Our washer broke 3 times, but our dryer is more reliable.
When people ask us, “How are you finding New Zealand?” we often struggle to answer the question. A move into a different culture and climate has its ups and downs, and the array of feelings is hard to capture in a short reply. Instead of blurting out a lengthy response, we have coined the statement “It is the same … but different.” We have not moved to a third world country, where we might be lacking in the finer conveniences of the western world. In fact, in some ways we have upgraded. We can’t imagine how we ever lived without high-speed internet or an electric kettle.
What we do find is that New Zealand doesn’t sell Stoneyfield yogurt or Teddy’s peanut butter ... but we are getting used to Meadow Fresh yogurt and Sanitarium peanut butter. The eggs are in the bread isle of the grocery store, and Johnny rings are non-existent in the hardware store ... but life continues. The telephone company didn’t hook up our service for three weeks, but the electric company shut our power off after only two days of service. The services are the same, but the rules of access are different. Living in New
Sparkling gold cast iron wheels and blade, long black shaft, wooden roller ... for NZ$150, she came with all that pizzaz!
Zealand has challenged what we have taken for granted to “be the way things are done”.
So we have embraced our new, simpler life. We still do the laundry, but hang the clothes out to dry on the clothes reel. We still mow the lawn, but “Goldie” doesn’t need petrol to power up. We still get to work on time, but arrive on two wheels instead of four. We had a birthday dinner for Bryan, but our friends had to bring their own plates. We were initially annoyed by our refrigerator’s hourly chatter, but now Leonard’s songs are a source of comfort.
As the weeks have passed, life has normalized. It is exciting to explore all that Christchurch has to offer. We have been go-kart racing, rock climbing, bicycle riding, and walking on the beach. New experiences are awaiting us as the seasons change and our network grows. We are happy to have you as our visitor, but just remember, the guest mattress is on the floor …just like ours.
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