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Sunday, June 6, 2010

My time is winding down...

I know it has been a while since I have updated, but not much has been happening. Me, Cayla, Liz and Emma went and stayed with our Kiwi friend Claire in Akaroa one weekend where I got to go wakeboarding in the ocean in winter. So cold but it was awesome. Her family was sweet and we got to have some delicious home cooked meals.
Other than that it's just been everyone finishing up assignments and studying making the rest of us unable to do anything with anyone. We've had a few good nights here and there with everyone, playing card games and drinking, just trying to soak up as much as we possibly can. We've all kind of gotten into a funk as it approached and became the beginning of June because we knew our time was coming to an end and of course we don't want to leave each other. It is the most bitter sweet feeling I, and everyone else, has ever felt. We are ready to see friends and family from home but it's going to be a tearful plane ride home.


As for now, we are trying to concentrate on finals and are trying to remember how to study. I'm just praying to pass, and I better or I'm dead probably.

The four of us. Liz, Cayla, Me and Val. We've decided this picture describes us the best, each in our own personalities and us as a group of loud american's.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Biggest Adrenaline Rush Ever - Kawarau Bridge Bungy, Queenstown, New Zealand

I bungy jumped. All there is to it. I, Sarah Tucker, jumped off a perfectly sound bridge, 43 meter or 140 foot fall. I want to do it again.

I was perfectly fine as 4 of us walked out onto the bridge and put our harnesses on. 2 girls went and then it was my turn. Chatting it up with guys strapping me in, stand up walk close to the edge and they ask me a question and I don't answer. My mind stopped working, what the heck am I about to do! It was terrifying, but I somehow managed to jump.

Not the graceful swan dives you always see, I think it's because we were in body harnesses and not foot ones. But still an epic picture that I love.

For the less than 5 second free fall you can't scream and all I could think about was how unsure I was that this rope wasn't going to catch me. Then it did and all I could do was scream. Most exhilarating feeling ever.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Rabbits on steroids

I know it's been too long since I've updated my blog so I'll try and remember everything I've done the past couple of weeks and break it up.

The weekend after break was spent here in Lincoln as everyone was still recouping from our two week break and we all exchanged stories and enjoyed being back with each other. It's amazing how close we all have become and how excited we all were to return to each other. I hung out with CSU kids a lot this week as our advisor from Colorado came to visit and took us out to dinner, yum! We went to the horse races Friday night, but they were carriage races. I placed bets and lost, but helped others win! Unfair right?

I've been staying on top of my school work, which is starting to catch up with me. But I'm still enjoying my time out here. The first weekend of May Val, Cayla, Liz and I went to go hike Mt Cook. Well not the actual mountain but the best hike to see the glaciers and Mt Cook from. We left after dark Friday night to drive there. Upon getting to the mountains we began to see bunnies. Awww cute. Me and Val saw a kangaroo, we promise. The other girls don't believe us (now we are told it might be a wallaby). Saw a few possums, which are fury here and a big problem. Then we are driving along and this massive steroid rabbit hops out in front of our car and decides to jump right and left unsure of which way to go. 4 girls in a car, 2 are vegitarians, 1 steroid rabbit jumps out equals lots of screaming. This happened multiple times, we must have seen at least 200 bunnies/steroid rabbits in a half hour. They are not very smart animals. You can't run over them either because they are so big they will damage the car. Finally made it to the base of the mountain and set up camp. Woke up too late the next morning to get into the hut at the top of the mountain and the other girls didn't want to camp out up there because it would have been too windy and too cold. Basically they were pansys, but I wanted too! We still hiked up half way which was good. But it was nothing but stairs the whole way up, talk about a work out. Ran into more people from CSU and from other Colorado schools, I just can't escape them.


I took lots more pretty scenery pictures. But those will go in the scrapbook I plan to make this summer. I'll show it when I'm done. We ate dinner along Lake Tekapo, which has the bluest water ever. It's so gorgeous in the country.

I'll update more on my latest weekend in Queenstown later!

Sending my Love, Sarah

Monday, April 19, 2010

I'm back!!!

Howdy once again!! I'm back from my two week adventure and already up to my elbows in school work that needs to get done. I do have good news, I passed all of my mid-terms!



