Okay, so a lot of things happened in the last couple of days, we've changed hostel, we got a job...and then we got another one!
Let me break it down for you...
The stay at the Pickled Parrot was alright, apart from the washing machine breaking, which meant we had to walk down to the centre and to a laundromat.
We started looking for some jobs while we were staying at the Parrot and quite easily got one! The hostel called YHA, just a 5 minute walk from the Parrot, were looking for cleaners for free accommodation. So we just have to clean the rooms, the kitchen, the lounge and wherever else necessary, for 2 hours per day and for that we get to live there for free, do our laundry for free and use their WiFi for free - bazinga!
So that's where we live now and until this coming Tuesday.
Unfortunately, they didn't have a private room available for us, so we have to share a room with 2 other people; one 83 year old Canadian man who's name I can never pronounce, so I just say Ernest and one younger Asian man. It's all good, except that the younger guy smacks his lips and sounds like a cow chewing greasy grass like there's no tomorrow all through the night!!
- Emily, I hate to say it, but you've got nothing on him. I would gladly listen to you every day for the rest of my life rather than him! Of course Dave didn't hear a thing and was sleeping like a baby all night...
When I say that the last couple of days were eventful, most of it happened on yesterday and the day before. After work yesterday we started looking at other jobs and where we would like to go after this. We decided we want to travel South and stop in the Waikato region and called/emailed a couple of jobs around there.
Just when we were about to throw in the towel for the day a woman from one of the many job listings we responded to called us back and offered us a job, boom!
The job title is Farmhand and it means that we will be living on the farm with a family, in our own room, and basically just help them out a couple of hours a day with various things around the farm; milking cows, garden work and best of all - feed and care for the many many animals they've got! :D
So we are gonna head down there on Tuesday and we are really excited!
We also sorted some other important things out yesterday, such as opening a bank account and applying for our IRD number, which is the NZ tax number that you need for jobs where you get paid on an hourly rate and not in accommodation or cash. So we feel really good about ourselves and it feels like everything is going orange juice-smoothly :)
Oh, we haven't told you about the kayak trip we went on, to the Haruru Falls!
It was really really cool! It was a couple, Taylor and Ruby, who built their own boat for the trips and there were 14 of us going; me and Dave, 6 Americans and then there were the normal bunch of tourist Asians as usual :)
We all went out on their boat, a bit closer to the water fall and then Taylor let us all run, or paddle free, like ducks. After some arguing and shouting and threats with pushing the other one in the water, me and Dave found our rhythm and could enjoy the different birds and the train track strangely leading down in to the water.
It was all fun and games until we spotted the water fall and Dave thought he heard Taylor say "last one to the falls...(something)". The harmless bumps into each other's kayaks by mistake went out the...kayak and me and Dave started paddling like it was the Olympics!
Of course we beat everyone else (since Dave heard wrong and there was no race at all) and we started paddling with our last efforts right towards the water fall, me in the front. Now, the plan was to paddle through it, but somehow we got stuck right in the middle, and when I say we, I mean just me. Dave couldn't stop laughing and tried to shout me to push off from the rocks and I probably looked like a fool waving my arms around looking for rocks or something to push off from, but at least Dave was amused and we finally got out. Taylor brought a waterproof camera and took a bunch of pictures so there's probably one of me flapping around in the CD we bought.
It was fun though :)
Hugs and Kisses,
Jenny and Dave