We are just a bit over two weeks away from leaving Dunedin, and I have very mixed emotions about it. Obviously I’m anxious to get back to our home, work, family and friends, but it has been an amazing semester down here as well. I put together a list of the 10 things I will miss most, as well as those things that I definitely will not miss about Dunedin
10 Things I’ll Miss About Dunedin
- The short walk to the music department, library, markets and nearly everything we need.
- Sunday dinners with the Leoni family. Wonderful, wonderful people.
- Sundown at 10:30PM in January.
- Lack of telephone calls requesting tech support help.
- Lack of insect life. We get an occasional fly in the house, but no ants, centipedes or cockroaches.
- The music department staff and faculty. What a great team they have here.
- Not having to buy gasoline.
- Being able to stay up until 1 or 2 AM to work and not having to worry about driving M?lia to school at 6:45 and heading into the office.
- The exchange rate (about $0.80 US to $1 NZ).
- Immigration. We flew through on our way in and getting a work visa was a piece of cake. Unlike you-know-where.
- Hokey-Pokey Ice Cream. It’s the bomb! (Sorry, had to add #11)
10 Things I WONT Miss About Dunedin
- The neighbors’ loud and late-night flat parties.
- Broken glass all over the sidewalks and streets.
- The burnt coffee ground-like stench that covers the university side of town some days.
- Lack of Italian restaurants.
- Lack of Mexican restaurants.
- Sundown at 5PM in June.
- Prepaying for electricity.
- Waiting 2-3 weeks for letters and parcels to show up from Hawai‘i.
- Problems with downloading iTunes movie rentals.
- Cold nights in an uninsulated bedroom.