Thursday, April 17, 2008
I leave tomorrow at 7:15! I land back home Sunday morning at 5:00am! See you all soon!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Queenstown is a cute touristy town surrounded by mountians and a huge lake. It is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Amanda's friend, who we stayed with, told us many celebrities like Tom Cruise and Madonna have "holiday homes" there.
The city is full of many adventerour things to do like jet boating, parasailing, rafting and my favorite.... the bungy jump! On Saturday I went to the Kawarau bridge, where the world's first bungy jump was ever done, and did a bungy jump!!! Its not really like me to do such extreme things, but I felt I had to becasue New Zealand and Queenstown was known for their amanzing bungy jumps! It was really scary, and I didn't want to let go of the bar. When theywere strapping my feet in, I had noticed no one was screaming as they jumped. I asked the man if anyone screams, becasue I knew I would.When it was my turn I walked to the edge of a platform, they counted to 3 and I jumped!!! I bought the dvd of my jump to prove to everyone back home how brave I am!
On Sunday Amanda and I took a Gondola ride to the top of one of the mountians. Then we went on the luge ride back down! Its really fun because you sit in a sled that has wheels and a handle and drive it down a concrete track! The only bummer was I forgot my camera so I dont have any pictures of me on the luge!
Today I flew back to Auckland and am preparing for my last 4 days of teaching!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
My school has won the first place trophy for the past 9 years! This year we came in 2nd place by 1/2 a point! The kids were still excited to receive a placement and had tons of fun!
Back at school, in the afternoon, my own class made containers out of clay. They did a great job! Their clay pots will be sent to a kiln and won't be finished till may! I'm a bit bummed, but my teacher promised to send me pictures of the students with their finished products!
Tomorrow after school I am meeting with my university teacher here with the other OU students and having dinner. Friday I leave for Queenstown!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Friday was mine and Billy's 9 Month Anniversary! He had flowers sent to my house! It's always nice receiving flower, but even more special when you are a hemisphere away!
Saturday, April 5, 2008
This weekend I went on a bus tour around Auckland. We went to the top of the Sky Tower, which is the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. It was beautiful to look out and see the city and harbour. After we had pizza for lunch. (I've been eating a lot of pizza here, but it is not like pizza at home!) Next we went to Kelly Tarltons Underwater World. We saw penguins, and a HUGE sting ray. A woman was in the tank and telling us all about them. One even splashed me! the best part was walking through the tunnels and having sharks, fish and sting rays swimming around me. I tried to take pictures, but they did not come out so well! I'll be posting up more pictures at school tomorrow. We also went to the Auckland Museum. It had tons of Maori artifacts, a area all about volcanoes, information and items from the World Wars and even dinosaur bones. The best was the volcano exhibit that simulated what would happen if a volcano erupted in Auckland. I went into a room that was set up like a living room in a home. The TV was on and there was a "view" of the harbour. You see the volcano erupt and the house shakes and all the lights go off. It was kinda scary, but I felt OK knowing a volcano hasn't erupted in this area in over 600 years.
Tonight I am going to a BBQ with all the other students from Oakland. I am bringing my diet coke cake which is in the oven right now.
Monday, March 31, 2008
I start full time teaching later this week. I have lots of planning to do! Things are about to get busy around here!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The weekend should be fun, as I am planning on going to the movies with another teacher, the zoo and a rugby game. Go Auckland Blues!