Well, it has been exactly 13 days since I have arrived here in Christchurch, New Zealand but it feels like it has been so much longer! I came to the University of Canterbury with two other Linfield students: Katie Hasenoehrl and Bethany Eckart, and we’ve been having a blast exploring the city! Last Friday we went to the Crusaders rugby game. It was really an amazing thing to experience. We went with three other exchange students who are studying at Canterbury as well. It was almost everyone’s first time watching a rugby game! The Crusaders are the Christchurch team and they played the Hurricanes who are from Wellington up on the North Island. There were a lot of fans for both teams, and we found out it was a big game for Canterbury students because a lot of them are from the North Island, and so the Hurricanes are their ‘home’ team. It was great to experience the culture of rugby and to cheer for our city’s team! It was definitely an experience I’ll never forget, and I hope to watch a lot more rugby during my time here!
The weekend before that, we headed to the beach for the day with some other exchange students! It was a short half an hour bus ride from our Uni, as they call it here. We went to New Brighton Pier, which was absolutely beautiful. There is a large library right on the pier where you can go study and look out at the amazing view of the ocean. We walked through a lot of the stores near by, and explored the beach as well. There were a lot of shells and the sand was very light and clean. We picked the perfect day to go, the weather was a little chilly, but it was a beautiful sunny day. We ate lunch at a restaurant on the pier and ended our day by walking out on the pier so we could take more pictures. We definitely plan to go back, especially when it starts getting warmer! Until next time!