Guest Post: New Zealand Is Great and All, but It’s No Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 14th 2012 2094 0

Ed. note: As someone who's lived away from Memphis before, I can relate with just about everything in this guest post from Mary Thompson. She left Memphis for New Zealand last year, and there are a few things she wishes she could have brought with her.

I'm a Memphian currently living in New Zealand. It's lovely here but I’ve learned you never know what makes Memphis so special until you leave it.

Here are a few things in Memphis I’m missing while living in a foreign land:

1. Central Barbecue:  Everyone in Memphis has a favorite barbecue place and Central Barbecue is mine. Even if you don't eat it often, you miss it tremendously while living in a city with no barbecue options.

2. Muddy's Bake Shop: Despite trying cupcakes in every city I visit, Muddy's still manages to be my favorite. I miss their perfect cake-to-icing ratio cupcakes.

Muddy's Bakeshop, Memphis, Tenn.

3. Overton Park: Who doesn't love a public city park with a zoo, a museum, a college, an outdoor concert venue, a lake, two playgrounds, a golf course, a dog park, an old forest and plenty of open space?

4. Court Square:  When I was working in Downtown Memphis, I grew to love Court Square. It's a great place to eat lunch or just relax outside and sometimes, there are food trucks, visiting TV  shows, and fun summer lunchtime events.

Court Square, Memphis, Tenn.

5. Basketball: It’s impossible to not get caught up in the excitement when our teams are doing well. Memphis goes crazy and basketball bonds us all to each other in a special way that you miss once you leave. (Plus, I still don’t fully understand rugby or cricket.)

 

Mary TairuaMary Thompson currently lives in Auckland, NZ. She still works for a Memphis web design company and plans to move back to Memphis later this year.
 


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. I only went to Memphis once -to visit Graceland! But, should I go again, I will definitely hit up some of these venues! Thanks, Mary!

  2. Doug says:

    We have also immigrated (from South Africa) to New Zealand, 8 years ago and are also based in Auckland. There are definitely things I miss from back home but NZ is a great place to live and on balance we definitely prefer it over here. I have put together information on everything NZ for anyone who is looking into immigrating to NZ, from the immigration process, cost-of-living, employment to education and healthcare. Have a look if you are interested – http://www.sa2nz.com
    Would love to visit Memphis some day too!

  3. eric says:

    Hey, we love New Zealanders… If you're into New Zealand music, punk/indie pioneers THE CLEAN are playing at the Hi Tone on Thursday, August 28. Doors at 8pm. Once in a lifetime show in Memphis! Also with Brazilians Boofarins and Memphis' Nots! http://www.hitonememphis.com/event/170021

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