I can’t even believe I am writing about my 6-months experience living in New Zealand. While I was finishing my degree in Nursing back in the Philippines, I have always pictured myself doing continuing courses in Australia or the United Kingdom; my friends and I have planned for that for a long time. And then as unpredictable as things can be, I was taken to another country by my destiny – yes, New Zealand.
I have learned so many things in a short period of time I have lived there and here are 4 of the most unforgettable and unexpected lessons I got from that trip:
1. What KIWI actually means!
This is ridiculous, as my friends would often tell me. I need to convince them by taking a photo of real kiwi; a flightless bird in New Zealand. We all thought they were fruits back in the Philippines. I see those on the grocery fruit section and they are rather expensive fruits not until I learned they are actually birds in New Zealand and also, how the people from New Zealand are called.
2. I’ve always believed that my country the Philippines have the friendliest people in the world until I came to New Zealand.
The Kiwis are the friendliest people in the world! While I was doing my research about New Zealand and its people, I have already come across blogs and articles warning me about the Kiwis’ friendliness; that part I didn’t take seriously. Until I got there and my, true enough, EVERYBODY was friendly in New Zealand. The supermarket attendants, the baristas or even common passers by were all friendly. You better bring a whole lot of smiles courteous greetings if you’re planning on going there, you’ll need them more.
3. People’s population is lesser than the sheep’s – True rumor.
You may have heard this joke about New Zealand a couple of times, but you’ll realize that it’s true once you get there. The vast land of greens and fields and you can just count the number of people you see. When I arrived at Auckland, I didn’t actually believe the rumor as it appeared to be just like an ordinary urban place with people doing about their businesses. The moment my foster parents drove through Wellington, I barely saw other cars around, even at the gas stations; that’s when I realized the rumor was indeed true.
4. The internet in New Zealand – what Internet are you talking about?
So this is the not so nice part of my experience in New Zealand: the Internet connection. Of all the countries I’ve been to, this by far has been the worst. I found communicating with my relatives back home really difficult because of the intermittent connection they have and I couldn’t even load Netflix, which was basically my pastime there. Is it because Netflix New Zealand is literally far from other highly industrialized countries? Or was Wellington too far from the main city? I’ve got no clue! All I know is my experience with the Internet connectivity was something I can never forget.