7 years ago I got an invitation to go to New Zealand, I refused it and dreamed my dream to England. Like any other dreams, England was just a dream, Australia finally became true, and New Zealand, I nearly forgot this country.
Till today my 8 day’s Kiwi visit is nearly finished, I don’t know what I can say to this country, what if someone else can help me?
Victoria Park, Auckland. I was sitting on a chair and watched a rugby training, one girl passed me by and asked if I could look after his bag for a while and she wanted to have a running. After jogging, she told me she was also from China, has been here for 9 years, she just hoped to stay here and not go back to China. This girl should be in my age, 9 years is really not a short time.
Courtney Place, Wellington. An English guy John with his guitar, he would be here for another week for an interview, he needed to get the job for a permanent resident visa. “I can easily find a job in Auckland, but I prefer Wellington, it feels like a home city.” He played guitar for 15 years and it sounded great.
Starbucks, Queenstown. I asked the way to the supermarket, facing to an lady. She gave me a lift voluntarily, on the car she said her daughter came to Queenstown 10 years ago and met her future husband, she and her husband moved here 2 years later after their wedding. When I told her I booked a bungy jump, she excitingly told me she received a bungy gift from her son-in-law on a Mother’s Day, they did that together. She was in her 60s, but when smiling she looked like a girl.
Rucksacker, Christchurch. Jorge was in the same room with me, he was from Argentina. His English sounded very Spanish and he couldn’t understand my Chinese English either. He was here for a working holiday, and had to work from 3 pm to midnight everyday. He said he needed money and here he was better paid than his country. “Today I only slept for 4 hours.” Jeorge was very Latin and looked like some football star.
I was lucky to see so many people in this country, also the Korean boy in Auckland, the American guy in Wellington, the Guernsey girl in Queenstown, the Brazilian girl in Queenstown airport, and the Kiwi lady on the plane to Christchurch. It’s freezing outside now in the post-earthquake Christchurch, but when I’m typing, I feel so warm in heart, I guess it’s because of a country’s attraction?