Getting Oriented in Aotearoa
I know everyone has anxiously been awaiting my first New Zealand blog post and I apologize that it has taken me this long. However, it really is not my fault. New Zealand is seriously behind on their wifi game.
While I know this is probably a good thing for “unplugging” and “disconnecting” purposes, the adjustment has not been easy. But now I’m all settled into my flat and I have been allotted 2 gb of wifi a day!! (Is that a lot? I have no idea…)
So I’ve only been in New Zealand for a few weeks and I have already experienced a whole heap (they say that a lot here, I’m trying to fit in). I took a group flight from LA to Auckland on February 18th, and while the group flight sounded like a great way to make friends (who wouldn’t want to bond over a 14 hour flight?) in reality, basically no one met until we landed in Auckland. Of course, upon arrival, no one was looking too hot. Let’s just say I’m glad we all gave each other a second chance at a first impression.
We drove an hour outside of Auckland to Shakespear Regional Park (no, I did not mispell that). Here we were greeted by a friendly YMCA staff who legitimately spent the next three days trying to see how much food they could make us eat. Oh and they planned some pretty fun activities too. We played touch rugby, went kayaking, took out a sailboat, and just hung out on a beach for two days. Aside from a few sunburns and some jetlag, I was pretty content.
On Sunday, the seven of us Victoria students took a super quick flight down the north island to Wellington! In comparison to Auckland, Wellington is an adorable, quirky, windy, and hilly city located on the southern tip of the north island. Within minutes of driving to campus it was easy to tell that navigating these narrow, winding roads was going to be tricky. Nonetheless, we all made it to our respective flats. I’m living in a little house situated on a hill (it seems everything is built into a hill here), with three flatmates (two guys, one other girl). Two are from the U.S. while the other is our “Kiwi-mate.” We have a great living room, kitchen, 1.5 baths, and we each have our own room which is very ideal. Despite the fully stocked kitchen, I’m a little nervous about not having any sort of meal plan. I like to think I’m pretty capable in the kitchen, but I may actually miss the Pit (never thought I’d say that.) Wish me luck as I attempt to feed myself a balanced diet everyday for the next four months.
Since arriving, I’ve just been settling in and exploring Wellington with the other people on the Butler program and my flatmates. More to come soon on daily life around Wellington and the adjustment to school in New Zealand! Stay tuned!