Money flies when you're having fun. I had a lot of fun and drained my savings a lot quicker than expected. It was a sunny December afternoon when I looked at my bank account and had a very nasty surprise...
Luckily, after three months of travelling, I was planning to take a break in any case and start working again. Not so luckily, the fruit picking season in Otago is delayed by several weeks due to bad weather; as a result, there is hardly any work available and hundreds of people waiting for a job. The action won't start till January. Considering my worryingly dry financial reserves, I started looking for alternatives and after a couple of hours on the internet, I found one in good ole' Blenheim.
A phone call, a job I could start the next day, a quick decision and a 10-hour hitch-hike across the South Island. I love hitch-hiking in NZ, so easy and reliable, although this time there was a good deal of luck involved. I managed to cover 800 km from Cromwell to Blenheim in just two rides (through Christchurch) and got here at midnight.
Working again after a three-month break is not easy, though... I'm a vineyard worker again, doing the dullest job ever - wire lifting (consists of walking through endless rows of plants and lifting the wires holding growing vines). The boredom is killing, but it's money, and it there isn't more than a week's work anyway. Then hurray back to Otago.
Hopefully I'll manage to catch up on my cycling blog while in Blenheim. It's all written down on paper, just needs to be digitalised.