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Cleaning, cleaning…

Since it’s been the weekend, I haven’t been able to get on campus to post any of my pictures, which is what the lack of updates is for. The good news is, though, that I’ve gotten all of my pictures edited from the South Island, Mt. Victoria, and the Kaori Sanctuary, so those will be posted very shortly (hopefully within the next 12 hours).

Classes so far are going well. There’s actually a lot more class than I antiscipated, since each class has either a lab or a tutorial (recitation) that they don’t tell you about ahead of time. So I have three classes, cell biology (+lab), thermal physics (+lab), and meditation (+tutorial). (And sadly it’s learning about meditation and meditative techniques, not actually doing meditation).

Got a chance this weekend to head to the Kaori bird sanctuary (which also includes insects and reptiles and anything not mammalian). It was pretty cool, and I’ll have some pictures up soon.

Also went to the international orientation. It’s definitely a strange change from an American orientation. Back in America, those sorts of events would have large amount of pizza/hogies/whatever they’re feeding us, and water to drink (if anything). Here, food was minimal (10 pizzas and 2 small dishes of sushi for 150 people), but it was sushi, something you’d never get for free back home. On top of that, alcohol was flowing, even though it was a school run event. They easily had enough for 3 beers or glasses of wine per person, and it was decently expensive stuff, too. I guess that’s where the food money went.

They call classes “papers,” here. So instead of asking, “How many classes are you taking this semester?” they might ask, “How many papers are you taking this semester.” I got quite confused the first time I heard this. Can’t wait to share some of the other (usually small) but interesting differences.

  1. March 15, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Being the mother that I am, how do you know what expensive alcohol is?

  2. March 15, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Oh, I have a fake ID at home and have been sneaking into bars since I was 12. My name is Vladmir and I'm 47 years old. I just tell them I have Russian drawfism, and they can't fight it for risk of being called racist.

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