In Love with Christchurch!

I love Christchurch! I have been living here as an expatriate wife since January, 2012, and I can tell you it’s been a great experience. I know I can’t stay forever, so meanwhile these are some of the things I am enjoying:


There is no traffic!
(No need for explanation)


Tap water!
Yes! Yes! Except in exceptional circumstances, NZ tap water is universally safe to drink. Standards exist to ensure that major contaminating organisms such as Protozoa and Cryptosporidium are removed or reduced to safe levels.


Transportation!
OMG, it is just great! I was without a car at the beginning of my staying here and I could go anywhere by bus. They are very reliable and always on time!

Local Libraries! There are many in the city! I also consider them as one of my favorite spots to go. With the right documentation is super easy to get your library card which you can use in any library in the city. I usually loan books almost every month.


Local veggie store!
There are quite a lot veggie stores around the city. The one I frequently go to is two blocks from where I live. I can say that the veggies are not cheap, but I love to get them fresh and with a good quality and that is why I always buy there!


Recycling!
I was not big on that, but I kind of learn and practice here in Christchurch. I think New Zealand has a good recycling culture that I respect very much. Just one example, in some supermarkets you have to buy the plastic bags or bring your own. In that way people are used to just recycle their bags like I learned to do.


I can Salsa anytime I want!
It turns out that the many kiwis (people born in New Zealand) love to dance salsa and are very good at it. So, anytime I want to salsa, I can either go to a bar where they dance every Thursday or just go and join a salsa studio here in the city.

The Scenery! Christchurch is New Zealand's second-largest city and the gateway to the South Island. Bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps. Christchurch is also known as “ The Garden City” due to the fact that Christchurch holds a world famous garden show and is very well known for their gardens. During the spring time is just a delight to be in this city!


And last but not least, the Kiwis!
(The people, not the fruits or birds!) I love them! They are the nicest, friendly, nonjudgmental and down to earth people that I have ever met. Of course, you can always have exceptions, but so far that is all I can say from the Kiwis.

I am sure that there will be many other fabulous things that I will discover with time about living in this city. And like Colombians say about their land, I can also say it about Christchurch. It goes like this: “Christchurch, the only risk is wanting to stay!"

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Comments

Hmm it looks like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I'll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I'm still new to everything. Do you have any tips and hints for novice blog writers? I'd definitely appreciate it.

Thank you for your kind words. I would advise you to keep it simple and know before hand what is your purpose with it. Don't get discourage and just keep working at it. If you share the love for writing, you will more than enjoy writing for it, and people are often seduce by real passions. I hope this helps. Cheers! Ana

Having read this I thought it was really informative. I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this short article together. I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

I love writing and helping people if I can by writing. This article was actually published on a popular newspaper in New Zealand. Here is the link if you feel like checking it out. Have a great day! http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/10556791/My-love-affair-with-Christchurch

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