Posted by: Liz | August 11, 2008

Potato…Potaaaato, Tomato…Tomaaato…

I love experiencing a new culture. Living and traveling through New Zealand is a BIG first for me, having not studied abroad in college. The opportunity to dive into a new culture is the main reason I decided to travel halfway across the world.

In honor of the recently discovered differences between US & NZ cultures, I’ve developed a short list, which will undoubtedly be expanded upon later…I’m sure Matt can add his two cents as well!

1) Starbucks coffee (with cream) vs. New Zealand flat white
a. Starbucks = quick, in-and-out, mass-produced taste, commercialized atmosphere, somewhat personable staff.
b. NZ café = labor of love, often with a silver fern, spiral or other carefully crafted design on top of the froth. The “Flat White,” Matt’s daily cup-o-joe, is 40% espresso & 60% milk.

US – 0, NZ – 1 

The infamous Flat White & Latte at Mojo's in Auckland

The infamous Flat White & Latte at Mojo's in Auckland

 2) The Rocky Mountains vs. The Southern Alps

a. The Rockies = massive, vast terrain, powder slopes, plush chairlifts & Apres ski experiences.
b. The Southern Alps = rocky, variable conditions, park bench-style lifts, shuttle trips straight up the mountain to short terrain, yet beautiful scenery when not covered under “long white cloud.”

US – 1, NZ – 0 

Ski bums on top of The Remarkables

Ski bums on top of The Remarkables

 3) Service & hospitality
a. US wait staff/hospitality service = quick, bustling, hard-working for tips, somewhat personable, if the night is going their way, often catering toward the fast paced working/vacationing tourist.
b. NZ wait staff/hospitality service = relaxed, chill, informative and curious, often going the extra mile to direct a tourist toward a favorite local establishment, wait staff seldom checks on its customers (servers not expecting tips), bills paid at front of restaurant.

US – 1, NZ – 1 (pluses & minuses for both!) 

Hospitality at its best with 'The Todd,' our local Kiwi guide

Hospitality at its best with 'The Todd,' our local Kiwi guide

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Responses

  1. mmmm that flat white look delicious! I am a firm believer that shots of espresso cure any ailments! I think Dr. Jones and Dr. Zipse would concur 😉 you guys look like your having a blast! miss you both!

  2. I might go to New Zealand just to get some of that coffee.

    A ton of Indianapolis Starbucks are closing–including Jill’s and my favorite at Fall Creek & College. 😦 Oh how the might have fallen…

  3. The table pic looks like it came out of a Bon Appetit magazine. Is there a budding food stylist among you?? I’m so glad you are boarding/skiing and having a great time. What a thrill… i’m powdery snow white with envy (in a good way!)

  4. mmmmmm, a Flat White from mojo!!!!! I used to get off the bus two stops early to get one of those on the way to work. Haven’t had coffee like NZ coffee in years.


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