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Showing posts from November, 2017

Goodbye New Zealand/Massey

As I have officially left New Zealand it is with a happy and sad heart (posted later as I did not have internet connection). Happy that I had the wonderful opportunity and experience in the country, excited for my next adventure (Australia then moving to Montana), and finally getting a chance to see my family. However, a part of me is sad. I experienced a lot but know that New Zealand has so much more than I got the chance to see, experience, or learn. Sad as I leave so many wonderful friends I leave behind. While the first few months just felt like an adventure, by the end I felt at home there. Although I had a feeling of leaving like this as I left Purdue, this is somehow different. Maybe it is because it is so far away, and unlikely that I will return. Perhaps it is because for the first time in a long while I don't have all of the next steps in my life planned out. But I think a lot of it has to do with the fact I am leaving a lifestyle and culture that is completely different…

Study Break: Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Wai-O-Tapu, and Cathedral Cove

In New Zealand they don't give students a dead week, you get a true study break. Many students have early exams and spend it studying, but lucky for me my exams were on the back half of the two and a half week exam period. So, like almost all international students I know we headed to do some traveling.

One of my goals coming to New Zealand was to spend more time in nature and become a better hiker. I set a goal of being able to finish the Tongariro Alpine Crossing by the end of my time here. Unfortunately I pulled my groin two days before I was supposed to do the hike, but decided it was in decent enough condition to go up the mountain. My friends had underplayed the difficulty of this hike and the summits in the hike. I definitely had a false sense of confidence heading into the hike.

I was told the Tongariro Alpine Crossing would take roughly 7 hours. I came in just under 6.5 hours and am quite sure another hour would have done me in. While it was a long hike, with some brutal …