By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

Stockholm, May.1 (ChinaEuropeDialogue) — Hi my New Zealand teacher Jim Tully and my friend colleague Nellie, how are you? Miss you and miss good old days. I feel sorry I couldn’t pay back for your kindness to me and I now live in Sweden. But I can never forget New Zealand, also the most beautiful country in the world in my eyes.

I fell in love with the campus of University of Canterbury when I just arrived there on March 24, 2003. It was raining when I arrived in the Christchurch airport.

My big suitcase didn’t arrive and I had to go to my hotel without big luggage. But next day it arrived. I lived in a prison-renovated hotel.

Almost all the students there were Chinese students as young as 15 years old and as old as the Korean uncle who is about 50 years old.

I took the bus to the campus and I saw the maple leaves and the green yellow and red mix color was very beautiful. So many trees and grass. How beautiful it was!

I thought I would like to live there forever!

The campus was open and connected with the city. I was impressed the students also demonstrated when the parliament wanted to increase student fees. But they just shouted a few slogans and when they arrived in the city center, people just dispersed and went back to university again.

I was surprised. Think of our students in Beijing when they demonstrate, they did it by weeks and weeks and lived in the Tiananmen Square for many night! What a difference!

People do whatever they like to do and gap between the rich and the poor was not big.

I should write to them and contact them. Why am I so lazy and do nothing about our relations? Sometimes I think I was a small potato and cannot make much differences. But I think I didn’t do enough for China or for New Zealand. I should contact more. I know there are more Chinese there too.

By Chinaeuropenet

Xuefei Chen Axelsson is an independent media person. She has been a journalist for 30 years. She studied English, International politics, and sustainable development. She has been to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and America, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and all the nordic countries including Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Britain. She is good at talking with all kinds of people and exchange ideas and serves as a bridge between China and the world.

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