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User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8548 posts, RR: 13
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1119 times:
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anyone else finding the buildup to xmas hard to take with the horrible European weather ?

I am just dying to go to a beach , or a park and sunbathe , and have a proper xmas picnic or b-b-q .

Brussels is cold , grey and depressing like a big cemetery , I walked my dog today in the park and the trees were all bare and dead looking - how do the Europeans cope with their godawful winters . I have never , in years , of travelling felt as homesick as I do at the moment - any tips (other than getting drunk or going home ) for getting through the next few weeks ?

my other half was brought up in Scotland and is looking forward to his first 'proper' xmas in years , but I have to say I just find it grey and depressing .


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User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1116 times:

I do remember London being a depressing place at Chistmas, even with plenty of mates there it was all a bit bleak. Not to mention the fact that the city pretty much shuts down so you couldn't go anywhere. Not sure how this compares to Brussels.

Why not organise a bit of backyard cricket in the snow/rain/miserable weather. We did that one Xmas as a bit of a reminder of the typical kiwi Xmas. Was great fun and the locals look at you like your an idiot, (they were onto something)


User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8548 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1111 times:
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Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 1):
Why not organise a bit of backyard cricket in the snow/rain/miserable weather. We did that one Xmas as a bit of a reminder of the typical kiwi Xmas. Was great fun and the locals look at you like your an idiot, (they were onto something)

sounds like an idea - the Bruxellois would definitely all be baffled by cricket - backyard could be a problem , we're on the third floor - still , it's a starting point - thanks  thumbsup 



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User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1105 times:

Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 1):
Why not organise a bit of backyard cricket in the snow/rain/miserable weather. We did that one Xmas as a bit of a reminder of the typical kiwi Xmas. Was great fun and the locals look at you like your an idiot, (they were onto something)

Heh - you can do that, or head to the beach. Now THAT would get you some funny looks in the midst of a European winter.

Seriously though - we've all experienced tens of hot hot Christmases - enjoy your White Christmas, it's a rare thing for us antipodeans!

QFF


User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8548 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1101 times:
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Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 3):
Seriously though - we've all experienced tens of hot hot Christmases - enjoy your White Christmas, it's a rare thing for us antipodeans!

I know , it should be a treat , the last time I had a northern hemispere xmas I really enjoyed it , and in theory I should be looking forward to this one although I suspect it will be grey , not white , but for some reason it has just happened to coincide with a bout of homesickness .

It's actually quite funny in a way ,the poor bloody locals have no idea , they actually think that this is how xmas is meant to be , cold , dark , wet and dreary - so they don't actually have enough imagination to be depressed about it - probably just as well , I imagine the suicide rate here would triple overnight if they ever realised that xmas is actually meant to be hot and sunny - thanks anyway , mate and hope you enjoy a nice baking hot xmas - with great food on the b-b-q and ice cold beer



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User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1096 times:

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 4):
thanks anyway , mate and hope you enjoy a nice baking hot xmas - with great food on the b-b-q and ice cold beer

Heh - maybe we should meet half-way. It was 40 degrees here in Sydney the other day. I wonder what the Bruxellois would make of that in December!?

QFF


User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8548 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1094 times:
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Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 5):
Heh - maybe we should meet half-way. It was 40 degrees here in Sydney the other day. I wonder what the Bruxellois would make of that in December!?

don't know about them , but I would swap in an instant if I had the chance  Wink



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User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1985 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1089 times:

Sounds like you are talking about Charles Dicken's stories...The Christmas Carol and The Great Expectation! Those are my favourite novels! Call me old-traditioned guy cos I'm dying to have snow. It was so beautiful to have snow during christmas day. It made me feel so peaceful and happy.

I hate summer because it's too hot for me...I cant stand it!



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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7092 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1063 times:

Having heaps of fun heading to the beach, its pissing down cats and dogs here in NZ!!!
The beach and BBQs will have to wait for a while yet. Big grin


User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8548 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1054 times:
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Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 8):
its pissing down cats and dogs here in NZ!!!

thanks mate , nothing like a nice touch of schadenfreude to brighten up my day  thumbsup  at least here the weather is meant to be shitty



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User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4634 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1032 times:

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Thread starter):
anyone else finding the buildup to xmas hard to take with the horrible European weather ?

It's lovely here in Dublin... cold and grey, sure, but it's lovely having a cold Christmas for once, instead of sweating to death. I will also note that my general alcohol consumption has increased markedly since the weather changed...

Trent.



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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3011 posts, RR: 47
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1031 times:
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Am I the only one glad to see it's snowing when I wake up in the morning? It's soooo lovely... just leave your car at home when it happens  Smile

I probably would take a trip to the North Pole in summer just to escape the warm temperatures...

-Manuel



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User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8548 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1024 times:
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Quoting ManuCH (Reply 11):
Am I the only one glad to see it's snowing when I wake up in the morning?

snow would be nice ... had it about two weeks ago and BRU looked beautiful
( and it was a lot of fun watching our dogs reaction ... it was her first ever snow ) unfortunately now it has all gone and BRU is just grey on grey ...I am sure that when the snow comes back I will cheer up a lot - I have started to smile just thinking about it - so thanks for cheering me up  thumbsup 



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User currently offlineMacc From Austria, joined Nov 2004, 1036 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1019 times:

well, what to say. I miss my trips to asia so much when vienna starts into the grey months. as an expert on this, my advice is:

get a lovely girl, a lovely vine and some good books and stay in until the spring comes back.



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User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8548 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1018 times:
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Quoting Macc (Reply 13):
get a lovely girl, a lovely vine and some good books and stay in until the spring comes back.

thanks for the advice , I'm not sure what my partner would think about it though , he is the jealous type .... thanks for cheering me up .



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User currently offlineMacc From Austria, joined Nov 2004, 1036 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1011 times:

well, then, forget about the girl Big grin


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User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8548 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1009 times:
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Quoting Macc (Reply 15):
well, then, forget about the girl

what girl ?  Big grin



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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3363 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 979 times:

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 4):
It's actually quite funny in a way ,the poor bloody locals have no idea , they actually think that this is how xmas is meant to be , cold , dark , wet and dreary - so they don't actually have enough imagination to be depressed about it - probably just as well , I imagine the suicide rate here would triple overnight if they ever realised that xmas is actually meant to be hot and sunny

That's the final drop. Bye bye bad world, I will have to commit suicide now.

cya later, or not... whatever  Wink



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User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8548 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 973 times:
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Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 17):
That's the final drop. Bye bye bad world, I will have to commit suicide now.

it's a shame about the whole suicide thing ... but the thread was addressed to Kiwis and Aussies - and you are neither , so I would have had to kill you anyway for reading it ( don't worry , I would have done it humanely )



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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3363 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 969 times:

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 18):
( don't worry , I would have done it humanely )

That's better then the way I would have done my suicide, so I am putting my suicide on hold. When can you come over? About an hours drive from Antwerpen.



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