NZ in a nutshell

Trip Start Feb 06, 2011
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Trip End Sep 15, 2011


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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wellington is one of the few cities in New Zealand that serves some palatable Asian cuisine (if you don't know me very well, I'm VERY picky when it comes to good Asian food).  After a solid month of absolutely no Asian food, I caved.  It wasn't difficult to convince some of the Stray-ees to join my quest.  After trolling around the streets and asking some locals, we settled on a great little Malaysian place that served mee goreng, char kway teow and even Hainanese chicken (yes, I know it's Singaporean).  There's something about Asian food that just gives warmth to the soul :)  

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!
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Lisa on

Yay! Next stop Aussie-land. 2 more days till we have our reunion!!! There will be kangaroo meat a-plenty when you come stay with us. :)

Mr. Sparkle on

Aside from the scarcity in Asian food, sounds like paradise. People in North America just don't realize how cheap our food is relative to what the rest of the world pays. After your overview, NZ's a place I'd definitely like to visit.

Anna on

I need to add some comments to your NZ-list:
You like NZ sausages? Come and taste the german ones..
You haven't met a lot of asians in NZ, come to auckland, china town two...
There's no obesity in this country? NZ is actually in the top 20 of overweight nations...(Australia is on place 1 although you'll propably hope to find nice beachboys overthere...)

Enjoy your time in Australia

Seano on

Im not the t-shirt guy!!

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