Sometimes, it is good to take stock about things that you feel could perhaps be improved…assuming of course that you (or anyone else for that matter) have any control over them at all. I thought that after 30 months of residing in a new country, I am in a reasonable position to discuss those things…
- I’d like the sun to be less intense. You have to be really careful in the sun for extended periods and factor 50 is really a must as a rule. This kind of puts a bit of a dampener on summers for me…being folically challenged and what not.
- While it may just be our garden (it feels like it at times!), I really wish that the mosquitoes would just go away. Getting bitten like crazy when gardening is horrendous. Full body coverage is required…but you would never do it in the heat (see point 1 above).
- I do feel that drivers are pretty bad here…partly due to the quantity of immigrants who have learned to different rule sets and partly due to so many seemingly being totally oblivious to other road users.
- Television programming is grim. You really appreciate the BBC when it is gone…although they do import some decent things.
- I wish there were just a few more rules…while Britain is overkill on rules, New Zealand feels way too relaxed at times. You should see what passes as acceptable rental housing (as one example)!
- While the people are very friendly here as a rule, it has not been easy to make lasting and deep friendships – so far anyway. Friendliness seems skin-deep at times.
- You really miss free healthcare when it isn’t there. The NHS is great! Paying to see a GP who sits and mulls over the internet is a real joke…but to top it off, them discussing what you want to do about treatment and the costs therein is crazy – aren’t they the experts here?
- The houses here are poorly insulated and heated as a rule. Use of solar panels and double-glazing is minimal. There seems to be a mindset that people live in the tropics which is far from the truth during the winter months of May to September.
Thankfully, these are all fairly minor. But they inevitably influence your state of mind at times.