The day had finally come! My first Christmas away from my family spent in a foreign country. I knew it would be different but I really didn’t know what to expect.
I woke up at 8.30am (so glad to see the child inside me still exists) and headed over to some of my hostel friends place in Newtown. We had a smorgasbord of food for breakfast, including:
- Smoked salmon
- Australian ham
- Scrambled eggs
After our stomachs were full, we headed down to Coogee beach to meet up with the rest of the hostel.
What a day.
Like literally, best experience ever! There were 10,000 backpackers all down at the beach eating, drinking and being merry.
Here’s a glimpse:
Unfortunately, the Australian news were made aware of this celebration and decided to brand it as ‘anti social’. Don’t get me wrong, the rubbish left after this event was terrible and there was no excuse for that; but every single person on the beach that day was there to celebrate Christmas with their surrogate families found from travelling. We did not want to cause any outrage.
Ah well, back to food!
So our hostel took good care of us and we had an Aussie barbie for lunch:
- Pesto pasta
- Potato salad
- Garden salad
We ate, drank, danced, hugged and swam in the sea all day. It was a fantastic way to spend Christmas.
But it wasn’t over!
At around 7pm, I then stumbled up the hill to my friend, from Camp America, Tasha’s place. She greeted me and laughed at my drunkness, I then laughed harder at her sunburn. I apologised that I didn’t help her cook that day because I did turn borderline alcoholic and we went inside.
I was greeted by her boyfriend, Ben, and two guys (English and Dutch) that Tash and Ben had met during Ultimate Oz. We did our introductions and because I had had too much vino, I provided the entertainment till dinner was ready.
Honestly, Tash and Ben were amazing; they pulled a full British Christmas dinner out of the bag!
- Roast turkey
- Pigs in blankets
- Roast potatoes
- Assorted veg
Here we are at dinner:
The rest of the night was spent drinking, laughing and playing games – some of which got out of hand as toe sucking and pepper sniffing came into play.
I can say Christmas 2016 was one of my favourite ways to spend the holidays. Don’t get me wrong I missed my family and friends, but this was a rare experience that may not happen again.
Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you had as much fun as I did!