As for my break I went to Sydney, Australia for 6 days. Love it. Fristly, Sydney has Krispy Kreme, so I ate about 20 donuts while I was there. Yummy. I found Nemo and got to pet a Koala!! Did you know that New South Wales (the region where Sydney is located) has a law that you can't hold Koala's because it stresses them out too much which causes them to die faster I toured the Opera House where they don't let you take pictures inside, something about how the designer doesn't want any one to be able to recreate it but he has also never been to visit it either. Enjoyed some sunny weather on the famous beaches Manly and Bondi. Hiked in the Blue Mountains where I saw the Three Sister's rock formations and an abundance of waterfalls. It was so surreal to be in Sydney.



My break continued with the exploration of the North Island. I went to the Coromandel Penninsula which is by far one of the most beautiful places ever and is also home to Cathedral Cove which can been seen in the feature film Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian scence where the kings and queens return to Narnia :) If only some of Harry Potter was filmed here would my life be complete. I travelled to Tauranga where I stayed in a hostel that was little South America as everyone was from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru or Venezuela it seemed like but it was tons of fun. I made so many friends as I travelled around. I then made my way to Rotorua to Zorb, you know Rocket Power style. Climb in a big plastic ball with some water and roll down a hill! Such a simple idea yet heaps of fun. From there it was to Wiatomo to visit the glow worm caves and their nuclear poop. I went blackwater rafting with an english fellow, Rob, who I'd gotten to know at the hostel the night before. It was quite the experience, absolutely freezing but the glow worms are pretty neat, looking like stars in the cave ceilings. I then went to Auckland from there to stay for free with Kelsey! It was lovely seeing her and we had so much fun swaping stories and catching up. It was nice to relax there for 2 days and not be moving around constantly.



For now I'm happy to be back in my room at uni with clean clothes and a daily shower. Still many more adventures that need to be taken.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Hiatus

Well, I'm off...gotta catch a bus to the airport in 30 minutes!!!! Somehow managed to pack, apply for my visa (which I forgot to do until this morning), shower and eat a good breakfast. Adventures galore for two weeks.

Love everyone <3

Monday, March 29, 2010

why do we study abroad when we know we aren't going to actually study...

Well, school finally caught up with me. My Finance mid-term was definitly the hardest test I've taken so far in my college career, and yes that includes any and all Chemistry tests! I in no way had enough time to finish the test. Luckily I felt slighty better after talking to everyone else that they felt the same way. I will find out on Wednesday...cross your fingers that I passed.

I've got two more tests this week. One in Marketing and the other in Accounting. Both I'm hoping to pass as well. Studying here is plain impossible I've decided, there are way better things to do with my time. However, this past weekend I did stay here at Lincoln so I could study...so far I've read 170 pages on marketing. Hopefully I'll remember some of it.

3 days of school this week. Wednesday is a field trip day, no school. Friday is Good Friday, so no school as well. Then I get a 2 week break...yes TWO weeks, sweet as! During said time I will be spending 6 days in Aussie land, more specifically Sydney, Australia!!!!! The remainder of the break will be spent exploring the North Island and visiting Kelsey (best friend and roomie from CSU). During these two weeks I will most likely not be updating the blog, I am sorry but this just means plenty of epic tales when I return for you to read.

Cheers and hope things are well!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Weekend #4: No crazy wild adventure...but still great!

Last week/weekend was a little more chill...as long as you don't count St. Patrick's Day. Went into Christchurch for St. Patty's and had a blast! Met tons of people and became pretty good friends with the bartender's who were pretty cute. Had a broken camera after the foods festival, which is all Matt and Matt's fault but they won't own up to it...I'll make them some how. So the week was spent trying to figure that out which involved going into Christchurch a lot which meant I may or may not have skipped a few classes. As well as if or not we were going to Queenstown to jump off a bridge. Ultimately we didn't, which was a big bummer but just means when we do go everyone will be going and it will be tons of fun and I will have a working camera! Between homework and trying to make plans me and Liz (from UC Santa Barbara) went into town and saw a movie. On the way back I managed to not stall the car! Epic accomplishment.
Saturday Val, Emma and I headed to New Brighton beach with the intentions of just relaxing but instead ended up taking some surf lessons from a friend we had met the previous weekend at Wild Foods! Spent the afternoon learning, trying to stand up, getting worked by the waves and ultimately surfing and having a great time. The boss invited us back to his place to celebrate their return from Tahiti and this surfer's, Sammy, huge wave that was apparently a new record? All I know is we got to eat some great barbeque and hang out with some surfers and have a great day.

