Hey everyone! It's finally starting to feel like Christmas down here!! It took me a little while longer to get used to, but now it's officially feeling like the holidays! I think Christmas music helps... they've started playing a few Christmas songs along with the usual music lineup down at the hostel. Plus there's a tree in reception, that's got all these cardboard-wrapped care packages underneath it! It actually made me laugh the first time I saw it, it's so cute! We're getting a lot closer to the people staying in our dorm with us, and I think we may be doing a Secret Santa, come Christmas. Not to mention Kay and I plan to buy each other something, too!
In the middle of town, there's a massive Christmas tree set up. It's absolutely gorgeous, and I meant to get a photo of it but I forgot until just now. Next post, I promise! It's got all these gold and silver decorations, and a huge star on top that flashes different colours at night time. Absolutely fantastic! Christmas music is playing in all the shops, and I have a very hard time not singing along to some of them. I especially struggle with "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas"... I must admit that it seems like a very comical song to play down here! Much to my chagrin, I have not yet heard "Six White Boomers"... I've really been looking forward to that one!!
Life is absolutely dandy right now. We're having a blast! Hostel life is so much different than anything I've ever experienced before. There is this constant flux of new people coming and going. You're meeting people daily... and they come from all over the world! This is far more of a multi-cultural experience than I initially thought it was going to be. It is so amazing, the sheer number of people I have met, and the cool thing is how close in age we all are. It's like a constant, massive university party minus the studying!
I have met far too many people to even start describing it to you. The worst part is the names. I have introduced myself to *so many* people I can't possibly keep it all straight. At first it was alright, because you met people and then almost immediately moved on somewhere else, to meet more people. Now, however, we are approaching two months over here (two months?? for real?? cripes.....) and we are running into people again. It is the worst feeling, standing and chatting to someone you vaguely recognise but cannot place to save your life. Usually, they have forgotton your name too, but it's very, very bad when someone is like, "Hey! You're the Canadians we met up at Airlie Beach, aren't you??" and we're like...... "I don't think I have ever, ever seen you in my life, but okay!!"
On the flip side, at the hostel there is a good chunk of long-term residents too. So while we've got the constant movement of new faces through, we're also settling into something a lot more tight knit. It's very, very cool. The staff all live at the hostel (as far as I can gather) and they're starting to get familiar with us. There's three others in our dorm room who are staying on as long as us. There's actually quite a few in other rooms who are staying, and we're geting to know each other fairly well.
Overall, this is potentially the coolest thing I've done in my life. I have completely immersed myself in this massive, cultural thing, and I had no idea what I was getting myself into! But it's been worth every penny, and I'm going to enjoy every second of it! Sorry there weren't any photos for you today, I'll get on top of that for next time! Also, feel free to determine through my lack of mentioning that I haven't had a job call yet. Poo. Talk again soon!!!