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I’ve been in Nelson for 3 days now, and finally have a start date for work. I will be picked up on Wednesday and will start working on Thursday for about 6 weeks if all goes well. Had a very relaxing time in Nelson, playing the piano at the hostel, exploring town and the farmer’s market and going for a riverside walk along the Maitai River.
Today I went to Founder’s Park, a historic village with old style shops which you can visit. As New Zealand will be celebrating ANZAC day this week (when they remember those who died during the wars) the entry fee was cheaper than usual, and the streets overrun with costumed actors and WW1 themeing. The highlight had to be the trench experience, where you get lead through some trenches complete with actors, the sounds of shells and a sprinkling of dried mud falling on your head everytime a shell hits. I also bought some ration coupons and spent them on some war time food tasters – carrot fudge, anzac biscuits and a creamy pudding of some kind which was labelled Raspberry Snow (without the Raspberries). The fudge was pretty tasteless goo, but the other items were OK.
Back on the streets I find myself jumping as a gun fight breaks out, and an officer looking at me suspiciously as he checks my papers.
There are also several mini museums displaying everything from old dental tools, to model ships in bottles, to cobblers tools.