When moving to a new place, there are inevitably changes or adaptations that occur in our behavior, language, and perspectives of everyday things. Sometimes these changes are deliberate and quite consciously made. For example, I now drive and ride my bike on the left hand side of the road, I use the expression “can I make you a cuppa?” when interacting with New Zealanders (most especially the elderly folks I work with), and I have decided hanging your washing out on a line is far superior to using a clothes dryer. Other changesoccur slowly and subtly as you settle into your new local. My mind was drifting yesterday as I sat in the sun and I realized that I have started to drink large quantities of hot beverages.
|Get your mirrors, our tea selection looks a bit funny after |
I took the photo with the computer camera...
In fact I’ve significantly cut down on my consumption of plain ole water in favor or a cup of tea, coffee, or milo (Milo is the equivalent of Ovaltine, I’ve never had ovaltine, as it’s always sounded rather unpleasant to me, but my oh my have I fully embraced Milo. I usually have at least 2 or 3 cups of the stuff a day!).
Another change that has occurred unintentionally is that I have become a keen bike commuter. (Note the use of the word keen, very New Zealand). I have used a bike in the past to commute to work, but never on a regular basis, as I preferred to drive. Here it just makes more sense to commute by bike, at least most of the time (when it is really windy it’s not so much fun).
|The Harbor. Sometimes I bike past the harbor on my commute around town.|
Here are a couple reasons I’ve become a keen bike commuter: 1) parking is expensive 2) fuel/diesel/petrol is expensive (I suppose I could also say it’s better for the environment, but really I have discovered I’m more economically motivated on this point) 3) I get some exercise everyday. I have found all these changes really refreshing and at times I even surprise myself at my new way of saying, doing and thinking about things!