Holiday Observations

You can’t help it, when you’re in a foreign place, on holiday, things just seem to jump out at you that sometimes are funny. Sometimes they’re very NOT funny. While on our trip to NZ, I started jotting down some of these things. Here are some observations from our holiday:

1. Suede ballet flats are NO good for snow. Yes, you’d think I’d have known that before I walked in the snow ice in them.

2. New Zealand is always cold. Pack for the “low” not the “high” when you look at the weather report. Even then, 8 degrees still feels like 2.

3. The cute little lamb you just took a picture of is probably going to be someone’s (yours?) dinner tonight.

4. The shortest route is not always the fastest route when using a GPS.

A “short cut” from the main road. Shortest route, but also slowed us from 100km/h to about 30km/h. We saved 2km but took an extra 30 minutes.

5. No kiwis actually work in Queenstown.

6. The weather in NZ changes often and quickly.

7. An iPad and headphones are a must for any child being made to sit in a car that is covering 2000 kms and 6 towns in 8 days. Apple, you are a god-send.

8. However long you think you need to stay in one place, add a day.

9. Heated toilet seats should be mandatory for all South Island toilets.

10. It doesn’t matter how good your intentions are, you will NOT go for ar un/do sit-ups/push-ups, or make healthy dietary choices while on holidays.

11. 4 year olds don’t care about the mountains, the scenery, any paddock filled with cows/goats/sheep (except maybe the first paddock, anything after that is boring), they are happiest when you find them a playground to run around in.

12. There is no petrol station in sight of Apex rental cars at Christchurch airport. Someone is missing a huge opportunity right there. You’re welcome.

13. Always, ALWAYS take the day after you get home, OFF WORK! Arriving home at 7 pm Sunday with no groceries in the house, 3+ loads of laundry to do, makes it really difficult to get up and go to work the next day. Just take it off!

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13 thoughts on “Holiday Observations

  1. As always your posts of NZ bring back the memories – I just sat here nodding at each point as I read it (except the one about keeping 4yr old occupied – I just smiled at that one because we had that with a 15yo in Spain for 6,500km !!) !
    Have the best day – can’t wait to see you on Sunday !
    Lotsa hugs
    Me

  2. We hope to “do” NZ one day, and these all sound like excellent pieces of advice that I need to tuck away and remember. And as I feel the cold dreadfully, I will definitely take my warmest clothes, regardless of the season!!

    Annie
    (via FYBF)

  3. Some wise words there. Seriously why can’t kids appreciate paddocks, mountains and scenery? Lol I hope Nic had a great time anyways

    • He was talking to his uncle on skype this morning. Hubby said, “What did we see a lot of in New Zealand? Sheep?” His uncle said, “Are there a lot of sheep in New Zealand?” and Nick goes, “Just a couple” he was being serious but it was hilarious since you know, there’s only MILLIONS of sheep! Maybe he noticed “a couple” after all?

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