Soon I will have been working as a housekeeper for two weeks. The job is honestly great, much better than I expected it to be. My only complaint, I don't spend enough time there! I'd hoped to work 40 hours or more and I am actually hitting just 35 on average. This is fine though, it's close enough, and it's not like any other of 20+ jobs I applied for have even responded to me! I clean the rooms: make the beds, clean the kitchen, clean the bathrooms and make sure everything is perfect. Probably my favourite job I've had in New Zealand, and I quite enjoyed both New World and vineyard work. The team I work alongside are genuinely lovely people too, I'm so glad to have landed in this job.
I was planning to work for approximately six weeks in Queenstown and then spend my final few New Zealand weeks travelling on my savings. However, change of plan. I plan to return to New Zealand within the next two years, so it's not super important to squeeze in more travelling now. Instead, I will stay in Queenstown almost up until I fly back to the UK. This allows me to work for longer and save money that I was otherwise planning to travel with. Queenstown is a special town, there is a huge amount to do here and I can do clearly understand why it's so popular. It's not my ideal New Zealand town (too many people and very expensive!) but I love being here and having such easy access to such incredible places.
I have some exciting plans that I'm ready to announce but I have to apologise because it's running related - I don't blame you for tuning out now! In 2020 (or 2021?) I will attempt a full unsupported lap of the Isle of Wight. This means that I will attempt to run 112km in one continuous run with no support (i.e. no pacers and carrying everything I need on me, including food). My goal is just to finish, but I was interested to discover that the official FKT (fastest known time) for this is 14 hours and 36 minutes, which isn't nearly as fast as I expected it to be. With lots of hard work and a perfect day I don't think it's impossible for me to get under that time. This is still very early in the planning stage, but once I am done with the London Marathon in April I will start preparing for this challenge. In case you were wondering (don't worry, I know you weren't), London Marathon training is going very well. I have been putting in 28km runs each Sunday for the past few weeks with very little rest midweek, giving me a lot of practice of running with very tired legs. This will be so valuable for the marathon. There's a link at the top of the page to sponsor me if you would like to.