Pushing the Limits, Getting Involved
Week #2 & 3
Some absolutely amazing things have happened these last two weeks. I have a solid group of wonderful friends who are kind, goofy, sarcastic, and adventuresome. Don’t know if I could ask for much more, oh and did I add there are a couple of great cooks amongst us as well. Sweet as!! My flat is bonding through lovely baked goods that have included pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, biscuits, the American kind that is, lemon bars, and banana bread my personal favorite! We also had a lovely snowstorm of about 2 inches that shut down the city. It unfortunately postponed our trip to Naseby but instead I got to spend some time with a family I know in New Zealand from home. They have two little kids and are in a very nice rental out near Brighton Beach. I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful roast, spend the night, sit by a fire, watch some Indiana Jones, have breakfast with them as well as play Uno, go fish, and match with the kids. So great to be around a family again, a warm house, fire, and friendly faces. I also got to try some new food, both of which were delicious, crumpets and crackle. I think at this point I am well on my way to becoming a scarfie! Classes are good, although it still feels like I’m away at summer camp or something. They should be interesting and provide a new perspective. In these last two weeks I started working on getting involved in the school as well. I joined the Flying Discs Enthusiasts Club and got to play some real Ultimate for the first time since hurting my ankle. It was mostly Americans at the first practice, but still an amazing time to get to run around, throw some discs, slip and slide in the mud, and just have a great time while meeting new people. I also started the Bone Craving class that I had signed up for through the University with some of my friends. It is such a wonderful skill and although the bone originally scarred me a little bit, it has been so rewarding to see the finished product which will be going to my little sister when I get back home. It is amazing what you can do with a rough, gross piece of bone. I also went to a Bollywood Dance Workshop with some other friends that was put on by the Indian Students Association at Otago which was fun, different, unique, and with my clumsiness and lack of dance skills absolutely hilarious! It’s been great to get to know new cultures here. Finally to wrap up a great two weeks we did a breath taking hike to the highest point on the Otago Peninsula. It was incredible. We didn’t see a single person the whole entire time, but there were more sheep than I could ever have counted. They were spotting the entire hillside, just little white fluffs at the tops of hills and quietly eating, strolling, and the occasional BAH. Picturesque doesn’t even begin to capture how beautiful it was. Water on three different sides, huge green hillsides on all sides, the unique birds chirping, cows, sheep, and seagulls, and the waves crashing on the beach. We climbed to the top of the mountain and then rushed down, slipped in some mud, and hiked it back to the bus stop back to school and the All Blacks vs., South Africa game. A great end to a great set of two weeks. So happy to be here and getting out there in all regards. Looking forward to new experiences and adventures.