FROM THE NEWS DESK
On Monday, I had a late lunch on Wanaka’s lakefront and watched Go Jets staff prepare a group of eight Mandarin-speaking tourists for a kayak trip.
Each couple cheered ‘‘woohoo’’ as they launched off the beach.
The shout of excitement is recognisable in any culture.
Many district tourist operators use greetings and phrases in other languages to be inclusive and welcoming.
But if all else fails, we still have a universal language.
Who doesn’t understand a whoop of joy, a smile, a meeting of eyes and minds when out enjoying our beautiful place?
Like many Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes workers, I feel a wee bit jealous when I see our holidaymakers getting a fix of our famed lifestyle.
Even though I live here, I feel I can never get enough of it.
The paddlers lifted my heart and made me laugh and for that I thank them. The afternoon in the office went so much faster.