The story behind choosing to come to Kaikoura was pretty simple. My visa to Australia was days from ending. Earlier a Kiwi friend had recommended the place. Research with Google Street View assured me there is a supermarket and cafes. That was all I needed to know. It was little work and a lot of play at first. With time cleaning bathrooms and eating white bread got tiring and I ended up getting a new job. Quadrupled steady income meant that leisure time went down the toilet. At the same time the ocean started getting colder and my ears refused to co-operate with the changing weather. With itchy ears I got grounded and the days of surfing and freediving changed into laborious grinding from sunset to sundown. It was full on rat race but the timing felt right and I got to learn a new skill and meet awesomely different kinds of people.