It’s been a year since S and I first set foot in New Zealand. Back then, we both didn’t know what this part of the world had in store for us. We hardly knew anyone and although we were excited, deep inside we were also a bit nervous. What if things don’t go as smoothly as we expected? What if we don’t get to adjust? Thankfully, all those worries were proven unnecessary. Just a couple of days in, S and I have fallen in love with Wellington. There are many reasons why we’re happy to be here. Here are just a few:
The Library. S and I are both big readers, so just imagine how thrilled we were to be able to drop by this massive library anytime we wanted? The first day I got my library card, I borrowed a stack of fiction books and devoured them within a week or two! It always feels great to find a book we’ve been wanting to read on the shelves and get to borrow them for free. Both our personal reading stats shot through the roof in 2017 and we’re excited to read more stuff this year.
The weather. Coming from a very humid place, Wellington’s cool and windy state was a welcome change. S and I love that we get to experience all four seasons, and none of which are of the most extreme cases. I personally love autumn the most, and here we can dress up in coats and boots without sweating buckets!
Nature. There are tons of open spaces and parks here in New Zealand, and Wellington is no exception. S and I go to the park near our flat or to the Oriental Bay area whenever we want to get away from our gadgets a bit. Just a simple walk around the area helps in making us feel more positive.
Safety. I’m probably one of the most vigilant people in the world when I’m outside the house. After having my phone stolen from my pocket once and hearing about other people’s experiences, I’m way too paranoid to walk the streets of Manila by myself. It’s an all-together different matter here in Welly. I don’t mind walking to places on my own. I still keep a sharp eye when I’m out and about, but I’m a lot more relaxed than before. Wellington wasn’t named one of the safest cities in the world in 2017 for nothing.
The people. This is probably the most important factor why we love New Zealand. We’ve been to several places in both North and South Islands and 99% of the time, we get to interact with some of the friendliest and happiest people we’ve ever met. Most of the people here are so laid-back and chipper; it’s such a refreshing change from what we’ve been so accustomed to growing up.
This little capital of New Zealand may not be as busy (or as popular) as Auckland and we’re okay with that. To be honest, there are times when we’d like Wellington to be kept a secret from the rest of the world. We don’t know what the future holds for us, but right now, S and I are simply grateful to call Wellington home.