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starlight-science asked:

How are you enjoying your time in Christchurch?

Sorry for the delay in response, Tumblr stopped notifying me when I got messages? Anyway. I liked it just fine. I was out in Ilam which was a little annoying, I would have much rather been closer to the city center just in terms of fun things to do within walking distance. But I loved the university and also all the places I traveled to on the South Island were just so breathtakingly beautiful! I will defs recommend NZ to my fellow students at home :)

California Here I Come!

It feels really weird to be leaving New Zealand in just a few hours. I can’t say that I feel in love with it the way I did England, but I had some truly remarkable times in this little country down under-er! They weren’t kidding in Flight of the Conchords with their posters “New Zealand: Like Lord of the Rings.” I’ve never seen a place where everywhere you turn, you’re surrounded by the most spectacular views of your life. It’s like Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, but a whole country. Also, I would say on the whole, Kiwis are the nicest and most welcoming people I’ve ever encountered. Everyone I ran into was really helpful and positive, even when I blatantly had no idea what I was doing (I still am a bit confused by EFTPOS but whatever). The University of Canterbury itself was good, my profs were casual and so friendly as were my classmates. The living facilities were deplorable, which sort of dampened the entire experience, but when away from them, everything was lovely.

I suppose I just didn’t realize how different studying in two different countries would be. In London, all the friends I made were other international students and I hardly met Americans, and I loved the city and was quite upset to have to leave it, but I was sure I’d come back soon enough. In New Zealand I made friends with other Willamette students who I had just never met till flying to the opposite side of the world, and a girl who lives about a half hour from me at home, a couple other North Americans, and a Kiwi or two, but by and large, most my friends here are Americans, and ones I go to school with at Willamette at that, and also, most of us are chomping at the bit to be home. It’s just such an opposite situation to studying in London, it’s strange.

The weirdest thing I think is that when I left Europe, when I left Rome or Dublin or London, I thought of it as more of a “till next time” than a “goodbye,” but New Zealand is just so incredibly far away and small, I can’t imagine I’ll ever come back here, and it’s just really odd to think “wow I’ve set up a life here in 5 months and I’ll never come back to this place again.” I mean I can’t say I’ll regret not coming back or that I’ll feel almost homesick for it the way I feel about England, but all the same, it’s a strange feeling.

Either way, I’m really excited to go home. I miss my pets and my car and the ability to share a bathroom with just one other person and have that bathroom actually be sanitary as well as a kitchen that consists of more than a 4x4 cube with a sink and microwave (really Uni Hall housing is the worst of the worst), and it’ll be nice to get back and eat good Mexican food and not pay $6 for a cucumber. And In-N-Out. Cannot wait for the In-N-Out.

The most unexpected conclusion I can come to from traveling so much for school is that California really might be the best place in the world for me. So thank you, NZ, you’ve kept it interesting, but California here I come!

So there is good news and there is bad news. The good news is, I’m done with all my finals, am half way packed, closed my bank account, and basically just have all my crap together. The bad news is, Christchurch apparently has a 60% chance of getting hit with the largest snow storm it’s had in 20 years this weekend and I somehow feel that MIGHT effect my flight leaving on time. SIGH. You just can’t have your cake and eat it too…

