh yes,
a life threatening illness! Fantastic! I somehow managed to contract meningitis and had to spend 9 days in hospital 😞 Was pretty crappy (and a very scary time!), I went in with a reallllllly bad headache and ended up being quarantined in a little room while the doctors all examined me in masks and gloves!!! They did a spinal tap (lumbar puncture) and said I definitly had meningitis - but I didn't seem to have any of the "normal symptoms". (Which resulted in me being studied by loads of doctors, HODs and medical interns the like of Scrubs, including one particular session when I had every major doctor in St Mary's hospital coming to have a nosy at once!). I felt much better after a few days, but had to stay for a week longer and was getting fed about a litre of antibiotics a day via IV and 16 steroid pills a day to prevent me going blind and deaf from the amount of antibiotics I was taking in - it just got better and better - no fun at all!! My last few days there I started to feel a lot better and the doctors began to call
me "the guy who survived meningitis" on sight!! The best part of the whole experience was the fact that so many of our friends and family either came to visit me in hospital or texted, or facebooked or called, or emailed etc was great to have all the support 😊 The other bonus was the awesome t-shirt Sam and Trin sent me to cheer me up!! (see pic - classic!) Once out of hospital I had a few more days off to rest and then was back at school for the final week of term.
Kristi spent a great catch up weekend with Ginny who came down from Bath. Managed to walk most of London and find a great new Mexican cafe and some different markets!
Kristi and I made a few more trips into the city centre for photos etc and also went out to Ealing to watch Andrew's rugby game against Blackheath - an wicked game - Ealing snuck away with a one point victory in the end - it was all very exciting, especially when one guy got smashed in the nose and it more or less exploded!! Blood everywhere!!!
That evening we went
into London to celebrate Dano's birthday and also watch the England vs South Africa rugby final - had a fanatstic night (even better because SA won!!! woohoo!!). We started drinking cocktails at B@1 and then moved onto Nanobyte for the game and of course more drinks. Kristi, Robbie and I shared a cycle-tuk-tuk and had a furious race against Pants and Multrus in another - after a madcap race with our poor colombian driver peddling his butt off - we were victorious!!
We all (Pants, Robbie, Dano, Kelly, Multrus and some of Dano's other friends) got fairly well blotto and ended up in Soho - where a variety of transvestites tried to lure us into their dens on inequity - but we didn't wanna pay 5 pounds so we ran away!!
An excellent night was had by all, even by Kristi who was roaringly drunk by about 1am and had to be escorted home bodily by me - (7 buses and a lot of escorted staggering!) needless to say she did not have a very pleasant morning after - the quote "I'm dying!" comes to mind!
The next day we packed our winter woollies for our trip to the
Czech Republic and Austria!!
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