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 – Best Drinks

A quick walk around the neighborhood (or an all day expedition around Sydney) and it’s not hard to notice the copious amounts of runners, people working out in the park, cross fitters in their own corner… People definitely care about their health. The markets likewise offer a nice variety of fresh produce, dairy free foods and specifically harder to find DRINKS!

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These are not flavored coffee drinks with almond milk but a line of flavored milk! I have not been able to enjoy drinking straight milk since I was five and was forced to drink a cup with dinner for growing up healthy until I got sick all the time and found out it was because I was allergic. I went with the salted caramel flavor although I’m sure I will try them all eventually. It was really good! No overly strong flavor, not too sweet, no weird aftertaste yet not bland either! Really happy with this, and it was about $2.75 for the drink. I imagine this would be cool to mix with smoothies or coffee if you wanted–

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I know there are some brands back home that do almond milk coffee. They taste okay, but nothing special that I would want to drink on the daily. The coffee is usually too bitter and watery. I was excited to see this, it on the shelf below the inside/out drinks– had to get it because it was made with only a few ingredients and all were good. #1 ingredient – coconut! We got the Coconut Vanilla Latte – a long time ago I would indulge in a bottle of Starbucks vanilla latte but it was too much dairy and sugar! I consider this to be an amazing replacement for that!

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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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Cat Friends

Only my most favorite cats in the world — I’m not sure if it’s a quality specific to their breed (Oriental Shorthair) but it’s really saying something for me to like a cat so much as I’m a proclaimed dog person. Haha. Basically these cats have their sleepy periods where they can lay peacefully on my lap which is all I really ask for in a pet. Once they awake from their slumber they go from 0-60 and really know how to play without clawing anyone. It’s hard to tell from the video but these cats are full grown yet half the size of a normal cat. Perfect for picking up spontaneously, lol.

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