NZ in a nutshell
Trip Start Feb 06, 2011
44Trip End Sep 15, 2011
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This will be last entry in New Zealand. Wonderful country and still so much I haven't explored. I will be back soon enough!
Some random observations/thoughts after 25 days in this amazing country:
-Iced coffees are bloody expensive in NZ. You cannot find one for under $6 NZD ($4.50 CDN)
-Internet is really expensive. If you're cheap like me, your first mission when you arrive in any new city is to locate the nearest McDonald's so that you can tap into their free wifi
-McDonald's McCafe lattes are quite delish. Latte + white chocolate raspberry muffin = YUM!
-Soup in any restaurant/cafe will cost you at least $9 NZD ($6.50 CDN). A seafood chowder? Try $13 NZD. Needless to say, I haven't purchased any soup in NZ.
-Is it only in North America that we insist on keeping our eggs and butter refrigerated? Kiwis seem to survive without keeping these items cold
-Sausages (the food) in this country are delish! Way less sodium than the ones back home and they taste like real meat!
-Kiwis (the fruit) are really expensive. Plus, you can't find any kiwis actually grown in New Zealand. They are all imported from Italy!
-I didn't meet a single person who was planning to travel to Europe as part of their RTW travels. This is probably because 95% of the travelers I've met are European.
-Backpacking girls don't seem to shave their legs very often. (I'm NOT implying it's a European phenomenon)
-The Dutch, Germans and Brits love to travel. It seems like there are more of them than Kiwis in New Zealand!
-There's always a t-shirt guy on the bus. He wears the same shirt everyday. There's no way he's actually washing it every night. Advice: locate t-shirt guy and don't ever sit next to him.
-Asians don't pick New Zealand as a travel destination. I couldn't believe how few of them I met. One exception: There are a ton of Asians in Dunedin, home to Otago University (NZ's oldest university). Is it a coincidence that they have one of the best medicine programs in the world?
-Obesity doesn't seem to be an issue in this country. When you live in a place that beautiful, it's natural for all Kiwis to enjoy the outdoors and stay fit at the same time.
Next stop: Australia! Time to hunt down some kangaroo meat! Yay!