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Surviving New Zealand in characteristic Eastern European style, while helplessly falling in love with the 'Land of the Thousand Rainbows', the 'Most Beautiful Rainy Hell', the 'Land of Relentless Biscuit Eaters' - Aotearoa, the 'Last Eden on Earth'. I never perceived our life in New Zealand as exile and emigration as martyrdom, as it is the custom (and pretty much a patrioSurviving New Zealand in characteristic Eastern European style, while helplessly falling in love with the 'Land of the Thousand Rainbows', the 'Most Beautiful Rainy Hell', the 'Land of Relentless Biscuit Eaters' - Aotearoa, the 'Last Eden on Earth'. I never perceived our life in New Zealand as exile and emigration as martyrdom, as it is the custom (and pretty much a patriotic obligation) in the Bulgarian cultural and literary tradition. Our life in Aotearoa was a challenge and a lifetime adventure, a love affair and a hilarious comedy (with just the tiny bit of drama) in a land, regarded by the rest of the world as the last Eden on Earth. This book is my humble attempt to tell the story of our hardship and joy, suffering and fun, the mundane and the extraordinary, the adventurous and the banal, that we faced during our six years in New Zealand. It is about the friends we found. The clichés we wrestled. The wonders we witnessed. The people we met. The lessons we learned. The country we reluctantly, but helplessly fell in love with. About Aotearoa - The Land Of The Long White Cloud. About New Zealand - at the end of the world....

Title : East in Eden
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ISBN : 9781629012339
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Number of Pages : 338 Pages
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East in Eden Reviews

  • Lilia
    2018-11-17 01:57

    Много ме забавляваше тази книга! Смях се с глас, и четох, и търсих после да видя картини от Нова Зеландия в нета :))) Дори ме завладя идеята да изгледам Властелина на пръстените само за да видя неподправената природа на Н.Зеландия /според авторката/. Още не съм го гледала де, но подарих книгата на три скъпи за мен приятелки.

  • Maria
    2018-12-04 01:48

    От незнайно колко време искам да отида в Нова Зеландия, нещо като детска мечта ми е. Може би е най-екзотичното място, което мога да си представя, все пак е на обратната страна на Земята. Не ми е много ясно от къде и кога съм добила представа за живота там, за климата, за хоранта, за природата. Но със сигурност е станало доста преди островът (или малкият континент) да се прочуе като Средната земя. Разбира се, като почитател на „Властелинът”, след филма Нова Зеландия придоби още по-голямо очарование. Но книгата на Изабела Шопова ме накара малко да ревизирам представите си, а от там и самата мечта. Пак искам да отида и да видя, може би и да поживея месец - два за по-пълно потапяне в културата, но като че ли вече не съм толкова убедена за постоянна емиграция. Изненада ме описанието на климата, не съм предполагала, че вали толкова често и толкова много. А и вятър в добавка май няма да ми хареса особено. Също и проблемът с ултравиолетовите лъчения.Книгата ми хареса, защото липсва толкова типичният трагизъм и носталгия на емигрантите. Няма вайкане, няма съжалениея. Също така няма и безкритично величаене на новата родина. Просто описание на емоциите и впечатленията от живота в Нова Зеландия, който си има добри и лоши страни. Заради описанието на природата, на чудесата й, на туристическите забележителности при евентуално посещение книгата би могла да се ползва като туристически справочник. Надявам се някой ден да проверя до колко е достоверна информацията вътре....Малко не ми хареса стилът, на места хуморът не ми се струва съвсем уместен; другъде пък е леко пресилен. За мен книгата си заслужава заради темата и преживяванията, доближава ме до мечтата ми. Но въпреки сближаването, Нова Зеландия не загубва очарованието си на най-екзотичното място на света.В книгата има и рецепти, характерни за новозеландската кухня. Смятам да пробвам някои от тях (банановия кекс наприер, бисквитите и мъфините).

  • Deni Nersezova
    2018-11-24 23:53

    East of Eden is a happy story of group of young migrants who shared their first years of their new life on the other side of the Earth. Good story of people who grew as friends and became closer than family. Everything seemed to be in the opposites to what we were used to and Izabella managed to capture this new life with her remarkable sense of humour and eye for detail. Great read!

