Melanin Issues

Trip Start Aug 24, 2004
Trip End May 09, 2005

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Sunday, January 23, 2005

I made it into Motueka on Tues. and started apple thinning Wed. morning. I'm working at Hillside Orchards which seems to be a decent place to work. They don't charge me to stay there in my tent which is also cool. The facilities are quite simple though.

When I first arrived, the toilet had a view. I suppose I'm just not used to seeing a beautiful orchard and large mountains on the horizon while in the bathroom. Luckily I don't have to get used to it. The just added a door. The shower...ahhh the shower. A shower head hanging next to the toilet with cold water. There are a few pipes which kind of outline the corners of where you must imagine walls exist.

It's actually not that big of a deal to me. The work is great too. You basically get paid to pick and drop small apples while listening to music, getting a "tan", and getting paid. Now I say "tan", but it really depends on what you're talking about. Part of my arm darkens, another burns. The part that burns becomes red and returns to white. Some parts don't burn or tan. I'm sure they'll burn eventually though.

Once I'm done working I go back to my tent and build a fire and chill. Ollie has been there a couple weeks and he's from England. Mike, a Kiwi, just showed up and the past couple days we went on a few missions, which was cool since he's well aquainted with the Motueka/Moutere area, etc. He's also got a million stories to tell. He's beat Ian Thorpe, the Australian Olympic swimmer in competition before. Had he not quit swimming he would've gone to Atlanta and Athens to compete because the club he was in went from NZ. Very interesting stuff. That's just the start. He's a good mix of city and country and we're planning on catching a few eels tonight.

I think I might stick around Motueka for a few weeks and maybe into the fruit picking season in late Feb. It seems like a cool place to be and can be good money. Shane, our boss, made $25,000 his first season. If I could make half of that I'd be set. Who knows, it is easier eating cheap and besides taxes, making 100% profit since I'm not paying accomodation.

oh yeah, summer has finally arrived. :)

Ka Kite
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