At the end of 2015 I was totally knackered and it was all I could do just to make it through December and Christmas.
What really got me through was the fact that I was catching up with two of my oldest school friends. We have been friends since we were 14 (so 26 years) and it does not matter how often we see each other, it is like no time has passed.
So we decided that the best way to catch up and reminisce would be to stay the night at an inner-city Auckland hotel. By about 3.30pm we were well into our first bottle of bubbles and with loads of laughs we progressed with our afternoon.
I had to have a nap, and then they woke me up before we were due to go out for dinner. We had dinner at our old favourite ‘Midnight Express’ which never fails to disappoint and we stuck to water with dinner.
Then we walked around Auckland (as one friend has lived in Brisbane for years) and I can say that our city is quite different on a Sunday night when you are sober. Do not go to McDonald’s (sober) down by the bus/train station as that is when the last ferry of the night comes in and it is close to midnight! It is really an eye-opener and I have to say that people need to really keep it classy when they are drinking, as when you are sober and observing people that have been drinking it is really uncomfortable as they say and do some shit that is really awful. Also, gals if you are going to wear short dresses/skirts and they do not pass the 'bend-over' test then wear proper UNDERWEAR!
Catching up with my friends was incredible and I cannot wait to do it again soon.
However, what really just blew my mind was the sheer amount of people (mostly women) throwing some serious hate towards my friends and noticeably passing judgement. I do not know if it is driven out of jealousy or because women are just really hard on other women. I do wonder if I noticed it more because we had stopped drinking fairly early on or I am just hypersensitive when it comes from nasty looks (and comments) from people. Either way, it is not cool!