Yesterday I met a Kiwi ex-pat on the mean streets of Vancouver (okay, so maybe it was more of a waiting room than the means streets but same difference) and got the skinny about the country I’ll soon be living in. I learned the term JAFA and how much love this one individual has for Wellington. This is something I can respect because it reminded me of myself and how I used to talk about Vancouver when I lived in Toronto.
I don’t know if it was how enthusiastic he was about Wellington but after chatting with him it made me want to live there. He made Wellington sound like a city that was meant for me with its artsy small city feel where everything is in close proximity and has a thriving cafe culture. He also made a comparison between cities and if Wellington was like a city in Canada then he thought it would be like Vancouver. I hate to admit it but it might have been at that exact moment where he had me sold on Wellington.
What I was really blown away with however, was his genuine desire to help me. He tried to give me as much information as possible and was going to touch base with his partner and depending on where I’m going, they’d try to give me contacts on the ground. I just found it pretty amazing he was being so friendly and helpful to a total stranger. All I can say is I hope that people like him are the norm in New Zealand. As far as I’m concerned, this chance meeting was pretty awesome and I can’t wait to get together with both of them next week to talk New Zealand over drinks.