OK, before you start thinking I dislike New Zealand, I’ll stop you right there. I absolutely love the place. I’ve been to many places around the world, and New Zealand is by far one of my favourites. In saying that, they can’t be good at everything you know.
Today I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve noticed during the 8 years I’ve lived here. These things are of course based on my own experiences, so will not apply to absolutely everyone.
Stopping at stop signs
This one is actually out of control. I didn’t notice it much before I got my licence, but since then it’s very hard to miss. I would say that 1 in 10 people actually stop at stop signs. Not even lying. Slowing down is not stopping, people! Then they say that tourists are a danger on the roads because they don’t follow the road rules. That could be true, but sometimes you need to realise that it’s not just tourists that are to blame.
I remember while on a driving lesson, the instructor said ‘Please remember to stop at the stop sign. It’s pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people are stupid enough to not understand what the word stop means’. It made me giggle at the time and I thought he was joking, but now I can say from experience that he wasn’t.
Knowing the difference between Sweden and Switzerland
I’m a bit bitter about it. To be fair, I’m fairly sure most New Zealanders would be able to know the difference, but there are definitely some that can’t. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard comments like:
“Oh you’re from Sweden, you guys make the best chocolate”
“I have a friend who’s Swiss, maybe you’re from the same area?”
“I’ve heard the mountains in Sweden are quite similar to New Zealand”
First of all, yes, we do make amazing chocolate, but not the chocolate you’re thinking of. Secondly, just because both countries start with SW doesn’t mean that it’s the same country. And lastly, we don’t have mountains. Well, we have one… I think.
Staying away from drugs
Maybe it’s just the people I’ve been hanging out with, but doing drugs in New Zealand is quite normal from my experience. Everything from marijuana to ecstasy to cocaine to acid. You name it. I often feel very uncomfortable around people that talk about drugs, because to me, drugs are something that I have no interest in.
Not only have I had to sit through conversations with friends planning their next drug experience, I’ve also had people try to convince me that they’re not that bad and that I should just give them a go. Uhm, no thank you. Lucky I’m not one to fall for peer pressure!
I don’t like bread in New Zealand at all. You go to the bread section in the supermarket and there’s heaps of loaves there, but they’re all bloody the same! I don’t care what anyone says, bread in New Zealand is very underwhelming. I feel like every loaf is exactly the same except they might have sunflower seeds instead of linseed, or it might be wholegrain instead of just white bread.
I’ve even gone to actual bakeries to try to find a better variety of bread, but I’ve had no luck at all. I can’t wait to be back in the bread section of supermarkets in Sweden. My mouth waters just thinking about it.
Pick and Mix candy
I used to buy pick and mix quite often in Sweden, because there is heaps to choose from. Here in New Zealand, they only have a small section, and usually it’s just jet planes, sour worms, pineapple lumps, jaffas and a few more things. It’s super lame. I don’t really have much of a sweet tooth anymore, but I’m still craving Swedish pick and mix. Trust me, it’s WAY better there.
There you have it, a few things New Zealander’s don’t do so well. Let’s just end on a positive note and say that they’re pretty amazing at some other things and the positives most definitely outweigh the negatives!
If you’ve been to New Zealand, have you noticed something they’re bad at?