Ups and Downs
Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
103Trip End May 08, 2012
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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..
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.