Pia, from Germany, talks about her first week in New Zealand

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23 Sep 2016

Hello my name is Pia, I am 19 years old and I am from Germany. In the next few weeks I will travel around New Zealand.

I have been thinking about a gap year for a long time but I didn’t know where to go. After a while I chose New Zealand but if you want to know “why”, I have absolutely no idea. Do you know the saying “In New Zealand there are more sheep than people”? Well, that’s what I used to say and what I thought and I am not totally wrong with that. Many people say that New Zealand is the most beautiful country in the world. However, here I am.

After my 22 hour flight, I am in New Zealand, finally, and I am looking forward to meeting my host family. I am waiting for another hour for my transfer bus. After a short ride I get to know my family.
They are really nice and very helpful. Just arrived my host mother takes my phone and downloads every useful app, types in the wifi password and gives me a NZ sim card.
After eating lunch and taking a shower I suffer from jetlag and I fall asleep very soon.

The next day at 8 o’ clock the language school introduction starts. I will attend the school for the next 4 weeks.

It starts with a short test, a tour of the school and a presentation about Kiwi life.

School is usually from 9:00 to 15:30, 1 hour lunchtime included.

My classmates are also very kind and pleasant, so finding friends should be easy.

Every Wednesday is pub night, which means we’re also going this Wednesday. First we are going to a normal pub and after some time we are going to a night club near the harbour in Auckland.
Pia at Pub night
The rest of the week turns out to be calm. On Fridays we only have morning class, because every week, students graduate.

In the afternoon there are different activities, which you can do, for example visiting the Sky tower or watching a movie. But I’m just going home and dropping into my very comfortable bed.

On Saturday I’m driving into the city because I need some warmer clothes. Even though the Kiwis dress like it is summer, even though it’s very cold. Many people told me that Kiwi people don’t feel cold and that’s why they wear dresses, skirts and no jackets.

But there is no dress code, lucky me!