We spent Thanksgiving with the Indians...
Trip Start Oct 28, 2004
105Trip End Aug 08, 2005
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Our Thanksgiving Feast was not traditional in any sense but we did sit around the table and stuff our stomachs full of food so I figure that's good enough for me. Afterwards instead of sitting around and complaining about how much food we had eaten, we were dragged to one of our Indian co-worker's houses were he tried to force us to eat his chicken curry and drink whiskey. We weren't too excited to be there condsidering we had to work the next morning at 6am. We listened to very loud Indian Rap music and tried to eat and drink enough just to be polite. Then we got the heck out.
And in other news...our career as apple pickers is now over. We put in a week and we think that's enough. After our plush hourly job came to end it turned out that we really weren't making that much money. The hours were awful, the weather was miserable (rainy and cold for most of our days), and well our co-workers just became too much to bare. We made friends with two german girls who were also pickers and we all collectively opted out of the job. So don't think we're just being prissy...apple picking is no fun for anyone.
We did, however, learn a whole heap from Paul the orchardist. He's a natvie Kiwi and not only told us a great deal about the apple business (did you know that there is a machine that puts the sticker on to the apple. But at the same time there is a man who has to manually turn each apple) but also taught us all about different New Zealand things. And he was a lot easier to understand than our Indian fellows...
We're going to hang out in Gisborne for a few more days. We have high hopes that the weather takes a pleasant change and we'll be able to take advantage of the talked about beaches. Maybe even do a bit of surfing. We shall see...
Then it's off to Napier and Hastings and then up to Taupo. After Taupo we'll be in Wellington trying to make it big in the King Kong movie. We can't wait.
Miss you and will talk to you all again soon!