While nobody’s ever going to be quite like those friends that you’ve grown up with, those friends that you meet while your away from home are the ones you hold in your memories and talk about for years to come. So if your mentioned be honoured, for you will be someone I sharn’t be forgetting.
Calum and Fraser
Two brothers from Edinburgh (via Perth) I met while working at the Mt Erica.
Both very dry and sarcastic to the point that unless you know them you don’t know whether they are just being cynical and negative or joking or even both.
I met Calum when I first started at the Mt Erica. In fact he was my manager. When I first met Calum I actually thought he was rather good looking and sweet, not that I ever told him so. Of the two of them he is definitely the more whimsical. Well unless he’s around his brother that is. He idolises his brother, not that Fraser would really notice I don’t think. Calum’s the friend that you have that has a lot of random useless knowledge self admittedly learnt from Wikipedia, but would be very handy to have around in a quiz. He’s an idealist. He wishes away his days for ideas for bigger and better things. And with Fraser’s drive for wanting better things he might just get there. He just needs the push. Calum is dependable, which is a brilliant quality to have. He works hard and is reliable and I hope one day he finds what is that he really dreams about and gets it. If it wasn’t Calum a lot of things that made being in Melbourne so good wouldn’t have happened so for this I am truly grateful.
Fraser, the drier and more sarcastic of the two, although mostly sounds bitter and angry with the world is really quite sharp and witty if you actually listen carefully. His outtake on the world although at times a little jaded, is unique and right on even though (I’m not sure he’ll agree) but believes the world revolves around him and that things happen to him rather than him going out and making them happen. I love the way he sees the world and unlike most guys openly admits to his love of cats. Very animal orientated, I always imagined that inside his brain pandas walked down the street carrying briefcases and cats served you in bars and monkeys worked in kitchens. I wished my brain worked like that too. (I wrote this in March)
I lived in a shared house for around six months in the south of the city but most notable of the people I lived with was an Italian girl called Elisa. She was my roommate so consequently we spent a lot of time together and then eventually went travelling in Indonesia together right before she left to return to Italy. Elisa is one of those people that lights up a room when she’s in it. Her (very) Italian characteristics make her one of the most awesome people I’ve ever known. She has guts and isn’t afraid to say what she really thinks. Her willingness to work hard for two years to afford to jack it all in and head to Australia was inspirational. And even though she was here to get away from it all her loyalty to people she’d met at work in Melbourne made her continue to work hard over here too. She has a heart of gold and a very lovable animated personality.
Patrick, Dave and Ben (A friend I met in Budapest and his flatmates)
I would have been on the first plane back to England if it hadn’t been for these guys generosity and their hallway landing! I will be eternally grateful! And, you were the guys to introduce me to Community, you guys changed my life! haha
The Rest of The Mount Erica People
Marcin- Our crazy Polish manager. We fought like cat and dog but that’s only cos we got on so well. So many ridiculious drinking sessions and of course the unforgettable duck tongues and jellyfish night at the Supper Inn with Asis!
Collin Marshall Epstein! Texan graffiti artist extrodinaire… when I come to NY you better believe I’m looking you up J Optimist and all round good guy. He’s the best friend you wished you’d always had. Its people like Collin that make you like Americans. You can’t help but love Collin and even Calum admitted to having a man crush on him. So many nights drinking after hours and playing pool at the Erica and Lucky Cock! He has one super lucky very lovely girlfriend Kayla too.
Morgan, the self-deprecating sweetheart with a heart of gold, the emotionally charged drama student, full of knowledge beyond her years and insight you wish you had too. I very much enjoyed our trips to the art gallery and our girly catch ups!
The Pas Crew
Emily- I’m writing this the day after the night at the GB where you made me cry. Your insane, your happiness is infectious, your positivity is inspiring, your fiercely private but the little things about your life that I felt you told me as your confidence in our friendship grew made me feel truly honoured. You’re a brilliant person, someone who made me feel so happy during my time in Melbourne- the things you said to me that night, I don’t think anyone has said before and it was the nicest thing to do in the world. Your intentions are so sweet and you are the kind of paramedic the world needs, I know you will kick ass at it so don’t give up your dream!
Gill- When it comes to you, I don’t even know what to say- in a good way. You have the biggest heart. I don’t think I know many people who match up to you in that way. There are some days I don’t think I would have got through if you and your hugs weren’t there. I love your compassion for your friends and for animals and makes me admire you in so many ways. Who am I going to have conversations purely in cat noises with now?
Arthur- Where do I even begin? You have got to be one of the most caring big hearted people I have ever met in my life. I have lost times the amount of time I have fought about you paying for stuff and lost. You may say that you aren’t emotionally but I don’t believe that for a second. The countless times that I’ve seen you look out for your friends and stories I’ve heard about your family is very admirable. You would do anything for anyone you care about and this is the best quality in the world. Since you started at PAs every shift got 1000X better. I have so many good memories of being in Melbourne and since I’ve known you, you’re almost in every one. Who am I going to geek out about Community with now?!
Sophie- You make me laugh so much. The way you phase things always brings a smile to my face, oh hell! I will miss you a hell of a lot and can’t wait to catch up back in the UK!
Kate- Although I only actually worked with you for a few weeks, I enjoyed every minute of it. The hangover shift from hell after the night at the casino will not be forgotten! The reunion with you me and Soph is already being planned!
Jess- You such a head strong, confident, organised and endearing person. I love it when you say you’ll come for one drink and end up being out with us till 6am! I will catch up with you again my friend in Queensland!
Vanessa- Your smile at work makes me laugh and always brings a smile to mine no matter what I feel like. That shift after Calum’s birthday would not have even been possible if it wasn’t for you! Your always organised and on top of things it really makes everyone elses lifes so much easier! Plus you know how to party! Mexico is going to be sooo good!
Team Back Bar!... Ollie and NG most notably. You two are awesome. You are such characters in your own separate ways and it was a pleasure working yous and catching up at our Sunday sessions.
Tim- My Roommate from Queensland
We were destined to meet to over and over in our travels in Oz and Melbourne was no different! Lots and lots of food even when we didn’t plan to get food, trips to ‘Treats from Home’ and drinking and of course that ridiculous night at the Neighbours Trivia Night, and no I still don’t want to know what I was saying to your that night! haha
Emma- Family Friend
The daughter of one of my mum’s close friends in the UK, Emma is one of the sweetest people I know. We hung out countless times. We went to that ridiculous Hungarian restaurant on the hottest day of the summer and had goulash! Was a pleasure spending time with you and we’ll catch up again for sure!
There are more, too many to mention but these are the most memorable :)