Up this week...my first test, and it's in finance.

Cheers!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Adventure #3: Wild Foods Festival Hokitika, New Zealand

Waffles, Whitbait, and Worms.
Mountain Oysters, Regular Oysters, and Snails
Moonshine, Shark, Ostrich, and Paua







Just some of the wild food I tried this past weekend at Hokitika Wild Foods Festival. Some were quite delicious; others made me want to gag. Camping on the side of a road under No Camping signs where we learned police don't care and kiwi's never sleep. Nights were spent at the bonfires on the beach. There would be one every 20 feet and we would just travel from one to another making friends, watching stupid people try to jump the fire and end up falling in it, as well as seeing a few full moons in the water. I waded in a few times only to have huge waves soak me a little more than anticipated. The festival itself was all day Saturday. Most people dress up, I saw about 30 Where's Waldo's, 10 smurfs, a few avatar people, power rangers, the mad hatter, and sooo much more that gave me great ideas for Halloween. Me and Val (hall mate from UofIllinois) embraced our current home and dressed as sheep with a few more oddities thrown on us to make it a little more ridiculous. Made tons of friends there, and met loads of people from Lincoln. Celebrated 3 peoples birthdays; Alli's 21st (my hall mate from UC Santa Cruz), LB's 18th (native Kiwi) and Ben's 21st (friend from Oregon) and danced like there was no one watching.





Backtracking a little...last week I went and saw Alice in Wonderland, adventured into Christchurch with Val to buy costumes and sleeping bags and stayed there to grab some sushi for dinner, and celebrated USA style on Thursday for Alli's birthday by going to the bars and finding people to buy her drinks to where they eventually would not let her into bars/clubs.

Stay tuned for next weeks update...hopefully it will be of bungy jumping and river adventures from Queenstown!
Cheers!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Adventure #2: See that orange marker waaaay up there, yeah we gotta hike to it...

This past weekend, four of us went on a tramping (what us American's call backpacking) trip through Arthur's Pass. We had the Friday off, the Uni gives us field trip days and most classes are cancelled on those days, so we left then and did not return until Sunday. I drove the car through mountains (so did Sam, but we didn't let her drive again)! Side note: there are no bears in the Southern Alps. We hiked through almost every type of terrain and climate it felt like. Tramping through freezing rivers, across and up a few boulders through a few rainforests including one decorated with moss and over the marshlands while mostly in avalanche zones. Discovering 3 people cannot comfortably sleep in a 2 person tent and bed mats are a necessity on the hard ground. The marshlands ate one of Sam's shoes and she was forced to search for it with her hand. We procceeded to climb up the side of the mountain via gaint rocks only to find out it was the wrong way and we were infact suppose to go through the forest that was about 3/4 the way back down. I discovered exactly how slow short people have to walk on down inclines, which caused me and Sam to fall well behind the other two. We managed to take a little swimming break and jumped into the glacier river water, quite refreshing.



This coming weekend, Hokitika Wild Foods Festival! Cheers!


video

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Adventure #1: Johnny Tsunami

Well this past weekend I had my first adventure and it was a great one. The destinations were Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs with a few stops along the way. We left Saturday morning, Sam, Matt, Matt and I in our car and Patrick (australian), Sam (swedish), Nick and Emma in the other car and headed north. We stopped at a few wineries and did some tastings...I now know how all the wines taste. Makes me feel very upper class :) Lots of driving but the scenery was gorgeous and it was never a dull moment in our car. Then we drove over a hill and suddenly driving along the coast line. Amazing. We got to Kaikoura, explored a little and a found a hostel where 8 of us squeezed into a 6 person bedroom, because of this boys = snoring = me not sleeping. Oh well, Sam, Emma and I were up at 6 anyways to go watch the sunrise. Well when we got back to the hostel we were hearing people talk about a tsunami coming. Apparently there had been an earthquake in Chile (we didn't know about until then) and therefore all of the pacific had a Tsunami warning. Just our luck of course because we wanted to go whale watching but nope darn tsunami had to make everything cancelled. So us girls wanted to get going and do something else then. For once the girls were up and ready and the boys did not want to get out of bed. We even tried to have the people at the front desk kick them out but they didn't do it. So we didn't get going until probably 10:30.

