Kia Ora! Hi / be well and healthy! – A Maori language greeting
I have been in New Zealand now for one week.
During my time here so far, I have seen the University of Waikato which is a much larger campus than the University of Regina. Here, there are two lakes, lots of green grass and open fields, student residences and halls, large faculty buildings, big lecture theatres, a store, a gym, a book store, coffe shops and cafe’s. There are a variety of busses that stop right outside the campus or inside the campus. The campus is designed with large walking areas and paths, and places to sit outside in the sun (when it’s not raining).
Walking from the University to the city seems like a crazy idea the first time you set out and walk. Half way through, you think – why did I not just take the bus? But the more you walk, the more you appreciate the walk, the city, the people and the fresh air.
Things I’ve noticed:
- One thing I am still getting used to is which direction cars are driving as here, they drive on the opposite side of the road from Canada. I find it interesting that here, pedestrians do not have the right of way. You really need to be careful when you are crossing the street and look more than once to make sure a car isn’t all of a sudden turning!
- Here, they do not have four-way stops. Instead, they have roundabouts.
- They have bicycle lanes clearly marked on streets and I have seen many people biking.
- The streets here are kept clean.
- There are flowers growing everywhere and it makes the city a nice place to be in.
- You can walk almost anywhere and find a shop, coffee place or store.
- Prices are higher here on most foods.
- The cost of having a car and gas is higher here than in Canada.
- People are friendly.
- I like how they have planned the layout of the city, making it accessible and open.
New Zealand is a beautiful country with beautiful people.