Todd: Monica, you mentioned a farm home stay in New Zealand. Have you ever actually everlived on a farm?
Monica: I haven't lived on a farm as such, but I've visited family friends who have lived onfarms.
Todd: Did you like it?
Monica: Yeah, I remember loving visiting my family friends on farms. Yeah, especially ridinghorses. I loved riding horses when I was young.
Todd: So are you good? Are you an equestrian professional?
Monica: I wouldn't say that. I do remember one time. My mother always seems to tell peoplethis story about when I was young, and we were at her friend's farm. I was on a horse, and thehorse took off, and I was only about, I think ten at the time and I was hanging off the side ofthis horse and my mother was really worried for me, and then when the horse finally stoppedshe ... you know ... she came running up and asked me if I was OK and things, and apparently Isaid to her, "Oh, it's OK. I wanted it to go fast."
Todd: That's cute. You're lucky you didn't get hurt though.
Monica: Yeah, well, I guess I just didn't sense the danger.
Todd: Actually, I kind of grew up on a farm. My grandfather had a ranch growing up so I spendevery summer on his ranch, so I have quite the ... I don't know ... I guess I have a lot ofexperience on a farm. Yeah, it's good. I remember when I was young I thought the life on afarm was just the best. I mean I had it so good, and I loved everything about living on a farmand I thought when I was gonna get older, I would want to be on a farm, but now that I'molder, I couldn't image doing it every again.
Monica: What can't you imagine doing?
Todd: I don't know, I guess, I just couldn't imagine all that work, and I think I'm just soaddicted to city life or suburban life and living in a house and just doing work on computersand things like that. I couldn't go back to that lifestyle, but when I was young, I have to admit,I enjoyed it a lot. So how about you? Could you see yourself moving and living on a farm?
Monica: Well, yeah, I think my thoughts are similar to yours in that I'm very used to beinginside using a computer, and I'm used to a very different lifestyle to one that involves being ona farm, but yeah, I've never had a long period of time where I've stayed on a farm like you soyeah maybe it's a bit different for me.
Todd: So, Monica, you are from New Zealand.
Monica: Yes, that's right.
Todd: So, for people going to New Zealand, what would you recommend? What are three orfour places that you must see in New Zealand?
Monica: Oh, OK, three or four places you must see. Well, it depends what you're looking forreally. I think a lot of people that come to New Zealand enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, so there's lotsof outdoor activities and places you can go to to enjoy in New Zealand. Personally, I find theSouth Island of New Zealand very scenic in comparison to the North Island, so for me, amust-do is the West Coast of the South Island. It's very pretty.
Todd: The West Coast.
Monica: Yeah. In particular, there's two glaciers. Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers, which arevery stunning to look at, and you can either have a look at them by foot, or you can pay for ahelicopter ride that takes you up and shows you an aerial view of them.
Todd: Now, do people ever walk across the glaciers?
Monica: There are guides that can walk you across. Yeah, I haven't done it personally, but it ispossible.
Todd: So what else would you recommend for New Zealand? What other places should peoplesee?
Monica: I think if you want to see ... let me think ... rural New Zealand. It's quite a nice ideato drive the length of the country and then you can see the interesting farming that is takingplace, in particular in the South Island. The lower part of the South Island, and a lot of theNorth Island as well. There's a lot of sheep in New Zealand and there's a lot of cattle as well,so I think it's always interesting to go for a drive to see that firsthand.
Todd: So, you just start up in Auckland in the north and drive all the way down south?