  • Galia
    2018-12-04 20:42

    Разкошна книга!!! Потопих се изцяло в атмосферата на Нова Зеландия, "видях" всичките й красоти и невероятни пейзажи и това разказано толкова леко, приятно и забавно! Научих много неща за културата и обичайте на кивитата :), беше ми изключително интересно!

  • Mileto
    2018-12-14 22:38

    Чудесно неочаквано пътешествие!

  • Diyana Yosifova
    2018-11-24 21:41

    Ако се откриете в най-малко едно от долните описания, то горещо ви препоръчвам тази книга:1) обичате да пътувате до близки и далечни места и да откривате всякакви различни и екзотични култури;2) вие сте пътешественик по душа и използвате всеки подходящ момент да се отнесете надалеч, поне в мислите си; 3) сериозно обмисляте да емигрирате, но ви трябва още мъничко информация за живота на емигранта - всякакви размисли и страсти, плюс чисто практична информация;4) върл почитател сте на "Властелинът на пръстените" и сте гладни за всякаква информация за филма;5) обичате вицовете, а никога не сте чували такъв за новозеландците;6) чудите се на кого, кога и къде му е хрумнала гениалната идея за торта "Павлова"; 7) чудите се на кого, кога и къде му е хрумнала странната идея за прозрачна надуваема топка, в която човек влиза, за да се потъркаля малко (нарича се зорбинг това удоволствие), вероятно понеже винаги е искал да опита центрофугирането, а няма как да се побере в пералнята; 8) дори и да не се разпознаете в някое от горните, ако обичате свеж хумор и леко написани мемоари, то пак книгата би ви била интересна!

  • Anna Dimitrova
    2018-12-05 21:54

    ПО принцип пътеписите са ми скучни, особено ако не са придружени от качествени снимки, но пък и рядко ми се случва да чета нещо на български автор, така че смея да твърдя изпитах истинско удоволствие и искрено се забавлявах на словесните излияния на авторката, играта й с думите, която понякога се губи в преводната литература и много нашенския хумор и ирония, с която са описани случки, места и националния характер на кивитата. Нова Зеландия освен това изглежда много интересна и красива през нейните очи, на моменти наистина имах чувството, че съм там и виждам описаните градчета или невероятно опасни пътища :)

  • Флорина Барбукова
    2018-11-30 22:51

    Well, that’s the book I can read and read with the same pleasure as if I’ve just started it. That’s a story for the wonder of life, the charm of seeking and the delight of finding. Emotional charging, itching need for travel, that’s what you get while reading “East of Eden”. Thank you, Izabela!

  • Stanka Moskov
    2018-11-21 22:37

    Finally, the Bulgarian readers are not the only privileged group, able to selfishly enjoy Izabela Shopova’s masterful writing! The book “East in Eden”, recently translated into English is a cosmopolitan piece of literature, meant to be read not just by Bulgarians, or kiwis; travelers or history buffs; or comedy enthusiasts… It is for all of the above and more. The author is generous and truthful to anybody, whose intellectual curiosity and open mind would entice them to take her journey into the reality of an immigrant’s life in New Zealand. The story of a family, leaving the imperfections of Eastern Europe in 2002 to find a better life and more freedom, turns about to be not as tedious black and white reality as the socialistic idea of advancement would have you expect. Through the eyes of the new immigrants it is an exotic mixture of every day mundane challenges, cultural shock, panoramic landscapes, ridiculous adventures and all that old fashioned need to belong…It is not a typical travel book or autobiography; it takes us to the “Land of the Long White Cloud” by painting a picture of extreme colors, unusual facts, unexpected reactions, newly discovered emotions and so much more. It is not easy to sum up a book, which has no specific genre or manifesto. It is, what it is – captivating and addictive; fun and joy to the last page. You would be expected to swim through underground lakes, to correctly pronounce 92 letter long Maori geographical landmarks, not to fear earthquakes, volcanoes and floods; to live peacefully with 14 centimeter crickets, coughing birds and copious amounts of snails. And yet pay close attention to the home making process of adapting to a new country.In “The Land of Rain” people are extremely polite but with no regard for appearances. They walk barefooted into the bank and still are being taken seriously (just the opposite to the homeland’s kind ‘a snobbish culture…) And yet, the industrial superiority of the former British colony in no way can get you some warm water at a local sink. The two taps proudly point to “hot” or “cold” choice. No middle ground! To the right hand drivers from Europe the road seams a strange place with nobody at the expected left wheel position; only the occasional wavy fur of a dog enjoying the breezy window sightseeing brings the picture to levels of grotesque amazement.Observational humor and eye for picturesque detail, the book is a treasure chest for cultural adventure seekers. You laugh and learn. Sometime with tearful understanding of the not always happy ploy of the new-comer you can dip to a more serious sentiment but only for a moment and you are back to the sunny surface of the limitless joy, which life can offer at any age, at any geographic destination as long as you expect it. No stirring stuff, no deep ideas, meant to teach us the ultimate truth in (counted) steps by somebody else’s questionable “wisdom”. It is what it is - shiny, imperfect and optimistic… a kaleidoscope of events, places and feelings, which are about to culminate to the ultimate wisdom of love and acceptance, not preached but experienced. No time for improvements, no time for rehearsal. Just a beautiful moment in time with the realization that it is not coming back.I hope, you like it.

