After making a similar list about South America while waiting for my flight to New Zealand, I made this my farewell-to-this-continent tradition. It gave me time to reflect on my experiences in different regions and to appreciate what I had liked and disliked before moving on to the next leg of the journey. So as I sat in the Perth airport waiting for my flight to Kuala Lumpur, I pulled out the trusty notebook and pen and made my two columns.
Lake Pukaki, NZ
Things I Will Miss About New Zealand and Australia
–South Island. Pretty much all of it.
-The fact that practically no wildlife in NZ is life-threatening
-The Pacific Ocean and the beaches
-The price of lamb and fresh seafood
–Aussie Shiraz and NZ Sauvignon Blanc
-Hamish and Andy radio podcasts
-The weather: almost always sunny and if it rained, almost always got a rainbow out of it
-People being able to tell the difference between Canadian and American accents
Deadly Black Widow/Redback Spider! (morguefile photo)
Things I Will Not Miss About New Zealand and Australia
-The fact that nearly everything in Australia is lethally venomous (spiders, snakes, jellyfish, scorpions, and believe it or not, platypus)
-Getting a headache from trying to make my brain compute that traffic keeps to the left, not the right
-Lack of breakfast cereal variety in NZ
-Water restrictions in Australia
–Dodgy Australian hostels
-People referring to North America as “America”. Sigh.