Well with just 10 days left in New Zealand, I figured now would be a fitting time to do a sort of year-end review. So, in order these are:
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon (also Portland)
Disneyland, California 
New Orleans, Louisiana (on the same trip that we drove clear from New Orleans to Los Angeles in one week)
Biot, FR (and all around the South of France)
Rome, Italy
Monte Carlo, Monaco 
London (and all over England, really)
Dublin, Ireland
San Diego (also Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, etc)
AND New Zealand, in all its Lord of the Rings glory.
So in 1 year I have studied in 3 universities, been in 8 countries, 7 states, seen both sides of the Pacific, swam in the Gulf of Mexico and Mediterranean, stood in the Colosseum, gambled in Monte Carlo, gone to Disneyland, gone to Pride, walked down the Santa Monica Pier, walked up to the Hollywood sign, spent 5 hours in Australia, visited the Shire (it’s real!), seen the Great Hall of Hogwarts/Oxford and Cambridge, shopped in Harrods and Beverly Hills, had a beignet at Cafe Du Monde, seen a jazz band on Bourbon Street, took high tea in York, spent a lot of time in the freezing rain of Oregon, went to a powwow, walked into Mordor, AND spent roughly 60 hours in an airplane. 
Fulfilling year? I think so. 
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Well with just 10 days left in New Zealand, I figured now would be a fitting time to do a sort of year-end review. So, in order these are:
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon (also Portland)
Disneyland, California 
New Orleans, Louisiana (on the same trip that we drove clear from New Orleans to Los Angeles in one week)
Biot, FR (and all around the South of France)
Rome, Italy
Monte Carlo, Monaco 
London (and all over England, really)
Dublin, Ireland
San Diego (also Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, etc)
AND New Zealand, in all its Lord of the Rings glory.
So in 1 year I have studied in 3 universities, been in 8 countries, 7 states, seen both sides of the Pacific, swam in the Gulf of Mexico and Mediterranean, stood in the Colosseum, gambled in Monte Carlo, gone to Disneyland, gone to Pride, walked down the Santa Monica Pier, walked up to the Hollywood sign, spent 5 hours in Australia, visited the Shire (it’s real!), seen the Great Hall of Hogwarts/Oxford and Cambridge, shopped in Harrods and Beverly Hills, had a beignet at Cafe Du Monde, seen a jazz band on Bourbon Street, took high tea in York, spent a lot of time in the freezing rain of Oregon, went to a powwow, walked into Mordor, AND spent roughly 60 hours in an airplane. 
Fulfilling year? I think so. 
Zoom Info
Well with just 10 days left in New Zealand, I figured now would be a fitting time to do a sort of year-end review. So, in order these are:
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon (also Portland)
Disneyland, California 
New Orleans, Louisiana (on the same trip that we drove clear from New Orleans to Los Angeles in one week)
Biot, FR (and all around the South of France)
Rome, Italy
Monte Carlo, Monaco 
London (and all over England, really)
Dublin, Ireland
San Diego (also Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, etc)
AND New Zealand, in all its Lord of the Rings glory.
So in 1 year I have studied in 3 universities, been in 8 countries, 7 states, seen both sides of the Pacific, swam in the Gulf of Mexico and Mediterranean, stood in the Colosseum, gambled in Monte Carlo, gone to Disneyland, gone to Pride, walked down the Santa Monica Pier, walked up to the Hollywood sign, spent 5 hours in Australia, visited the Shire (it’s real!), seen the Great Hall of Hogwarts/Oxford and Cambridge, shopped in Harrods and Beverly Hills, had a beignet at Cafe Du Monde, seen a jazz band on Bourbon Street, took high tea in York, spent a lot of time in the freezing rain of Oregon, went to a powwow, walked into Mordor, AND spent roughly 60 hours in an airplane. 
Fulfilling year? I think so. 
Zoom Info
Well with just 10 days left in New Zealand, I figured now would be a fitting time to do a sort of year-end review. So, in order these are:
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon (also Portland)
Disneyland, California 
New Orleans, Louisiana (on the same trip that we drove clear from New Orleans to Los Angeles in one week)
Biot, FR (and all around the South of France)
Rome, Italy
Monte Carlo, Monaco 
London (and all over England, really)
Dublin, Ireland
San Diego (also Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, etc)
AND New Zealand, in all its Lord of the Rings glory.
So in 1 year I have studied in 3 universities, been in 8 countries, 7 states, seen both sides of the Pacific, swam in the Gulf of Mexico and Mediterranean, stood in the Colosseum, gambled in Monte Carlo, gone to Disneyland, gone to Pride, walked down the Santa Monica Pier, walked up to the Hollywood sign, spent 5 hours in Australia, visited the Shire (it’s real!), seen the Great Hall of Hogwarts/Oxford and Cambridge, shopped in Harrods and Beverly Hills, had a beignet at Cafe Du Monde, seen a jazz band on Bourbon Street, took high tea in York, spent a lot of time in the freezing rain of Oregon, went to a powwow, walked into Mordor, AND spent roughly 60 hours in an airplane. 
Fulfilling year? I think so. 
Zoom Info
Well with just 10 days left in New Zealand, I figured now would be a fitting time to do a sort of year-end review. So, in order these are:
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon (also Portland)
Disneyland, California 
New Orleans, Louisiana (on the same trip that we drove clear from New Orleans to Los Angeles in one week)
Biot, FR (and all around the South of France)
Rome, Italy
Monte Carlo, Monaco 
London (and all over England, really)
Dublin, Ireland
San Diego (also Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, etc)
AND New Zealand, in all its Lord of the Rings glory.
So in 1 year I have studied in 3 universities, been in 8 countries, 7 states, seen both sides of the Pacific, swam in the Gulf of Mexico and Mediterranean, stood in the Colosseum, gambled in Monte Carlo, gone to Disneyland, gone to Pride, walked down the Santa Monica Pier, walked up to the Hollywood sign, spent 5 hours in Australia, visited the Shire (it’s real!), seen the Great Hall of Hogwarts/Oxford and Cambridge, shopped in Harrods and Beverly Hills, had a beignet at Cafe Du Monde, seen a jazz band on Bourbon Street, took high tea in York, spent a lot of time in the freezing rain of Oregon, went to a powwow, walked into Mordor, AND spent roughly 60 hours in an airplane. 
Fulfilling year? I think so. 
