What hiking teaches us

You can tell where you are by where you have been Every obstacle, every bump in the road and every challenge you overcome is a testament to your strength. Recognize what you are capable of and you will know where you belong. Don’t look back Or you’ll stumble over the sprawling roots in front of…

Iceland

Iceland is a country whose name fails to connote the astounding beauty it conjures on a single day. It is not exactly a land of ice though, that is Greenland. Iceland is a land of lush emerald grass carpeting large expanses of volcanic lava fields. We traveled during the winter months when the grass wasn’t…

South Island-West Coast

Ruby and I took a two day bus trip along the West Coast of the South Island following our stay in Nelson. While it seems more efficient to take a plane with only a two hour travel time, this was the best option for someone wanting to see New Zealand’s landscape on a budget. We took…

South Island-Nelson

My remaining weeks in New Zealand were spent traveling around the insanely beautiful South Island, which began with a stay in Nelson. After spending an entire semester in nearby Wellington, where the Marlborough sounds can be seen from the shores of the North Island, I was more than ready to finally see the country’s other sibling,…

Week 18

And on the 18th week my stay in Wellington comes to an end. I completed my exams both Monday and Tuesday, and by Wednesday I was enjoying company on the South Island. Just in those first couple days of the week I spent time with my good friend Chow. On Tuesday afternoon we decided to…

Week 17

My last week in Wellington. That sounds weird. It is hard to imagine leaving such a wonderful city I have called home this past semester. It is where I have met some truly wonderful people I consider family and whose memories I will hold onto for the remainder of my life with gratitude. I have learned…

Week 16

With the start of my study break this week I have enjoyed an abundance of free time. What this also means is that the majority of Massey students have gone home as their course does not require exams. The Cube has been oddly quiet these past few days and I am starting to miss the excitement of…

Week 15

15 weeks later and my semester of study at Massey is slowly wrapping up with these last few days of classes. I still have two exams to take and several assignments to hand in which will allow me to spend another couple of weeks here in Wellington. Shortly after that I will be flying to Nelson…

Week 14

It is sad to think that my semester here is slowly coming to a close. This was the second to last week of classes and pretty soon most of the design and music students who do not have to take final exams will be leaving shortly after. For me this means the majority of my…

Week 13

An approaching autumn presents itself here in the southern hemisphere with the falling of leaves and brisk winds unleashed from the Cook strait. While strong gusts are nothing new to Wellington, where speeds reach an average of 35 knots daily, a crisp chill to the mix is. I have little to complain though, for part of my winter…

Week 12

This week was rather slow as I found myself busy with assignments and upcoming deadlines. On Monday I ran up Mount Vic and later made an apple crumble with the plethora of apples purchased at last week’s market. That night was the season finale of The Bachelor and so we watched in delight as Jordan chose…

Week 11

The more you take, the less you have. Monday happened to be my 20th birthday and I cannot begin to explain how special everyone from both here and afar made me feel on this day. I remember waking up to the hugs of two dear friends wishing me a happy birthday. Since Rowena and I were…