Speechless :)

Where to start?

I left on Monday the 7th, and arrived in New Zealand on Wednesday the 9th, my birthday. That was the best day I have had in the longest time, and every day has improved over the previous day. In the four days I have been here, I have gone to hot pools, stayed at a Maori village, ran around Shakespear Regional Park, played rugby, gone to a winery, been to a wine tasting, went out in Wellington, met a fantastic group of people, and so much more.

It seems like I have known this group of people for longer than four days. Granted we have spent almost every waking minute together for the past four days, it seems like we have always known each other. I hate that we had to split up to go to our respective schools.

I moved into my flat today, and met two of my four other flatmates. One is a girl from New Zealand, a girl from Germany, a girl from the Caribbean, and another guy from the United States. I have only met Anna (NZ) and Alicia (Germany). So far, I love the place. We all have our owns room, there are two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room. It is a four-story building, with all kinds of space.

Everything is better than I could have imagined, and I do not know how to explain it. Words do not do it justice, and pictures only give you a pathetic glimpse at what beauty New Zealand truly holds. That does not stop me from posting pictures, and talking about it as much as I can.

Sunrises over crystal clear water that sparkles at all times. Extinct volcanoes, that loom over everything. Sheep and cows running over all of the many hills. Greener grass than I have ever seen, and streets that are narrow and space conscious. Cliffs and hills galore, that give views like no other in the world. People who are kinder than anybody I have met. The Maori people, who are so proud of their heritage, and they are willing to teach anyone about their culture, including us. And even now, there are fireworks booming 200 feet from my room. Things cannot be more wonderful!!!


About dsmeeker

I am a second year student at McKendree University. I am majoring in Speech Communications, and hope to one day work at McKendree. I am a super social person, who loves to meet new people. I am involved in pretty much everything, whether it be official or not. My friends mean the world to me, and I do not know what I would do without them.
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One Response to Speechless :)

  1. Sarah Garner says:

    Great blog, Darren. Sounds like you’re having a trip of a lifetime already! I’m looking forward to reading more about your adventure. Keep blogging and snapping those pictures! ciao bello

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