For the second year in a row I made the trek down to London for the Waitangi Day Pub Crawl shenanigans.
While I appreciate the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi and that there are ongoing issues with this, I appreciate the opportunity to celebrate Waitangi Day in more of a national holiday sense. It's nice to get together with fellow kiwis overseas and know that everyone understands the ridiculous costumes and associated inside jokes.
So here are some of my favourite moments of the day! We went with hoodie style costumes again after the success of last year, and noticed quite a few other groups did too! My cousin made the journey from the Netherlands and I got to show her how awesome it is to dress up and run around London with somewhere between 4000 and 10,000 kiwis (can't actually find out how many it really is!)
|On the bus to Notting Hill Gate|
|Tui's on the bus!|
|Tui's taking off in Chiswick|
|Meeting up with more people in the crowds|
|Just a tiny amount of the people there.|
|Possums unite!... and PIES|
|Four Kiwi possums and one Scottish|
|Some football players|
We somehow came across the Newcastle football team bus and got photos with these guys. I have no idea who they are but it was exciting...
A repeat of last years "how many sheep fit in a phone box?" was repeated with possums. Since there was only 5 of us it wasn't quite so epic, but still fun.
|Debating whether to attempt closing the door...|
|Hmm maybe not|
|Who knows whats on that glass..|
Just after that we got to Hyde Park and I saw the opportunity I had been waiting for all day... climb a tree! After all that's where possums belong right?
|Renton and I braved the climb|
|Didnt make it that far...|
|Some possums are afraid of heights|
|Renton and I|
We didn't end up making it that far past Hyde Park and cheated by catching the tube to Westminster.
|Somehow we kept together with the Tui's|
|Sophie and I, Pub Crawl veterans|
|Cheating on the tube|
|The Whare in London|
Everyone (who makes it) meets at Westminster, although this year was a slightly different location. There is generally a haka (or five) at some point, followed by probably the loudest national anthem I have ever heard, since no one at home sings it much!
|Some of the crowd|