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a gardner...chronicles of the random adventures, boredom,chaos and drama that happens in London, Ontario

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Location: London, Ontario, Canada

a disillusioned londoner, who is now in new zealand, hoping to corrupt young minds once ive finished with teacher's college

Sunday, February 12, 2006

i have arrived....

well actually i got here on tuesday, but i finally have access to the internet....

this has been quite the journey....let me just begin with what i left behind:

the day i leave there is a ton of snow, which definately helped with wanting to leave, but it didn't help with the getting to the airport

i will say this though, leaving everything, and getting on that plane was so ridiculously hard. most people ive talked to have been incredibly jealous but to leave your family, your friends....your job, to go to another country, 18 hours away....very very difficult. but i managed, i've been in new zealand almost a week now, it doesnt feel like home yet, but i am definately glad i got on that plane.

the plane rides were long....very very long, but i did catch some decent movies, and even got some cool pictures in the process. although it would have been nice to see the grand canyon, too bad some guys head was in the way....

that was on the way to LA....i'm not sure exactly where that is, but it was my only opportunity to look at the window...the joys of being in an aisle seat

i was in the LA airport for about 4 hours, not that exciting really...but the weather was quite nice. my flight to auckland however was delayed an hour, because of mechincal difficulties....which wasnt very comforting since i'd never been on a plane before. anyway i attempted to sleep on my 12 hour flight....but i will tell you it is so hard to sleep on the plane, plus i kept tripping the flight attendant because my feet were in aisle....oops

finally arrived in auckland at 7 in the morning (tuesday), i lost monday.....which was kind of sad, but really who likes monday's anyway??

the security in the airport was a lot different then what it was like in LA....in the states the focus is on guns and drugs....in new zealand is whether you have any fruit or processed cheese. they even have little dogs that sniff for fruit...it was kind of interesting.

when we arrived the sun was shining....not a cloud in the sky....it was awesome. the awesomeness ended when we took the shuttle from the airport to where we are staying.....i actually thought i was going to die.....not only did i have to adjust to the fact that they drive on the other side of the road, but they are crazy drivers....i think our shuttle driver forgot that he even had a trailer on the back on the van....it was insane. but we finally made it

this is the sign leading into my campus....yep you're seeing lush green and blue sky :D

i've also discovered that i am 40 minutes walking distance from the beach, and that every where are great views.....here on some of the views from my neighbourhood

and here is the beach i was at yesterday....let me just say the sun is damn strong here


Anonymous Heather said...

Hey Steph,
Glad your trip went well and you arrived safely. The blog is a great idea, it will keep all us back in London up to date on what is going on with you over in New Zealand. I will be sure to read your blogs and hope to see lots of pictures of New Zealand. Enjoy yourself.

4:17 PM  
Blogger Drew-Not-Toothpaste said...

The best comment ever is about the processed cheese. That's so funny.

Glad you're having a good time. :)

10:15 AM  
Blogger gardner said...

thanks :) this has been the most amazing experience so far, and ive only been here a week :)

oh their substitute for kraft dinner is macaronni and cheese in a can....i would not recommend it

4:56 PM  
Blogger Drew-Not-Toothpaste said...

That sounds just a little bit gross. But then again, objectively, it sounds a bit grosser in a box.

7:17 PM  
Blogger gardner said...

i suppose, but in the can it's mixed together, and precooked...uping the gross factor

11:04 PM  
Blogger Phronk said...

Never trust anything that's already been cooked when you cook it.

Congratulations on making to New Zealand alive. It looks like a beautiful place and it'll be nice to read your thoughts and see your pictures of it.

6:00 AM  

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