Time is a hard concept to fully grasp. It’s hard to imagine a period of four and a half months, it feels like forever and it feels like a day. Here in New Zealand the in class time compared to the United States is a lot smaller. I am only in class for a total of eleven hours a week. I will for a class only have a one hour lecture and a one hour tutorial for a total of two hours a week whereas back home I would have a one hour class three times a week. Also take into consideration that I am only taking four classes, last semester I took six and on average five. So I find myself with a lot of free time on my hands. I should be spending most of this time studying for my classes but no one is perfect. I cant do that all the time.
I came to New Zealand to travel and get a real sense of understanding about this country and its culture. I will not get this by going out every night, my wallet wont either. This past weekend I did two New Zealand “must-do’s”. I can now check Hobbition and the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves off my list of things to do. Both were equally awesome in their own rights. The moment that stood out to me the most happened about 200 feet under ground. Our tour guides had handed us some candy and turned out the lights. There I found myself eating candy in the pitch black looking up at bioluminescence cannibalistic carnivorous fly larva poop. It was truly wonderful.
Short weekend trips like this one are great, but the do come in at a cost. Between three bus rides, two tours, and a night in a motel I was paying a pretty penny for all of this. This country has so much to offer and there is a two week spring break starting at the end of the month and then there is another large gap of time of freedom between classes ending and exams beginning. I would really hate to find myself planning trips for these times and find my bank account not agreeing with me because I chose to go out every night from Wednesday to Sunday.
To tie this up with my original point of having much more free time than I’m used too, it is easy to go out and not think anything about dropping 15 to 40 dollars for a night of fun. It’s okay to have a quiet night in and watch a movie, or binge on a tv show instead of going out (or studying…) because you don’t want to wear yourself out too soon. You and your wallet have to respect each other so you can do all of the amazing things that studying abroad has to offer!