March 20, 2007
We have only four days to go to leave here, but most students are still very aggressive in everything. We feel very happy when we see students communicating with McGlashan College students in English. They have become used to New Zealanders’ way of living. Every student looks satisfied and very healthy, which makes us happy and uneasy at the same time, because they will miss their life here. We become happy when we hear them talking about their family life proudly in the morning tea time. Morning tea is a good custom passed down from generation to generation from their ancestors in Scotland. Teachers also get together in the staff room to enjoy talking and eating sandwiches with tea or coffee.
Now in New Zealand summer time (in the US they call daylight saving) has ended and time has returned to normal. We thought it would confuse a lot of people here including Japanese kids, but nothing troublesome seemed to happen. When we arrived here, we had four hours time difference between Japan and this country, but now we have three hours time difference. It’s a great tactics of the government, isn’t it?
The weather is terrible here. We guessed it would be warm or hot, but we’ve found it terrible. The weather is so changeable. One day summer comes and winter visit us another day. When it is fine and warm in the morning, it becomes very cold with rain and cold wind. That’s why we see people with just T-shirts and people with thick winter down jacket. We were able to enjoy comfortable weather though today.
Today we visited a sheep farm, where we ate lamb at lunch and then we saw a lot of sheep eating. It’s a least thing we like to do, but in fact lamb was tasty. This means sheep is not a pet but an indispensable thing as food. It gives us an impression that it’s like a whale. A Japanese boy argued with his family about the topic. It might have been another great chance for him, I’m sure. It is a real challenge to understand the gap of cross culture, isn’t it?
Anyway you can see your beloved kids very soon.
T. Akiba from Dunedin.