Zoom Info
Well with just 10 days left in New Zealand, I figured now would be a fitting time to do a sort of year-end review. So, in order these are:
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon (also Portland)
Disneyland, California 
New Orleans, Louisiana (on the same trip that we drove clear from New Orleans to Los Angeles in one week)
Biot, FR (and all around the South of France)
Rome, Italy
Monte Carlo, Monaco 
London (and all over England, really)
Dublin, Ireland
San Diego (also Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, etc)
AND New Zealand, in all its Lord of the Rings glory.
So in 1 year I have studied in 3 universities, been in 8 countries, 7 states, seen both sides of the Pacific, swam in the Gulf of Mexico and Mediterranean, stood in the Colosseum, gambled in Monte Carlo, gone to Disneyland, gone to Pride, walked down the Santa Monica Pier, walked up to the Hollywood sign, spent 5 hours in Australia, visited the Shire (it’s real!), seen the Great Hall of Hogwarts/Oxford and Cambridge, shopped in Harrods and Beverly Hills, had a beignet at Cafe Du Monde, seen a jazz band on Bourbon Street, took high tea in York, spent a lot of time in the freezing rain of Oregon, went to a powwow, walked into Mordor, AND spent roughly 60 hours in an airplane. 
Fulfilling year? I think so. 
Zoom Info
Well with just 10 days left in New Zealand, I figured now would be a fitting time to do a sort of year-end review. So, in order these are:
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon (also Portland)
Disneyland, California 
New Orleans, Louisiana (on the same trip that we drove clear from New Orleans to Los Angeles in one week)
Biot, FR (and all around the South of France)
Rome, Italy
Monte Carlo, Monaco 
London (and all over England, really)
Dublin, Ireland
San Diego (also Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, etc)
AND New Zealand, in all its Lord of the Rings glory.
So in 1 year I have studied in 3 universities, been in 8 countries, 7 states, seen both sides of the Pacific, swam in the Gulf of Mexico and Mediterranean, stood in the Colosseum, gambled in Monte Carlo, gone to Disneyland, gone to Pride, walked down the Santa Monica Pier, walked up to the Hollywood sign, spent 5 hours in Australia, visited the Shire (it’s real!), seen the Great Hall of Hogwarts/Oxford and Cambridge, shopped in Harrods and Beverly Hills, had a beignet at Cafe Du Monde, seen a jazz band on Bourbon Street, took high tea in York, spent a lot of time in the freezing rain of Oregon, went to a powwow, walked into Mordor, AND spent roughly 60 hours in an airplane. 
Fulfilling year? I think so. 
Zoom Info
Well with just 10 days left in New Zealand, I figured now would be a fitting time to do a sort of year-end review. So, in order these are:
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon (also Portland)
Disneyland, California 
New Orleans, Louisiana (on the same trip that we drove clear from New Orleans to Los Angeles in one week)
Biot, FR (and all around the South of France)
Rome, Italy
Monte Carlo, Monaco 
London (and all over England, really)
Dublin, Ireland
San Diego (also Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, etc)
AND New Zealand, in all its Lord of the Rings glory.
So in 1 year I have studied in 3 universities, been in 8 countries, 7 states, seen both sides of the Pacific, swam in the Gulf of Mexico and Mediterranean, stood in the Colosseum, gambled in Monte Carlo, gone to Disneyland, gone to Pride, walked down the Santa Monica Pier, walked up to the Hollywood sign, spent 5 hours in Australia, visited the Shire (it’s real!), seen the Great Hall of Hogwarts/Oxford and Cambridge, shopped in Harrods and Beverly Hills, had a beignet at Cafe Du Monde, seen a jazz band on Bourbon Street, took high tea in York, spent a lot of time in the freezing rain of Oregon, went to a powwow, walked into Mordor, AND spent roughly 60 hours in an airplane. 
Fulfilling year? I think so. 
Zoom Info
Well with just 10 days left in New Zealand, I figured now would be a fitting time to do a sort of year-end review. So, in order these are:
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon (also Portland)
Disneyland, California 
New Orleans, Louisiana (on the same trip that we drove clear from New Orleans to Los Angeles in one week)
Biot, FR (and all around the South of France)
Rome, Italy
Monte Carlo, Monaco 
London (and all over England, really)
Dublin, Ireland
San Diego (also Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, etc)
AND New Zealand, in all its Lord of the Rings glory.
So in 1 year I have studied in 3 universities, been in 8 countries, 7 states, seen both sides of the Pacific, swam in the Gulf of Mexico and Mediterranean, stood in the Colosseum, gambled in Monte Carlo, gone to Disneyland, gone to Pride, walked down the Santa Monica Pier, walked up to the Hollywood sign, spent 5 hours in Australia, visited the Shire (it’s real!), seen the Great Hall of Hogwarts/Oxford and Cambridge, shopped in Harrods and Beverly Hills, had a beignet at Cafe Du Monde, seen a jazz band on Bourbon Street, took high tea in York, spent a lot of time in the freezing rain of Oregon, went to a powwow, walked into Mordor, AND spent roughly 60 hours in an airplane. 
Fulfilling year? I think so. 
Zoom Info
Well with just 10 days left in New Zealand, I figured now would be a fitting time to do a sort of year-end review. So, in order these are:
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon (also Portland)
Disneyland, California 
New Orleans, Louisiana (on the same trip that we drove clear from New Orleans to Los Angeles in one week)
Biot, FR (and all around the South of France)
Rome, Italy
Monte Carlo, Monaco 
London (and all over England, really)
Dublin, Ireland
San Diego (also Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, etc)
AND New Zealand, in all its Lord of the Rings glory.
So in 1 year I have studied in 3 universities, been in 8 countries, 7 states, seen both sides of the Pacific, swam in the Gulf of Mexico and Mediterranean, stood in the Colosseum, gambled in Monte Carlo, gone to Disneyland, gone to Pride, walked down the Santa Monica Pier, walked up to the Hollywood sign, spent 5 hours in Australia, visited the Shire (it’s real!), seen the Great Hall of Hogwarts/Oxford and Cambridge, shopped in Harrods and Beverly Hills, had a beignet at Cafe Du Monde, seen a jazz band on Bourbon Street, took high tea in York, spent a lot of time in the freezing rain of Oregon, went to a powwow, walked into Mordor, AND spent roughly 60 hours in an airplane. 
Fulfilling year? I think so. 
Zoom Info

