My blog has been sorrily neglected this past month for a couple of reasons, one being that I was hammered with a wicked flu at the beginning of March, the second (and much more exciting) being that Fabien and I (at this point, health much improved) went on vacation to New Zealand!
It was a trip we had both been dreaming about for a long time, and we were so thrilled to finally be taking it!
After two weeks of driving around the South Island (on the wrong side of the road, might I add), New Zealand is now, hands down, my most favourite country. Not only is the scenery insanely beautiful…
…but for people like Fabien and I who value good quality food and a slow living lifestyle, we couldn’t have asked for a better place to spend our spring break.
One of the first things we did upon arriving was stop at a grocery store…one hour later, we left with an appreciation for a country that makes an effort to provide its population with real food. Nothing is labeled “low fat”, “0%”, “25% less sugar”, etc, etc, etc. Everything we picked up had real ingredients, was grown/made in New Zealand, and didn’t make a big deal about it. We didn’t have to pay more because we wanted the “healthy” options…in fact, we had to look pretty hard for the not-so-healthy food that litters our grocery store aisles here at home.
And then there’s the sustainability. The grocery store bags are biodegradable. Every place we stayed at had a rainwater catchment system. The vehicles are smaller (and the food portions are smaller too!) If you go to a cafe, it is automatically assumed you’re eating in and not taking your items to-go. And if you want plastic utensils from the deli to eat your quinoa salad you just bought, you’re going to have to pay for them.
I loved New Zealand. I mean, I love Canada too, but I didn’t realize there was a country out there that took the things I don’t love quite as much about Canada and did them better. Fabien and I returned last week quite exhausted but inspired from our travels. And with the snow finally melted, we’re looking forward to getting back outside, digging in the dirt, and using what we saw and learned down under up here at home.