So much has happened. After the Seniors left school for exams I spent time getting ready for the next year. I made pretty good head way. I finished the school year and am now on summer holiday. I’m feeling pretty good about teaching a second year. I’ve been in New Zealand for one year and 1 1/2 months. I’ve had my second Christmas in New Zealand.
My housemate has been married and her new husband moved in, so I and our other housemate have moved next door to another house that was empty. Her cousin will be joining us as well. The great thing about this new house is that it has a nice spot for a garden and I’ve taken full advantage of it. I’ve planted lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, sweet basil, artichokes, zucchini, parsley, thyme, oregano, and watermelons. It’s so cool. It makes me happy just looking at it. I was blessed to have a friend of a friend with a lounge suite that they wanted to give away, so they have given it to me. My house mate’s parents have helped us out with a fridge, washing machine and lawn mower. I got a great deal on a bed too and some pots and pans.
I’ve also decided to take up tramping, which is also known as backpacking in the states. I have a pack, boots, sleeping bag and mat, a tent, a camping stove… I’m pretty excited about that too. I’m hoping to see parts of New Zealand that I wouldn’t have if I didn’t tramp through it.
I’ve been hearing about the snow storms up in the states and the polar vortex. I hope everyone is warm enough.
I have done a little bit of traveling and site seeing this holiday, but not as much as last summer. I saw Castle Point and the Patuna chasms, which is a canyon in a river that you get to walk up and around and then back through. It was beautiful. It would be great to go back and do it again some time. New Zealand has so many tracks and things to see though. On New Years we went camping and walked up a river and floated back down on tubes and blow up boats. That was really fun. Pictures of that are on a different camera so I’ll post them a little later since I’m having trouble getting those photos onto my computer.
I have a goal of going on at least 5 tramps this year so I’m excited to show you how it goes. I also have a goal to make a friend from the community this year as well. And I’ve made good headway, I thought it would be a bit harder, and that it would take longer than it has, but I did meet a girl at a cafe the other day. I asked her if she was into tramping and she was. So, I’ll be going with her and her friends to do the Tongariro crossing in a few weeks.
Also, sometimes I do get an inkling that I do in fact like the snow. Perhaps this is because Christmas here is in summer. But at any rate, I think I miss having four complete seasons a little bit. I’m thinking I may start my application for permanent residence soon. I’ve posted some more pictures of the last several months. You can check them out here. (click the word here).