New Zealand, Week 4: the Spirit World, the Shire, and Coming Home

There's so much reflecting to do on the past month we've spent abroad--only a fraction of which I feel I can express with due justice this post--but first, some lovely views while hiking through the Mount Maunganui Reserve-- https://flic.kr/p/WGuJQM https://flic.kr/p/WruPVo https://flic.kr/p/VsY3nX While in the North Island, we spent several afternoons weeding, potting plants, and planting … Continue reading New Zealand, Week 4: the Spirit World, the Shire, and Coming Home

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New Zealand, Week 3: Serendipity, Seashells, & Sunrises

Cheers to week three! Headed off to the North Island (and some invigorating warmer weather), prefaced by a hike through Abel Tasman National Park and a couple nights at our final South Island destination, Nelson-- https://flic.kr/p/WGuS6P https://flic.kr/p/Wrvpr1 https://flic.kr/p/VsYVft https://flic.kr/p/WCUhau https://flic.kr/p/WuSyZD Bumped into a friendly weka along the way (one of New Zealand's many flightless bird … Continue reading New Zealand, Week 3: Serendipity, Seashells, & Sunrises

New Zealand, Week 2: Surreal Sights & Swimming with Dolphins

We started off this week with a visit to Fork Farm (cue the adorable sheep)-- https://flic.kr/p/WeYfBi The next day, we arrived at Mount Cook, where some of us got to see snow for the first time. After checking in, a few of us went on a spontaneous hike. Frolicking along a stream-- https://flic.kr/p/WeYfzp https://flic.kr/p/VfaWgc Me … Continue reading New Zealand, Week 2: Surreal Sights & Swimming with Dolphins

New Zealand, Week 1: Sleeplessness, Sea Lions, Sheep–and Timeless Terrain

This first week has been a whirlwind of new experiences--being tossed into a frenzied, perpetual schedule with new people, in a completely new place, in a polar-opposite time zone. To be honest, it’s been hard to find time to stop and reflect--our days begin at 6am and end at 6pm, leaving only a few hours … Continue reading New Zealand, Week 1: Sleeplessness, Sea Lions, Sheep–and Timeless Terrain

Rachel: Summer in Christchurch

Rachel Han is a University of Florida student studying abroad during Summer A of 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  To learn more about her program, click here: UF in New Zealand - Sustaining Humans and their Enviroments. What is your year and academic concentration? I’m a senior--graduating this term--majoring in Political Science with a concentration … Continue reading Rachel: Summer in Christchurch