Okay, so a whole week has gone by since our last blog entry and when we left you we were just about to start our kiwi-picking adventure...
This story starts on a kiwi orchard, just 30 minutes outside of Napier, where a tall man from Engerland, a young lady from the depts of the lands of the Vikings, a young lady from the far of Japan, a witty man from Singapore and two quiet men from China, drove a automatic (hallelujah moment!) van, to begin their quest for the right-sized kiwis. (The fruit that is, not the people..or the birds)
Fast forward a week and the excitement and thrill of the kiwi hunt is gone and we are left with sore shoulders and backs, a hatred of kiwi and a huge lack of tolerance for the people of France.
We are sure there are some lovely french people out there, we just believe they have immigrated ;)
Safe to say, picking kiwis is hard work, especially if you are the proud owner of a 1.95m man like me! I was really sore after the first couple of days, but after shocking those never-used muscles, I was quite fine.
Dave managed to pick for 3 days before his back got the best of him and he had to take a very needed day off.
All of the 30 rows were all done and picked on that orchard by Saturday, so that was also mine and Daves last day.
We spoke to our Supervisor, Glen, who agreed that kiwis is not the right fruit for Dave and that apples would probably be the best fit for us.
Sunday and Monday were spent relaxing, food shopping, doing laundry, playing mini-golf and feeding my newly found NZ obsession for Hokey Pokey ice cream! It is a honey and caramel miracle and I can't get enough!
We continued our Sunday tradition by going to the cinema (it's like half prize here!). This time we watched 'Noah', with Russell Crowe. I don't know if the trailer has reached Sweden and England yet, but it's the story of Noahs Arc, the worlds creation and Adam and Eve and it was really really good!
It was so strong and really made you think about our world and what we are doing on and to it - so you should watch it!
Oh and last night we also went to an Irish pub called The Rose, where they had a Quiz for Dummies - and we actually won! :D
The quiz had 5 categories; Generally Speaking, Kids Songs, Wonders of the World, Stadiums and Sport Venues and Movie remakes.
Apart from the Quiz they had an individual game with random questions about everything, like "Which city in the world has the most sky scrapers?". Me and Dave were the last two people standing and the final question was "How many fruits do you need for it to be classed as a fruit salad?". The answer is 3, which both of us answered. But like in any game, there can only be 1 winner, so Dave, being the gentleman that he is, changed his answer so I could win! :D
We won a $10 bar tab and I won a badge that says "Kiss me I'm Irish", a car sticker that reads "Oh My Guinness" and a t-shirt that says "I got lucky at The Rose, Irish pub Napier", so big night for us!
The most hilarious part of the week was when an Indian guy at our hostel decided to call the police because an asian girl took his washed clothes out of the washing machine! And that is not a joke!
We've also had game nights and played Scrabble (Alfapet) and Trivial Pursuit, which resulted in hilarious guesses as the questions were made before we were born;
What does VTOL stand for?
Dave - Very Trampy Old Lady
What anti-establishment film set in a public school had the same title as a Kipling poem?
Jenny - The Jungle Book
What genus and species is man classified as?
Dave - Mammals (Which Dave still believes is correct. any 3rd opinions?)
What are you caught in if a haboob blows up?
Jenny - A kebab shop
And this one is just cute:
What means never having to say you're sorry?
Tomorrow we're off to pick feijoas (which is a NZ fruit that looks like a kiwi without the fur) for 2-3 days and after that we hope to get an apple picking job.
Tonight Spaghetti Bolognese and watching tv is on the menu!
Hugs and Kisses,
Jenny and Dave