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Somewhere sunny and 75….

When I think of summer, I think of sun and beautiful weather. So when I got the chance to travel during the Midwest’s most brutal season (aka winter) I jumped at the opportunity. I applied and was accepted into the Australia Term Abroad- which also came with the added perk of going to visit New Zealand for 13 days. How could I turn that down?! And after a year of planning and 60 hours of traveling later here I am!

Back to my first statement. Summer. When someone thinks of summer, they’re probably thinking sun and hot and nice weather with no clouds in the sky, right? Me too! However, we got off the plan on the first of January of the new year to…gray skies and rain. Not quite the summer I was expecting. Nonetheless, we were not going to let that stop us! Once we gathered our bags and made it through customs- almost seamlessly- we were ready to take on our first stop, Auckland, New Zealand. Instead of the planned foot tours our guides decided to simply do bus tours around the city, which even by bus and rain was still beautiful! Although the heavy rain stopped by dinnertime, after so much traveling I really was ready to just go to bed. Which I did, promptly at 11 pm.

The next morning began around 745 am after a long and great nights rest. I felt so refreshed that I didn’t even take a nap on our three hour bus ride to Hobbiton! I won’t say I’m a HUGE Lord of the Rings fan, but I am a fan and I do linger over the title and more times than not click on it to watch a bit when I see it’s on. I immediately knew the tour was going to be great because our guides name was Sam. Throughout the tour we gained valuable behind the scenes secrets and facts, which I will now and forever be pointing out to anyone who watches the movies with me. After the tour, we were fortunate enough to enjoy a true hobbit meal on the grounds of the Shire. After the meal, we once again boarded the bus for our ride home. Since the evening was free to us, a couple of my roommates and I explored the other side of Queens St. There we found a liquor store as well as dinner. Once we arrived back to our apartment, we simply hung out with our friends and other people who are on this adventure with us.

I apologize for the brevity of the post, I’m sure it is simply the jetlag that I still have but I will in the future try to post more frequently and more detailed as well!


Nothing can rain on my parade,

One Response to “Somewhere sunny and 75….”

  1. Wonderful update! Glad that everything is going well! Karen

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