What’s it like to live in Wellington?
My official one year in Wellington anniversary happened on 20th July, so I am a bit late with this anniversary post, but anyway: Congratulations me! In honor of this spectacular occasion I thought I would share the 51 things I have learnt through living in the beautiful windy city for one whole year!
Here goes… What’s it like to live in Wellington?
51 Things you learn, if you live in Wellington:
- Its windy – like, lean on the wind windy, a lot!
- Rain goes sideways, it is like Scottish mist, but heavier.
- On a summers day, it is the most beautiful place ever
- Work, life balance is important to people
- The views and mountains are as beautiful as the photos
- The water is crystal clear
- You cant buy booze without your passport if you are from overseas
- It is very hilly – No more bicycling around for me!
- Everyone works for the government
- People love doing the quiz – the Dominion Post 10 min quiz is the fave
- Wellington is a food mecca – Everyone is obsessed with food and it is great!
- There is this thing called Kiwi dip, 3 ingredients: reduced cream, onion soup mix + lemon juice/vinegar
- People are from all over the world
- You need to dress for comfort not style – a posh hair style and heels won’t cut it with the wind!
- People love their coffee
- There are so many British people – SO many!
- Its quite expensive to buy anything (See my blog post, Cost of Living in NZ)
- The minimum wage is lower than Australia
- You are never more than a couple of hours from the coast anywhere in New Zealand
- The houses are all made from wood
- There are no native land mammals in NZ
- People love being outdoors
- You should ONLY buy New Zealand Wine – its a crime to buy Chilean wine when you are in a hub of great New World wineries, I found out the hard way!
- There are loads of great cinemas
- It is like a giant village
- There is only one road out!
- People are generally quite healthy
- There are always morning and afternoon teas.
- At any moment, there could be a massive earthquake
- You need to say thank you to the bus driver
- Your warmest jacket is your best friend
- There actually are not more sheep than people in New Zealand (any more)
- There is no central heating (generally)
- Rush hour traffic is crazy, but every other time is fine
- Its impossible to find a flat in February as all the students are moving
- There is no Aldi
- And there is no Ikea
- There are veggie markets every Saturday and Sunday and the stuff is really cheap.
- Everyone is rugby obsessed
- The rugby is really fun
- Kiwi’s are super friendly and lovely
- You wont see a Kiwi
- You can fly to Fiji for cheap and it only takes 3 hours.
- It is possible to surf in Welly
- They make jumpers out of possums!
- Your umbrella will break
- Sometimes there are dolphins and even killer whales in the harbour
- NZ was the first country in the world where all women got the vote
- Flip flops are called jandles!
- People have holiday houses and they call them Baches (pronounced Batch)
- Wellington won the most liveable city in the world last year and its easy to see why
I could go on and on with these (sort of) interesting things I have learned about life here but 51 seems nice and roundish so I’ll stop. Through all of this though, the main thing I have learnt, is that life is pretty damn good here. Well done Welly.
Are you moving here? Do you live here? What’s it like to live in Wellington for you? I would LOVE to hear from you!
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