Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Is there anything anyone doesn't like about New Zealand?

Everyone always seems so enthusiastic when they learn I'm from New Zealand. And they never, ever have anything bad to say about it. Every other country I can think of has a "but":

- Scotland: great mountains, lovely castles, but the weather is crap
- Australia: fantastic weather, awesome beaches, but the PM is crap
- Colombia: beautiful scenery, friendly people, but the kidnappings and other assorted drug trade activities are crap
- Belgium: delicious chocolate and beer, but everything else about the country is pretty much crap (ok, maybe that's a bit unfair)

I'm sure you can fill in your own countries.

If people have been to NZ, they rave about the Bay of Islands, the glow worms, white water rafting, bungee jumping, sheep (not bungee jumping sheep mind you, but I'm sure that would also be something to rave about). If they haven't been, they rave about the Syrah and Lord of the Rings, and how much they want to go.

The only bad thing I can think of is that NZ is small (population-wise). And isolated. And it has Auckland.