I am currently living and working at a hostel, 1849 Backpackers, in a small town called Albany, located in the Southern part of Western Australia. I’ve been here for around 10 days and am loving it! What I’m doing here is a couple of hours of basic maintenance per day in exchange for accommodation. The backpackers has a really lovely, homely vibe – evident in the photo above taken a couple of nights ago – and is the reason why I decided to come down here from Perth for a couple of weeks before I head east.
1849 is family-run and there are a handful of “long term guests” here.
This means that in addition to travelers coming and going every day, there are also many familiar faces, constituting a wonderful little family I’ve made down here.Every morning from 6:30-9:30am there are pancakes available, free and unlimited in number, and are honestly delicious! I’ve starting running every second morning again just to justify my breakfasts 😉
Other than working, pancake-making, and running, there are many other things to do here. There are many cafe’s, lively pubs, museums, and quirky little shops to browse through. For those familiar with the Western Cape, Albany is similar to Plettenberg Bay in terms of size, climate, and overall spirit. There are 101 beaches scattered around here, some a bit of a drive and others a scenic walk. I did said walk yesterday and it was breathtaking!
A place is nothing, however, without the people who inhabit it!
Before Australia I lived on an island in a treehouse, and of course now I’ve been here for a bit too. In the shower this morning it hit me what every person that I’ve met so far has in common – they are genuine. This is not a concept that I take lightly, I consider it to be one of the most important traits necessary in people that I choose to surround myself with. It is also something that one often struggles to find in Cape Town (yes a generalisation, some of the most wonderful people live back home!).
I think that perhaps this is a trait of people who are traveling. Of course those on the road probably aren’t representative of the population, but it has strongly indicated to me that this might be a “target group” that I’d like to surround myself and work with one day. I am racking my brain to try and remember any superficial, vacuous people that I have come across whilst on my trip, but honestly none come to mind! Anyways, enough about that, it’s probably more for my personal reflection journal.
The people that I have met here have been nothing short of genuine. I share a dorm with 4 other wonderful girls, each of very different and interesting backgrounds, and 3 of them part of my work team. A German couple traveling with a South Korean are here; they met at a blueberry farm nearby and came here together. All 3 are part of my work team too.
Kelli (Minnesota, USA), knitting and watching series before bed
I’ve also met a vibrant group of French guys who are staying here.
They’re on working holiday visas (more about this another time) and are long term guests; they’re part of the family. Two of them are chefs, so you can imagine the types of things I’ve been treated to! From delicious pasta to the best chocolate cake I’ve actually ever tasted, to trying foie gras for the first time two nights ago, I’ve unexpectedly had a diverse culinary experience here in Australia!