Australia Day (January 27th) is in celebrated in the depths of the Canadian winter. (The seasons reverse on opposite ends of the equator). So the ubiquitious Australian backpackers are forced to celebate their national day indoors!
Aussies hardly ever need an excuse to hold a party but Australia Day is pretty special to them. It never requires us to plan an “event” because a celebration happens with seeming spontiaity wherever two or more Australians gather on their National Day.
In the past, groups of Australians have posed in full beach attire in front of the hostel in a snowstorm on -10C night! (Shirtless in shorts and flip flop sandals!)
There are normally at least a few dozen Australian backpackers in the hostel at any given time. This year was a notable exception because the hostel beds have been monopolized by the Irish of late. (See the previous entry.)
Even the unusual paucity of Australians in residence didn’t prevent Gemma and Anita (both of Melbourne) from organizing a pretty festive celebration.
Genuine Australian beer was purchased. A “BARBIE” (BBQ) was held. And a lot of non-Australian friends and supporters were invited.
It was a very successful evening. But standby for St. Patrick’s Day in March! with nearly sixty Irish in residence – look out!