Today is Tuesday 17th April 2012... and the last day of work before swapping office jobs and a rented room for our ExploreMore 'Queenie" campervan (named after the adventure town of Queenstown, not a description of it's drivers).
After brief stops in Bangkok & Sydney, the last 2 months have been spent at Christchurchian desks living the working life of a Kiwi. Notable observations of working in Christchurch have included the following:
- Many people cycle to work. This is particularly exciting as the roads keep opening and closing due to earthquake repairs and so there are many different routes into work.
- Kiwis are very friendly and like to make small talk wherever they may be. The conversation will often begin 'Hey, how's it going?'. The classic response being 'yeah, sweet as mate'. The toilets are no hiding place to this practice, with a conversation at the urinals seemingly encouraged.
- A standard working week consists of 40 hours (8 hours per day, plus a 30min lunch). The shortened lunch takes some getting used if more familiar with the hour version.
- Friday drinks appear to be compulsory and the last Friday of every month is a wonderful day. The staff cafe unlocks the fridge containing many bottles of free Beer & Wine, with the majority of staff staying behind for a drink or two before heading off for the weekend. It's a lovely moment.
All in all we have thoroughly enjoyed our time working here. It has been amazing to work in such a unique city following last years earthquakes - the aftershocks continue almost daily. We are however very excited about picking up our camper on Friday and heading off for 6 weeks of touring both islands!! The trip is still yet to be planned in full but we shall post our itinerary as and when we know it. We do know that after we pick up Queenie on Friday, the first stop is up to Hanmer Springs (natural hot springs) for the weekend, before making a long drive south towards Dunedin, the Otago Pensinsular and the cold windy southern tip of the country. Let the adventures begin...