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Well I am from Mexico...
Well I am from Mexico, a small town called Guanajuato most of the Revolutionary history is based on here, or started here, you can check it out on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guanajuato , well everything started in January 2009, I wanted to go somewhere to experience something different from what my whole life used to be, all the time just studying and to be honest Iíve never worked in my life, well I did some works with some family and stuff but never all by myself, well I heard somewhere that there was some work-visa for New Zealand and also for Australia, those where the places where I wanted to go at first, I was between those two places, after two weeks of thinking I finally decided to go New Zealand, I did jumped online to http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/work/ and I found out that there where just 200 places every year, and I decided to apply the day where they where going to be released, this day was 21 March 2009, I quickly applied for the working holiday visa for Mexicans. After 3 or 4 days I received an e-mail saying that I needed to send my medical certificate and some other stuff to be able to be chosen for the visa. By this moment 4 of my friends told me that they where going to come along with me and we where all planning to leave Mexico at the end of the year in November 2009. The months past away and after the time I was all by myself, they where all retreated from the travelling, I wasnít going to quit on this journey, so I decided to leave all my friends and my girlfriend back home in Mexico in November of 2009.
I finally arrived in Auckland New Zealand, after making some connections in the airport of Los Angeles, USA. I really didnít want to stay in Auckland because it was very big, so I decided at first to take a nice hot shower, I got into X base Auckland central, and a slept my first night in there, I woke up in the morning and I travelled to Wellington, no bus, no flight, just hitchhiking, it took me the whole day it wasnít that easy to catch a ride because it was raining that day, I really hated that day. I got into Wellington city, is really nice by the way if you get to come to New Zealand you canít just go by, you have to get to know Wellington city, I decided that this city was going to be the place where I wanted to stay. It was kind of hard for a person that never worked in his life to find a job, to be honest I had to lie a little in my cv. After three weeks of seeking online, and on the streets everywhere I got a job as a cleaner, I was cleaning offices, gyms, etc. It was kind of a lonely job and also it was during the nights but I earned good money for almost 3 months, I decided to go down to the south island to the vineyards in Canterbury, I worked for 4 more months and then I decided it was about time to relax and travel, I travel around the south island, Christchurch, Queenstown, Milford Sound, etc, many places, that took me two weeks in the south island, then I came back to the north island, travelling all hitchhiking and all by myself, finally in July 2010 i decided it was time to go back home, my girlfriend was waiting for me, and I really missed her, it was really tough for me to leave her back in Mexico, and while I was in New Zealand I needed to talk to her almost everyday, not just because she wanted to, itís because I needed to, but we made it.. In my way back home I stopped for 20 days to travel and relax in Fiji islands, it was really nice and warm after being all year in a cold place like New Zealand, it was a really good experience, it was lonely but I matured as a person and I learned many things, if you havenít decided to travel to New Zealand and you are reading this, donít miss the chance you will not forget, itís a tough work and sometimes youíll want to go back and be home, sleeping tight and eating beautifully but you learn many things after a journey like this.. Good luck
Submitted by: Daniel Diaz Tazzer Date submitted: 25/10/2010 2:51:52 a.m.