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Time July 11th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, College Study Abroad, New Zealand | No Comments by

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Blog Post 11: 6/20/16

Time July 7th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, Australia, College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Recently I went on vacation for the first time by myself! I saw that Air New Zealand was running a cheap ticket to Australia special and couldn’t resist purchasing one. My round trip to Sydney only cost me $260. I arrived in Sydney around 10am on Monday morning and took the train to Circular Quay and met up with my friend Meaghan. She was the first person from home that I have seen since being abroad!  She has been studying abroad in Sydney, so she gave me some advice on the area and recommended activities. We then took a free walking tour around Sydney. It was great to learn about the history of Sydney and to see all of the places I would never have thought to visit. That evening Meaghan and I met up with Lauren, another Providence College student. We talked about the city and our experiences being abroad, but mostly touched upon what is happening back at school. After saying our goodbyes, we went our separate ways and I  headed to the hostel. I stayed at the Mad Monkey Backpackers on Broadway. Read More »

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Blog Post 10: 6/14/16

Time June 20th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, College Study Abroad, New Zealand | No Comments by

The past few weeks have been pretty crazy with schoolwork (putting off all of my assignments this semester actually turned out to be a horrible idea..), I finished my last day of classes a week and a half ago, so all I have to do is put off more studying until the very last minute! Kidding, but in all seriousness I have 4 final exams spread out throughout an ENTIRE MONTH. I’m excited to get lots of traveling done between study sessions! Let me get you caught up on what I have been up to: Read More »

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Blog Post 9: 5/24/16

Time May 24th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, College Study Abroad, New Zealand | No Comments by

Now that I’m more than half way done with my time here, I thought I would write a post about the top 5 things I am going to miss here and the top 5 things I am not going to miss.

Top 5 Things I Will Not Miss:
1. Iced Coffee: The iced coffee here is NOT iced coffee.
2. Kiwi boys: So are we friends or are we not friends..?
3. The humidity and lack of air conditioners: There was also a fan shortage while I was here, and I had to pay $30 and wait 2 weeks for a tiny desk fan.
4. The Unilodge: No AC, no wifi, cockroach infestation, horrible front desk and maintenance service, got stuck in the shower once because the shower door broke…UGH I could go on and on. Future IFSA abroad students: when making a decision on where to live, choose Carlaw…well choose anywhere else besides the Unilodge.
5. Politics: It’s not NZ politics that I dislike, it’s the way that people from other countries view our politics. Actually, it’s not really the way they view our politics that bother me. I agree with most people when they talk about the US. However, this makes it really difficult to defend my country. I love the United States, it’s my home…but the issues that people bring up remind me that the US has a lot of growing to do. Read More »

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Blog Post 8: 4/28/16

Time May 3rd, 2016 in 2016 Spring, College Study Abroad, New Zealand | No Comments by

I spent my midsemester break on the South Island, campervaning around for 11 days with another exchange student. Some of the places we went to were Arthur’s Pass, Kura Tawhiti, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Gillespies Beach, Tauparikākā Marine Reserve (Ship Creek), Wanaka, the Blue Pools Walk, Queenstown, Lake Manapouri, the Doubtful Sound, Dunedin, Sandfly Beach, and Akaroa. To read about my South Island adventures, check out my longer blog: https://emilyhurleytravelsnewzealandblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/02/nz-blog-post-9-42815/

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Blog Post 7: 4/12/16

Time April 13th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, College Study Abroad, New Zealand | No Comments by

I spent this past Saturday and Sunday on the Coromandel Peninsula with two girls from the IFSA-Butler program. To get to Cathedral Cove you have to complete an easy 1 (maybe 2) mile hike through NZ’s national WWI forest. I was so taken back when we finally arrived at the beach. There were huge and beautiful rock formations, some of which you can cross through. At the beach we walked around and took pictures, went for a swim, and simply laid out to soak up the sun. For dinner we stopped at a burger and ice cream shop on the walk back to the car. Though we had planned on driving back after dinner, we decided to stay and take pictures of the stars. Read More »

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Blog Post 6: 4/6/16

Time April 7th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, College Study Abroad, New Zealand | No Comments by

