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Welcome (?) to New Zealand


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You never manage to make the first impression again.... and New Zealanders perfectly missed their first chance.

I spent nearly three hours at the airport Customs. First, waiting an hour in line to the passport control and then... looking at my personal things being unpacked and examined one by one by the customs officer. To make it more exiting, the whole story took place between 11pm and 2am. Last country that provided me with such entertainment was Turkmenistan.

Despite the late night, the officers were very careful. For example, they paid attention to my hiking shoes and tent. The boots were washed by them (thanks, guys) and the tent was...I do not know, they took it from me for ten minutes and then said it was ok then. It was all about so-called biological risks - in order to protect NZ flora.

Finally, the New Zealand Customs have scored a great victory that night. They managed to find and confiscate a package of... flower seeds that i bought in Tasmania, with intention to give it to my mother. They said, these cannot be allowed in and offered to store them for me till my departure for 20$. My (very silent, naturally) response was that they can stuck these seeds... and grow them...

Well, I do not feel quite welcome here now. I thought such stories happen only in third world...

Posted by wedrowycz 04:47 Archived in New Zealand

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Sie ubawilem czytajac tego loga :) No coz zapewne spodobaly im sie buty i chcieli je zwinac, ale zle by wygladalo wiec je Tobie umali. Namiot tez im sie pewnie spodobal na pierwszy rzut oka, zabrali na zaplecze rozstawili, zebys nie widzial i stwierdzili ze jest za malo pojemny, dlatego Ci go oddali :)
A co do pierwszego wrazenia, no to szkoda ze sie tak zlozylo. Bo ja raczej bym zakladal ze pierwszy wpis z NZ bedzie Och! Ach!, a tutaj raczej wielkie Ech!
Moge tylko powiedziec, zebys nie skreslal "tambylcow", no bo przeciez biurokracja jest wszedzie taka sama, czyli nadajaca sie do tego samego miejsca, gdzie chciales posadzic te nasiona z Australii :) Pozdrawiam Tomek

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