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Published: November 26th 2008
Yeah, we are still alive. Just rubbish like normal. 5 months since the last blog, and yep, it feels like a life time!
We have had a crazy season here in NZ, worked our bottoms off running a nightclub and lived our dream working as instructors during the day. So actually it feels like 2 life times!
Red Rock was crazy. Skiers and snowboarders know how to party and it was night after night of excess. Rich and I got to enjoy some fantastic DJ’s and have been overwhelmed at how good NZ music is. We have had some awesome live acts come through ranging from heavy metal bands like Sinate
, to soulful Anita Moa
. An impromptu live song from P - Digsss of Shapeshifter
on his birthday and having Snowboarding legend Travis Rice
behind the bar where definite highlights. But it was hard work. In New Zealand it is illegal to allow people to become intoxicated on licensed premises. You try telling that to 200 snowboarding 18 year olds with cash to burn!
So that was life until 3am. Then it was a quick nap and off to work up at the hill at 7am!
may not have had much sleep but we would not have changed it for anything. We were so lucky to get jobs at Cardrona
as it is notoriously difficult to get work in the southern hemisphere as instructors. There is so much competition, Cardrona gets so many applications that they are able to pick only people with 10 years experience or more. But persistence pays off. Rich made sure he was in the right place at the right time and got me my job, and then when snowboarding got busy later on he was the first one the Supervisor called.
And we loved it. It was scary as hell. I don’t think I ever really knew worry until I took 12 seven years olds up a chair lift and skied them all down again. You count them, over and over and over again! But it is hugely rewarding, watching people go through so many emotions in 2 hours as they struggle with fear and frustration and impatience. And then slowly slowly you find a way to help them, and the joy that spreads over them is infectious.
And I'm pleased to say our hard work paid off, Ard
Climbing Mt Roy
Mt Roy is about a 6 hour 'stroll' with the most amazing views over Lake Wanaka and Wanaka town. This is about half way and you can just see Wanaka town in the background
got Rookie of the year and both of us have been invited to come back and work next year. Yay!
So that brings us up to now. A little change of plans has happened. We kind of ran out of money (Instructing isn’t exactly lucrative) and the owners of the nightclub seemed to think we did a good job so they have asked us to stay. We turned down jobs in Japan
😞 but figure if we want to do this long-term we need to get finances sorted.
We do desperately want to come to Oz and I know it keeps getting delayed but good things come to those who wait. Right????????? It’s looking like we’ll have to make do with a short holiday in the next few months and then cross fingers for a longer trip after next winter.
But this does mean we do get to have a summer 😊 in a beautiful part of the world and hopefully get to see a little bit of NZ while we are here. Rich gets to dedicate hours/days/the rest of his life to his newest hobby (Fishing, 5 amazing rainbow trout so far, fingers crossed
Views from Mt Roy
Lake Wanaka is HUGE!
for salmon next!) and I might just look into rowing again. We have happily found an amazing apartment with awesome views, a swimming pool, sauna, spa etc. So life is looking pretty good for now.
Well, love to all. Hope everyone’s well and happy and hope we see you soon. xxxxx
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