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gisele



Joined: 28 Mar 2006
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Location: North of Auckland, New Zealand

PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2006 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I live in a town just north of Auckland, New Zealand, a place which has been nick-named Auckland's playground...

PROS

~25-30mins drive down the motorway to Auckland CBD
~5 mins walk to the beautiful, calm beaches on the east coast
~30-40mins drive to wild, rugged beaches of the west coast
~there is still a beautiful rural character to the District
~plenty of diversity with produce grown in the district, lots of vineyards and winery's, and small artisan businesses...
~reasonably selection of global food
~everything is still reasonably priced, well to me anyway, with the exception of a few things...
~lovely laid back attitudes and freindly people
~the weather...the sunshine here is beautiful when it shows

CONS

~house prices are absolutely astronomical. Anything beachfront, and I mean anything will cost you more than a million dollars to buy...in most cases more than a few million.
~public transport in Auckland/north of Auckland is atrocious. It's an awful thign to say when you actually NEED a car to get anywhere
~there still isn't enough diversity in food imported from other countries
~It is very expensive to fly out of NZ to another country. Or around NZ for that matter. The last time I checked it was cheaper to fly to Australia, then to Christchurch.
~the weather...in Auckland it rains...and rains....and so on
~"tall-poppy syndrome"

That's all I can think of at the moment, I'm sure there's heaps more good and bad things btu my mind has drawn a blank...
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Kabbles



Joined: 16 Jun 2006
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Location: Australia

PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 1:11 pm    Post subject: Tell us where you live Reply with quote

I live in a beautiful lush wine and fruit growing region on the Mornington Peninsula. This is situated in Victoria, a southern state in Australia-a wonderful place to live!
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Jan



Joined: 04 Jan 2006
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Location: Toronto Ontario

PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing I'd like to tell you about where I spend my summers. We call it Paradise. It's a 65 acre island at the junction of the St.Lawrence River and Lake Ontario called Garden Island. This place has history! In 1792 Lady Simcoe visited there. In the 1800's it was the home of a ship-building empire (Garden Island Shipping) and once held a village of 700 people. The family who owned the company eventually turned the remaining buildings into rental cottages in the early 1900's. There remain about 13 original buildings. The former schoolhouse, post office and worker's homes. Our 'cottage' is about 120 years old. There are no roads or motor vehicles here. A central lane connects all the buildings and people use wheelbarrows or handcarts to transport food etc. The same families have been coming here for many years so generations of families know one another and share summers. We have island cocktail parties, corn roasts and potluck suppers. Sometimes we press apple cider from the small orchard of trees. Children wander the island at will. There's a huge meadow, a marsh and woods to explore. Not to mention the shoreline. It really is a tiny patch of Paradise - like living in a small village - for part of every year. No TV of course (or indoor plumbing!) You can probably google in Garden Island Kingston Ontario and find out more about it.
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Saudades



Joined: 15 Jun 2006
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Location: Food Hell

PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NL here. when first arrived from YVR [many moons ago] i quickly realised i was in big trouble in the food department...so i decided to learn how to cook if i wanted decent food Surprised years have gone by and i still don't care for the food here but the one thing i absolutely love is harrings Embarassed maybe it's the one reason i've never left even if i wanted to???! oh yeah, and of course my favourite pubs in AMS and ANR.
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Chicago Bear



Joined: 02 May 2005
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Location: Chicago

PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saudades, I feel like an ignorant rustic. I had to google YVR to learn that it's Vancouver, and now I understand how you could detect a different culinary style in your current location. I was just in Seattle last weekend, and it was still Copper River salmon season. That, and manila clams with a pesto/garlic sauce. I should have stayed in the Pacific Northwest.
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Judy



Joined: 29 Sep 2004
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Location: buried under a pile of books somewhere in Adelaide, South Australia

PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ChicagoBear, I'm even more ignorant 'cos I still don't know where Saudades lives now, and had no hope with YVR till you enlightened me.

Where is NL? AMS? ANR?

Kabbles, welcome! Nice to see another Aussie here.
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simona



Joined: 11 Mar 2005
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Location: israel

PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NL - Netherlands ( Holland)
AMS - Amsterdam
ANR - ????
Saudades , do you work in the tourist/flight tickets sales department?
I completely agree with you about the food in NL, as well as about your addiction to herrings.
Hope you are not feeling too saudade ....

