Easter Weekend

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

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Where I stayed
Nicole's Bach
What I did
Parakai hot pools

Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hello once again. I know it has been some time since my last entry, but I figured my school life is not of much interest. School has been going well and I have a few tests coming up soon. But I didn't come on here to talk about school - I want to tell you about my weekend!
This weekend Sean, Nicole, and I went to Nicole's family's bach (Kiwi word for cabin, basically) in Mangawhai. I got to meet some of their family friends and it was a pretty great weekend overall. There were 14 of us in total staying at this house and we spent most of the time in the water. When we arrived on Friday morning, we got settled in the bach and then went out to the lake nearby. The water was a bit chilly, but I got to use a wet suit so it wasn't so bad. We went swimming for a while and some of the group went skiing; I was too cold (and a bit scared) to try that day. When we weren't in the water, we were at the bach playing cards and just hanging out. I learned a few new games that I'm sure I'll be playing more of in Auckland.
On Saturday, we went in a nearby estuary and I got to have my first go at water skiing. Everyone else there was basically a pro at it, so I got to be the only newbie. As shown in the video, I'm clearly not cut out to be a water skier. I failed a few times and got so much salt water up my nose that it started to hurt so I quit. I'm sure I'll give it a go some other time, preferably not in salt water though. At least I can say I tried - and we got some funny video out of it! We also went tubing (which they call biscuiting here) and that was a blast. Nicole and I went on it together and made it pretty far before bailing. My arms were sore the next day, but it was fun and worth it.
Easter Sunday was fairly uneventful. We went out on the boat again, but I passed on the chance to ski again. We had lunch (fish caught that morning by Sean, Nicole, and Nicole's dad) and then went back home and had a quiet Easter night filled with lots of chocolate!
I had Friday, Monday, and Tuesday off of school, so I tried to fit a lot into this weekend. Monday I got to go to my first hot pool in Parakai. They are geothermal outdoor pools that are nice and heated. It was a lot of fun and there were even a couple of water slides to go on. Today, I am busy catching up with family on Skype and working on homework. Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend!
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