It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like An Aussie Christmas
I'm still in Hobart, capital of Tassie (that's what Aussies call Tasmania). I was hoping to find some work on organic farms this week, but I found out that most people are on holiday since Christmas is so close ahead. So, I've been exploring and relaxing in this nice seaside town. I'm continuing to meet even more interesting and nice people here. In my hostel in Hobart, I met a few guys from the Netherlands, a girl from Virginia, and a guy from South Africa. Perhaps the U.N. should take some notes here and have national delegates meet in the confines of a laid back hostel. It seems like most of the nationalities intermingle pretty well in this setting. However, I have also met a few Canadians who are very adament about making it known that they are NOT Americans. It has been nice to run into Americans every now and then just to have someone who can symphatize with you on cultural differences. Anyway, I did some biking around Mount Wellington, which is the mountain just outside of Hobart. I also did some kayaking around the harbor. Just trying to stay in shape somewhat over here. I brought a hacky sack along with me and sometimes when I want some activity I head to the local park and usually I find some locals to play with me. Once someone starts playing hacky sack with me, I quickly introduce a frisbee so that I'll have someone to throw with. Hehe, it has worked out pretty well so far. And, I've been teaching the people of Australia how to throw a frisbee! Tomorrow I'm looking forward to going to Hobart's Saturday market, which is talked about all week long in town. We'll see what kind of goodies I find.
I'm leaving Hobart on Sunday (Christmas Eve) for Melbourne, where I am so fortunate to have somewhere to go for Christmas. My godparents have some good friends from Melbourne who are going to pick me up from the airport and let me spend Christmas and Boxing Day (Dec. 26) with them. I'm not sure at this point where I'll be for New Year's.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year's to Everyone! Thanks for reading and keeping up with me! :)
They have something called meat pies here. It a small pie in a tin filled with some mystery meat. Locals love it. I think the word pie should be exclusive for things that are sweet like cherry or peach pie or something that you can add ice cream to!
A babysitter is called a child minder here.
Also, an electrical plug is a power point here.
Parking lot is a car park.
When someone gives you correct change they say correct weight! It seems they have a different word for almost everything.