Still Working Away in Port Hedland.
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It is now officially winter in Oz, and we are still here in Port Hedland, living and working in the All Seasons Hotel. I say winter, the 'lovely cool weather' that everyone has been raving about turns out to be still in the high 30's (that's 90 - 100 degrees!!) And this is winter! Crazy! We have been here just over 2 months now and have been working VERY hard...so hard in fact, that we have managed to earn just over 4,000 Pounds between us in that time...not bad we think.
It is starting to get very draining now though. This is a very small town where nothing happens...it's only purpose is to mine the iron ore here and so most people are here to work. About 90% of the people staying in the hotel work in the mining industry and live in the hotel for 3 or 4 weeks at a time, then have a week or two off and return here.
On the upside, Port Hedland and the Pilbra Region, where we are, has some of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever see. Every night the sky is a different mix of reds, oranges, yellows, blues and purples and no two sunsets are the same...it is so awesome and we sometimes all run to do the room service run each night so we can have a good look at the sky.
John is now working in the Bottle Shop, which is the Aussie version of an off licence...with a twist...this is a drive through... yes, a drive through. Customers drive up to the bottle shop, John comes out, they place their order (which is usually a few crates of beer), John goes back inside, grabs the alcohol they want and loads it onto their truck or car, they hand John the money and it's a done deal, they drive away.
I, however, am still working in the Bistro. I have been doing lots more hours lately and have been doing 3 shifts a day sometimes, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We don't think we'll be here much longer though, and are trying to plan the next part of our trip at the moment before moving on. All in all, we are good, working hard and earning good money and having a few nights out with friends too, in the only night club in town and about the only place that didn't get affected by the cyclone...mainly because it is an open air bar and does not have a roof to blow away!
Oh yeah, and we have added a few pics to the cyclone blog too! xxx