Ben and Vanessa, both 19, from Austria have been with us for three or four days now and couldn't turn down the offer of a real bed and food for Christmas. In exchange, they only had to do two things.
First job: Watch the entire TV series called Metal Evolution. Episode 1 opened in Wacken - the world's number one Heavy Metal festival. They've done Wacken and plan to go again in 2015 - so were happy to comply with our request.
Second job: Write an article for this blog on why they chose to hitch from Tongariro to Palmerston North and not walk. It's common for TeA walkers to hitch this section because either they don't have the money for the river journey and/or they can't face the gutter walking. Bugger.
Vanessa wants to be a writer so I soon got the story I wanted - in German and edited, but pretty good English.
Read it here.