Dear diary week 9 & 10…


03-01-2017 till 16-01-2017

So we came to Blenheim with the intention of working here. However we didn’t hear anything about work for a week and found out that the vineyards were only looking for guys. That was quite a slap in the face for us. We discussed it with some hostel friends and they recommended driving by vineyards and ask for a job ourselves. That’s how we ended up at Hunter’s Wines. Right place, right time, since they were just looking for two people to help them out. The following day was our first day of work. Miriam at the cafe and Mirte at the cellar door. Since we want to work as much as possible, we start the mornings in the winery slapping stickers on everything and working on the bottle line. Routinely work and therefore good for thinking and talking.


In our leisure time we explore the surroundings or dive into the river and the sea.


Also we experienced some setbacks, which we had to solve in our free time. Even though these setbacks resulted in stress, we did notice that we learn how to solve problems by asking for help and communicating and learn how to deal with stressful situations. Luckily we had a lot of nice friends around us the past two weeks and we spent some great time with them. Every weekend we painted the town together and had a lot of fun doing so.


Sadly, saying goodbye to the friends you just made is part of a backpacker’s life as well. However, we have the challenge of filling up our Dutch flag with messages of the people we meet (credits to Esther). This makes the goodbyes a bit easier and it’s a great way of remembering all the fun and interesting people we meet. The coming two months we will be working and staying in Blenheim, hopefully meeting more people and having even more adventures!

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Love Miriam & Mirte


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