12/17/2007 - 01/08/2008
Again, I haven't written in a while, but this time it's because I haven't been doing much interesting stuff so there's not much to write about. For those of you who don't know, I decided to stop and spend some time in Queenstown. Even though I'm still waiting for my working visa to be approved (the office was closed for two weeks for Christmas) I got a job about 3 weeks ago bartending in a new bar called Guilty. It's housed in the old courthouse and they kept the witness stand and the judges's bench (which is being used as a DJ booth). I got a job within a few hours of looking for one, so that was good. It seems like a cool place to work and I'm making friends with everyone who works there. Finding an apartment has been a bit more difficult. Everyone is getting into Queenstown now as the summer season starts up, and everyone is looking for housing. Me and two guys from Guilty put in an application for an apartment yesterday, so we should hear back on that pretty soon, and hopefully we get it. The application process is crazy here. They want multiple references from every person to be living there (which is a bit of a problem considering I haven't lived here before) and they check your immigration status, which I'm pretty sure would be illegal at home because it's discriminatory. I've been staying in a hostel up until now, which is expensive and annoying, because since we just extend our stay every few days (don't want to make a long-term reservation in case we find an apartment) we usually have to move rooms every few days which means waking up at 10 after working until 3 and usually going out afterwards until late. So hopefully thats over and we get a bit of privacy in our own place soon.
I've been taking advantage of Queenstown so far. I've been kayaking out on the lake and luging a couple times. Once I get settled into an apartment I'm probably going to buy a bike and there's a lot of good mountain biking around here to check out. I'm also making friends with a lot of bartenders in the area, which means free drinks, so that's good. I'm going to an outdoor concert at a vineyard (Queenstown is the center of one of NZ's best winemaking regions) on Thursday with a bunch of people from work (Jose Gonzalez if anyone knows him. He's really big in England apparently)
Entries are probably going to be a bit more boring for a while now, but I'll keep you up to date with what's going on, and let everyone know before I head out travelling again. I've already talked to a few of you about coming down to visit (you know who you are and I expect you to follow through) but I just want to say that everyone is welcome. New Zealand is an amazing place and Queenstown is just a cool town (great skiing in the northern hemisphere summer, too). I'm planning on being here for a while now, so let me know and we can make some plans. Talk to you all soon.