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Orientation and Arrival in New Zealand


“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” –John Hope Franklin


Well I’m finally here in Christchurch, New Zealand at the University of Canterbury, oh is it an amazing place.

A little catch up from what happened since my last post.


We had IFSA orientation in Auckland at Shakespeare YMCA camp. I think the best part was the food. there were about 50 or 60 of us, 10 were going to Christchurch, but who cares about the technical stuff you want to hear about the adventures. So while we were there; the first day we were all tired from the plane so they kept us up through hiking around the national park, we played cricket (a game im terrible at), we play rugby(if you that American football was hard, you haven’t seen nothing till you played rugby, its a game without pause), then we went to a hot springs water park. I dipped my foot in the hottest pool(48C), then we all went to the bar and had a beer that is popular in each of our respective cities.

for the other days we went kayaking, more hiking, played rogaine, listened to the leaders lecture, visited a marae(Maori meeting house), walked around Auckland, and went to the top of Mt. Eden.



So far I’ve toured the campus, fully enrolled in the University(more confusing then it needs to be), met one of my roommate’s, wondering where the other 3 are. and learned the different words for basic stuff.

French fries are chips

sandals or flip flop are jandels

swimming suits are togs

courses are papers

plus more.



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