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Spotlight Travels: New Zealand with Glen Dandridge


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SPOTLIGHT TRAVEL with Basketball Player –

Glen Dandridge:

Glen Dandridge Basketball Profile
Glen Dandridge

Meet Glenn Dandridge. A professional basketball player from Virginia who has played in different parts of the world.

Today you will get a glimpse of Glenn’s life playing basketball in New Zealand for 5 months…

Holly Dayz: I know you went to New Zealand to play basketball, what part were you in?
Glen Dandridge: I was in Christchurch, New Zealand, in the South Island.
Holly Dayz: What were your first thoughts when you realized that was were you would be headed to play basketball?
Glen Dandridge: I knew that it was on the other side of the world and knew that it would be different.
Holly Dayz: Did you do anything to prepare? If so what?
Glen Dandridge: I did nothing out of the normal. Just train, like I normally do before leaving to go play in another country.
Holly Dayz: What team did you play for? Tell me about the experience.
Glen Dandridge: The team’s name is Canterbury Rams. A team with a high tradition value. Because of the earthquakes that destroyed the city, they weren’t able to have a team in the city for a number of years. So this was the first year for the Rams to be back in the league.
Glen Dandridge on the court
Holly Dayz: Were a lot of your teammates from the United States?
Glen Dandridge: My entire team was from New Zealand. Only two imports were allowed per team, so it was me and three other Americans. Two of the American players were naturalized citizens.
Holly Dayz: How is the city of Christchurch since the earthquakes?
Glen Dandridge: I enjoyed my time in Christchurch. The city is still being rebuilt from the earthquakes. It will be nice in the future when everything is built back up.
Holly Dayz: What are some of the “tourist” type of spots that you visited, versus places you went to as a “resident?” ex. Clubs, restaurants, shopping…
Glen Dandridge: I went down to Queenstown. Which is big for skiing … Also has one of the largest bungee jumping bridges .. Crazy thing is, their winter is our summer, so it was a little hard getting used to that.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand

**(Queenstown is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand‘s South Island. It is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes, and has spectacular views of nearby mountains such as The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak and just above the town; Ben Lomond and Queenstown Hill.)**

Holly Dayz: How was playing basketball there,different from other countries you have played in?

Glen Dandridge: Basketball is basketball no matter where you go in the world. May be officiated differently but that’s part of the game and you just have to adjust.
Holly Dayz: Do they try to emulate USA styles or do they have their own unique ways that we in the US copy? Did you pick up any styles that you brought back with you to the states?
Glen Dandridge: New Zealand was very unique. They definitely had their own style as far as people just in the city. My teammates were very much “Americanized”. Meaning, they watched or have been around Americans, so they use some of that style as well. No I didn’t take on a particular style, but a local clothing company, named of Uptown Goods, has great street wear and I did bring some of that back with me to the states.
Holly Dayz: What is the public transportation like? Are there a lot of cars or do the locals take buses , trains or taxi’s more often? How did you get around?
Glen Dandridge: Public transport is the same as in the states. There are buses, and taxis. Most of the locals would take buses or have their own car. I don’t know what the fares were… I had my own car.
Holly Dayz: What is the weather really like there? What can people visiting expect during the different seasons?
Glen Dandridge: Weather in the summer time is nice. The sun is more harsh there… Also the seasons are the reverse of the seasons in the U.S.. Right now it’s winter time there and summer time here.
Holly Dayz: Did you pick up the Kiwi language?
Glen Dandridge: There is no Kiwi language per say… It’s all English they just had a different accent that I would have to ask to repeat often because I didn’t understand the first time.

**(There are several languages of New Zealand. English (New Zealand English) is the dominant language spoken by most New Zealanders. There are around 70,000 native speakers of Maori out of a population of over 500,000 M?ori people.)**

Holly Dayz: What were some places you liked to go to grab some food?
Glen Dandridge: For the most part I ate at home. I cooked most of my meals. But I did like the local fish and chips spots.

Traditional New Zealand M?ori method of cooking.
Traditional New Zealand M?ori method of cooking.
**(No trip to New Zealand is complete without a delicious Hangi. Hangi means earth oven, and is a traditional Maori method of cooking food using heated rocks buried in a pit oven. Fish and Chips is a bona-fide Kiwi favourite. Freshly caught snapper, terakihi and hoki are the most common types of fish used.)**

Holly Dayz: After practice or on a day off, what were your favorite places to go to relax?
Glen Dandridge: I like to go up to the hills and just relax and take in the beautiful scenery over the bays.
Holly Dayz: I know your really into photography, what were some of your favorite places to take pictures?
Glen Dandridge: I liked taking photos at the beach, or on the hills overlooking the bays. Also, any beach that has a pier. I would go to New Brighton Beach and Pier, that would light up just after dark.
New Brighton Beach/Pier
New Brighton Beach/Pier
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  • thesophislife

    I went to Virginia! And Zealand is definitely on my list! It’s great to be able to do what you love and make a living all and experience different countries and cultures!

    • Holly Dayz

      It really is. He travels a great deal and gets to do something he loves.

  • staciesayzso

    New Zealand looks like a beautiful place to work and play! I’ve never been, but I wouldn’t mind going.

    • Holly Dayz

      I have never been either, but Glenn definitely makes you want to check it out even more.

  • patricemfoster

    Great article never thought about going to New Zealand now that I read you post sound like an interesting place to visit. Enjoy learning about other people cultural.

    • Holly Dayz

      Great, maybe it will be on your list of places to visit.

  • Aisha Adams

    Great article! I have a friend who played ball overseas… Looks like this player is enjoying himself!

    • Holly Dayz

      Oh nice, where all did he play?

  • Jo

    New Zealand looks AMAZING. *sigh* I want to explore now. lol

    • Holly Dayz

      It really does. I hope you get to explore soon.

  • Lauren

    New Zealand is high on my bucket list of places to visit. That would be an awesome experience to live there doing what you love.

    • Holly Dayz

      Traveling in living in different countries doing what you love sounds amazing. I am happy he gets that amazing opportunity. I hope you get to New Zealand soon.

  • GinaB @ Mirror Watching

    I’ve heard amazing things about the culture and beauty of New Zealand. Prayerfully I will get there some day soon.

    • Holly Dayz

      I hope you get there soon as well. It looks like such a beautiful place.

  • Ramona

    New Zealand looks awesome. I never realized there was professional basketball there. Thanks for sharing this great post.

    • Holly Dayz

      It really does. So many amazing things around the world.

  • jaylharris77

    New Zealand is on my bucket list. I’ve wanted to visit since I was a child!

    • Holly Dayz

      I hope you get there soon!

  • Frugal Flirty N Fab

    Thanks for showing us the beauty of New Zealand and also for giving insight into the life of a professional basketball player! Great post with amazing pictures!

    • Holly Dayz

      So very welcome. I am glad you enjoyed.

  • Julian @BoldFearless1

    I’ve wanted to visit New Zealand ever since i found out that’s where “Lord of the Rings” was filmed 🙂 Thanks for sharing the interview with Glen!

  • Rattles and Heels (@RattlesandHeels)

    I really enjoyed learning about New Zealand through his eyes. I would imagine it’s an awesome experience to travel the world for work,

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