Lake Taupo

This past weekend held the first program-led trip to Lake Taupo. Bright and early on Thursday morning, all 70 students and professors piled into two charter buses to make the trek. We quickly stopped in Taihapi to enjoy our sack lunches from the Weir House (aka carrot sandwiches.. Yeah, they were about as good as…

Week 3 in Wellington

While it may be hard to believe after my last few blog posts detailing all the crazy traveling I’ve been doing, the weekdays spent in Wellington are sometimes just as eventful as the weekends. I promise I do go to class and study… Sometimes. So instead of writing about some weekend adventures, I’m going to…

Treat Yo’self

It is hard to find where to even begin with this weekend’s trip. I didn’t think it would be possible to laugh more, see more beautiful scenery, luck out more, or exceed my comfort zone more than last weekend. Thankfully I was very wrong. I went with the same group of 8 as last weekend…

The Journey is the Destination

Wow, what a weekend! As I mentioned earlier, I spent this past weekend travelling around the North Island of New Zealand. I went with 7 other people; 5 of whom I only just met a week ago. It was such an incredible experience. We accomplished SO much in just 3 short days. I will just…

The swing of things

Its hard to imagine we have been gone for almost a week now! Imaginably, that’s probably partially due to the fact we lost an a day when crossing the International Date Line. Besides that, I am finally getting settled into a routine with classes and such. My classes are still proving to not be bad…

More Wellington

First day of classes! I lucked out with a pretty nice schedule. I have class 11:20-1, then lunch, then class 2-3:40. A much better schedule than I had originally anticipated. After a few hours of going over a syllabus, discussing history of Great Britain, and looking into the biogeography of New Zealand, I was free…

Exploring Wellington, day 2

After an early wake up call, I began my first full day in Wellington. The first part of the day was spent on a walking tour of the campus followed by a orientation session. Once on the walking tour, we all began to realize just how good of calves we are all going to have…