Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
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Flag of New Zealand  , Westland,
Friday, April 22, 2011

We awoke to a very wet world. Apparently the west coast has more rainy than non-rainy days and is in fact, largely rainforest. On driving days like these the Lees morph into drive-by tourists - shoot some pics and go! Kinda like tour bus folks.

This typical Easter weather meant we couldn't see the Franz Josef glacier for the clouds. This was our first encounter with such a phenomenon. To say we were underwhelmed would be harsh. Let's rather say we were merely whelmed.

It continued to rain cats and dogs. We couldn't beat them, so we joined them. We started WWOOF-ing.

The term originated from the "Willing Worker On Organic Farms" program but has been widely bastardised. What it meant for us was working at Glow Worm backpackers for 2.5hrs per day in exchange for accommodation and use of their facilities.

So we laundered everything including car mats and bedding, and chilled in the jacuzzi until we turned into raisins, and had at least one shower everyday! We also made some cool buddies like Natalie, a talented guitarist, from Canada.

It was strange having to "work" again after 6 weeks of bumming around. Dee became a master bed-maker, making up to 40 beds on one brain-numbing day. Mario had more task variety being in charge of cleaning communal areas. But he looked miserable throughout.

We were reminded that life is too short to spend it working. Time is too precious to keep selling it. Clearly we're gonna have a tough time fitting back into normal day jobs! Yet somehow that famous Saffa work ethic always shines through...
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Kelly on

Hey u too, glad u having amazing time. FJ is amazing place I remember my half day hike in the rain!! Yes you are so right life is too short to work my my travels now 6 months behind me I still struggle to be at work!!! Still pushing away with redundancy and hope to get next one!! Use ur pay to visit the spa up the road with 3 or 4 hotpools!!

thelees on

hey Kelly, good to hear from you! All the best with getting that redundancy, pushing on will be sooo worth it! M says hi too xx

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