Internet is free at the library! Hallelujah, because it hasn't worked at the Lodge in over a week. Not that I have needed it, because using it would probably result in the desire to leave and go work somewhere else. After a minute breakdown in spirits last week due to the extreme shitiness of our managers (both Ben and my manager suck at managing, and being managers ourselves did not help the situation), we rented a car, drove on the wrong side of the road, and made it to Golden Bay, about 4 hours NW of where we are. We were on the ocean amongst gorgeous surrounds, slept and ate in a hippie town with delicious food, and lifted ourselves to a level that made us content on continuing to work at Lochmara. I did realize that we could easily move to a new place and begin work at the beginning of December, i.e. aforementioned hippie town, but together we decided not to pursue that until a later date. Basically, our managers only have like THREE EMPLOYEES EACH and for some reason they were 1) not able to give us 2 days off in a row, 2) play favorites with guests, 3) have no sense of humor or an ounce of fun in their bodies-- plus the damn chef kept shooting down every idea Ben had. Them being 2 of the 6 employees we work with makes this situation even more annoying.
Since our excursion, the chef has let Ben do whatever he wants, I haven't been working in the Cafe as much with the annoying manager (more Art stuff, and we have a new employee, who spices up the lot). Golden Bay was absolutely wonderful, and it made us dream about the time when we can save enough money to just go explore NZ and Australia in a few months. For now I will just leave pictures. The first 5 are from a tidepool outside our house, and a Blue Cod that Ben caught and we ate... even though this is illegal in our area. Woops!