So one year ago today I was aimlessly wandering around New Zealand. And today I have talked to a lot of my friends I met through that study abroad program and it had me missing the old times.
Here is my oh so personalized acceptance
letter email. (Click picture for better view.)
Instead of writing a really emo post, I am going to put up some of my favorite pictures (mostly nature) I took on the trip. I have made so many friends through that trip and I never will take it for granted. I loved every minute of it and I really do wish I was there right now.
Oh hey Internet. Fancy meeting you here. As you know, I have spent the past month gallivanting around New Zealand, petting sheep, looking at penguins, walking A LOT, Zorbing, and doing so much fun stuff I can’t even talk about it. I’m still working on finishing the New Zealand website I set up; internet was a bit dodgy in the NZ so I wasn’t able to update as much as I would have liked. Although, to be perfectly honest, I didn’t miss the internet. Even when I had it at my disposal I never really wanted to be on it. I didn’t really miss anything about America, or my regular life. I hardly used my phone!
New Zealand was the most fun I’ve ever had. I mean it; I had NO desire to come home. None at all. And now that I am home, all I want to do is go back. I don’t care about school, I don’t care about anything here really, I just want to go back with my friends and keep doing all the fun things NZ offers. I don’t want to bore you with the constant complaining and whatnot, so forgive me if posts are a bit light this week. I’m starting a new semester (BLAH) and jet lag is killllling me. But I just wanted to let you know that I am ALIVE and I will be back to my regular scheduled posting soon.
For one of the classes I’m taking in New Zealand (yes, I’m actually studying not just gallivanting around) I am required to watch The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I watched the second of the movies tonight, The Two Towers, and while it is my least favorite (I find it dreadfully boring) it does contain my favorite moment from the trilogy– Sam’s “motivational” speech to Frodo. I think this is one of the most beautiful speeches in any movie I’ve ever seen.
I’m leaving for my trip in just TWO DAYS. I’m really excited and really, really nervous. (I’m not the biggest fan of flying. I mean, once I’m up in the air I’m fine. It is the taking off and the landing that terrifies me. Oh, and terrorists.) I know I’m going to have the time of my life, and hopefully meet some amazing people, which means I will be terribly busy. So starting January 1st I will be taking a little hiatus from Improbablefiction. I do plan on blogging, but this will be for uploading pictures, and video, and journals and whatnot. I’ve created a whole website for this trip which you can find by clicking on any one of these highlighted words. Expect my full report on the book club challenge. I’m three books away from my goal! Tune in to see if I’ve completed my mission.
So the thing of it is, I have a lot of homework. A LOT. More than ever. Hours and hours of psychology reading. French paragraphs to write and read in front of the class because my professor is a douchebag (sorry mom, but it is true) and LAUGHS IN OUR FACE when we tell him we are having a hard time translating a story about some boy and his sandwhich. At least I think that is what it was about, I don’t know, I can’t translate some pretty keywords.
Anywho, the thing is I haven’t budgeted a lot of time for things like my blog. You are here for the stories! Remember when I used to tell stories? I know, I know. It has been a while. BUT! If you will just hang in there for like, another week, and let me finish all these appointments I have with advisors and doctors and things, I promise promise promise I will be back to full on blogging mode.
But the point of this post is that it sort of sank in today. The whole New Zealand thing. I know, I’m sorry if you are one of those who hates hearing about this type of thing. I’m not here to brag, to say OH LOOK! I get to study abroad again! At least I really hope not brag about it all the time. But y’all… I AM GOING TO NEW ZEALAND. I freaking love traveling. LOVE it. Sitting in airports, landing in a new place, completely wiped out and all I want to do is sleep yet all I can do is go out and explore. It finally sank in that I will have a whole new world to explore for a month. I can’t even begin to explain how much I love my parents. I’m not just saying this because they are letting me go out of the country yet again. I really, really love them for sacrificing their wants and needs so I can have these opportunities. Not every kid gets an amazing set of parents like I have, and I just hope that they know how much I love them. I don’t think I say it enough.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Internet, I have the most EXCITING news! I got ACCEPTED to study abroad in NEW ZEALAND!!! I checked my email this morning, as I do every morning, and there it was. My acceptance email. I was so so so super excited!!! THEN I went to my French class and found I was thirsty. So I went to the vending machine to get a bottle of water. I put in my monies and got TWO bottles! Can you even imagine? A FREE bottle of water after finding out that I got ACCEPTED to NEW ZEALAND. Clearly you see the need for all caps.
Then I went to my lit class and my professor put in a DVD for us to watch. Imagine my surprise when MATT DAMON showed up! A mandatory movie with Matt!
And Hamlet is still alive! So that is quite nice.
I really don’t think life can get any better. I seriously can’t stop smiling. It’s ridiculous really…
Have a happy April everyone! See you tomorrow for the LAST day of BEDA!