  • Roumiana Velikova
    2018-12-16 00:57

    The English-reading public can finally enjoy Izabela Shopova’s delightful travel memoir that made Bulgarians fall in love with New Zealand. The author, who moved with her family from Eastern Europe to New Zealand in 2002, treats the readers to select bits of Bulgarian history, geography, national cuisine and traditions while immersing them into the upside-down reality of New Zealand, with its opposite seasons, rules of physics, and rules of the road; weather extremes; unique flora and fauna; volcanic beauty; Maori culture; extreme tourism; and free-spirited inhabitants, who call themselves Kiwis, after the wingless bird unique to that part of the world. The narrative thrives on the comedy of random circumstances, cultural misunderstandings, and personality clashes. The point of view of the luckless immigrant is both disarmingly honest and deceptively naïve. The author sees her country of origin and her adoptive country from a distance that allows her to mix nostalgia with the excitement of new discovery, to overcome stereotype, and to grow into her new-found perspective as a Kiwi. Like a true Kiwi, she loves to talk about the weather and has an endless reserve of powerful images of unique or mundane natural phenomena. New Zealand weather is a source of numerous comical mishaps because the author chooses to visit tourist attractions on a whim, in the off season and in inclement weather, even during a tropical cyclone. The thrill of exploration, fueled with the occasional adrenaline boost of extreme tourism, moves the narrative at a brisk pace. The author, against her better judgment, goes jet-skiing, zorbing, sledging, and blackwater rafting. She rides on a bus over the ocean bed at low tide, slides down sand dunes, drives over rollercoaster mountainous roads, climbs a glacier, swims with dolphins. All these feats are narrated with the self-deprecating humor of the reluctant adventurer, but also with the sharp intellect of the professional engineer. East in Eden began as a series of letters the author sent to Bulgaria from New Zealand. It then grew into an eagerly followed online blog and eventually resulted in a successful print collection, published in Bulgarian and enhanced with informative chapters on Kiwiana. That accounts for its episodic structure and occasional repetitiveness. The translation authentically captures the rich and evocative prose, while reflecting the author’s struggles to comprehend the English spoken down under. Parenthetical explanations of obscure references have been incorporated for the benefit of the international audience of the English-language edition.

  • DenitsaD
    2018-12-12 19:54

    I’ve read most of Izabella’s book, when it was still just a series of blog posts on the web and right before I came to live in New Zealand. Then I re-read the book, when it came out in Bulgarian and already having my own stories and adventures in Aotearoa. And the book was still a brilliantly captivating read I love the attitude she is showing in the book (and in life I would presume:) - she has so much love for her characters, and at the same time she is keeping her eyes wide open for all the little details that make our interactions so interesting, and layered, and hard to predict.She is dissecting her new kiwi reality armed with a very clever and hilariously used mix of stereotypes, attitudes, and all the clichés she could find about how we describe ourselves. And the play she orchestrated between all these observations is her brilliant way to challenge each and everyone of them before ultimately blending them into a new (and improved) point of view.Some of her stories will leave you in stitches; some will bring to the surface your own experiences that you will want to share with her; some will make you argue with her take on things, but for sure none of them will leave you indifferent:)

  • Jacqueline Wagenstein
    2018-11-20 19:52

    Izabela's fans who already have read her online texts, are well acquainted with her brilliant writing style! Those, who are reading her work for a first time, will find in this text everything they need to know about New Zealand, expanded with a great collection of photos.“East – in Eden” is not a novel, a travel diary, or an autobiography; it’s not a letter or a recipe collection; it is a little bit all of that and something more... A new type of literature, which holds no regard for any specific form or genre, but captivates with its honesty, freshness, extreme palettes and smashing sense of humour.A tale, sometimes joyous, sometimes sad, sometimes hysterical and shocking, other times ordinary and informative; but at all times - exceptional, honest, funny and provocative. Three hundred and fifty pages filled with intelligent entertainment, interesting knowledge and the healing love for a newfound home in New Zealand.