Now we headed to Hanmer Springs. Realized we didn't have any gas and all the small towns we kept dirving through actually closed their gas stations on Sundays! Good ol' Princess POS made it though, however now the boys want to change her name to the Hulk. Don't worry, it won't happen. We got to Hanmer and hit up some hot springs/thermal pools which were pretty cool and I got a nice tan going on now. Hopefully I can maintain it until I return to summer in the states. Well we headed home cause I had homework to do and I badly wanted dinner.

Next weekend...hopefully some backpacking.


From Left to Right: Nick, Sam (swedish), Emma, Patrick (australian), Matt, Matt, Sam and me in the front!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

First week of school...

Well , school started. My schedule consists of Accounting, Marketing, Managment (all freshman level classes so shouldn't be too difficult) and Finance (which accounting is a prereq for but I talked to the teacher and she was like generally american's have better study habits so you should be okay). Still don't like their schedule system, it's caused me to miss one class already. I'm probably going to have to look up what classes I have everyday because I won't be able to remember. I have managed to meet people that have my classes for the most part so I can find my study groups and such. Plus these classes have group projects and such which I'm not a fan of but I'll live.

Well Friday I didn't have class which was so nice so Sam, Matt, Emma (she goes to UofIllinois) and I went into Christchurch because we needed to get car insurance and pick up our free rugby tickets! Yup we already managed to make a connection and get free tickets to a game, it was pretty sweet. So I went to my first rugby game, the poor guys behind us got asked many questions, but now I'm begining to understand it! After we picked up our tickets but before we went to the game we had some Kiwi (New Zealand natives) show us around a little, they are very cool and love playing tour guide! But the coolest part is that they went to this private high school (well they call high school college...) and it looks like Hogwarts!!!!!! I was soooo jealous they went there and they got a kick out of it how much I was jealous. I have to go back and take more pictures. Anyways, by then it was time to head back to Lincoln so we could catch the bus in for the game...well turned out the hard part was going to be getting back to Lincoln, it probably took us about an hour trying to get back but should have only taken about 20 minutes. We didn't have map, so that is our next investment.

Monday, February 22, 2010

did I mention...

this car is a manual...yup and guess what...I drove it! Haven't stalled yet! Neither has Sam. I mean it was in a parking lot but it counts, we shifted into second too haha. The boys were very suprised, we showed them! This picture was after our first drive

Sunday, February 21, 2010

well there's nothing in the rule book...

Got our car!!!!! It's uhmm adorable, we are calling it Princess POS...just take a guess at what that means :) (Picture soon)


Last evening, probably around 8, we were chillin in our kitchen and noticed all these people outside in like the area between some of the dorms so naturally we were curious as to what was going on. Walk out and all these boys are trying to fill up this pool that has a filter and everything. Oh and I can't believe I haven't mentioned this before but all the boys here wear stubbies or short shorts, sooooo weird. Anyways, smart idea right cause there isn't one on campus (that I'm aware of) and it would be nice to cool off in haha. Well then we see the security people walk up and all of us americans were thinking well now they are going to get in trouble and have to take it down. No, we just looked at them as they stood there for a good while and then they said well there's nothing in the rule/hand book about pools! and they walked away! It was great, even the lady in charge of accomodation came down and started talking to them but didn't stop them at all. It's just so chill here, I love it.

I had class this morning at 830 (accounting), wasn't looking forward to it but...my professor was like well this is the only time we will be meeting on Monday! and then I had class again at 1130 (finance) and we are suppose to have class on Friday from 230-430, but she said she does online stuff instead of making us come into class and it can be completed any time before the next monday...so far no classes on Friday! but I've got one more class today at 530, I don't like it I've never had a class that late. Also they schedule classes very differently here. Instead of having MWF from 10-11 I'll have class Tuesday 830-930 Wed 330-530 and Thurs 130-230...very random and I don't like it.

Hope you all are well! Send my love.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

new friends and new adventures

So I guess I left off at Thursday morning. I did open a bank account, makes it soo easy to work with the money so hopefully I don't run out of it! That day I also went on a bus tour of Christchurch and the surrounding area, Lincoln is about a 20 minute drive to the heart of Christchurch, further than most of us anticipated but oh well. One of the girls in the hall, Val, gets motion sickness too so we sat up front with another one of our friends Steve (Val and Steve are both from UofIllinois) which actually turned out to be a good idea because we talked to the tour guide and he gave us a lot of useful information that the rest of the bus didn't get to hear haha. After we got back we didn't do much cause we were really tired but I did manage to finally unpack and clean up, granted my room still looks like a tornado hit it. We had dinner in the dining hall that night...food jury is still out on whether it's good or not. Then all us girls stayed in and watched He's Just Not That Into You, I'm really glad it was so easy to make friends with my hall mates and the other international people.

