The things I don’t like about New Zealand
Last post I did what I do like… here’s what I don’t like.
- Lack of proper insulation, double glazed windows and central heating. There are houses that have this, but I can’t afford them!! And I’ve already explained *why* I hate this.
- When you live on an island many many kilometres away from everything but Australia (which is also many kilometres away from everything) sometimes the grocery stores do a poor job of ordering. And you get to the grocery store and say, there’s no peanut butter. None. Why? “We ran out and the next shipment isn’t due for a couple months.” I’ve gotten good at making our own peanut butter. But basically, any food product that is grown or processed overseas is at risk. Hubby sometimes jokes that there is clearly an embargo or war on when the grocery shelves start looking empty.
- Same as above, but for clothes, furniture and anything else made or processed overseas. I want to go back to Canada and go clothes shopping. Walk through IKEA. Go to another furniture store and look at all the beautiful kids furniture. Bonus – it’s cheaper in Canada too. Shipping costs less there, ya know?
- The roads are so loud!! They’re all bumpy and wear down car tires (tyres) fast. In the odd place they have a stretch of asphalt and hubby & I look forward to those oasis of calm. But most of the time, long road trips give us headaches.
- Constant Tsunami alerts. I know they’re doing it to keep us safe but all the false alarms are giving us a “meh, nothing will happen” attitude like in the “boy who called wolf.”
- Sllllllooooowwwww internet broadband. Things that should be instantaneous take minutes to download.
- Most new shows get aired here 6 months after they’re aired in North America. Which means, due to Facebook and other online media, I know exactly what’s gonna happen before it does. Even if I’m avoiding the spoilers. This happens with movies, too.
- No graham crackers, cool whip, bisquick, coffee crisp, Dr. Pepper, Jell-O, Kool Aid, Sugar Frosted Booger Bomb cereals (by which I mean anything you aren’t supposed to eat, like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Captain Crunch, Alphabits, Lucky Charms, etc.) and a myriad of other yummy goodies that can be bought in Canada. Really, we don’t need them and they’re just extra fat around our middles, but you know, hubby & I *miss* them sometimes. Especially the graham crackers and bisquick. Make a lot of recipes easier.
- No snow. I’m not a huge snow fan but the other day my daughter asked me if snow was like sand. My children are clearly missing out on a wonderful thing. That said, NZ is not completely bereft of snow. We’re just too far north to see it. One day we’ll have to have a road trip to find some. Plus, like hubby says, a BBQ and strawberries at Christmas is awesome, but it doesn’t feel like Christmas without the snow. Probably explains why I start singing Christmas Carols in July, the middle of the NZ winter.
- Everything is exponentially more expensive because we’re on a rock in the middle of the Pacific and a lot of stuff has to be shipped here. Flying anywhere but nationally or to Australia is expensive too!!