Packing the fish...

Trip Start Feb 17, 2005
Trip End Feb 27, 2006

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Monday, September 12, 2005

My plan was to finish work on tuesday and go travelling for a few weeks, but I have decided to stay a bit longer as I quite like the new job that I have been given. I am now on the block line, which means that I am responsible for packing the fish into boxes and putting them onto the conveyor belt.

Time flies in this job, as the day involves various different tasks. The first hour usually involves writing codes on the boxes in marker pen, and it takes place in the comfort of the office which provides a welcome respite from the fishy surroundings. After that I may do some packing, or I may do some stacking - a more physical job where I take the metal trays off the conveyor belt and stack them onto trolleys. The great thing about this department is that it is completely devoid of blood and guts!

I've been working with Ben and Josh, although my instincts about Josh have been proved correct - he only turned up for 2 days last week! Cobain is in a different department and so our smokos no longer correspond, although we usually walk home together after a shift. As for Javier, I have found out that he will go to Europe later this year and so that is why he has worked for so long (although I still maintain that he could go on a trip around the South Island first).

More often than not, I return to the backpackers just after midnight to find everyone asleep, so it was a nice surprise to find a Japanese girl up on Wednesday night. Rie speaks quite good English considering she's only been in New Zealand for 2 months, and I helped her with the CV that she was writing. She said I was a good teacher! She was preparing for an interview at a cafe the next day, which turned out to be successful so she'll be in Nelson for a while.

Thursday and Friday nights were the same, and the two of us stayed up talking until around 3am on both occasions. I tried my hardest to explain the difference between the phrases 'must' and 'have to,' but it was a challenge that could be indicative of things to come next year! In between chats about English grammar, I'd have a quick listen to the cricket on the radio to see how England were doing in the crucial Fifth Test. Another nail biter...

I offered to show Rie around the market on Saturday morning, so after just 5 hours sleep we set off in glorious sunshine. She commented on what a great tour guide I was (hopefully no sarcasm was involved!), and I said I expected the same treatment when I go to Japan. We relaxed in the Queen's Gardens for a short while before walking along the river to the library. Unfortunately I had to go to work at midday, but it had been a very pleasant morning and I was pleased to have made another new friend.

Sunday was an absolute scorcher, so I took advantage and spent all day outside, relaxing in the sun.

I'm not sure why, but I started thinking about where I'd like to spend Christmas this year, and Mount Maunganui is looking more and more appealing. It's obviously still 3 months away, but I like to have a rough idea about how the rest of my time in New Zealand is going to pan out.

I went to watch Dig! at the cinema on Sunday evening, a rock documentary about The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre that is part of Nelson's Film Festival. I was accompanied by Cobain, and although he found it difficult to understand, I thought it was great!

And so my relaxing day was over.

I'd definitely needed it after 6 days on the trot at the seafood factory!
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