Hello everyone! So what have I been doing lately? To tell you the truth, not a whole lot (haha). I was suppose to have a “Ball” last Saturday but I wasn’t able to attend do to a high powered storm that hit the north island hard causing horrible damage to houses and to electricity. Parts of Auckland were without power for 2-3 days. And because they were without power, they were not able to get water with pressure and they were not able to cook unless they had a fire. At my house outside of Hahei, we were without power for a little over a day. So therefore, because I did not go to the ball, my host mom and I had a “read off” in candle light. We had 10-15 candles going so we could see. We also cooked our meal over the fire. There is another storm that started last night (Tuesday) and will continue through and hit more harshly on Wednesday.
Now about my school. It has been going great but it is still very different and hard to adjust to. However, I am very glad I decided to take a cooking class. I am able to learn about many New Zealand foods and how to prepare them. My host mum and I were talking about the differences in American food and New Zealand food. You probably wouldn’t think there is much difference BUT there is. The weird thing is not the differences in the food, it’s the differences in taste. The hamburgers here, taste way different than the burgers back home. (I prefer Wisconsin burgers). Some other unique things about New Zealand so far is they don’t have “Yield” signs. Their signs say “Give Way.” McDonald’s also seems way different, even though I have only eaten it once since I have been here and that was at the airport. At the counter, they ask if it’s for sit down, or take away. They also have the “Kiwi Burger” which is a popular burger for New Zealand people like the Big Mac is a popular burger for American people.
I don’t want to keep on blabbing here so I will stop now. Nothing has been overly exciting yet so hopefully next week I will have lots more to tell. Stop by next week and I should have another post available to read. At the bottom, I have added a picture showing where I am living in New Zealand (red star). Thanks for reading!!!