Time To Earn A Little Money

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, March 1, 2006

The money is running dry and seeing as I have a work visa, tax number and bank account I can do something about it, work! Working on a holiday! It had to happen sometime and I was actually looking forward to going somewhere far away with nothing to do and earn some serious cash. Well as much as you can earn picking fruit anyway!

So we phoned the harvest hotline and secured a job picking grapes in the Yarra Valley, only 60km's east of Melbourne. Problem was we needed to start work the next day at 7am and were still paid up for the night in Melbourne. It was going to be an early start!

5am and we were in the car, and out of the terrible hostel that was the Coffee Palace, and on our way to the vineyard. It was bloody freezing and misty when we arrived but it soon heated up. The work was far easier than I expected. It required no lifting or carrying anything and all we had to do was cut off the bunches and move onto the next row. However after 10 hours my back was in agony and I was glad to retire to our hostel, Aerie Heights, in the nearby town of Yarra Junction. $120 for the days work. Lets hope it continues like that and I'll be sorted in a few weeks.
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