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So another big night in Yamba rolled around as it was Justin’s birthday.  Justin is rather partial to his alcohol and so he started drinking early but we couldn’t join him as we were working.

I finished working at the bottle-o  at about 10pm and when I got back Ruth and Kellie (Justin’s wife) asked for my help with something.  The thing is Justin is the wind up merchant of the hostel and likes to take the mick out of everyone.  Just after New Year Justin managed to find an old pic of me and Ruth on Facebook which he printed and stuck behind the bar for all the staff to see!  Ruth & Kellie were printing out some posters of some funny pictures of Justin to get some revenge.  I helped by editing a few dodgy pics to have Justin’s face on them and in no time the hostel had posters up all over it.  Justin was ripping them down for days!

Justin had been saving a special bottle of rum and so he opened it on his birthday and saved me some.  As I was on catch up he thought it’d be funny to make me have it all in one drink though.  After recovering from that we all hit the Pacific Hotel for a great night and ended up staying up late chatting and eating pies.  All in all a good night!

Ruth and Justin in the Paciffic

Ruth and Justin in the Paciffic

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New Year’s Eve was a right laugh!  Although I was working behind the hostel bar I was only on ’til 9 and the atmosphere was great.  Rachael (the bar manager) were really busy and seemed to be making non-stop cocktails at one point but it was really fun.  When I knocked off I joined all the backpackers on hostel roof and hit the booze – I had catching up to do.  At about 10:30pm all the hostel and cafe staff that hadn’t joined us already turned up and we had a party.

One of the chefs spent the day filling up water balloons and brought up a huge crate of them.  It didn’t take Justin long to find them and start throwing them at everyone and so a massive water fight followed.  I got absolutely drenched but got my revenge on a few people.  I also managed to get Ruth who was trying to protect the camera and the bottles – sorry honey 🙂

Drunken New Year's Eve 2008

Drunken New Year's Eve 2008

After everyone had dried off we all carried on drinking and chatting.  All sorts of pranks were being pulled and the guy who brought the water balloons got the esky tipped over him after the beer had been drunk.  Luckily it was a warm night.

At midnight the Pacific Hotel put on its annual firework display and they were really good!  Everyone enjoyed them, even Charlie once we had lifted him up so he could see what the noise was.

The drinking carried on until the small hours but eventually everyone peeled off to bed and for the inevitable New Year’s Day hangover.

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Working 9 to 5…

After some discussions with the owners our duties at the hostel to pay for our stay were decided. Jo was to work on the bar and I was to work on reception and do house keeping.

Bar at Yamba YHA

Bar at Yamba YHA

Each week we have a discussion about which hours we are doing and we never quite know what is going on. As a rule we are supposed to work 2 hours a day each and in return we got to stay. Some weeks we’ve worked 2 hours per day other weeks we worked the weeks’ hours in just two days and had the rest of the week off! One week Jo even worked my hours as I was working extra hours elsewhere (my hero). The work has been fun and simple so far and the hostel owners are great fun to work with.

After dropping off lots of  résumés (as they don’t call them CVs!) I managed to get a job as a waitress in a little cafe overlooking the beach called Pippi Cafe. The staff are friendly and one of the owners was an ex-pom called Mick which amused me no end whenever anyone says G’Day Mick! The work is hard on my feet and has very few breaks but is good fun. It is a small cafe and I mainly work the breakfast shift (8-3 or 6.30-2).

Pippi Cafe, Yamba

Pippi Cafe, Yamba

I’m having to learn how to make coffee and what all the different types of coffee are. I’ll probably just about get the hang of it when I leave! The cafe is located above main beach in Yamba on the hill and had a fantastic view when walking towards it.

I love the walk to and from work at the cafe especially early in the morning as the birds are singing, the sun is shinning and the views are supurb. Jo and Charlie (the hostel dog) would often come up at the end of my shift and wait for me.  When I finish, Jo and I have iced chocolates and Charlie gets a nice bowl of water.

Jo has got a job as a glassy at the local pub, the Pacific Hotel.  He’s got some nasty late shifts coming up but he’s enjoying meeting all the locals up there.  The pub has stunning views of the ocean and so Jo enjoys the day shifts a bit more when the punters are a bit more sober and he can take in the view.

The owner off the pub also owns the “Bottlo” (off licence). Alcohol in Oz can only be purchased from a bar or a Bottlo and so it was a popular little spot.  Jo will be picking up some shifts in there too which means he can work slightly better hours.

We are both loving being back in Yamba and its good knowing that we are saving up a bit more money for later on in the trip whilst keeping the costs low.  Our hours mean we’re not spending as much time together at the moment but it is only for a month or two.  Jo seems quite happy passing his time without me by going surfing with the hostel owners and playing with Charlie.

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