Trip Start Feb 20, 2013
16Trip End Jul 05, 2013
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What I did
Yesterday, I went to my first NZ mall (what girl can resist a foreign mall?)! I went to the New Zealand equivalent of Walmart, which is called The Warehouse. I had to buy a rain jacket (even though it's been dry, I know it'll rain eventually) and some shampoo/conditioner. The only reason I'm even mentioning what I bought is because I wanted to comment on the price: shampoo/conditioner is $6.99 NZD...each; and that was the cheap stuff! Even with the conversion back to USD it's $5.83, which is a bit much. But it was a necessity, so I didn't have much choice. That's been a big shock for me. Another big difference is the gas (petrol here) price: over $2/liter. That doesn't sound bad until you realize that there are almost 4 liters in a gallon. Which means that gas is almost $8/gallon! I don't think I'll complain about US gas prices anytime soon!
Anyway, back to the mall. There wasn't really anything different in the mall from US malls - stores, food, & those annoying center shops where they try to force their product on you. It was a lot of fun, though, getting to experience something so similar in a new place. When we got back from the mall, I had my first chance to relax a little bit and got to read my book for a while. We're usually pretty busy during the day, but at night we get to relax. We watched The Big Bang Theory, which made me feel right at home!
Well I'm heading out to town tonight - apparently that's a big thing to do here at night. We'll see how it goes!