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Hello New Zealand, I am an Albatross

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

It is currently Tuesday February 16, 2010 at 3:23 PM. But for most of you it’s still Monday, thanks to New Zealand and its GMT+12 hr time zone.

The flight to New Zealand was actually not as bad as I expected. For an itinerary that included a 6 hour flight, 2.5 hour layover, 12 hour flight, 1.5 hour layover, and 1 hour flight, I was pleasantly surprised. The staff on Air New Zealand were, by far, the best I have ever met. We got a real meal with real dishware, and even a free glass of wine! (with refills!) We even got breakfast on the small 1-hour flight between Auckland and Wellington.

Wellington is awesome. I’m sitting here in 63 degree weather, and this is the coolest it’s been today. Lena and I walked around town the past two days, ate at cafes, and tried to find shopping. Some things are slightly cheaper, but mostly things are more expensive (especially food).

Also, apparently eggs don’t need to be refrigerated. This is news to me.
To get down to town, we have to go down hills and stairs equivalent to about 15 stories. It’s a long trek, especially when you’re bringing groceries back up. We’ve done it 3 times so far, and it’s already tiring.

Other than expenses, the only other problem I have with New Zealand so far is the Internet. The Internet through the University is spotty, and it’s not letting me upload to Flickr. So, I don’t really have any pictures for you besides the one or two I’m putting up through Picasa.

They also call the pound symbol on the phone a “hash” and spell “tire” like “tyre.”

Orientation starts tomorrow. I’m not quite sure what that entails, but I know I won’t have quite the free time I’ve had up to now.

Also, the view from my room is ok. I can see one building of the city through a crack in trees, but mostly I get to look at pine trees. Because we’re further up from the city, we’re almost in a jungle area. Lots of trees, and I get to fall asleep to the sound of crickets and other fun animals.

Oh, and here’s the view from the 3rd floor girl’s room. She hasn’t moved in yet, so I took a trip up there for sunrise.

Needless to say, I’m a little jealous.

More pictures to come once I get Flickr working.

  1. February 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    So excited for you!!!!!!

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