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May 24, 2011

The IFSA Farewell Dinner and the New Zealand Must Do List

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It’s Tuesday afternoon and my legs are in extreme pain thanks to the Pinnacles Hike, which I will talk more about in my next post. I am drinking endless amounts of peppermint tea and planning more trips for the next few weeks I have left in New Zealand. The farewell dinner at Degree is one […]

May 15, 2011

How to Tim Tam Slam and a Kiwi Birthday

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One of the biggest differences when it comes to schooling here is that numerous students choose to live at home instead of living on campus to save money. This has made the University of Auckland more of a commuter school. The Kiwis are really friendly, but it is hard to spend quality time with them […]

May 9, 2011

Luging, Mountain Biking, and Zorbing in Extreme Rotoroa

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This weekend, IFSA Butler, our study abroad program, coordinated an Adventure Weekend for us. I am a fan of the events they plan throughout our semester because it gives us an excuse to all hang out as a group and experience new things together. We left on Saturday morning to go mountain biking in some […]

May 9, 2011

The Idiosyncrasies of Auckland

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It’s around midnight on Wednesday night, well, Thursday morning. I have been researching halfheartedly for an essay on the role of heterosexuality as shaped through sex education. The research is actually pretty interesting, so I am somewhat excited for this essay. Being the tea addict that I am, I am on my seventh cup of […]

May 1, 2011

Milford Sound, Dunedin, and Mount Cook

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If you are going to see the South Island, and you should if you are ever in New Zealand, (it’s heaven on earth, where else can you see sea lions ten feet away from you?) the Milford Sound is one of the most fantastical things you can see here. We were planning on doing the […]

May 1, 2011

The Routeburn Track

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It’s late Sunday night, and the IFSA Butler group was supposed to plant trees as a volunteer event today, but since it was about to rain and there were “severe” winds, we decided to reschedule for another weekend. I am staring at my New Zealand guidebook, now marked with post its of things I have […]

April 26, 2011

Arthur’s Pass, Hoktika, and Franz Josef Glacier

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It’s Monday and it’s 9:45 pm. For once the rain isn’t slamming the windowpanes, but it is officially rainy season here in Auckland. And surprisingly…I have missed it. I have missed the way my room smells after I light my cheap candles, the multicolored seashells that adorn my desk from previous beach trips, the Moleskine […]

April 24, 2011

Pre-Break Nerves and Windy Wellington

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The Auckland City Library is one of my favorite places. I go there to de-stress and check out numerous books, and getting a library card here is much easier than I thought. The signs all have Maori translations under the English headings, and it is a place where I automatically feel at home. I end […]

April 4, 2011

The Dark Side of Studying Abroad

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It’s hell week. The week before autumn break (yes, the halfway mark) and the week where suddenly everything is due. I have a lab report and a blog post entry that are worth significant portions of my final grade due on Friday, and I am unsettled about the grading system. It’s a learning experience and […]

March 29, 2011

A Kiwi Movie, Fish and Chips, and Night Canyoning

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I cannot believe time is flying so fast! It is already the end of March and autumn is officially here. The temperature is noticeable, there are more people wearing cardigans and less people on the beach, but the sun still shines and the people are still always smiling. This week was exceptionally amazing because one […]