Friday was another adventure. Val, Steve, Nick (he's from California) and me took the bus into Hornby (a suburb of Christchurch) and did some shopping. I bought a pillow finally as well as groceries and a phone and other items like shampoo. I felt, I don't know how I would put it, but a college kid because each of us had about 3 bags of groceries, a pillow, and a backpack the had stuff in it waiting for the bus outside the shopping center. I thought we looked pretty legit haha. When we got back to Lincoln there was a bar-b-que going on, nothing like Texas of course but it was pretty decent and they had some live music. It was a gorgeous day for being outside, eating and listening to music. Side note: Colorado State sent a professor down here with us, Jack Whittier. That night all the CSU kids (about 17 of us, which is a lot!) went over to his house and we had dinner (that his wife cooked for us) and we met each other, for the most part, for the first time. It was nice because some of them have been here for a while traveling so we could exchange stories on where to go and what to see. Me and a girl, Sam, and a guy, Matt, from CSU are getting a car together so we can take weekend adventures (and don't have to ride the bus any more...I get to motion sickness with all the stops and starts) now it's not the best car, a 1987 subaru but our professor drove it and checked it out already so we feel safer getting that one than one he hasn't looked at. That night a bunch of the CSU kids went to the bar in Lincoln (about a 10 minute walk down the street) and we had a good time where we could all drink legally.

Saturday was beach day! The hall mates and I took the bus(es) to the beach where it was very windy therefore we were kind of chilly...granted it was only about 68F outside. I'm still trying to figure out all the metric conversions. The water would have been nice if it hadn't of been so darn breezy but oh well. We just lounged around enjoying the sun that eluded us the first 2 days we were here. I had to head back to Lincoln because Saturday night was the night Sam, Matt and I were bidding on our car! Yes we bought the car online...but we'd seen it and we got it for 755NZD!!!! That's really good, and we figure if it lasts the whole time we can find someone to sell it to even for like 300NZD. We are going to pick it up tonight (sunday). Well then we went and got ready to go out in Christchurch. So the bus into Christchurch was full and we were trying to figure out how to get into town with paying for a taxi...so (mom won't like this but) we hitchhiked. I was with 2 guys and 3 other girls and turns out the guy, who was from Fiji, worked for Lincoln and wanted to help us kids out anyways...so really it wasn't that bad! I promise, I was safe the whole time. We got to the bars, which are nothing like the bars in Fort Collins...they're huge! Well we danced and met some kiwi's and some creepers alike and had a great time. So this whole time we were kind of unsure how we would be getting back to Lincoln but lucky for us, once again, some guys saved us the trouble of having to pay for a taxi and drove us right back to campus. I promise we were safe I had people with me it was okay...please don't be mad at me or lecture me because now we have a car and will always have our own way there and back!

So today, we get out car. We will be making a list of the places we want to see and the things we want to do and hopefully we can do them on the weekends...that is the plan!

School starts tomorrow, I'll let y'all know how classes go...not fun.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

the first day or two

Well I arrived to my dorm safely!!!! I got to Lincoln around 10:30 pm Tuesday night and was exhausted but of course I didn't get to sleep right away. Upon walking into my hall I was greeted by my hall mates plus a few more. Two of my hall mates are from California, one is from Chicago and one from France (I hardly see her). The girls were trying to learn the hoedown throwdown, a dance in the Hannah Montana Movie. Well since I already knew it and told them that I had to teach them of course. After a few tries they said they were going to practice more on their own and we sat down and talked and watched some youtube videos. Finally I was able to sneak away into my bed room and get some sleep. While unpacking my bedding from my bag I managed to pull everything else out where it still remains on my floor, I really ought to unpack but I haven't really found a chance.

