Life on an Australian colony

Trip Start Nov 29, 2005
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Trip End Nov 21, 2006


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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

I've spent nearly eight months of my life in Australia and my one regret over the course of those two trips was that I didn't meet many Australians. Well, I've just figured out where they're all hiding, and that's the island of Ios. It's downright silly how many of them are out here, easily two-thirds of the people I know on this island are Aussie. What it means is there's never a dull moment and never a chance for a break from the action.

I just found a job out here, working at a Mediterranean restaurant right in the middle of the village (the village is a cool little spot, and incredibly European. It's built on a hill, and clearly constructed long before the automobile came around. The street are narrow and windy, making it extraordinarily easy to get lost and you never know what you might find around each corner. Most likely, though, it's a bar). All I have to do is sit on a stone wall for five hours and try to rope people into the place. It's a little slow now because there are no tourists about but apparently it's a great gig to have when things start heating up, since it's all on commission. Either way the hours are great, I can still chill out on the beach all day and party at night. And the problem, until I find an apartment, is that I will get reeled into the party scene every night since I have to pass the bar where everybody starts the night to get home anyway. It's bad. In a good way. And that'll be my life until the end of July.

The other good thing about this setup is I've already met tons of people and made heaps of friends, last night it took me a solid 15 minutes just to make the rounds to leave the bar everyone goes to for now (only about 5 are open at the moment). It's the precise situation I was hoping to find myself in to celebrate my birthday (May 16th, if you're wondering). So, in a word, life is good. That's really all there is to it, every day is more or less the same, hang out with friends by the bungalows, head into work, eat some free food and then meet everybody at the pub. As I said, life is good.
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