New Zealand Observations

1. A lot less slang than Australia but they do still have some interesting words

  • Toasties – toasted sandwhiches
  • Mince – ground (meat)
  • Trolley/Trendle – shopping cart
  • Sallie’s – Salvation Army
  • Throaties – Cough drops
  • Scrumpy – ?
  • Plunger – French press coffee
  • Op Shop – opportunity shop (thrift shop)

2. Kiwi e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g… rare bird and country mascot

3. The most genuinely friendly people I’ve EVER met

4. Remote… mountains everywhere, cell service lacking unless in a “city”

5. Most things are overpriced because there is no other option or choice around

6. The locals don’t like the “city” but even the cities feel TINY

7. Very fresh air, not as humid as Australia for sure!

8. Sandflies are tiny gnat-like flies that leave a bite 100x itchier than a mosquito (the itch takes a LONG time to heal)

 

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New Zealand Videos

Day 1 — Exploring Queenstown & Te Anau

Day 2 — Milford Sound Cruise

 

Day 3 & 4 — Wild Penguins and Seals in Moeraki + Springfield, New Zealand

 

Day 5 & 6 — Jade Hunting in Hokitika, Franz Josef Glacier & GLOW WORM CAVES!!

 

Day 7  — Tasman Sea, Cave Hikes & Pancake Rocks Blowhole

 

Day 7 & 8 — Exploring Christchurch

 

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Australia Observations

1.A lot of slang:

Sangas – sandwiches
Knock backs – ?
Tazzy – Tasmania
Brizzy – Brisbane
Scrummy – yummy
Scrolls – cinnamon “rolls”
Capsicum – bell pepper
Leads – leash
Maccas – McDonald’s
Woolies – Woolworths
Sultana – raisin
Nosey about – look around
Surcharge – tax
Chilly bin – cooler

2. Young and old, many walk around barefoot

3. I’m not sure if this is everywhere but in a lot of residential areas people speed (some do not have low 20 mph speed limits like the US)

4. Early 2000s music plays everywhere… Smashmouth and Sugar Ray…

5. No street food… I heard it exists in Melbourne only. Sad!

6. It’s hot and humid. Unbelievably. AC mucho necessito

7. People are all around pretty friendly and helpful —

8. I see a lot of those strange truck-car hybrids. I wonder why those are so popular here?!

9. Warm nights and amazing sunsets!

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