The 4th of July was yesterday here in Oz. I decided to spread my wings a bit and go to an American Meetup Group - 4th of July Potluck BBQ. It's nice that these things exist. I can't say I really enjoyed it. To tell you the truth I don't like meeting new people because I am just plain shy and awkward when it comes to meeting people. I'm proud to say I gave it a go - even if I didn't leave having made any new friends. I actually enjoyed my walk home more, probably because I wasn't be forced outside my comfort zone. I walked along in my comfortable eccentric little artistic way taking photos of things most people never notice and would most likely question why I bother taking photos of in a happy content state.
Quite the big day for me. I found my way back my hostel even though I wasn't sure the way. What a long walk it was. [Please see my twitter feed on this page for a link to the photos I took along the walk. Twitter links to my brand new Tumblr account.]
I ended my 4th of July with a make shift firework display - which was a lot more fun than the BBQ. I bought some sparklers, confetti party poppers, birthday cake (to honor my mom's bday) and headed to Mrs Macquarie's Chair (for a view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House) with my favorite Aussie bloke. It was fun. The fact that the sparklers wouldn't light - well that was just funny, right? Yeah. Funny. We went through all the matches we had and couldn't get a single sparkler to light - the wind kept blowing out the flame. It's a good thing I packed the confetti party poppers for the grand finale.
However, the story doesn't end there. The sparklers were meant to be. When we were leaving the park we met a group of teenage boys that asked us to take their picture. Turns out one of them was American - so I wished him a Happy 4th of July. I told him about the sad outcome of our firework display. Turns out the boys had some lighters - and we were finally were able to light the sparklers. Hoooorrrrraaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy!!!!! So I played with one sparkler - which made me happy and gave the rest to the boys, which made them happy! :-)
Not too bad - for an American independence day spent abroad!