Exciting News ✈✨

Hey everyone! How was the week been? It’s been a super crazy time for me – I moved, I finished classes, exams are underway, and to top it all off, we’re wrapping up all the loose ends in our planning for Southeast Asia where we’ll be hitting Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. And, just because I can never have too much on my plate, I have a super exciting announcement! I have just recently received official confirmation from all involved faculties that in July this summer, I will be going on exchange to … drum roll please …. New Zealand!

This is an exchange set up through a partnership with my university which allows me to travel to New Zealand for four months, and study at the University of Waikato, situated on the North Island. Finally, I get to travel to New Zealand and find out if it is, indeed, a real place and not elaborately mythical!

This trip is particularly exciting to me, because I’ve wanted to visit New Zealand since I was about ten years old. Something about the culture and landscape there has drawn me from a very early age. I mean, how can this not look incredible to you?!

I’ll be spending four months there, mainly in the Waikato region. Let me tell you a little bit of what’s right in my backyard there…


Rotorua is a town set on its namesake lake, known for its geothermal activity and Maori culture.There are bubbling mud pools, hot springs, forests, and beautiful lake views, about a hour away from where I’ll be staying.



Glowworm Caves

The glowworm caves are located in Waitomo, and are populated by Arachnocampa luminosa, a species of glowworm. You can take guided rafting tours through there, and admire the caves lit up like a fairytale.


Hobbiton Set

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Although the fact that the Lord of the Rings movies were shot in New Zealand has nothing to do with my infatuation with it, this is a pretty cool sight to see.

I’m going to do a lot of travelling in the four months I’ll be in New Zealand, and I’m going to tell you guys all about it! Do you have any suggestions?


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