Waitangi (New Zealand) Day, Chinese New Years, and Shoestring party in London

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Free alcohol = More than slightly drunk at the Shoestring Party (in the decorative bushes-the Africa themed room)

I keep meeting more and more londoners from all over the world, each one pretty much amazing-i love the diversity here. i've made friends with several guys from scotland, all fun with these amazing accents and crazy stories. last friday this travel company shoestring threw this crazy amazing free themed party with free alcohol and good music-met some (gorgeous) twins and their friends from scotland, and the four of us girls went to an afterparty at their flat. i believe they made fun of how us californians say EVERYTHING but its all good we had fun. Alex got ridiculously drunk and needed to hug the toilet, if you catch my drift. Sooo the Scots decided it would be a fantastic idea (rather drunk themselves) to bring in one of the queen sized, (yeah you heard me right) mattresses into the smallish bathroom so she could sleep in there.

Me and my new Aussie friend on Waitangi Day
I'm sure you can imagine how well that worked out. All the while Stu, the twin I'd made good friends with, was trying to convince me to be his date to a wedding in Scotland. He didn't have to ask me twice! (Sadly, wedding date invites are better made sober, and to someone you've known more than 24 hours, so that never happened, although we are still friends to this day(

saturday was waitangi day, which is basically new zealand day. the obvious way to spend our day was to tag along on their pub crawl across the city, where thousands of aussies and kiwis get trashed and 'tube surf' to various pubs off the circle line on the tube, which basically means you have hundreds of drunks falling on each other while trying to ride one of the shakiest lines in london, not holding onto anything.
Brett and I with our new toy on Chinese New Years at the Four Seasons
 we met some crazy (seriously) but awesome ones at the shepherd's bush walkabout-if you've never been to this place, just think rave with lots of australians...i believe i got stepped on and pushed about 200 times but it was well worth it. (One of the guys we met that night ended up being on my contiki tour of Amsterdam for Easter-and kept trying to 'woo' me with his australian charm, insisting that he would win me over before I left London) As a result of this night, one of my new favorite drinks has to be a snakebite, which is fosters, cider, and black currant-this drink definitely needs to be brought back to the states!

Chinese New Years was fantastic as well, with a visit to our new favorite restaurant, Four Seasons. Everywhere we looked in the district there were scrumptious treats and Chinese crafts and noise makers. I got a bit worried at the sight of a fireworks show put on in the middle of the square, which wouldn't have been a problem in my mind, had it not been for the trees towering directly ahead. I guess they know what they're doing?

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Kicking off the night
Kicking off the night
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