Tuesday, September 1, 2009

NZ: Things I Thought While I Was There

* Things [food, drinks, clothes ... ] really are more expensive here. Good thing we had the benefit of the currency exchange.

* Telling the difference in New Zealand and Australian accents seems impossible, but Cassie claims it is a learned skill.

* I need to appreciate our heating and cooling systems more than I do. And my dryer.

* Coke is worldwide. So is McDonald's.

* Gallons, miles and Fahrenheit make more sense to me than liters, kilometers and Celsius.

* Although New Zealanders [better known as Kiwis] drive on the "wrong" side of the road, they got it from the British, so maybe we really changed things and now think we're right. More importantly, I am glad we decided words like c-o-l-o-u-r didn't need that extra letter.

* Not having pennies and nickels really is a good idea. [If paying with cash, they round so you can use 10-cent, 20-cent, 50-cent, one-dollar and two-dollars coins along with larger bills. If you use credit card, they charge the exact amount.]

* Black and navy blue and brown do not all look good together in one outfit.

* There really are a lot of sheep in New Zealand. In fact, the exact ratio is about 10 sheep to every one person.

* Most foods can be made into a tasty pastry.

* Encouraging recycling by charging for disposable grocery sacks and curbside garbage bags isn't a bad idea.

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