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My name is Jan and I would like to tell you my story.
All it started in Czech Republic where I have lived since I was born.
I always wanted to get to know country of the lord of the ring
or also country where lives more sheeps than people.:]

Even more there was an advantage of having summer twice a year.
So this all make my decision to go there.
My flight started in Vienna and I came to Auckland after two days
When one night I spend in luxury hotel arranged by my Flight company.
It was really luxury stage before come back to reality

After that Ive got to the reality
Just like that I have been in foreign country with a really heavy backpack
and no booked accommodation for a night.
What more... there was really expensive bus to the Auckland downtown .
Later I have found out that for this price u could pay half way to Hastings.
So question is why I have a feeling that this is kind of playing with people
who dont have any other chance to get to the city.

So anyway lets move on
After two weeks I bought car cause in the city
was almost no chance to get a job for me and only possibility to stay
with an money is going to do seasonal jobs.
Which was much more easier to find with a car.

Lately I got call that if I have got car
I was going to get a job
And that was how I found my first job.
Thinning apples was my first experience that
earning maney would be that easy as it was addressed in much traveling agencies
After that experience I had a many similiar jobs where most important
was have two fast hands, strong shoulders and been able to do same
kind of moving whole day.

Also I would like to say that sometimes it is hard to work for an constractors
How u should take those people seriously when they are not paying u correctly,
forgeting about hours,names and when u have worked.
Offen also happends that they dont need u for whole week even u are asking them.
And later youll get to know that they came to your backpacker and asked
just for asian people.
Kind of discrimination?

Now I am staying in Hasting and guess what I do picking apples job.
Like a most of people in this time.

So in the end if u are thinking about going to New Zealand.
I would recommended it.
It is beatifull country with a lot to show.
But just be sure that if u want to do backpacking and earn some money
during traveling it would not be easy and sometimes u maybe wouldnt
find a job.

Good luck with finding right job!!

Submitted by: Jan Kucera
Date submitted: 1/03/2010 11:26:44 PM

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