So New Zealand, in a couple days I will vacate your lovely country to fly home. What can I say, it's been an incredible experience and I feel so lucky to have had the chance to be in a spectacular country. I've learned a lot about this colourful bunch of islands and also about myself.
Even though I feel I only brushed the surface of such a diverse community, thinking back to six months ago, I have seen more than I could have imagined. I started out with a vague plan that didn't quite go through, but it turned out to be so much more than I was expecting anyway. I've had an amazing time, and I'm sad to leave. Though I am happy to see friends and family again.
So what have I seen?
Auckland, Hamilton, Waitomo caves, Rotorua, Taupo, Matamata (wink wink), Wellington, Picton, Nelson, Queenstown, Wanaka, Paikakariki, Christchurch ( :( ), Dunedin, Stewart Island etc. I have loved each one for their own qualities. But one that will hold a special place in my heart would be Wellington and it's surrounding area. Filled with such a vibrant art and film scene (including the talented bunch at Weta workshop) I consider myself lucky to see some artists working and to gather some helpful advice considering my last year at University.
I also met the loveliest people in Plimmerton, a small town outside Welly, and again felt very fortunate for the opportunity to work with the nicest people. I was lucky enough to be trained to a higher standard than before and can add management to my list of skills. It was tough in places but throughly rewarding.
What will I miss most of all? The coffee. My God Wellington, you really have something going there. It's like little cups of heaven. In the last two days I think I have drunk double the daily caffine and sugar allowance for a normal person but I won't be able to get coffee this amazing back home.
Oh and also the food. Seriously, Britain hang your head in shame! The crap we serve to people doesn't cut it anymore, nor does the service. New Zealand has shown that a smile doesn't cost anything. I almost feel embarrassed that if New Zealanders came to the UK and to Scotland, and got treated the way I have sometimes been treated in the service industry. Sometimes people are grumpy buggers but doe's that make it everyone else's problem? No. You certainly don't get that here and I for one will miss it.
But one day I will be back, to see all the things I didn't manage to see whilst here. I will hopefully muster up the courage to go for a bungy jump but don't hold your breath okay.