Sunday 31 - Was told by Sandra that if I wanted to I could have a job in a month's time. So said yes. Then went to book up the next leg of my travels. It was a really nice day today, which made a change so me and Lucy took a bike and rode into the centre of Christchuch. I can't remember the last time I rode a bike, so I wasn't very good. Also these bikes belonged to the hostel and being free to borrow also meant they were crap - the seat on mine was so hard and uncomfortable. Rode round for a bit, then went into Canterbury museum which is right by the Botanical Gardens. The museum was quite cool - it had lots of Maori stuff and also had one of those old bikes named after an old coin (I cant remember the name). You could sit on the bike, and the saddle was a lot more comfortable than on my bike. We had book up to go punting down the river. We had arrived early so we sat in the little cafe overlooking the river and I had a coke and a really nice cake. It was lovely and serene. The bloke who took us punting used to be in the circus as an acrobat and had just finished touring round Oz so he decided to do tricks on the back of the boat ie handstands etc. It would have been so funny if he would have fallen in the water, but he didn't. He let us have a go at punting, which isn't as easy as it looks. I managed to crash into the side of the river. I had to stop then! There were really big eels in the river as well as trout and ducks with loads of little ducklings. Got back to the hostel and Sandra asked me if I wanted to start work tomorrow as another girl wanted a holiday. For some bizare reason I said yes, and then went to cancel all my travel plans. Had really bad second thoughts that night - felt very trapped and when I thought about it I just wanted to go travelling and see new stuff which is much more fun than working. I aso wanted to see the mountains with snow on them, and if I waited much longer it would all be gone. So I packed up that night, and as the only bus out to Arthurs Pass was early in the morning, I wrote Sandra a note telling her I couldn't work for her, and left in the morning.