Since arriving in Auckland from Pittsford, Vermont, USA a month ago, I have begun to see what New Zealand is all about.
I live about fifteen minutes away from the rink in Botany with a Kiwi family, and two of the other imports – Harry Ferguson from Scotland and a Canadian, Declan Weir. You could call the place “The United Nations”!!
We all had relatively long flights so our first week involved waking up at early hours and falling asleep before it was even dark out. I also tried my first pie that week, which did not have fruit in it like it would normally have back home.
More importantly, over the next few days I started getting adjusted to being part of a new team. My initial thoughts when I stepped on the ice was how neat of a feeling it was to be skating in New Zealand. I hadn’t travelled anywhere outside of North America before, and being able to use hockey as a tool to do this has been a great experience.
Harry, Declan, and I spent our first free weekend without games in the company of Ollie Hay in Pauanui. We got to see the Cathedral Cove and some of the other spots nearby. We had a neat time together.
We have enjoyed some quality Kiwi food with Mike Attwell, and the Hay family has also had us all over for dinner. Apart from getting to have some fun and enjoying the food, during the week I have been spending most of my days working, so I look forward to playing games on the weekend and then having free time to travel.
Between the road games and our other free time, we have begun planning some adventures for the coming weeks. We hope to see Hobbiton and the Waitomo Caves soon.
Playing hockey in New Zealand has brought new experiences into my life, and I look forward to the remainder of my “summer” here!