  • Bookmaniac70
    2018-12-15 21:39

    Прочетох я с удоволствие. Много приятно чувство за хумор,любопитни подробности за Нова Зеландия. На места се смеех с глас. Препоръчвам!

  • Гергана Чернева
    2018-11-16 17:38

    fascinating journey thin laughter and light contentI adore it! Really

  • Marlela
    2018-11-19 21:00

    На моменти чувството за хумор бе пресилено, в други моменти се смях с глас. Всъщност прочетох книгата с удоволствие, да, да! :)

  • Angelina Ivanova
    2018-12-11 17:52

    Забавна, образователна, свежа и с богат изказ. Много приятно ме изненада и определено ставам фен на Изабела Шопова :) Разказва толкова увлекателно, че прави от едно повествование интересна история, разказваща, водеща, докосваща ме до една толкова далечна и непозната страна, до която едва ли ще имам възможност да се докосна лично. И непременно трябва да се прочете главата за отглеждане на извънземно, т. е. тинейджър, но не го правете ако нямате възможност да се смеете на глас :)

  • Nikki Bennett
    2018-11-21 18:59

    I took this book to read at the beach while my husband Steve was heading off on a fishing trip. I figured I'd spend the day lying in the sand and splashing in the water, but it was so cold out (even in June) that I ended holed up in my car, which was the only warm spot, reading. Steve was charter fishing, which meant he'd be out until well in the afternoon, and so I resigned myself to a cold and tedious day. But by the time Steve's boat was due back in the harbor, I was secretly hoping the captain might smack the boat up on a shoal somewhere, or run out of gas, or something that would delay them so I could keep reading East in Eden.This was a fantastic book.I've always thought abut visiting New Zealand, especially after watching all those glorious mountain range shots in the Lord of the Rings movies, but I still had that country way down on my Must-Get-To list. After reading East in Eden, New Zealand has bounced a lot closer to the top. I'm dying now to visit some of the places described in this book.Izabela Shopova manages to cover tons of topics without bogging down the reader with dry facts. She talks about the history of the country, the legends of the Maori people, the weather, the tourist spots--both well-known and off the grid--more about the weather, the people, the food, the flora and fauna, the funny customs, the weather--and still sprinkles a good bit of her family's adjustment from immigrating from Bulgaria to settling down in this new, eclectic country. And she does it with a fantastic dose of humor.Some of my favorite quotes from East in Eden:"Volcanologists predict that Auckland will end as it began--with a great Boom-Bam-Bang, but can't say when. Aucklanders simply pay no attention.""2 million years ago--even before the appearance of Homo Sapiens and long before Homo Tourist burst on the scene--the last ice age began on our planet.""We arrive by bus on a fabulously beautiful sunny day--the kind of weather that happens just twice a year but that supports the entire National Tourist industry with widely advertised myths of sunny New Zealand.""When he's not fishing, the New Zealander goes to work--as a hobby. But he prefers to play cricket and watch rugby."This story was translated from Bulgarian to English, so I have to give the translator, Christopher Buxton, a huge pat on the back too, for doing such a great job. He captures all the sarcastic humor Izabela put into this, as well as the obvious love but sheer incredulousness she feels for this county.If you're thinking of visiting New Zealand, you live in New Zealand and want a chuckle and a few good locations to check out, or if you're just curious about the place, definitely pick up this book. It has a few editing issues, but not enough to detract at all from the story, and if you're like me, you'll get totally engrossed in it. And you'll probably want to start planning your trip to New Zealand right away.

