Very majestic photo from the freshers tramp….
This weekend I went on skyline! It was right outside Wellington and took about 7 hours! Here are some pictures of the view:
I did a quick 15 minutes watercolor while atop the hill.
I managed to switch into the Maori class I wanted even though it was a week after the deadline for class changes. We had our first tutorial yesterday and our first lecture today (both at reasonable, functional hours - 2 to 3). I’ve got quite a bit of catching up to do and there is an assignment due on Monday and a test due on Friday, but a number of my friends are in this course so I got notes off of them.
I have no groceries and I am deliberating between how much I actually need fresh food considering how much pain my legs are gonna be in after walking the stairs up and down vs eating pasta for the rest of the week.
(UPDATE: It started raining. Pasta it is.)
Anyways, here is the painting I did very early in the morning after I got soaked sleeping outside on the hike.
I really want to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. It’s a day hike but has some truly incredible sights.
I’ve become better friends with my housemates. Which is pretty exciting.
Our house is fairly blank and boring looking so I bought some cheap poster paper and gouache and am working on a couple murals….I’ll post progress pictures as I go along…
Tramping. Otherwise known as hiking was what I did this weekend. Alongside 120 other individuals. It was a two day hike. 4 hours to the campsite and 7 hours back. The two tracks were called the Tongariro Northern Circut and the Holdsworth - Kaitoke Tramp and it follows the Waiohine and Tauherenikau rivers. We walked for 20 km (14 miles). Mostly uphill. It was utterly exhausting. But incredibly worth it.
Some of the sights on the track:
I met a lot of new people:
Was amazingly inspired. So much detail.
So many incredible sights.
My camera died halfway through so I couldn’t photograph some of the most beautiful parts. But I will always remember them.
We slept out in a field under flies. It rained. I got soaked. But it prompted me to get up early and watercolor. I’ll post the watercolor later. Here is the campsite:
We had to cross the river a couple of times. There was no way we could swim through it. I did jump in it once and got the wind knocked out of me. It was so cold I couldn’t breathe. Amazing!
Anyways, to cross the river we had to walk across these narrow single person bridges.
The view off of them was stunning.
I may be more sore then I have ever been in my life, but all I can think about is figuring out when and where will my next tramping adventure be!
Just been going to classes. I’m trying to switch out of my Myth and Storytelling one into a Maori culture class, we’ll see how that goes.
I met a violinist busking and we got coffee on monday. He wasn’t even kiwi, he was from Oregon! Small world.
Also grabbed lunch with a couple kiwi friends I met out a few weeks ago.
Ate at this tiny little malaysian vegetarian restaurant. And got something called Laska soup with cabbage dumplings. It was delicious.
(^This is a photo of the photo that tempted me so…)
Did some work for my photography class. Here are just a few of the shots I did for the project:
More can be found on my art blog.
Going on a trip this weekend with the hiking club! Hoping to meet lots of cool people.
I’m not the avatar. To the dismay of myself and many others I’m sure…
But I am in New Zealand.
I’m also getting significantly worse at this blogging thing.
I was never good at keeping a journal.
A few days ago I went to my first ever rugby game! I didn’t understand a single thing. Basically what I got from it was there were a large group of fairly attractive tiny men tackling each other in great heaps at any given opportunity in pursuit of a ball which, when in their possession, they would throw backwards and away from their goal in hopes of reaching said goal.
At any rate, the arena was cool.
I joined and went to a bunch of club meetings this week ( I need to make non-american friends ok): Sci-Fi Club, Women’s Club, UniQ club, kayaking club…Oh, and I joined the tramping (hiking) club. It’s huge there’s over 100 people. They had to up security for the university because the club was having it’s first meeting. I was going to go on their Freshers! hike this weekend, but then there’s the impending cyclone.
Get a load of this:
"Subject: "Freshers: How to Tramp in A Cyclone"
So.. A tropical cyclone is about to land on our shores. She’s a beautiful storm. There will be torrential rain, and gales up to 100km per hour.
At the Victoria University Tramping Club, we are committed to giving our members an authentic experience of the New Zealand outdoors. This includes cyclones. So after a big discussion, we’ve decided that we are going to force you all to tramp this weekend.
You might think we are joking.
You are correct.
This is a joke.
Freshers is about experiencing the beauty of New Zealand in a safe environment, while meeting new people and having a great time. It’s our biggest trip of the year, and we want you to enjoy yourself!
So we have decided to postpone Freshers for one week, until Friday the 21st.
This really is an amazing trip so we hope that you can all still come along. If the new date clashes with other plans or commitments, please come to the meeting on Tuesday for a full refund. Otherwise, we look forward to tramping with you on the 21st!
Please join us in prayer for good weather.
Alex Man Clark”
In the New Zealand spirit of “taking the piss” this email is a prime example of the type of fantastic humor people have around here — there’s no end to the laughter!
In this same spirit I bought a flag:
It’s bigger than I am tall…Which is quite impressive as it came in a tiny 5x5 inch plastic package.
I got mail from some friends back home this week. It absolutely made my day. If any of you care to send me some, I will be forever grateful, and will definitely send you a letter back.
I can be found at…
University Hall Flats - Te Kotahinga
2A Gladstone Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington 6021; Room #: TK-GT02a-05
Class is class.
My friends and I are planning a very elaborate two week trip of the south island over winter break. We will be hitting over 5 of some great destinations and doing one of the Great Walks (3-4 day hike through some of the most beautiful terrains in New Zealand).
More details on that to come.