Ups and Downs

Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
Trip End May 08, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Sunday, September 18, 2011

I spent the last 2 or so weeks at Maroochydore, and I thought I had finally settled somewhere. I was told I was going to be hired at the hostel, so I unpacked, and got settled in and got comfortable there. I was told I would have 4 paid reception shifts a week and would be starting soon, and then the rediculousness started. It kept changing when I would be starting, then I even actually started one morning, and about half an hour in was told that I would only be cleaning and would start the reception 2 days later....(the cleaning was for free accomodation only) So I decided to look for another job and place to live, as this seemed really unreliable. The owner was not a nice person anyways.. he yelled at me for doing my laundry wrong.... so this job not working out seems like its a blessing in disguise. It was a stressful place to be. Really thought I would be working by now, so it's been a little scary, but like it has in the past, everything is working out. I heard good news from the Gym in Woombye- I got the job! but I don't start until October.
Most days in Maroochydore included cleaning for 2 hours in the morning, then swimming in the pool, reading on a hammock, watching movies and TV series (got into "The Inbetweeners", a British show... love it!) and walking to the beach or to Sunshine Plaza.I really enjoy this area. it's called the Sunshine Coast, and true to its name its been sunny almost every day I have been here- just a little bit of rain the first couple days. There are parrots, kookaburras and flying foxes everywhere, and the unfamiliar bird noises wake me up each morning and remind me that I really am somwhere else :) Its just become spring, and temperatures all already getting up near 30- they tell me summer is unbearable with the humidity- but right now is perfect.
One evening I went out to watch the rugby world cup opener with Maya from New Zealand, Ashley from Ontario, Bill from England and Ben from France. We watched the game at a pub in the mall, and then went to one of the dance clubs. We sat on a couch in the lounge and all of a sudden I get tapped on the shoulder and some guy is talking to me like he knows me "Hey, how's it going?" he says... and then I realize it's because he does know me! It's a small small world when someone you grew up down the street from in a town of 7000 can be right beside you in a bar on the other side of the world!! I knew Phillip was in the area- he is also here on a working holiday, but I had no idea if I would run into him down here! We talked a bit and he introduced me to his girlfriend Catherine, who is from Australia. We planned to catch up soon and meet for a barbeque or something :)  
I did get a cash in hand job for one day- I did some yard cleanup with Ken from Damo's Rubbish Removal. We went to a few homes in the area and removed yard waste. In between jobs I helped sort steel for salvaging and cut wires! I used my earnings for the day to be paid in a  surfboard that Ken had for sale!!  It's a great 7.5 foot learner board, so I can get out to the beach now anytime I want!
I left Maroochydore in the 18th to housesit for a family from the gym- I had thought I would be returning to hostel to work each day but with the turn of events, I packed up completely and I am staying in Buderim, a suburb in the same area, full time.
Overall the last few weeks have been good, but with some dissapointments and setbacks. This trip is coming close to the 4 month mark (1/4 way done!!) and it's beginning to feel a bit more like normal life- but I think about what I am doing, and I realise its anything but normal- it is really extraordinary.
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