Last week started like any other for me – in between working and bouts of sunshine, it really was nothing special. However, late on Tuesday night I received a phone call from a close friend. He recently relocated to the Apple Isle for work. Although his new job is fabulous and the right decision for him, I sensed he was missing Sydney.
His voice was unsure as he told me repeatedly he loved the place. I reassured him and reminded him that all big moves require a period of adjustment. He had moved from a very gay lifestyle to a place that has a gay club every two weeks and, to top it off, Myer burnt down.
I hung up the phone, logged out of Gaydar and booked my first flight to Hobart.
I was to arrive Thursday morning, land on his doorstep as a surprise and then fly back that afternoon. Sure, it’s crazy – but that’s what you do for friends.
My surprise hit its first hiccup when I rang Matthew just before I flew out to let him know I was on my way. Seems Hobart was having a public holiday for the annual show.
After I settled into my seat on the plane I started my usual in-flight game, choosing a fellow passenger to have a two-hour love affair with while he remained completely oblivious.
But before I knew it, I was saying goodbye to my new love and standing at the arrivals gate, waiting for my mate to pick me up from the airport. To my delight I saw the knowing glance of many a gay boy and the odd lesbian, proving Hobart wasn’t like living on the moon – we are everywhere. We found each other after 45 minutes of standing at opposite ends of the terminal and gave each other a big hug, not caring who watched two grown men jump around with delight.
My friend gave me a taste of the Apple Isle and one I really enjoyed. But soon enough I was boarding my flight home, and once again hugging and kissing my mate goodbye.
Hobart is a beautiful place, and I think my mate’s homesickness was eased my by brief visit. I am planning a return visit soon – maybe even a number or two at their gay club would be fun – so watch out, Hobart gay boys, the circus will be coming to town.

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