Dec. 24 - A Very German Flying Fox Christmas
After an almost empty hostel the week we got back to Katoomba, an influx of backpackers who couldn't afford the astronomical Sydney Christmas hostel prices made the 24th a very busy day. In the spirit of the holidays we organized a dinner and spent the day grocery shopping, chopping things, mixing things, bar-b-que-ing things, and eventually eating and cleaning things. All I wanted for Christmas was a basic understanding of the language being spoken by 40 out of 50 guests: German.
Dec. 25 - A melancholy Christmas
After the excitement of the day before I was looking forward to a very low-key mini Christmas dinner with just our foursome of current hostel regulars/afternoon card group: us, the Dutchman with all the music already clothed in Christmas sweater, and adopted English daughter of the Flying Fox hostel. The overflow of Christmas hostel guests made disappearing or getting enough kitchen space to make things like stuffing a full on effort. We ended up tired and a little over wrought, but at least we had the outside hut mostly to ourselves thanks to some Christmas rain.
Dec. 26 - Other people's Christmas
Being in a time-zone that's a day ahead of most of our family and friends, this was the day we got most of our holiday greetings. It was a good day for catching up with family, catching up on sleep, and catching some time away from the hostel for a couple hours.
Dec. 27 - A very Merry Katoomba Christmas
Really an oven in a private kitchen is all it takes to feel like a normal human being again. We were fortunate enough to have friends currently staying in an apartment in Katoomba which afforded us these not-so-long-ago standard services and an invite to a belated Potluck Christmas dinner. The spread was massive, including but not limited to: a properly glazed ham, roasted vegetables, cheese and bread platter, coconut chicken sausages, and chocolate mousse. I tell ya, my weekly shower count does not accurately reflect my appreciation for finely prepared foods.
Please let everyone's Chrismas(es) have been full of food and joy. Thank You to everyone in Katoomba (and at home) who made our holidays so wonderful. Hello New Year!