Everybody thinks they understand the word “clique” (the term has a virtually universal negative connotation).
In the case of our hostels “cliques” that negative connotation is not only wrong but sometimes unfair. You’ll have to look up the dictionary definition to understand why it is wrong.
The dictionary says: Clique: n. “A small, exclusive group or friends or associates.”
Let me tell you why it is unfair.
The negative word is “exclusive”.
Firstly, I would be hard pressed to name the current hostel “clique”. It is such an eclectic and ethnically diverse group. And virtually anyone can join. So much for “exclusive” because they “exclude” no one from group membership.
Ali Skandri, a Lebanese language student had been here for about 6 months and gravitated to the hostels current clique. Ali was known for his good humor and pleasant manner.
Yesterday, there were tears among the hostels “clique members”. Ali left for home in Beirut.
Ali was the only Lebanese member of the current “Canadiana Clique”. (That’s because he was the only Lebanese resident in the hostel.)
As a polyglot (fluent in Arabic, French and English), he developed a close relationship with many of the hostels French language students.
The “CLIQUE” held a farewell party last weekend at a nightclub and from all reports it was a raucous affair.(It’s a miracle that it didn’t become a “Police Report”). With the usual ringleaders, Aine and Angel (see earlier post: The “CHARACTER” of Hostels) trouble is normally close at hand.
So the Canadiana hostels clique is open to all comers. If you see them making noise in the hostels “Quiet Room”, join in.
Sit down and enjoy the company of Aussie Elise (see earlier post: “Miss Popularity”), English Jonny, Japanese Jun or the famous “Mad Duo” Irish Anie and Kiwi Angel.
Ali did and made a lot of likely lifetime friends who know him as “Ali Baba” or “Camel Jockey” (how original?). They gave him a pretty nice farewell!