Greetings from south of Down Under by Warren Bull
New Zealand is noted as one of the best places to live on earth. Kiwis have a knack for making things simple and sensible. For example, the smallest coin is worth ten cents. Think of the time and effort saved in counting out change. For one and two dollars they have coins. Much longer lasting than paper bills. The higher value the coin has, the larger it is. Bills have a clear spot, which must make counterfeiting much more difficult.
I especially appreciate airports. When you land after too many hours in the air, in the terminal you see a sign that says “Start Here.” It is in fact where you start. What a concept. Bins to dump fruit and vegetables that are not allowed in the country are called amnesty bins. You can keep your chocolate. I learned that too late.
Bus drivers are very helpful. One driver got off the bus to point out our destination. In the time I spent in New Zealand I saw one crabby driver. He was funny without meaning to be.
Election cycles are much shorter than in the states. The speeches I’ve heard were much more civil. There is an election going on now, but the only way I know that is from reading billboards.
I’ve seen groups standing and chatting with members of all social classes together. You can’t tell a professor from a groundskeeper by their behavior or the company they keep.
Ps: The carrots here are delicious.
Where is your favorite non-US place?