As some of you may know, The Daybook is queen of this subject but I’m going to do my NZ version because traveling abroad brings about all things awkward and awesome.
-Dustin confusing Iran with Israel. “Did you say you were from Iran?” Oops.
-A Swedish couple asking me all about the election and concerned that I wasn’t there to vote…
-children throwing temper tantrums that are way too old for that
-sitting right across from someone on the train (eye contact? no eye contact?)
-making a joke about our 1998 cell phones and the person pulls out a very similar style. “oh well they’re great, too! I don’t waste as much time and iphones are overrated…” foot.in.mouth.
-strategically placing my under wear on our shared clothes line hoping no one drives up as I’m doing said chores
-the convection oven broke while we were making our garlic bread, we burned our popcorn in the microwave and we ordered 4 boxes of pizza in one night…our landlord seemed concerned
-ordering 4 large pizzas ($3.99/each) and then eating from the boxes stacked in our car for 4 days…ok I stand corrected, that’s awesome b/c I love pizza
-Dustin making a joke about pupu springs – the lady didn’t laugh
-ordering a decaf macchiato thinking it was a mochachino…turns out a macchiato is a shot of caffeine or in my case a shot of decaf coffee
-“where are you from?” Texas. “oh, I don’t judge all Texans from George Bush. Some of you are actually pretty cool!”
-asking a couple to take our picture and right before the snap she said in broken English…”you lookalike Ken and Barbie!” Not so much awkward but more like funny.
-skyping with friends and family
-the warmth and generosity of everyone we have met so far
-hitchhiking with two sweet old ladies
-finding a lady that sells fresh tortillas and salsa
-finding a church your first week with an awesome group of believers all your age…God is so good!
-round a bouts – no stopping, continuous traffic…FANTASTIC.
-lots of gluten free options in restaurants and bakeries
-after finding a lot of common interests with a girl she said, “ok, to solidify our friendship…what’s your take on Anthropologie?” Yep, we’re friends.
-getting 6 job offers after looking for jobs for only 4 days!
-garlic aioli sauce…kinda like ranch…yummm.
-lots of great local hike and bike trails (hiking is pretty fun!)
-living an hour away from one of the best national parks in NZ
-living in a foreign country but oddly feeling right at home