It all started with a series of unfortunate events that gave me an odd feeling about the day. Things like the power going out in the apartment while making breakfast, just a minor inconvenience that then was added with another one, for example my gloves disappeared, then another one and another one. I then had a semi-major inconvenience in that I found out that I have to lodge a form to enable me to work in a School, this means I cannot work there until I have this form actioned by the office. I was meant to start next week. I would have had to have thought of this before December to have it done in time…
Things improved! I met with Jaren and Ivan, the other Australians in the area. We went to British Cafe and were joined by one of the Syrians from my class, Khaled. He drank a coffee, while we started with some English beers, the closest thing we could get to Australian beer. When the Cafe closed, Khaled departed, I can only presume to reflect upon all the wisdom that was dispersed when a bunch of young men drink together. We began on the German beers in a place called Bier Akademie. Conversation varied between funny things about Australians overseas, funny things about Australia, funny things about Germany, funny people – comedians and other serious topics. Ingrid and Nadine, Ivan’s wife, then joined us after their work finished. They don’t work together though, they just had commitments that meant they were arriving the same time. That turned us to dinner thoughts and being the nearest restaurant nearby, Chinese food was chosen. It was really cheaply priced and turned out to be quite cheap quality, but it filled the belly and with the beers still flowing, that is important. Ivan had to catch the train home but needed to wait an hour before it arrived, so we returned to Bier Akademie to drink the last beer of the event.
A pretty good attempt at an inclusive, multicultural event.
This is the second time I’ve written about my Australia Day while overseas… Here’s the first entry if you’re interested: https://nathanczechingin.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/too-cold-to-snow/
I’ve read that Australia Day was created around 1935. Unfortunately for many Australians it is not a day of celebration but a day of mourning. I’m of the opinion currently that we could and probably should move the date and focus of the day, so that it isn’t a day tainted by what happened in history. Until then though, one can only pay some respects.