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Cultural observations - delta_november

Dec. 19th, 2009

08:10 am - Cultural observations

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It's 0800 on Saturday, and we're packing up in preparation for a drive to the fleshpots of Kohukohu (*). Groceries have been bought, including a podule of UHT milk for tomorrow's breakfast. I feel like I'm right out of Cryptonomicon.

The hostel has little packages of Marmite next to the jam and peanut butter on the breakfast buffet. This is civilized! Also, stores here sell hair-care products for non-mutants. In Canada every shampoo seems to advertise for "dry hair" or "coloured hair" or whatever. Here I have a bottle labeled "For Normal Hair."

Soon I will be out of Auckland into the mangrove swamps and orchards of the north, and hope to have more profound observations on the universe than "Consumer products are somewhat different here, but Wendy's still has a Baconator promotion. And Coca-cola is made with sugar cane instead of corn syrup."

(*) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kohukohu,_New_Zealand
It was my favourite place on Earth when I was 19. I hope it hasn't changed.