I decided to celebrate my birthday this year with a party, lots of fun! I was hoping for a poolside party, but some unexpected showers came, so we started off inside. Soon the weather cleared up, and we headed out for dancing under the stars, plus a few people took a swim: sorry Rich- just couldn't resist, you shouldn't stand so close to the edge ::) It was a great mixer for several of the new arrivals that had just gotten in earlier in the day, and nice to hang out with everyone that's been around for a few weeks. One of my neighbours made a few great dishes to snack on, including foccacia-mmm! Thanks to everyone that helped me celebrate another year of older and wiser :)
I love the mix of people that the hostel brings. This week, we've had a 62 year old from Northern Ireland, a family of 3 women from the mainland, a guy from Israel, and my long-termers who are here for a month, both from the States, one that's working on his dive instructor course, and the other that's just hanging out. Love that, wish I had a month to just hang out :) Also incoming, a Canadian that's here for a few months, volunteering at Clinica Esperanza. On the weekend, I have someone coming that's been traveling through Central America doing kids programs, as well as a few new volunteers for Clinica Esperanza. Always great new stories to tell, excellent company :) I love my hostel :)
On my website, there's an administrative page that I can go to, to see how many people have viewed the site each day. This has always been a little exciting, same with each new email asking for availability, just watching my business grow a bit at a time. Yesterday was a new milestone: we hit 217 views, the first time over 200!
Life at the hostel has been going well. We have a few long-termers in at the moment (all here for a few weeks), and the whole gang has been going out together (well, usually I don't, but I did tag along for Johannes' goodbye night- he's been my volunteer, helping out at the hostel for about 6 weeks, and just left for Germany... brrrr). No more ant invasions, thank goodness!
Anyone heading to the hostel next weekend can prepare to celebrate: my birthday is coming up, and I"m having a party :)
Mel is a Canadian who's been living in Roatan for over a decade. Before being a single mom of 2, she used to travel around the world as a dive instructor. She looks forward to the opportunity to meet many other travelers in her hostel.