Ten Thousand Bottles of Wine.....

Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
Trip End May 08, 2012

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Cambrai Maffra Backpackers

Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Saturday, December 17, 2011

That afternoon I arrived in Maffra, a cute little town of about 4000 in the Gippsland region of eastern Victoria. The hostel was right on the main St, with grocery store, Chinese restaurant, coffee shops and parks within a few minutes walk. Very pretty little town. I checked in in for 3 nights because the winery job was going to be for 2 or 3 days, and the hostel owners said if I didn’t work at the winery on Saturday I could work for them at a function(they cater parties and events in their bar and on the front lawn)
The job was actually located in the winery’s warehouse, a 45 minute drive from Maffra in Lindenow. I was the one with a driver’s license, so I was in charge of driving the car that the hostel provided. Along with an Irish girl and a French girl I spent 17 hours over 2 days placing little stickers showing the awards each wine had won on thousand of Lightfoot & Sons Winery’s bottles! To be honest I really enjoyed it. It was repetitive work, but I have never minded doing work like that and work in Australia pays so much better than back at home I was paid $18 an hour for this! I think we ended up doing 14 palets… each one had 40-60 boxes of wine, and each box had 12 bottles. I’m not going to do the math, but it must have been thousands of bottles. We were given some of those bottles as a gift as well! On the drive home the first day, I was random breath tested!! This is something I had seen on TV here- you can be pulled over and made to blow into the breathalyzer!! We joked about how it was a good thing we hadn’t gotten into the wine!!
On Saturday I went for a walk around the town, and into the park and the wetlands. Then I waitressed and did dishes for a function at the hostel. A workplace was having a Christmas Party and the hostel catered. I was paid $15 per hour and worked for about 3 hours in the evening. It was a really nice stay, and made some well needed money. My faith in the universe was restored again, and I was ready to go to Melbourne for my job interview for the trampoline coaching job.

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