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Postcard number: 84
Bought in: Manchester, USA
Sent to: Nila in the UK
Written: 21 April 2017
Sent: 22 April 2017

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Text says: 

21 April 2017, Geelong

Dear Nila,

I must have bought this postcard in 2002 or 2003, when I was working on a ski field in Vermont, USA. I lived in Manchester for a while, in a house that the ski resort had rented for its employees, with two Argentinians who were both called Maria. I remember it being cold, but beautiful; snow up to our knees in the front yard, ice on the pavements, streetlamps shining in the evenings. It says above that the photo on this postcard was taken from the Equinox Hotel. I used to use the phones in the stunning lobby of Equinox Hotel to call New Zealand and Canada, feeling very out of place.

I spent my first white Christmas in Manchester, and I remember the lights on the trees around town and making snow angels in the yard. I remember it being strange that, with the time difference, I was celebrating almost a day later than my family in New Zealand. I wrote in my travel journal how I saw the second ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie at Manchester cinema with my new friends from the ski school, and felt a long way from the scenery of home depicted in the film.

Such a mixture of emotions here, but living away from home for that ski season definitely inspired me to travel and work overseas again later!



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