Thursday, May 27, 2010

It's Snowing!

The view from half way up Treble Cone
The view from the top of the hill in our neighborhood!

The road to Treble Cone...I'll be driving this 6 days a week!!

Yes, that's right. Winter is near! The snow has begun here in New Zealand and I couldn't be happier about it! Let's back up though, I think I need to set the scene!

Mick and I are getting nice and settled into the hobbit house. Did I mention that I'm in the midst of reading "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy? What an amazing feeling it is to read those books whilst living here in New Zealand! Where we are living actually corresponds with where I am in the book right now, which is too cool!

We have secured room mates that are moving in on the 11th! They are a really nice couple from the UK and Canada and we think they'll work out great. For the meantime though, we are enjoying the house to ourselves while they travel around the South Island! We swung a deal with them to pay 1/2 the rent for the month and it's worked out great for us to have the place to ourselves for a bit! Much needed!

I have secured two jobs for the winter! I'll be working up at Treble Cone Ski Field 4 days a week which will get me a season pass and will get Mick a partner pass as well. I will also be working 4 nights a week at a restaurant called The Lone Star Cafe which is an American style restaurant that is a franchise here in New Zealand. They've been great to work for so far and it seems like they will be willing to accommodate my other work schedule. I'll be a busy, but hopefully happy girl! I just need to make sure I have enough time to snowboard!

Well, that'll do it for now! We'll be having a look around this weekend so I'll try and get some new photos for you!

Monday, May 10, 2010

No Longer Homeless!

The Lake and Mountains at Wanaka
Our living room!

Woo hoo! We have landed! Mick and I are proud renters of 9 Kowhai Drive, Wanaka New Zealand 9305. It feels so good to cook in a kitchen, wash dishes in a sink, do the laundry in a washing machine and take a shower in your own bathroom! Not to mention sleeping in a proper bed again! These are the things that you truly appreciate after 5 months on the road! I'm sure some of you can sympathize!

The house is exactly what we were looking for in the cutest little ski town I have ever been to. Tahoe was my first love, and I think Wanaka will be my second!The job search is still on. I'm interviewing for a position at Treble Cone Ski Field on Monday and Mick is doing some labouring work building a school within walking distance from our home. So all is good in Hobbitland. Oh yeah, I took it upon myself to start reading "The Lord of the Rings." I figure, what better place to read it than in New Zealand where the movie is filmed, right?

So we are happy frappy living a life of real adults again. We will be here until the end of October, so if anyone is in need of a snow-fix this winter, we've got 3 spare beds ready and waiting for you!