Orientation & Disorientation

Trip Start Feb 20, 2013
Trip End Jul 05, 2013

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Sky Tower Auckland
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University of Auckland

Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Monday, February 25, 2013

First day of school! First day of school! OK, so not really because I don't start classes (which they call papers) until next week, but I did get to go on campus and attend orientation. I will have to take the city bus to my classes everyday and will eventually learn how to use it, but today Sean just drove me. There was a specific orientation event in the morning for international students, so I went to that. I met some cool people from all over the world, including Canada, Norway, France, and even Chicago! At orientation, there was a group of Maori people. They are the indigenous group in New Zealand and their language has influenced many of the areas (city and street names, cultural differences, etc.).   They performed for us a few times and it was very neat. After that, we had our orientation session, which was just like any other orientation.
After orientation, I walked around campus a little bit while waiting for Sean and his girlfriend (Nicole - easy to remember!) to arrive and found my safe haven: a bookstore! There were two levels, the top having regular books (fiction, non-fiction, etc.) and school supplies, and the bottom level was filled with academic books for my courses. Although I didn't buy anything, I'm sure I will be there frequently to browse. 
Once Sean and Nicole got there, they took me on a mini-tour of Auckland city. There is a park nearby that has a giant tree growing through it. There's even a part where you have to duck under the tree just to get by it on the path. I got to see different stores and food places (there's McDonald's, Burger King, and Subway here). There's a landmark in the city called Sky Tower. It's the tallest man-made structure in NZ (over 1,070 feet high) and people can bungee jump off of it (don't think I'll be doing that anytime soon)! We finished our mini-tour and took a bus back home. At one point, I was tested to see if I could find campus - I failed miserably. It doesn't surprise me given that I've lived in Green Bay for over a year and still get lost! Hopefully, I can learn to navigate around the city quickly so I don't get too lost.
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