Our own place for the winter, views and all.
Hello to all of our friends and family back home. We are truly sorry that we have not posted in a long time unfortunately our lives have been very boring for the last month. Just a little recap of what we have been doing.
Kari had her interview for her job with NZSKI to work on the slopes on the 24th of April and I had mine one week later. Our interviews went well and we waited to hear back about positions. I got mine very quickly but Kari's department was much slower in making a decision so we had to wait until the 9th to find out that she did have a job. During all of this we were staying at the Old Gym in Wanaka and working (sort of) for our accommodation. But with out much money and the change in the weather we were kind of stuck there.
When we got the jobs we went about searching for a place to live in Queenstown for the season. This would normally seem like an easy thing to do but it was anything but. Little did we know that Queenstown fills up very fast in the pre-season with people who are going to either work or just hang out for the season. Finding a room was difficult for us as a couple and when we tried to get a place of our own we ran into even more problems. Finally after finding some people to apply for a lease with us we thought we were set. But no, our roommates backed out on us and we lost the places that we had wanted to rent. This was the 20th of May and we were suppose to start work on the 28th. So we quickly packed up all of our stuff from Wanaka and set out for Queenstown to live in a hostel until we found a place or were forced to come home with our tails between our legs. After getting rejected by a few places we found a small add for a place that was going to stretch our budget but we were desperate. We checked it out and even though it is costing us $270 a week (including, power, water, Cable, and Internet) (thats $900 a month US) we decided we had no choice but to take it. The pictures below should give you an idea as to why we were willing to pay so much for the place.
Pictures from Queenstown
This is the view from the huge window in our room.
Just wait until we can get some pictures of the mountains behind those clouds
We share the downstairs kitchen with 2 other couples who live in the other rooms in our flat. There is a washing machine downstairs and plenty of whiteware for everyone to use. But it is truly nice since our room is big enough to act as its own living space with a mini fridge, TV and couches.
It is a 45 minute walk to downtown and 1 hour to where my bus picks me up for work so we probably will be driving into work most days and not going out to the pubs very often. Its not like with our rent we can really afford to go out to the pubs anyway. But this is more than made up for since we have a great view, a wonderful bathroom of our own (something neither of us has had before) and a movie channel on our own flat screen TV (included in rent). We also have couches if any friends want to come visit us.
Kari and I have to sign our employment papers, get our schedules, uniforms, and Employee IDs/Passes on the 28th and then we start on the 29th. Until then we are trying to not spend much money, as we have very little right now and have to pay 3 more weeks rent before we get payed for the first time. After that and with the season in full swing we are hoping that we will have plenty of friends to do all of the fun things Queenstown has to offer. It will also be time for me to test out my knees on the ski slopes and hope that my rehab has gone well and I can enjoy a full season of healthy skiing.
More to come in the days ahead as we get totally settled and start work. Hopefully this is the start to more frequent posts and more excitement in our lives.