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My happiness was indescribable
Hi, my name is Mariano Ferreyra and Iím going to tell you the story about my first seasonal job in New Zealand.
It all begins one morning in Auckland. Tired and disappointed about the lack of responses to my text messages seeking for any position available anywhere in N.Z, I went to sleep early just waiting for the next day to come. Just before getting to the stand by state before sleep, I start hearing my text message ringtone. I jump out of the bed and grab my phone. It said:ĒHi Mariano, we are contacting you from ####### Orchard. The job starts in two days. We will be waiting for you. CheersĒ. My happiness was indescribable and the day ended with a great future ahead.
My destination was Hastings, Hawkes bay. Someone told me there were too many vineyards down there, but I never thought there were so much as I saw.
I arrived at 8pm, and went directly to the accommodation arranged. I stayed in one of the many flats the place held. I lived with 4 asian guys, one from Taiwan and the other three from Malasia. They were working in the same orchard as I Would so, as I had no car, we arranged they could take me to work.
Next day, at 6:30am I was up getting ready to be taken to work at 7:00am. I had to prepare a bag full of food and drinks because the day was going to be long and hunger and thirst needed to be satisfied.
Once in the orchard, I was given some tools and taken to my respective block. The job I had to do was vine pruning. They you have a big scissor, a small one and some paper tyers. Basically your task is to cut the tree big branches first with the big scissor leaving just 3 branches. One of those will finally be cut too. The second step is to use the small scissor to cut little branches coming out of the 3 branches. After that you pull all the cut branches out. Finally you roll two branches (one from each side) to the lowest wire and you tie the last but of the branch with your tyer.
It sound quite easy but it isnít. After some hours, your hands start aching, so does your back. You get really hungry and thirsty and you get paid per contract, that means the amount you get paid its up to you.
The positive thing is that you have time to talk with the guy in front of you and meet a person from everywhere, thatís how I met Sonia.
Sonia was a Chech girl that was working in Hastings since last year. She was good and really fast at pruning. She was a money machine, and she was gorgeous too.
As days passed by we got to know each other pretty well. I taught her some Spanish words and the other way round. She made me try some tipic Chech food and so did I. We were starting to fell in love with each other, but we were to fool to realize.
At the same time,the job was finishing and Sonia and me were going to take different routes, which made us feel quite sad about it.
Anyway that month in Hastings was awesome. The experience of working outdoors, in an orchard or farm is really unique although its pretty taught too. I met many people from different countries and we managed to exchange stories and culture. I also had a love story with this beautiful lady that will keep a piece of my heart for ever.
I recommend you whoever is reading that this are things that happen just once in life. This are opportunities we must not let them pass away. We have to live our life as if every day was the last one, trying to learn from everyone and from everything.
Hope you had enjoyed my storie
Mariano from Argentina.
Submitted by: Mariano Date submitted: 18/10/2011 9:57:37 a.m.