The following day, Wednesday, was packed full of orientation stuff. I woke up at 8, went and registered, where I waited in lots of lines and met some new people even people from CSU that we had no idea we were from the same school! I've met lots of people and it's been really easy to make friends. We've talked about it and we think that the international students are more interested in making international friends than the kiwi's. After registering we had an international meeting where we just got to listen to talks but we did get food that was delicious. Then a campus tour (tiny!) and a hall meeting. The halls are very relaxed here, we can drink and have small parties (they actually encourage it) and they are a little easier on the international students it seems like. Got a little break before dinner where I talked to the family. Dinner with the hall, good food again...we will see if it lasts after the parents leave. I forget sometimes that this is still a normal school and it was odd to see parents moving their kids in :) After dinner and a quick walk to the store we got back and started to get ready for the wild wild west themed party later! Everyone was like this is right up your alley Sarah, sure was cause I managed to bring my Texas flag with me that I used in my outfit. Everyone at the party loved it! So we danced and rode the bull and then it was over and we came back here with a few extra people and hung out some more. Once again I managed to sneak away and get to bed earlier than the others but still late, I heard the RA come and tell them to be quiet though haha.

Now it's Thursday morning, I need to make a run to the bank to open an account and then there a tour of Christchurch I want to take.

Love y'all! oh and everyone loves that I say y'all

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

the beginings!

Hello all! So sorry this is my first time writing in my blog but as I was staying in a hostel since February 13th I had little (if I wanted to pay) or no internet access. I’m actually writing this in a word document in the Auckland airport because they don’t have free wi-fi…oh the conveniences of the good ol’ USA. I guess I will begin with my journeys since I’ve left home, Houston that is not the States.

I went to California for a few days to visit my friend Alex. Saw all the famous beaches in SoCal for the most part, Laguna, Huntington, Newport and Venice. All beautiful and I could only imagine if I went to school there that I would have become a surf bum instead of snowboarding. But I’m still happy with my choice in school I just might Alex more often :) His campus is very small, undergrad is about the size of Creek, give 500 kids or so, it was odd going to class with him as everyone knows each other really and classes are about 30 kids or less and I got called out a few times because I was a new face haha. But going to his Biology class was interesting because his university is church based the teacher challenges them and plays devil’s advocate in the argument of evolution vs. a creator. It essentially came down to this, if there is no creator and we are evolved from nothing then all the choices we make and feelings are part of our chemical make-up and the way things collide and react with another meaning that we have no free will. This is where I got called out, if the professor made me and Alex stand up and he punched us, Alex would react faster and probably fight back because of his increases testosterone levels while it might take me a few more punches before I did anything. But what happens if Alex doesn’t fight back and instead insists that the professor see a medic because his hand will bruise, that choice goes against the chemical composition of the body and shows we do have free will. I thought it was interesting. Anyways from LA…

I boarded a two-story plane for 12 hours, soooo long; I didn’t think I would survive. I read a little and slept a lot, granted it was on and off. The meals weren’t bad and we were given two. I realize now that I never lived February 12th…sorry Lindsey I never wished you a Happy 21st Birthday!!! Once in Fiji (we landed at 5:45 am!) we went through customs, gathered our luggage and made our way to find the shuttle, with a little confusion we finally got it and went to the hostel…nothing fancy but livable for 3 days. That day all I wanted to do was sleep so we just relaxed by the pool/beach and read (Harry Potter of course) and fell asleep around 7. The next day we took a day cruise to one of the islands where we snorkeled and banana boated and enjoyed the blue waters and white sand. The next we took a town the the surrounding area, went to an orchid garden that was gorgeous, took at mud bath (like summers at Livingston) visited some villages and ate lunch in one. Everyone would be so proud that I’m trying to new things like okra mixed with things I don’t know (tasted like barbque to me), tapioca root (weird), yummy fried bread thing, pawpaw, eggplant, spinach coconut something, some weird sausage and I even ate a slice of pineapple (only because I didn’t like the sausage and wanted to get the taste out). The girl I’m traveling with can’t eat anything! She’s a vegetarian as well as allergic to dairy, so she mostly ate fruit. They have tea time in the afternoon; yes hot tea/coffee in 95 degree weather…doesn’t make any sense. Well today…

we woke up at 6 to get a taxi to the airport and catch our 8:45 flight to Auckland. I took a nice, hot and humid 10 minute walk outside from the international terminal to the domestic. Arrived around 12:45…my flight doesn’t leave here until 8:30 p.m. I will arrive in Christchurch at 9:50, find my shuttle and head to Lincoln only to wake up and be ready for orientation at 9 the following morning…