Since last we spoke (yes, I’m aware that it’s been a while), life has been a beautifully chaotic maelstrom of activity. At the heart of this is one thing.
Something I have been waiting nearly a month for.
I spent the better part of last week working on the deep clean and refurbishment of the hostel that I’m staying, and now working, in (shout out to Absoloot). I had a chance to work with the housekeeping staff here for the duration of the refurbishment, and am happy to announce I have officially joined their ranks now. This allows me to work for my accommodation, something that severely cuts down on my expenses while living in Queenstown. It’s not a bad job overall, and I have the benefit of working with some of the most fun-loving and generally enjoyable people around.
As of today, I’m finally living in the staff accommodation in the hostel. I get the opportunity to live with and get to know these incredible people for the next while. As we bond over the job of cleaning up after the other guests, we cannot help but grow closer. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen with this new Absoloot family formally represented by: Irish, German, American, Chilean, English, and Swedish members (with a few more honorary members from England, Ireland, and Australia as well).
After the refurbishment was finished on the hostel and I joined the crew, I was also given a trial and a job at one of the local businesses as well. This may be one of my strangest jobs yet, and I can’t wait to get into the full swing of things. I have begun my employment at Fear Factory, ranked in the top 5 scariest haunted houses in the world. The best way to describe it is thus:
You walk through an old Victorian hotel in the pitch blackness as you follow a trail of small lights (laser pointers).
Oh, and you are being chased by the dead (yours truly).
I am proud to join the team at Fear Factory, and can’t wait to begin my work with them in earnest. So far, I’ve only had one wild day of training, and am eager for more. Undoubtedly, more will follow on my work life later. I’ll leave you all in a bit of suspense on that for now.
One thing I have learned lately is to appreciate every bit of work that I have. After going nearly a month without an income, I appreciate simply the fact of being a productive human being again. I have learned to whistle while I work (that varies between figurative and literal), and have found joy in the unexpected. I have gotten to make new friends, say goodbye to briefly formed friendships, and generally build my life Queenstown. Having a paying job, a place to stay, and friends to stay with, all finally make this place feel a bit more like home.
I’ve been busy and admittedly slacking a bit on writing these blog posts lately (and for that I apologize). I shall strive to keep you all updated on my life, and can’t wait to discuss it with anyone interested. Don’t forget that I’m only a Skype call away! Get a message to me (Facebook, Instagram, comment on this, smoke signals, message in a bottle, etc.) if you feel up for a chat. I’ve been missing the faces from home quite a bit lately. Despite being all the way across the world, I still want to be able to keep in contact with those of you who have any interest in talking. Though I do understand it’s hard to find a time, rest assured that I’ll find time if you do.
For now, I approach the next week of whistle-filled work with anticipation. Time to clean some rooms with some ridiculous friends, and scare the life out of people at my night job. I have a feeling things are just getting started here in Queenstown.