Well I finally made the jump from Vietnam. I stepped onto that plane with the pretense that New Zealand would be nothing short of amazing. And I was right. After three days, I am completely hooked. Here’s why…
Within hours of arriving in New Zealand, I felt like part of this community. There is little (if any) bullshit. People are real, they are relaxed, and they are keen for anything. People are much less connected to technology and much more connected to each other. Plus they are active—always adventuring in some way. It is as if I am breathing this chilled Kiwi air and feeling the effect. I am so content here.
Food & Drink
Hands down, I have never had a better cup of coffee than those of Wellington. You will not be disappointed with the number of independent, hipster cafes that have you addicted in no time. Similarly, the craft breweries, the food trucks, and the opp shops have their industries mastered. After not having craft beer for a few months, one sip of a red IPA was magic to my soul. Who knew so much satisfaction could fit in one glass. And if you’re wondering about the “opp shops”, they’re an upgraded version of second hand stores in America. Clothing is still cheap but better quality and screams cool hipsters of New Zealand. Someone told me that there are more restaurants/cafes per capita in Wellington than there are in New York City. Now, I didn’t fact check this but boy is it thriving. It’s part of the culture and I love it.
I have barely scraped the surface of New Zealand’s offerings as far as landscapes, outdoor exploration, and adventures. Still, I am awestruck. Parts remind me of what I had expected to see in Ireland. Lush green hillsides with sheep roaming, jagged cliffs, and the bluest of waters. It may be windy and the air fresh, but you won’t find me complaining. This place is beautiful.
There are more activities to do here than I will be able to complete in a year. Kayaking, sailing, hiking, rollerblading, the food market, the free museum, the botanical gardens, the cable car, mountain biking, beer tasting, millions of beaches, yoga, I could go on. There is no such thing as boredom here. People are smiling and doing what they love.
It’s a great place to be, even on the cloudy days. I am excited for adventures, beers, and kiwi friends to come.
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