  • Димитър Тодоров
    2018-12-09 23:53

    Статиите на Изабела за перипетиите на емигранта в Нова Зеландия, за красотите на страната, за културните недоразумения, за подменените с извънземни тинейджъри, за дремещите вулкани, светещите пещери, растящите даже на глобално затопляне ледници, изригващите по часовник гейзери и прочие геотермални чудатости, маорската фонетика, безкрилите космати пернати, елфите, хобитите, делфините, адреналинестите развлечения, крадливите кеи, мигриращите къщи, пясъчните магистрали без ограничения на скоростта, еднолентовите мостчета, световната столица на ветровете, най-грозния кошер, най-красивия фьорд, най-английския град, оптимизма на стила ар деко, ... казах ли за вятъра ... ни радваха години по форумите на българската диаспора в интернет в тази. Може да ѝ е струвало кръв, пот и сълзи да изживее всичко това за има-няма 6 години, но го е разказала със заразителен добронамерен смях. Някои крилати фрази влизат директно в емигрантско-пътешественическия фолклор. За припомняне край следващото барбекю (да не забравите маслини, кюспе и авокадо с лимон за мезе!) Да излязат на книга беше просто задължително. Точно толкова, колкото впоследствие да се прехвърлим с Изабела на запад от рая и на юг от разума.

  • Kaloyana
    2018-11-17 00:40

    Давала съм три звездички на книги, които далеч повече са ме впечатлили, но все пак и тази заслужава похвала заради това, че е първа книга на автора и е някак - хем смела, хем плаха. Препоръчвам това четиво на всички, които си падат по леко саркастичен хумор, но най-вече на тези, които харесват пътеписи - описания на далечни страни, красоти, приключения. Добре де, ама аз не съм от тези читатели. Никак не обичам пътеписи, описания на природа, места, които я видя някога, я не. И изобщо си мисля, че не обичам да чета подобен род повествования - нещо, което е добре да видиш, а не да прочетеш. За разлика разбира се, от книгите в които са описани преживени чувства, начина на мислене, справяне с проблеми и т.н. Просто пътеписът не е моят тип четиво. Накрая прескачах доста странички и четях през ред-два. Основно се разказва за Нова Зеландия, но по-скоро е описаната страната, от колкото живота на въпросното семейство. Е, има разни скачания с бънджи и спускане с лодки, но толкова. Хуморът е свеж, макар малко в повече на моменти. На финала има няколко рецепти, които ме заинтригуваха. Ще пробвам да направя банановия кекс.

  • Raya Dimitrova
    2018-11-22 17:50

    Приятно пътеписче с интересни факти за Нова Зеландия. Допадна ми лекия, закачлив и хумористичен начин на писане на авторката, но тъй като очаквах по-задълбочени размисли за емигрантството в далечна, непозната държава, останах разочарована от повърхностния тон на книгата. Всичко, което се описва в нея, са впечатленията на авторката от този и онзи физически обект/събитие в Нова Зеландия. Преобладаващо информативния характер на повествованието ми идваше в повече и всъщност често четях по диагонал. Няма да отрека, обаче, че някои от преживяванията на авторката ме впечатлиха - като плуването с делфини или рафтинга в подземна пещера. Също някои странности на кивитата са доста запомнящи се - личният ми номер 1 в тази категория е цялата работа с масово подвижните къщи на новозеландците :D Като цяло книгата е любопитно, приятно и отпускарско четиво. Ако нямате възможност да пътувате, а бихте искали косвено да преживеете едно пътешествие до градовете и природата на Нова Зеландия, то тогава тази книга ще ви свърши чудесна работа :)

  • Kathleen Dixon
    2018-11-19 17:50

    This book has some very funny tales of adventure tourism in New Zealand, some lovely descriptions of the countryside, and lots of clever comment on the people and customs. The tone is light, with the clear intent of making the reader laugh, and makes it very readable.I suppose with humour you're bound to have exaggeration, so I'll just say, as one of the Kiwis who live in this gorgeous country, that:I don't own a boat or even go fishing on anybody else's boat (and have only ever known one person whose family owned one)I don't watch rugby (in fact I only discovered this morning that our team, the All Blacks, was playing some important game yesterday)I don't drink beer - my friends and I prefer wineOn the other hand, plenty of her comments about New Zealanders' cultural quirks are fairly accurate across the board, so any reader will come semi-prepared if they derive their understanding on this book.

