New Zealand is a very young country. The indigenous Maori arrived on these islands approximately 700-1000 years ago, and European settlement didn’t begin until the late 18th-early 19th century. Anything over 100 years old is … well … very old to us.
So when we travel internationally, it is fascinating to see towns and cities and buildings that were bustling when New Zealand was still the domain of birds.
I found it extraordinary, when we first visited Europe, to find entire town centres that haven’t changed for hundreds of years ago. I adore this time-travelling aspect to travelling in Europe.although I find the lack of modern buildings and architecture almost disconcerting.
Elsewhere in the world, I enjoy seeing the stark contrasts between the old and new. Of course, old and new are always relative.