On Friday the 25th I drove up to Tongariro National Park with a group of 14 others. We had planned on arriving at Mangatepopo Road at 2:00, but ended up showing up when it was getting dark. We followed through on our plan to hike a few km through the beginning of the Crossing to go free camp near the Devil’s Staircase, but it was difficult to find a safe camping spot in the dark and the torrential rain. After failing to find a safe spot to sleep, we headed to a hostel. Read More »

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Blog Post 5: 3/24/16

Time March 24th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, College Study Abroad, New Zealand | No Comments by

Last weekend my study abroad program hosted “The New Zealand Experience Weekend”. Saturday morning we bussed a few hours north of Auckland to the Quarry Arts Centre. The few hours that we were there were spent making poi. Long ago, Māori used poi as weapons, as ways of strengthening their wrists, and during Kapa Haka (performances). To read up more about poi, check out http://www.homeofpoi.com/us/lessons_all/teach/History-of-Maori-POI-in-New-Zealand-34_293_1947 .

When we were finished at the art centre, we drove another hour north up to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. We perused the museum and took a tour of the grounds. At the end of the tour, we experienced a shortened version of a powhiri and watched a few brief Kapa Haka performances. If you would like to read up more on the Waitangi Treaty grounds, check out http://www.waitangi.org.nz/visit-waitangi/ .

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Blog Post 4: 3/15/16

Time March 24th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, College Study Abroad, New Zealand | No Comments by

This past Saturday my study abroad program group and I went to Te Arai beach for surf lessons. It’s been 3 days since and I’m still so sore! Surfing was a lot of fun, but it’s certainly not easy. We got lucky because we went on a day when the waves were bigger than normal due to a lot of wind. The best I was able to do was surf on my knees, which I’m honestly pretty proud of (surfing is a lot of work!).

After my group was done surfing, my friend Liz and I walked around and took some pictures of the beach and cove. We met up with other students in the program and some of us jumped off a cliff into the cove. I’ve cliff jumped before, but I don’t think i’ve ever jumped from that high. I was pretty nervous at first, but I knew that I just had to go for it and not hesitate or I would never make the jump. So I walked up the edge, looked down once, and jumped forward. I forgot how much fun cliff jumping is! After drying off, went for a short tramp to a different part of the beach. We explored some small caves and checked out the rock pools.

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Blog Post 3: 3/10/16

Time March 10th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, College Study Abroad, New Zealand | No Comments by

The last week has been crazy busy for me! My favorite part of it was the AUTC (Auckland University Tramping Club) Orientation Weekend camping trip. We bused to the Waitakere Ranges and started our tramp (hike) around 11:00. I went with the intermediate level group and we tramped a total of 9 miles that day. Once we made it to the hut (AUTC built their own hut 69 years ago), we set down our bags and pitched our tents. While some people stayed to cook the chili dinner, others went out in search of waterfalls. I went with the latter, and we tramped and did a bit of trailblazing until we found one. It was absolutely beautiful. The falls were so pure and secluded, and the water was deep enough that you could jump off the rocks. The water was ice cold, but felt so rewarding after a long day of tramping. When we returned to the hut, we had dinner and started drinking. I had such a great time. We played fun games like the telephone book game (in this game 2 people have to balance on 3 piled up phone books. Both people have to touch the ground with their hand without falling. Every time they are successful at doing so, another book is added to the pile) and sock wrestling (two people fight to pull a sock off of each other’s foot, first person to get the other persons sock wins [I can proudly report that I won my sock wrestling match]). The next morning, we packed up and tramped 11 miles to Piha Beach. Along the way, my group stopped at different rivers, streams, cliff walks and the beautiful KiteKite Falls. At Piha beach I had the BEST fish and chips (though it would have been better with ketchup, I refuse to pay an extra $2). Since my group hiked farther than the others, we got to the beach late and only had 20 minutes to either swim or climb Lion Rock. I definitely will have to go back sometime soon to climb Lion Rock, but the water was awesome. Piha is a surf beach so the waves are pretty big. It was so great to be able to swim after such a long day of tramping.

 

This coming Saturday IFSA is taking us surfing! I am SO excited for our lesson that I’m not even that upset with the fact that I’ll have to get up at 7am on a Saturday morning.

 

That’s it for now, Kia Ora! Oh, and remember, I have longer blog posts on this site: https://emilyhurleytravelsnewzealandblog.wordpress.com