Hello from beautiful, amazing, out of this world Auckland, New Zealand.
First off how nice are the people of Auckland? As I walked through customs to meet my host family for the very first time I held out my hand for them to shake it. My host mom ignored my hand and grabbed my head to kiss it. It was so nice to be treated like that even though we were strangers! Very, very quickly I have learned that I am part of their family. Mallory, Brittany, and I feel right at home here in Auckland mostly because of the hospitality of our family. Some of my immediate impressions of this place..... leaving your shoes at the door is a sign of respect, it's a rubbish bin not a trash can, don't say fanny pack-ever!, driving on the opposite side!, the list continues to grow!