My time in NZ (2008/09)
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Honestly, I donâ€™t even know where to begin because it is such a wonderful time with heaps of great experiences!
Although Iâ€™ve been missing my family and friends quite a lot (sometimes even more) it is a fantastic trip, which I would make again!
I met absolutely friendly and open-minded people whoâ€™ve allowed me to be a part of their (daily) life and tried to make my time as fantastic as possible.
All in all I think the people in New Zealand are friendly and more social than the Germans. Thatâ€™s a pity but probably true even though there are always exceptions everywhere.
The daily life is more easy-going and not as hectic as in Germany, what I see as a change and a challenge because sometimes the â€ślife without watchâ€ť can be a bit annoying (if youâ€™re not used to it).
Furthermore there are so many new things to explore that I canâ€™t list them all!!
Most of the people live really relaxed and don't worry too much. You can buy food in big family packs and many kiwis love their fast food. The environment (streets, parks, etc.) is tidier than in Germany, whatâ€™s great. Obviously the guys here know how to use a rubbish bin, thumps up.
A special kiwi tradition is a tasty barbecue in summer when family and friends get together at the weekends. Another tradition is the Santa Parade, which takes place in big cities just before Christmas. Iâ€™ve been lucky and became a part of Hamiltonâ€™s parade - what an entertaining day!
I could tell hours and hours about the kiwi lifestyle, though.
Of course, New Zealand is famous for its awesome landscape and the foreign Maori culture. Iâ€™ve been able to see both! New Zealandâ€™s blue Pacific, many green hills, deep jungle walks and snowy mountains are pretty varied. I also got the opportunity to experience the Haka (Maori dancing), which brought New Zealandâ€™s culture even a bit closer.
There are countless other nice experiences like â€śBalloons over Waikatoâ€ť, the Cats musical, a winter holiday in Wanaka, long bush walks, Christmas in summertime, a trip to Rotorua and Raglan, sailing on the ocean, â€¦ I really canâ€™t list them all!
I definitely know for sure that Iâ€™ll miss this â€śLand of the Long White Cloudâ€ť quite a lot even though Iâ€™m looking forward to coming home soon after many months. But a next trip to kiwi land is in my mind!