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Fruit picking in Motueka
Im a small town New Zealand guy and when i left school i wanted to leave my small town behind for a new and exciting adventure. Having spent all my school life in the north island i decided to head off to the south island. i had been told by a few friends and family that i should go to a place called MOtueka and pick apples. It had never crossed my mind to do anything like this before but i was in search of an adventure so i decided to head off. I figured the south island was much colder than the north so i packed a few jackets. But when i arrived in motueka the weather was perfect and i didnt ever use the jackets i had packed. My first day on the job started around 7am , it was tough work and i ended up only picking 2 bins ( the average for a normal person was 4).By the end of the week i had reached my target of 4 bins a day but was stuffed. I felt like going to my cabin and dying but then i got chatting to a few people and we decided to treat ourself to a few beverages. As time went by i started to pick even more bins and was getting some what fitter. along with my work improving my social life was also improving. There was me and about 4 kiwis, a couple germans , an american, brazilian, a frenchy and a couple of checzs. I had never seen this sort of diversity before as i had never left the north island but it was cool to hear so many stories from all around the world. Things were looking good, life was great, good times and good friends. So after my first day of pain and terror it had some how jumped to the end of the 2 months. it was sad but my pockets were full of cash, i was super fit and i had met some awesome people, some who i still stay in touch with too this day even though over 10 years have passed. Its a part of my life il never forget in one of the most beautiful places in the world with some fantastic people
so that was just a brief explanation of my first time picking, i liked it so much that i returned a few years later. I reccomend it to everyone
ps only problem is you may get sick of apples
Submitted by: Tony Sundman Date submitted: 18/01/2012 11:37:46 p.m.