Today it is exactly one year since we arrived in New Zealand. That day it was colder than now. Or maybe it felt like, either because I slipped on ice as soon as I went out of the car or because we came from Delhi where it was +35°C.
So, what is my experience or what I have learned or how New Zealand has changed me? I’ll try to summarize.
In New Zealand I
- Lived on a farm and worked with sheep
- Was a fruit picker
- Learned that the best quality fruits are indeed in Afghanistan. I heard about it before but now I’ve had one more chance to compare
- Got a certificate in Information Technology
- Returned back to science
- Became an honorary Indian
- Found that I can hate something even more than I hate Microsoft and McDonald’s. It is Vodafone.
- Learned to type fast on a mobile phone. Everybody learns it in New Zealand as mobile calls are prohibitively expensive here.
- Started to dream about living in a big city, a busy hub rather than on a quiet far away island. I have never liked big cities before.
- Learned (hopefully) that if God closes one door before you, He will open another, much better one. I applied to so many jobs here, and was sad every time I was rejected but how happy I am now that they didn’t accept me. The job that I have now is much better than all of those.
- Here I enjoy that I don’t have to go shopping. My wife does that. I hate shopping but in Afghanistan I had to do it. Now I don’t even know prices of groceries (I am sure I wouldn’t be terribly happy if I knew them).
- I exercise every day. My wife and my daughters do the same. We are fit as never before. Here I explain why.
Anyway, I continue to enjoy New Zealand. Wish me a happy second year!