The coldest Australia Day EVER

Trip Start Jan 17, 2006
Trip End Dec 01, 2006

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Today is the coldest Australia Day I've ever had for a few reasons. For starters, it snowed for the first time last night which was pretty cool. We (this Tunisian-French guy I met up with) had a snow fight with some drunk 50 year olds who came out of a restaurant. It was good for us that they were so drunk because they couldnt aim to save themselves. The other reason this is the coldest Aus day is because I was randomly reading another person's travelpod (some of them are really interesting if you are bored at home) and there was one about a woman who went to Australia for Australia day in Perth on the foreshore. Because she decribed it in such detail, it made me miss it a bit. For those who know me well, they know that I couldn't give a stuff about any holiday except Australia day. But then after all this I thought: "I am in another country on an awesome holiday, so what do I care hahaha"

I have been staying in this youth hostel which has been a bit of fun and a bit crap at the same time. It is crap because the people at the counter are complete idiots and they lost my reservation and nearly lost my laptop too, which I put behind the desk for safe keeping. It was fun though because I met some cool Americans and Australians. They are the reason that my German skills aren't progressing as they should.

One of the Australians that we had stay in our dorm was a complete dickhead however. He was a student from Sydney and he was just talking shit all night. You could barely shut him up and that wouldn't have been a problem if he wasn't just making shit up and boasting lies. Most of his stories involved being a champion drinker and fighter - what a suprise. He tried to tell me and the Americans that he was at a party where he skoaled (spelling?) three pints (3x568mL) of scotch (38% alcohol) and kept it down. I did a bit of research, and if that was even possible, he would have been dead very soon after. This load of crap was just one of 100 tall stories that he told during the night.

There was also a man in my first dorm who was about 65 years old and from French Ghana. I was sleeping in a bunk the first night when he came in and woke me up and made me move because he had been assigned that bed. If there were not 4 other free beds available I would not have minded, but he was being a prick for the sake of it. The next day he asked the American blokes out to lunch and when they got to the restaurant they ordered some rice and some beer etc. During lunch he told the Yanks that he was a secretary for some ambassador in Germany. Interesting that he woild stay at a hostel? When it came time to pay, the waiter told the old man the price and he nonchalantly said to one of the Yanks: "have you got any money?" After this incident I was always suspicious of him and then yesterday the penny dropped when I saw him on the street begging and trying to sell odd earings.

I went to the coolest museum ever yesterday. It was the museum of communication and it had the most bizarre things in there: art, old relics, funny stories etc. It only cost 2.00€ to get in aswell, which was a nice change to other tourist attractions. The 200mL bottle of water I am drinking now at this cafe costs 2.30€ (AU$3.75). At the front of the museum was an art thing that was lots of life-sized sheep all grazing and lying down. The coolest thing was though that the sheep were made out of old telephones. The handsets were the feet, the fur was the curly cord wrapped around and around and the head was the main part. They even had a black sheep that was separated from the pack - how sad. I will include a photo of this. Inside the museum there were old phone exchanges that still worked and tablets of writing dated from 1500BC among many other things. There was a postal stamp press there that worked and a modern mail sorting machine. Put simply, if you are ever in Frankfurt, it is worth seeing.

Although Frankfurt is a cool city, I plan to be moving on soon so my next entry will probably be from Köln (Cologne).

Bis später ('til later)
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