So it's been awhile and although I said I would write a blog for each place, I felt the need to update even though I plan on staying in Paihia for quite awhile.
I arrived at my new home, the Saltwater Lodge - www.saltwaterlodge.co.nz/
and was greeted by the friendly face of Margaret - half of the couple who manages the place.
Definitely a cool hostel. Great hanging out space and I have met tons of amazing people.
Started cleaning rooms in exchange for accommodation the next day. Pretty sweet deal. It's a great way to save money since accom is the biggest expense when traveling.
Always done by 1 so the rest of the day is freeeeeeee.
When I first arrived the weather wasn't so great. Rained quite a bit. But since then it has been much much better with sun almost every day. I have been spending a lot of my time laying at the beach.
After a couple of weeks of mainly bumming around I started waitressing at a Thai restaurant. Not a lot of hours, but it's all good. I work ever evening at 6:30 til whenever it gets quite. The hours don't add up to much but it's a bit of pocket money and also I get to pick a delicious Thai dish to bring home every night. However, after eating Thai foor 2 times a day for about 11 days straight it gets tiring... I actually started trading my thai food with my friends at the hostel for whatever food they wanted to make me.. lol.. traveling is awesome!!!!