Queenstown, New Zealand
13rd March 2020

This is my second time writing this. I managed to delete everything I wrote when I was copying it onto the website. I honestly almost cried.

It's been a while since my last update. I continue to work as a housekeeper and it continues to be a job I am enjoying. There are perks which also help me to be happy at work. Most importantly, free breakfast! Once the guests have finished eating at the breakfast buffet, a cloud of hungry housekeepers, receptionists and waiters descends down on the buffet leftovers. It's actually better than a free breakfast because it's paid time. I'll never complain about being paid to stuff my face with free and almost unlimited food. Also a good perk of the job is being allowed to keep items left behind by guests in the hotel rooms. Obviously if they leave behind something that they might wish to keep then it is sent to list property, but food and drink left in the fridge are fair game. Mostly it's half consumed, which isn't very appealing - but sometimes it's 39 beers leftover from a two night party. Now, I don't drink very often or very much so I don't have a need for 39 beers. Even if I wanted them, I'm not sure I'd be able to carry them all home! As kind as it was for them to leave the beers for me, next time just leave the equivalent value in money, chocolate or running shoes!

The job isn't perfect though. You really get the impression that some people see it as a challenge to leave the room in as much of a mess as possible. The jokes on them though, I'm happy to spend extra time cleaning the room and get paid extra. That's the big issue with my job right now - not enough hours. I think I saw something in the news about something called coronavirus, have you heard about it? There isn't a single confirmed case of the virus on the south island of New Zealand (at time of writing, which is 8:55pm), but that's probably because no-one is travelling here anymore! The hotel is more than 30% quieter than it would expect to be at this time of year. With guest numbers dwindling, my working hours are dwindling proportionally. And guest numbers don't look set to rise anytime soon. On the plus side, I have convinced management to give me extra hours in other departments of the hotel - hopefully that continues for at least a couple of weeks.

Obligatory running paragraph. Unfortunately I have gone and injured myself. Stress fracture in my right shin, which didn't hurt to run on, but it will soon if I run on it. A couple weeks of rest should be enough to have me feeling strong for the London Marathon. Speaking of the London Marathon, I'm only 50% sure it's going to go ahead. I think it would be an overreaction to cancel the event, but with the current state of event cancellations worldwide it would not surprise me. London Marathon management, if you are reading this (which I can only presume you are), please let me know if the event is cancelled before I book my plane ticket! [update 14-03-20: London marathon postponed until October 4th] In addition to my running injury, I have come down with a cold! I know what you're thinking, but I'll have you know that I don't have any of the symptoms of the C-word virus!

And now for something completely different. Around two weeks ago new details related to my break up with my ex-partner, Izzy, came to my attention and left me hurt. For a week or so I was finding it very difficult to feel happy or function as normal me, although I only noticed this in hindsight. I felt like the break up had happened all over again - although, to be clear, there are now no hard feelings between me and Izzy. We are okay. Between work and running I sat feeling like crap in my tent, unable to think straight. The only time I felt okay was when I would run out to Sunshine Bay and sit for a while looking out over the lake. Fortunately I have some great friends both here in Queenstown and back home and within a week I was feeling like myself again. I didn't really want to talk about this, but whether I like it or not it's been a extremely significant part of my time since the last blog. I'm not sharing this for sympathy or because I think anyone would or should care. I think I'm just happier after sharing my thoughts, even if no one ever reads it - which is not impossible at the end of my blog, especially after I've talked about running! I have of course removed a lot of details that weren't really fair or appropriate to share publicly.

Strong winds blew my neighbours expensive tent in front and onto my tent
Shotover bridge
Looking along Shotover bridge
Exploring the Queenstown trails alongside Shotover River
Jet boat going for a spin in Queenstown harbour on a clear afternoon