  • Lubo Patev
    2018-11-25 01:05

    It is always fascinating to watch people having courage to follow their dreams and Izabela invites her to her journey. With her witty sense of humor and eye for capturing all interesting details, she tells her story in unique captivating way. It also brings perspective of a new comer discovering a country and going through all first time experiences of immigrant life. The book is a lot more than description of a land and wonderful places, the author opens her soul to share her feelings as they come at that time of her life. I would strongly recommend for anyone who would love to learn more about New Zealand or have moved or ever dreamed of moving to a new country at the other end of their world.

  • Julia
    2018-12-03 00:56

    Loved this book as well as the other two I've managed to lay hand and eyes on!Honestly, I was absolutely fascinated by Mrs Shopova's writing style. Her story is floating on a boat of reasonableness, happy-sad moments, self-criticism, comedy, travel experience and enjoyment.Reading her books, I was feeling like I've been there, side by side with her, going through every obstacle she went through, every new job, breathtaking journey, everyday deeds; was feeling her feelings.Usually I read quite fast, but gave this book to myself as a reward: reading one chapter every day. Not more, not less. It was my source of pure daily joy and happiness! Thank You Izabela Shopova for sharing Your life with us, Your readers!

  • Mom2nine
    2018-11-26 19:03

    This book reads more like a travel log than a memoir. Apparently, much of it printed as blogs or articles. I say this because each chapter could probably stand alone, as opposed to flowing like a single story. Shopova is definitely into the details and has the words to bring them to life. This shows why some of us can move to the other side of the world and never have a story (me) and then there are writers. Although husband and child are mentioned in various chapters, as are the other Bulgarians in the area, Shopova stays focused on the area. She also includes historical details, which help to round out her visits to various areas. Thanks to goodreads.com for winning this book.

  • C.
    2018-11-23 00:43

    Since New Zealand is one of my dream destinations I was thrilled to purchase this book for my Kindle by a woman who emigrated with her family to NZ, and lived there for 6 years, UNTIL I read it!The author sounds like a chronic complainer, as she complained about absolutely everything about NZ, even the birdsong!The way she describes things there, no one in their right mind would even want to visit such a place.Wish I had requested a refund before my 7 days were up!Do not recommend this book to anyone who has fond feelings for New Zealand!

  • Alexandra
    2018-11-30 01:52

    На моменти книгата ми вървеше тегаво и бавно с прекалено много информация за дадени градове. В други моменти ме поглъщаше с описанията на невероятно красивите места в Нова Зеландия, за които определено се размечтах да посетя лично - ледниците, Ninety Mile Beach, Rotorua. И със сигурност бих искала да опитам от екстремните спортове, за част от които научих за първи път от тук. Книгата е едно приятно четиво, което може да събуди у човек желанието да посети поне частица от описаните места, така че ако искате да се потопите в света на Нова Зеландия ви препоръчвам да я прочетете.

  • Aneta Popska
    2018-11-21 21:39

    It is a priceless itinerary full of fun and adventures which make you laugh till the tears come . “East in Eden” is a really gripping book that you will not put down until you reach the very last page.I enjoied it thoroughly !If you are planning to visit the 'Land of the Thousand Rainbows', the 'Most Beautiful Rainy Hell', the 'Land of Relentless Biscuit Eaters' - Aotearoa, the 'Last Eden on Earth' or… New Zealand , then the “East in Eden” is a must . Don’t miss it !

  • Gergana
    2018-12-04 20:56

    I've read "East in eden" and I was very nicely surprised to find such interesting, funny and full of information book. I've never been to New Zealand but this book made me curious about this country. I am happy that "East in eden" was translated in English so that many people can read it. My husband is a foreigner and he will be the first person I'll be happy to share the knowledge and the particular and communicative sense of humor.

  • Ana
    2018-11-30 01:41

    East In Eden is a wonderfully entertaining book full of witty observations and touching moments. It documents the tale of a young immigrant family in New Zealand and their encounters with the local traditions, cuisine and lack of taps that mix hot and cold water. A must-read for any traveler or immigrant.

  • Hristian
    2018-11-25 20:49

    This is a wonderfully written book with a real stories of a family who arrived in New Zealand to settle a new life. It is also an explorer guide for the culture,history and beauty of New Zealand,described in a very enthralling way from the first to the last page. All the stories are filled with a great sense of humor and entertaining details. I've enjoyed the book a lot!