So something floating around on LJ right now is for someone to suggest 5 interests for you to explain. Liz has provided me with 5 to talk about so here they are:
New Zealand – I guess it stems from the music. It started out with Split Enz when I was a kid and then I discovered a couple more bands. I decided to go there on a gap year and then on to Australia as they were places I figured I’d be able to cope in by myself as they’re not too different from home. When I got to NZ I fell in love with the place. I saw pretty much the whole county and had some good times with good people over there. I have many a good memory of the evenings at the slum in Auckland with Kim and Paul, and to a lesser extent the Japanese girls and the other Brits. My best friend also came out to visit and we spent a few weeks seeing the North Island. I’m really into my music and discovered a whole heap of stuff over there that I associate with the good times. My favourite bands are kiwi acts which further helps my love for the place. I didn’t make it to Oz in the end as I extended my stay in NZ because I loved it so much. I’ve been back twice since and still want to try and live out there again some day. My love for the kiwi music is still going strong too.
Teaching – I’m not entirely sure how this came about! I originally decided I would never want to be a teacher. I still don’t think I’d ever want to teach in a British school but after spending time working for EF I decided that teaching English could be fun. It also gives me a chance to live abroad and see a bit more of the world. Now I’ve finished the CELTA course I am pretty sure its something I’m going to enjoy doing.
History – I enjoyed history at school and was really good at it. I had some ace teachers who always made lessons fun so I really looked forward to them. At uni I figured it was important to study something I actually enjoyed for 3 years and so went for history. My other option was German as I also enjoyed that but I plumped for History in the end. I really enjoyed it at uni as I got to study some really interesting topics. I also got to be a geek and read a bunch of (usually) interesting books and do some research in archives for 3 years.
Audio style music genres – So my first day in New Zealand I went to buy some CDs and got chatting to the guys working in the store, Dale and Matt. I became something of a regular there and they gave me lots of suggestions for new music to try out. Dale was a breaks DJ and invited me along to a club he played at. I met a bunch of cool people there and despite my reservation actually quite liked the music that was playing. I went out a few more times with them and got into the music a bit more and picked up a couple of CDs. There was a guy who moved into the hostel for a while who was a bit of a raver so I went to a few drum and bass nights with him at the same time as I discovered Concord Dawn and Shapeshifter. It started out in NZ, however I really got into the music when I went to uni. The first week there I went along to Supercharged as I recognised the name Krafty Kuts from hearing the guys in NZ talk about him. It had an awesome time and went along the next week with some other people – it was the first night Supercharged happened at Audio so there was a big launch party with the Scratch Perverts. I had an even better time so decided to try and go as much as possible.. Some of the best nights out I’ve had were at Audio with good music and good people. As Brighton is a big part of the scene I was able to really discover the music as there were always good DJs playing every week and a bunch of independent CD stores selling albums. Through going to Supercharged regularly I got into things like dubstep and decent drum and bass by hearing them mixed in with some of my favourite breaks tracks.
Travel – My first big trip was to Bolivia with the school. I wasn’t sure about signing up for it but in the end I decided it might be good to see if I could cope with being away for a month before committing to a whole year away in New Zealand. I had a really good time and it got me in the mood for going away. It was really good to experience a completely different culture and as there was a big group of us and a support network in place should things go wrong it was slightly less daunting than it could have otherwise been. It made me more certain that I could cope with a year in NZ too. I really enjoyed my time in NZ – some of my favourite memories are from that time plus it really changed me as a person because I actually had to speak to people. I was painfully shy up til that point but I had no option there but to force myself to speak to randoms. I have been looking for ways to get away ever since and have had a few more good trips since then but there is still a lot of the world left to see!
Now Liz you have to write about the ones Lou suggested for you!
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