29 July 2014

For Dani

My dear friend Dani, who has been my roommate for the past two years, just demanded that I write her a new blog post. Apparently it has been ages since I last posted something, so this post is for her!

I have officially been in New Zealand for a month... POOF! That time is now gone. Crazy.

The past couple of weeks have been a combination of lectures, studying, kickboxing classes, and random walks/tramps on the weekends. Oh, as well as three-night marathon to watch the Lord of the Rings movies -- extended editions, of course. 

After a while I stop carrying around my camera, but here are a few things I've taken shots of! 

From the Botanic Gardens:

Looks like a crazy hair do, right?


Last weekend I volunteered at a little horse stable where disabled people can ride the eight ponies they have there. We fed the ponies dinner, refilled their water, and mucked out their stalls. Loved it!

It was also the first time I have ever used a wheelbarrow! So of course I took a picture.

This is an AWESOME tree house, not too far from the University. 

And here is the first panoramic shot I tried to take on my camera. It was taken from Flagstaff - another hill not too far from where I live. It was a sunny, but blustery day. The rain clouds on the right half of the photo finally caught up with us on our way back to campus. We were cold, hungry, and tired... but definitely still happy!

Now for some random Kiwi observations I've made lately...
  • People like to put old couches outside--back yard, front yard, in a tree house, wherever. The idea is that you have somewhere comfy to sit when you're lounging outside... but what if... I don't know... creepy crawling things decide to live in your couch? And, at least in Dunedin, it rains all the time. Can mold grow on couch fabric? 
  • "Bangs" (as in the haircut style) are called "fringe" here. Makes way more sense. 
  • There's really no such thing as "New Zealand cuisine." I suppose traditional/common NZ meals would be based on seafood, seeing as it's an island-country surrounded by sea. Otherwise it's like a meat-and-potatoes, fish-and-chips kind of place. 

So there you go, Dani! (And all of my other readers.) Thank you for your patience. :)

1 comment:

  1. I miss you girlie, but it sounds like you're having an amazing time! Your blog posts are great :)