November 11, 2008
We flew from Sydney last week to Queenstown, New Zealand. We have been busy (well sort of) looking for jobs and places to live. We started our trip by staying at a local hostel. In this stay we realized that there are loopholes to paying rent. If we were fortunate enough we would be able clean for accommodation. We had ruled this out because the manager basically told us no. We found out that she had changed her mind (typical female I guess) when we were abruptly woken up at 8am asking if we were still interested. Long story short we are living at the Hippo Lodge in Queenstown. We have 5 roommates, four boys and one other girl. They are all really great and easy going. Mostly they all enjoy hiking, camping, and biking. I think we’ll all get along fine. It feels a lot like being in college, other than we don’t have to feel bad about not doing our homework. We sit around most of the day talking, drinking tea, reading, and sleeping. We work at a minimum 3 days a week, and that covers 3 days of accommodation. This is great because basically our biggest expense is paid for, by a couple hours of work. So right now all I need is a part time job to keep busy. This will hopefully take up a bit of my free time and will pay for all of the things one is meant to do in the adventure capital of the world.
The job Ash and I want most is to work at an outdoor company called Outdoor Sports. This seems to be the best option because this will be a great way to find out where to go in these great outdoors. I think that we might be easy ins though, because we played up the Alaska card. Also to our advantage we were wearing our Arcteryx clothing and this was definitely noticed by the in store manager; the main reason is the store is looking to hire females (luckily we are correct gender). If you remember please keep us in your prayers, because we would really like to work there.
We have basically just been playing up the fact that we don’t have jobs, so we have been “tramping” about (hiking) and seeing as much of the mountains as we can. It is funny how similar to home it is, but I have random moments when I have the realization “Sh*t I’m in New Zealand”. It is just amazing!