New Zealand beauty with no bucks in the pocket
Dan Koudelka is a daring adventurous creature. He’s just returned from New Zealand where he spent his summer. As you’ll see in his blog talented freeskier keeps his cool no matter what. Even losing his New Zealand job before he’d even started, he still had a blast!
“Travelling has always been on my mind, you know, meet new people, see different countries, polish my English…Well, thinking about it the favourite choice really was New Zealand. Winter season is at its peak when we have summer, nature is absolutely breathtaking plus there’s well-known Snow Park New Zealand. And this is where we got our part-time freestyle ski instructor jobs before we bought our flight tickets and got our visas. The job guaranteed everything we needed – lift tickets, free accommodation and pocket money. To sort out flight tickets and visas was relatively easy too. However, when everything was done and dusted we got possibly the worst email ever: ‘We are really sorry but the snow park will not open this season therefore any job placements are cancelled’. We were utterly gobsmacked but you wouldn’t throw flight tickets for 25k away, would you?
So we jumped on the plane anyway hoping that we’d find a job once we got there. We were sure there’d be some work available in or around Queenstown. Nevertheless, the situation there was even worse…much worse…For ten ski instructor jobs there were 1500 applicants and even for one ‘kitchenhand’ position 80 people applied!
Unfortunately the situation didn’t get any better and consequently instead of daily snow riding we were looking for a job. In the end we spent a few days freeskiing at Cardrona, a place where FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup took place introducing all the world’s best riders. Also, we managed to get to the already mentioned Snow Park NZ. I also did some surfing at Tonga, a little Pacific island located roughly 600 km from Fiji. It was bombastic! Despite occasional sharing the water with sharks and sea snakes, the world’s most venomous snakes. But as locals say: ‘No need to worry, they won’t hang around when they see a human being’.
After I returned from New Zealand I went to Spain to surf with Tomáš Běl on a super secret beach. We spent a few days surfing but the end of our adventure came too soon and I had to travel back home.
My first day of school is getting closer and closer and on the top of that I’m moving to Innsbruck in ten days when the season starts. First they’ll open Hintr and then they’ll open a new glacier every week!”