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Some of this may be repeated from the previous entry, if so I apologize. In addition it may be a while until I respond to comments, but I will eventually :) Pictures very soon!

New Zealand. WOW! I conquered the flights & other travel to arrive at the hostel in Auckland. All my luggage too!

I didn't do too much sight-seeing, not yet. I did, however, manage to feel settled. I now have

  • a NZ bank account

  • am getting a tax ID # (it's being processed)

  • a NZ cell phone, SIM card, and minutes to talk on the phone with (if anyone wants the number, email me)

  • made new friends

  • explored a decent amount of downtown auckland

I ended the day exhausted
food, shower, & sleep!

After pulling my bags into the hostel room and arranging them so they would be as little a nuisance to other people, I grabbed my pack with my laptops, wallet, & passport in it (my regular one - well what will be used as one here - was in my luggage) and headed to orientation.

I must admit, eith a tiny bit of embarressment . . . When I first walked in the room at the hostel I saw a girtl. I was given the key to the room and told it might not be clean but I could drop stuff off and leave it in the room. So when I first saw the girl I thought she was leaving.

I should note my only hostel experience has been with friends or with a youth group - so while logivally I knew there was a possiblity of other people being in the room (and the bathroom being elsewhere - like dorms) I think my brain was so much on autopilot and in the hotel/motel habit it didn't comprehend at first that this girl would be my roommate and was not in fact leaving.

funny thing though, she didn't end up sleeping in the room even though she said she wasn't leaving. In fact I eneded up with the room (4 beds) to myself.

before orientation I had some time to kill and grabbed some food and headed to an internet place. I still had avout 30 min left when a big crowd of kids - probably 12-14 yrs - came in. I felt a bit overwhelmed as there were about 10-12 of them, all apparently boys. So I headed out.

I wasn't sure how much further the walk to the IEP office (will explain later) was anyhow. After orientation my first thought was to head straight to the bank.

One girl, allison, asked me to lunch. So she, jim, joe, mike & julie went to grab food. seth - a guy from nyc also, wanted to stay and talk to the job woman - leah.

It was nice. Felt a bit like college, lol, all of us stayin in the hostel, meeting new people with a more youth-oriented thing in common.

After food a few of us set up bank accounts and then I headed off to get a phone. By the time I finished playing with my phone there was a knock on the door. The "all blacks" ticket adina (who led orientation at the IEP office) had offered, she had already sold but had forgotten.

I headed out to get my $ back. it would have been kewl to have gone since it's a huge event - plus a group of people from the program were going together. It just means I get to do other things :)

After picking up the $ I bought a toothbrush, some other toiletries, and attempted to look @ cars. They were closed. Probably good since by the time I returned to the hostel I was starving and exhausted.

I walked around the corner, grabbed food (after first running into, saying hello to, and getting alison's mobile number), showered, and was in bed asleep by around 8 or 8:30pm!

a long productive and enjoyable day.

I hope all be well
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jimmyaquino From: jimmyaquino Date: August 22nd, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
a long productive day indeed! off to a good start! nice luck w/ having the room to yourself. i'd probably end up w/ 20 people in mine. :) take care and have fun!


fjordhopper From: fjordhopper Date: August 22nd, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear that you are settling in.
It all sounds pretty exciting and fun!
moowazz From: moowazz Date: September 9th, 2006 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)
thank ye :)

it is quite fun! hopefully I'll have more updates next time i'm in rotorua - internet once a week and my current work schedule on the farm is holding my picture editing a bit back, lol.

luckily it's also holding back my picture taking - at least a bit.

i hope all is going wonderfully in the us of a :)~
leele From: leele Date: August 23rd, 2006 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi. I'm from New Zealand, and I want to tell you that you cant leave without going to Waitomo and the caves. Your going to love it there (i miss it everyday). Im off to New York for the halloween parade in oct (obviously). Any places you can think of that I just shouldnt miss while im there, drop me a line! Enjoy NZ.
moowazz From: moowazz Date: September 1st, 2006 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)
if you like gardens there is a place on staten island called snug harbor. there are also a few botanical gardens - the best one I've been to is bronx (the new york state one).

if you have a car (or decide to rent one) there are a bunch of places upstate - again if you like the outdoors. woodstock is a cute shopping area/town and there is a kewl hike where there are some hotel ruins & a fire tower to climb up. there are also a bunch of watering holes (?) where you can go swimming if it's warm enough.

maybe go into a bookstore and pick up either lonely planet or actually if you go into barnse & noble in nyc (though i'm guessing you'll want to do the research beforehand) there is a whole section with books on new york (the whole state because there's much more than just nyc).

if you drop me an email before tomorrow I can give you 2 people to contact - one who can give you info about new york city - as he is a volunteer tour guide, and one who can give you some info about ny state hiking stuff.

I hope all be well

From: (Anonymous) Date: August 23rd, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

hey there traveler...

I'm so glad to see you made it to the future (you are 16 hours ahead) safely! I cant believe you are there and get to experience such new and amazing things... I'm so jealous! So a few questions, that maybe others would be interested in as well...

1. what is IEP?
2. what is "all blacks" and why is it so great?
3. when are you gonna start taking massive amounts of pics?
4. I expect pics of you milking cows and, when the time comes, of your vineyard

Anyway, I am stuck here in the library at school, and I have to read some 25 pages of legal something or other for class in an hour, so i gotta run, but I look forward to more journal entries!

Have a good one!
ps which email address is best to email you at?
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