I have made it to New Zealand! It has been quite the journey...a long plane ride, but on a very nice and new 777. After a sad good bye to my lovely lad, I flew off to San Fransico where I made my way past international customs and then departed fro my 13 hour flight to Auckland on a very nice flight aboard Air New Zealand, and met some nice Portland people who were off on their retirement vacation, they were very cute and still super in love! :) I really enjoy old people who are still super lovie-dovie, it just makes me happy!
I found some CHID people on my flight and we all split a shuttle to our new student housing facility "Unilodge". Since it was 5am, we had to wake up a manager to get into the place. Once setting down our bags, a friend of mine, Linn, and I decided to go on a run to familiarize ourselves with the city. We saw another girl checking in when we went down to the lobby and she was going to drop her stuff off and come with us. So we waited around the lobby and talked to these two New Zealand teen guys who kind of out of it. Their story was a bit confusing...something about having used all their money for a cab up to Unilodge and not having any more money to get home on the taxi so they were waiting for some sort of bus...mind you it was 5:30am. Anyway, once our other friend made it down with her running gear on, she quickly realized she had left her computer and carryon bag in the shuttle she had come in. Luckily right then one of the managers of Unilodge barges in super wasted yelling out in a drunken tone "IM HOME!!!" then looking at us "WHAT DO YOU NEED HELP WITH!?!", a bit confused our friend with the missing bag was able to get into the receptionist room to call the airport. So Linn and I waited around a bit more, having more of an awkward conversation with these two New Zealand guys named Loui and Jay, all the while listening to our friend try to reason with this drunken manager of what to do and how to use the phone. Finally, we made it off running around Auckland around 6am. We ran through the University of Auckland and around a bit of the city and then made our way to a coffee shop where we happen to run into our friends Loui who decided to come "running" with us. I believe he was a bit confused and shy because everything he said was under his breath and hard to understand (also with a very thick New Zealand accent). He explained to us his friend already made it on the bus home...as 10 min later he randomly arrived too. Anyway, these guys kept randomly popping up in awkward locations. After the run (and getting ready to explore more) we all went out to breakfast (with even more CHID people we had met up with), then explored around the city making our way to the mall to buy some GoPhones and groceries. We just basically walked all around to try and get aquatinted with the city and culture. Its really not that much different then an American city...besides the fact that they drive on the left side, say "cheers" to everything, and are OBSESSED with Rugby. I am more excited to get OUT of Auckland and really see "New Zealand"!
After dinner, my roommate and I came back and literally passed out in our beds for 12 hours till the next morning.
Since currently is 18 hours ahead, i arose at 7am (12pm Seattle time) and couldnt go back to sleep. So I decided to go down to the gym, which is rather lacking... one treadmill, elipticle and a bike. meh, least its something. Running around Auckland itself is proving to be much more exciting! I keep finding these cute parks! :) Yesterday I ran to a duckpond at the top of this hill and there were all these chickens...awh so cute wild chickens! They followed me for about a 1/4 mile, they ran up and down stairs and clucking all cutefully! :) it was so fun! I <3 chickens, makes me glad I am a veggi!
So far I've had 2 days of "actual" class, which is proving to be more of a burden then originally thought :P. These CHID classes have like 100-150page of reading each night, which is taking up some valuable exploring time :P
As for the weather, the first few days were very sunny, but these last few have been nothing buy pouring rain and wind! Living on the 6th floor of a tower make is so the wind blows and whistles hard all night!( Collapse )