On our way back Thursday evening (we’d gone to a hiking trail and ended up sitting by a little waterfall chatting), Rav mentioned that he’d gone to “Bernie’s Jazz Piano Cafe” the day before and that it was a great little spot and he wondered if I’d want to go with him the next evening. I’d walked past the place several times and it looked like such a cool place, with a live jazz band playing every night, so I said, “Sure, why not!?” We weren’t meeting up until 8pm the next evening, so since I wouldn’t be going to volleyball it seemed like the perfect opportunity to go to the night market and check out the opal necklace options (a friend asked me to buy one for her sister and I just haven’t gotten around to checking yet). I headed to the library around 3:30pm to read the newspaper and finish my book. Louis showed up around 4:30 and after chatting for a bit he decided we should go back to his house for dinner. I’d had no idea he didn’t have to work (he usually works at 5pm), so off we went, pushing back my opal sourcing plans once again. *My apologies for how long this is taking Amy.* Anyway, we had a nice dinner on his back porch again – I love talking with him because I always learn random facts about Korea from him. Plus, because he’s not a native English speaker he always comes up with the funniest phrases. Sadly, I can’t think of a good example at the moment that would prove my point… By 7:30pm Louis had dropped me back at the hostel and I quickly changed and headed off with Rav (surprisingly, I have quite the social life here).
I loved the jazz cafe and definitely enjoyed the live music; it was a bit loud for such a tiny venue, but they musicians were great. Rav doesn’t drink so we had some cranberry juice and enjoyed the music. Two of his friends, Ray & Murray randomly showed up at one point which I found hilarious. Murray claimed Rav had told him to come, in person of course, because Rav had text messages showing that he had not invited him – his friends are funny. Murray asked me what the Constitutional Amendment for the day was, as if we have a rotation of amendments and corresponding days. We chatted about volleyball for a bit and then the band came back from their break and they decided to leave – I think they were heading to crash their other friend Mick’s dinner with his girlfriend…. Anyway, by around 10:30pm he decided we should go for a walk down the esplanade, and despite being tired I figured a short walk couldn’t hurt. It did not end up being a short walk though – we walked the whole way to the other end of the esplanade and about halfway back he decided we should sit at some picnic tables and chat. He’s very chatty, in case you haven’t picked up on that yet. I can’t say that I was totally shocked by his revelation, thankfully I’m old enough to realize that guys don’t usually go to so much effort to hang out with a girl if they aren’t interested in them; but at the same time I never felt like we were going on dates – which I guess is because we weren’t. I always paid for my own dinner or movie tickets or whatever and we just enjoyed our conversations with each other. In his words, “I take relationships very seriously, and I don’t want to start something I can’t finish,” which, for a 22 year-old I thought was pretty wise. He didn’t want to regret not telling me how he felt even though he knows I don’t live here and won’t be around much longer. He told me I wasn’t a heartbreaker; he’d remember me mentioning that fact in an earlier conversation. Thankfully he didn’t ask me if I felt the same way about him, because he might have changed his mind after hearing my answer. Thankfully, his revelation didn’t make things awkward, because his birthday is on Monday and he really wants me to go along to the celebration. Thankfully I have met his friends a few times and they’re all really nice, so hopefully it will be fun, whatever it is we do. He finishes school next Friday and heads back down to Brisbane on Saturday to spend the holidays with his family. Hmm…my life in Australia is so strange… In other news, jellyfish season is starting here in FNQ so hopefully my free (or at least discounted) reef trip comes through before the season is in full swing. The coral spawning should also be happening within the next week or so and I’ve heard it spectacular to see – only happens once a year in Nov. or Dec. around the full moon. There are other conditions that have to be just right, but the experts seem to think it will be sometimes next week.