The anniversary of my year in New Zealand has just been and gone, and I have so many stories to tell, so many pictures to share… and yet I’m doing a terrible job at doing just that.
The following few posts are a quick run-through of what I’ve been up to over the last 9 months.
Spending 6 glorious months (May – Nov 2015) in this beautifully compact town in New Zealand was a truly fantastic experience. The following is a typical day in the life of a Queenstown ski bum:
10am – Head up the mountain
11am – Ski/ board all day
5pm – Head to work, free dinner
10pm – Finish work, free beer
11pm – Head out on the lash
BUT… THIS. IS. NOT. REALITY.
Sometimes I can’t believe this was my life for the whole of the ski season. It was great, I had SO much ski time it was ridiculous. But perhaps my wallet, and my liver were a little sore by the end of my time in Queenstown.
And. It’s FLIPPING TINY.
In Queenstown you’re surrounded by absolutely stunning scenery, the air is fresh and the ski bum life is fantastic – for a time. Once the snow goes, there isn’t a whole lot to do… other than frequent the many amazing bars in town.
And, there are some downsides to living in such a unique place:
- If you want to go out for the day somewhere, your options are limited. ‘Ummm… shall we go to Wanaka again?’
- If you want to do something fun – make sure you have A LOT of money in the bank to pay for the astronomically overpriced tourist attractions in town.
- If you want a decent and warm house – be prepared to pay FAR TOO MUCH for a bed, and not even your own room.
- And. If you want a job at the beginning of the ski season… Well. PERSISTANCE IS KEY.
Don’t get me wrong, skiing and boarding EVERY DAY was fantastic, I loved my job, my manager and the staff there, I had some brilliant friends, I lived in an ‘OK’ house, and I relished the whole QT lifestyle for a time. And I had every intention of going back after my parents visited… UNTIL I LEFT and realised that QT is a bubble… and it’s just too claustrophobic for me.
But I’ll leave you with some photos… Yep. I lived in this beautiful place.