The rest of the Christmas holiday in Peterborough was lovely, with plenty of home cooked food and actual singing of Christmas carols in the village green. And even though I come from the proper civilized tradition of exchanging gifts on Xmas Eve, I managed to rise at 7AM on Christmas morning in the English manner and enjoy it quite well. On Boxing Day we went to an honest-to-goodness pantomime (Jack and the Beanstalk) which was very silly but also a lot of fun.
We came back to Leicester and on New Year’s Eve John’s parents took us to Casa Romana, a little Italian restaurant a few doors down from us that is easily the friendliest place in the city. The food was as good as ever and the desserts amazing. We ended up chatting away an hour longer than we had intended to, but eventually made it over to 33 Cank Street, a cocktail bar which was having a Bugsy Malone themed evening. Everyone was dressed up, most of them in period costumes, and the atmosphere was lively. There were tasty little canapes and as always the cocktails were delicious; I had a Mexican Pick Me Up which lived up to its name but I think I made the right decision in avoiding the Gangsters Tea Party, which came in an actual teapot.
There was live music by a duo called The Verzions, an acoustic duo that did a lot of retro sounding versions of songs including a bewildering number of reggae classics. They sounded great and also covered some great blues, jazz, and pop songs and even (in our favorite moment of the evening) I Wanna Be Like You from The Jungle Book . John’s parents left at a sensible hour after ringing in the New Year but John and I stayed and danced until they kicked everyone out.
Today was devoted entirely to hanging out and playing board games. A good way to start the year off.