When you stay as a guest in someone’s house, you give up your anonymity. This becomes quite a challenge if you are the kind of person who cherishes independence. However, when you and your host are on the same wavelength, you can have a trip more special than money can buy. Some years ago when I went to Auckland, New Zealand, for the first time, my hosts were a couple, about my age, whom I had met while travelling in Europe.
They had a full programme lined up for me. They drove me around and showed me their favourite hot springs and also the beach where a popular TV series had once been filmed. At mealtimes, they introduced me to their favourite restaurants, where I sampled cheeses from south New Zealand that don’t get exported, and fruits grown locally. Normally such a tight schedule would make me nervous, but I found myself happily relinquishing control to my hosts, who truly understood the pleasures of their native country and enjoyed sharing them. I couldn’t have encountered this New Zealand on my own.
89. It is pointed out in the passage that the narrator and his hosts ----.
A) knew each other before he travelled to New Zealand
B) had made a long journey together across manyEuropean countries
C) spent a fortune to experience the pleasures of New Zealand
D) were genuinely interested in sampling a large variety of New Zealand’s food and drinks
E) were independent people who preferred to be on their own