Well with just 10 days left in New Zealand, I figured now would be a fitting time to do a sort of year-end review. So, in order these are:

  1. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon (also Portland)
  2. Disneyland, California 
  3. New Orleans, Louisiana (on the same trip that we drove clear from New Orleans to Los Angeles in one week)
  4. Biot, FR (and all around the South of France)
  5. Rome, Italy
  6. Monte Carlo, Monaco 
  7. London (and all over England, really)
  8. Dublin, Ireland
  9. San Diego (also Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, etc)
  10. AND New Zealand, in all its Lord of the Rings glory.

So in 1 year I have studied in 3 universities, been in 8 countries, 7 states, seen both sides of the Pacific, swam in the Gulf of Mexico and Mediterranean, stood in the Colosseum, gambled in Monte Carlo, gone to Disneyland, gone to Pride, walked down the Santa Monica Pier, walked up to the Hollywood sign, spent 5 hours in Australia, visited the Shire (it’s real!), seen the Great Hall of Hogwarts/Oxford and Cambridge, shopped in Harrods and Beverly Hills, had a beignet at Cafe Du Monde, seen a jazz band on Bourbon Street, took high tea in York, spent a lot of time in the freezing rain of Oregon, went to a powwow, walked into Mordor, AND spent roughly 60 hours in an airplane. 

Fulfilling year? I think so. 

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