No more war, more herrings ( with chopped onions of course)!
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swan



Joined: 23 Nov 2004
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Location: a Dutchie in HongKong

PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ANR is Antwerp and it must be someone who knows his/her citycodes well...Smile

The food isn't that bad, it's just probably very different from what you are used to. And the new herring season just started, wonderful!
Or how about asparagus, our 'white gold'? (last week in season now!) Dutch strawberries?
Choises are not as many as you are used to in the US, Canada or maybe even Australia, but hey, we're a small country and the assortiment improving by the day! Just last week I found a basket of 'mixed, 'wild'tomatoes'in the supermarket, all different shapes and colours.
You see...we're getting there!
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Saudades



Joined: 15 Jun 2006
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Location: Food Hell

PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi again, sorry i'm always too lazy to write names of cities in full Smile yes Vancouver, Netherlands, Antwerpen. [/me drinking Vietnamese coffee and watching Bill Granger on the BBC]
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Chicago Bear: clams...how i love fresh clams! extremely hard to come by. usually imported from Italty. the food is quite different ...i'm not used to eating baby food. i think they like it mashed, and vegs are always boiled to death when i prefer mine crunchy, or raw even. lots of meat meat meat. now that you've been to PNW you know the food, especially fresh fish, is fabulous there. that's one of the things i miss about YVR...fresh seafood, Pacific salmon, sashimi [Sashimi!!!], nachos with extra salsa/jalapenos/cheese sauce Razz

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Simona: funny you asked...actually i was just about to start that job but had doubts so i decided to "take off" before doing something for work that i didn't enjoy. started my Eurail trip in NL and after visiting many places in Europe i wanted to stay [i was a young lass then]. never looked back since. so that should explain why i still write city names in codes Smile yes, always extra chopped onions for me, preferably the red kind. and a glass of 2 of Tio Pepe to wash it all down. Dutchies are amazed to see me [sometimes] liberally pour half a bottle of tabasco over the herrings. haven't been back to YVR since 2001. these days i only have saudade for all things Portuguese Wink

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Swan: yes, the new season has started. i just had my first 3 *new* herrings yesterday for lunch Very Happy i love the 'white gold', absolutely! NL, as is everywhere else, has its pluses and minuses...i'm still here! Laughing
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David



Joined: 30 Sep 2004
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Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember having a superb and bountiful "ristafel" in Amsterdam. Anyone visiting should give this Indonesian import a whirl--can be quite the adventure!
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Barbara



Joined: 13 Nov 2004
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Location: Gold Coast Australia

PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gisele - I'm guessing you live where I once lived.
Saudades - Do you listen to Cesaria Evora, the Cape Verde singer who sings about saudade in Portuguese? You must. She's fabulous.
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simona



Joined: 11 Mar 2005
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Location: israel

PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well Saudade, (a young lass is a girl lass or a boy lass?), I'm in the food and travel business ( separately) and our daughter is working at LY ( EL-AL - Israeli Airlines) , I live in TLV ( Tel Aviv) , so I read signs.

Swan, I love pea soup, herrings and onions,and we, Israelis have a soft spot for the Dutch people because of historical reasons, so you'll forgive me if I'm not and afficionado of frikadellen and fries with sate and/or mayo sauce (!!!!).

I live in TLV, 40 minutes from Jerusalem, 1 1/2 hour from the Dead Sea, 2 hours from Amman, 3 hours from the Sea of Gallilee, 2 hours from Nazareth, four hours from the Red Sea, 5 hours from Damascus, 15 minutes from the Mediteranean Sea, 30 minutes from Iran's bombs and 20 min. from Iraq's missiles( or vice versa). Lots of good restaurants, wonderful beaches, soft sand, some exploding buses, 300 sunny days per year, extraordinary sunsets. Not a dull moment.

No more war, I hope
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gingerpale



Joined: 23 Jan 2006
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The nuclear plant is having "incidents".

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Judy



Joined: 29 Sep 2004
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Location: buried under a pile of books somewhere in Adelaide, South Australia

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Umm, gingerpale, there's no nuclear plant in Adelaide, Australia.
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gisele



Joined: 28 Mar 2006
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Location: North of Auckland, New Zealand

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barbara - Yes I believe that I do Very Happy Do you enjoy living in the city?

It's so refreshing to see so many people living in vastly different places, all finding their way to Chocolate and Zucchini! I love the diversity! Very Happy
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