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2011-09-25 study, rugby, homework, more rugby

Kia Ora again!

I’m sorry that I haven’t posted a blog in three weeks but I have been juggling a bunch of studies and assignments lately. With only three more weeks of classes, things are sure piling up.

To catch you up with what we’ve been up to, here’s a quick summary. We arrived back to Uni after two weeks of travelling around the south island on the 3rd of September and rushed right back into classes on the 5th. We’ve been hitting the books and the library hard and we’ve been trying to catch every rugby world cup match that we can in the evenings. We got to watch the opening ceremony and match between the All Blacks and Tonga on TV. It was amazing!

On the weekend of the 10th we explored Hamilton a bit more. We wandered to Frankton, where we strolled through the farmers’ market and then we got to check out the rugby exhibit on display in the museum. On the 13th, Jon, Amy, and I got to experience a pwhiri at the marae here on campus. It was part of our Te Reo Mori paper and was a great cultural opportunity. We would recommend taking this paper if you are interested in studying abroad at the University of Waikato. Last week Friday, the 16th, we went into town and got to see a flash mob haka. Although it wasn’t as big as the others that have been happening all over NZ, it was still an awesome showing. That evening we watched the All Blacks beat Japan. On this past Friday, the 23rd, Amy and I got to perform a hula in the inter-hall cultural night. It was a great show of many cultures in the Pacific and here at Uni. And finally, we travelled to the Coromandel Peninsula this past weekend. We got to dig a hot water pool and Hot Water Beach while we watched surfers catch some nice waves. We hiked to Cathedral Cove, one of the places where the second Narnia movie was filmed. And we stayed at a really cute backpackers where we got to watch the All Blacks beat France 37 to 17.

It’s been a busy three weeks and I hope to write again soon! Churr!!!

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