By the sea side

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Hello to all,  I am currently in Brighton about an hours south of london, after working in a country pub in kent for about three months it is definitely a change of pace back here in reality. I was pulling beers over christmas which was quite a full on few months thats for sure, what with my birthday, christmas, news years, australia day to celebrate!!!! i do not think i have drank so much alcohol in my life (maybe on hamo) there was not a lot to do in the little village so to the pub it was, so even when you were not working there you ended up there!! although it did give me a little taste of english life (even though i was surrounded by so so many aussies, we are everywhere) It even snowed a little which was very beautiful, the pub food and constant roasts reminding me off nanas cooking(thats a good thing john). I really miss the people there as its was such a good group of friends and people you are spending 24/7 with who are in the same situation as you. I always make things hard for myself by uping and leaving, this time it felt valid as otherwise my mind wound go numb the days started to get like groundhog day. somehow i also found a appreciation of indy music (is it because i had been listening to spanish music for the past 8 months?). brightons not too far away (if your not catching public transport)so i am sure i will catch up with them sooner or later. so to do my liver a favor (but not my pocket as it seems) i departed the village of hawkhurst to greener pastures of brighton where there always is something going on, bands playing everynight (east 17 played here the other night, donna and i saved our 5. also saw bouncing souls the other week) and bars open all the time. it is the biggest gay community in europe so many parties but unfortunately all the good looking guys are taken. . . . . could have been the wrong decision if i wanted to save money for travelling around europe in summer as it was a little difficult getting a job within a week and the cost of living here not the cheapest. a few other things set me back in finding a job as well,  falling a bit ill with a cold, the pub calling me asking me to come back then suddenly changing their minds, living in a hostel, quite time of the year so not many jobs available. (hard to concerntrate as 'same jeans' is on the radio. . . . ) i really just feel like hibernating for a few months. the winter here has not been as bad as i thought, the buzz word around town is 'mild weather', melbourne is equally cold in winter if not more bitter  but i think i may have come up trumps under the circumstances by landing a job at a nice fine dining restaurant called Havana without them even advertising, mains costs up to 25 or $60!!! its the kind of work in which i would prefer, more of a challenge and hopefully really good tips. my first real shift is tonight, i have to buy a white shirt and black tie. they are only offering part time work at the moment with full time in a couple of weeks when business picks up. glad i have a place to stay now, as belle had to hightail it back to oz as she forgot she had a flight. . .even though it was good hanging out with her and now i am going to have to make some more friends, cant really be bovered doing it all over again. and as usual i have no idea what my next step is, i know i will not be taking my flight home in march as there are still things i want to see and do over here, plus i do not want to miss another summer. rough plans are work/party till may, maybe find a resort job on the Mediterranean for summer then grape pick in france in august and sep. . . . thrown in there is a 4 day trip to amsterdam late march with sara from scotland who i met in peru, looking forward to that. so overall i just feel like hibernating but unfortunately have to earn some money in order to live and travel when the weather gets better. looking forward to the day i get back to australia although decided to try and enjoy my time here while i can even if it does get a little lonely moving around all the time but on the flip side its great to meet soooooo many well wicked and fun people
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