July 17- Home from New Zealand

I’ve been back in the States for a few weeks now and it’s been bitter sweet. I’ve missed my family, my home, and Florida’s summer heat for months- so it’s good to be back. But I really just miss it. I miss the life-long friends I made, my ridiculously messyat (but not the kitchen- which…

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New Zealand: Hiking Copland Track

I found myself jumping in on my friends’ weekend trip to Copland Track, which is about 6 hours away from Dunedin. We planned on hiking to the first Welcome Flat Hut, an 11 mile and estimated 7 hour track. This was the longest hike I’ve ever done, and my first time bringing along a giant…

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New Zealand: Weekend in Welly

Hungry for a change of scenery and weather from chilly Dunedin, I decided to spend a weekend visiting a friend who is studying in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city located on the north Island. The first thing I noticed about Wellington was the humidity; the air felt damp and the plants carried a heavy aroma…

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New Zealand West Coast: Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

Hokitika is a rural town in New Zealand’s south island where the locals hold an annual festival, Hokitika Wildfoods, which brings the small population of the West coast together to celebrate their culture and the signature “wild” foods of the West Coast. So my flatmates and I hop in the car and drive nearly 10…

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New Zealand: Growing Pains of a Student Abroad

So I’ve been in New Zealand for a little over a week now- and I don’t think ever want to go back. Yes, of course it was overwhelming at first. After growing up in South Florida around so many foreigners and international students, I just assumed assimilating into a new culture in a land that…

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Pr-Departure: Thoughts on Identity

Let’s face it: diversity makes the world go round. It is a driving force of both tradition and change; without it, society would be boring and it wouldn’t be able to move forward. When diversity is boiled down to one core construct, I think it would be identity.  A person’s identity is built out of…

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