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Heather: Getting into routine and SCUBA

DAY 39: The second part of my scuba training was today, just the theory sessions. I start pool sessions next week. At home, instead of being social and fun, my flatmates and I sat around being lazy and eating ice cream. DAY 41: the weekend was full of watching movies and doing basically NOTHING. Which is totally fun and acceptable, but makes for a miserable blog read. But, I already promised myself I would post something every day while here, so I’ll do a fun fact about New Zealand for these next […]

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Heather: Ecology field trip, St. Paddy’s and more

Cargo ship sailing through, just like in Duluth! Ahh homeland… DAY 31: I had a meeting for my class representative thing today. While in said meeting, I was somehow elected to be the undergraduate rep for the entire history department. I don’t even go here, and I’m making a name for myself! Neat. Well, I go here, but it won’t be for very long. Went to the gym today, walked back in sunshine. Amazing. I also read my textbooks outside in the grass, then got groceries, of which I was […]

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Heather: Settling in and Scuba

DAY 22: When I signed up for classes back in December, each one fulfilled some sort of requirements towards both of my majors. However, there was one class that I took that just was not fun; it was too easy and felt like a giant review. So, I said “screw it” to major requirements, dropped it today, and took up a linguistics class for fun. Ever since I was little, I’ve loved hearing foreign languages, listening to people talk and communicating with people in general. I believe that some sort of linguistics […]

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Heather: School starts

New Zealand is my paradise. DAY 15: If the title of this post wasn’t clear enough, today I had my first day of school in Auckland. I didn’t start classes until 1 pm, so I had a nice and leisurely morning. I walked to class and immediately felt overwhelmed once I got on campus. There were so many students, so many cars driving around, and lots of activities! There were booths set up outside of the student commons giving away free food and other things, plus people shouting into megaphones, trying to attract […]

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Heather: Week of orientation, “op shops” and settling in

DAY 8: I was able to finally venture onto the University of Auckland’s campus today, for international student orientation. It’s pretty cool to be considered an international student. The walk from the apartments to campus took about 20 minutes. Downhill. Which means I will be taking the bus home. Before the orientation started, they announced that it was “tea time”, and we all went outside and enjoyed tea and sandwiches. Sometimes it’s pretty easy to see the British influence on New Zealand. The rest of the day was mostly relaxing for […]

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Heather: Video of our Haka Dance

Our traditional Maori Haka dance, as mentioned in a previous post (I am in the front, making weird faces.)

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Heather: A week of adventures

DAY 3: A day of firsts for me. In the early morning, some friends and I walked through Rotorua and found a beautiful lake. When we returned to the hostel, we were able to go on our chosen activities for Adventure Day. For my trip, I choose to go whitewater rafting. The river, Kaituna, was used as a burial ground for Maori chiefs a long time ago. It is also graded a 5 in rafting levels, which is very high. So, it was a very intense trip for me, mostly […]

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Heather: First experience in New Zealand

I’ve been in New Zealand for only two days, but I already know that I will love it here. The plane ride from Los Angeles was not as bad as expected. Flying solo is definitely different than flying with others, but I made it to NZ in one piece. It took about 13 hours, and I slept for about 2 of them. Thankfully, upon arrival in Auckland, it was a beautiful sunny day, which helped me forget my exhaustion and jet lag and get excited about exploring the country. After […]

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