To celebrate Thanksgiving, I wrote a list of 35 things I appreciate about America.
Then, I started writing another list in my head: Things I Appreciate About New Zealand.
So, in the spirit of American Thanksgiving, in no particular order, here are 35 things I appreciate about New Zealand:
- The ability to see a lot without traveling far.
- The Southern Alps.
- The national park system, free to visit.
- What you see on the price tag is what you pay; there is no tax added to the end of restaurant or store orders.
- Whittaker’s chocolate.
- RJ’s licorice.
- Deep South ice cream.
- The Southern Cross.
- The hospitality of complete strangers.
- Homey hostels.
- The opportunity to see many species of wildlife, including endangered species, in their natural habitats.
- Being a sheep person there isn’t weird.
- Fish and chips.
- Milford Sound.
- Cheap, yet reliable, used cars.
- Learning how to light a fire in a wood stove.
- Innovation that stems from necessity.
- Free museums.
- Historic movie theaters sitting right next to the Pacific Ocean.
- The Otago Peninsula.
- Golden light on the landscapes.
- Mt. Cook.
- The wildness of the high country.
- Maori words written alongside English.
- The music scene, which includes nomad and the Finn brothers (Neil Finn sang “Song of the Lonely Mountain,” and Tim Finn sang as a surprise at the Auckland Coldplay concert).
- People wearing hobbit cloaks on Lord of the Rings tours.
- The working holiday visa.
- Lupines blooming.
- Air New Zealand.
- No snakes.
- Antarctic winds sweeping across the blazing Canterbury Plains in the summer.
- Ease of navigation through rural areas.
That’s sweet as.
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