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All Good Things Must Come to an End

So Easter Break is about to be over and it is quite sad. That being said, it was an amazing two and half weeks of travel with some of the coolest people I have ever met.

Wrapping up this adventure was our stop in Dunedin where we crashed at one of our fellow IFSA-Butler peeps’ flat. The weather was a bit chilly and cold but we managed to still have a great time anyway! The first day we walked around the town and saw the train station which was beautiful and a lot of cool art galleries. Randomly enough we decided to pop into a music shop and got into a conversation with one of the employees who pointed us in the direction of a Mexican food place which we immediately choose as our lunch stop. I had polenta chicken soft tacos and it was amazing and definitely reminded me of home so that was awesome. Afterwards we cruised around the Octagon which is the city centre of Dunedin and then met up with our friend and chilled for the rest of the day.

Our second day there we had brunch at a fantastic place called Capers. Their pancakes were amazing as was everything else we ate. One of the best parts about that meal was their map that had pins all over it representing where people have visited from so naturally we had to put up pins in our respective home cities. While doing this we got into a conversation with one of the baristas and he asked us where we were from. Me and my friend were telling him we were both from Texas and went to school in San Antonio and then he asked if it was Trinity University (which it is) and we were like OMG YES! Apparently he’s dating a girl who attends school there and studied abroad last year. Talk about a small world, but it was really cool that someone from New Zealand knew where we went to school. ┬áSo after brunch we hit up the iconic Chinese Gardens which were very pretty and relaxing. We all got a pot of tea and just hung out and enjoyed the atmosphere for a bit. The rest of the day was spent walking around the Botanic Gardens, Baldwin Street and in my case taking a nap haha.

The final day our big event was having lunch at the Speight’s Ale House which was very enjoyable and then it was time to get on the bus and ride back to Christchurch. We did a full loop of the South Island and it was by far one of the best trips I have ever taken. It was really weird to be back in my own flat after not having been around for two and half weeks but man was it nice to wake up in my own bed. Classes resume on Monday so that should be interesting. I’ll keep you updated. Cheers!

 

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