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Week 1: Exploring Dunedin, U of Otago Intros

Written on: July 5, 2013

Huge, busy first week settling in to life here in Dunedin! I’ve been to the top of Signal Hill for great views of the city, climbed the world’s steepest street (Baldwin street, about a mile from my flat), celebrated the 4th of July with all the international students, visited the beautiful town of Port Chalmers, went on the Taeiri Gorge Train trip into the Otago countryside, and today I made it out to St Clair Beach. The weather was amazing today, and from the top of the dunes we watched people surf while on the land side were spectators to league rugby games. Amazing all around. Navigating the bus system on the way home was a little shaky and we ended up walking a good chunk of the way back. Cool getting to know my new city though. This morning I also checked out the weekly farmers market held at the train station – no surprise, it was dope. Cool people, great food, coffee, music and sunshine. No complaints.

Somehow I also managed to register for classes and sort out lots of administrative stuff this week. Classes start Monday! Signed up for 5 and need to drop one, but I’m going to check out all five of them first. As much fun as this week has been I’m excited to get into a routine. That said, I next week is “reorientation” or “re-o” week for all the kiwi students coming back for second semester, and it sounds like any American “syllabus week” on steroids. Excited to start meeting new Zealand students this week in classes and re-o festivities. Trips to Queenstown & beyond are in the works for the upcoming weeks as well.

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