It's a question I've been asked on several occasions, and rightfully so. Both countries rank high on many people's must-visit lists yet many people can't visit both. In a perfect world, where finances and holiday time are unlimited, I wouldn't dare recommend skipping one country for the other. I've been fortunate enough to play tourist and local in both and even then the decision isn't an easy one. By breaking things down into several categories, and skipping some more easily researched ones (google can help with weather), I hope to shed some fresh light on two of my favourite countries in the world. But which one comes out on top?
I’m thrilled that my dear friend Emma has finally entered her thirties (what took you so long?). I decided a couple months ago to add a new feature to my blog - Inspiring 30-Somethings - and although she doesn’t know it (yet), Emma was the one to inspire this fresh addition. You’ll soon understand why. Most of us can name at least one person in our circle that lives life to the fullest and inspires us to do the same, often unintentionally. Emma has been that person for me recently and going out on a limb here (sarcastically), for many others as well.
Emma and I met in New Zealand a year and a half ago when I took on a locum position at her work and a room in her house. I felt accepted as her friend within the first few minutes of meeting her. Emma is one of the most generous and kindest people I’ve ever met, and it didn’t take long for her personality to shine through. Through her enthusiasm for all aspects of life, she silently (and vocally when necessary) inspires those around her to make the most of every day. Emma appears to have a bottomless pit of energy - whether it be related to work, sport or play. She’s an exceptionally dedicated athlete, physiotherapist, and pet-owner, amongst the many other hats she wears from day to day (girlfriend, daughter, sister, coach…). Allow me to introduce you...