Amongst the Kiwis: An American PhD Student in New Zealand

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Amongst the Kiwis: An American PhD Student in New Zealand
Observations about Christchurch and New Zealand from an American PhD student at the University of Canterbury
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  • Changing Car, Changing Place 3 months ago There's usually a rush at the end of any big project it seems, but it's rarely pleasant. In the midst of doing revisions of my thesis draft, I also had to get another car and move house again, so things have been busy.I took the Toyota Camry that we had had only since the start of last year to the...
  • A Taste of Home 7 months ago It's been awhile since I posted, but things have been busy in addition to the thesis. I ended up having to go back to the U.S. unexpectedly, and then coming back and moving house, and all of that took a lot of time and energy. But I am settled back into the rhythm of working seven days a week and...
  • Trip to Lake Coleridge and BBQ 10 months ago We went for another day trip out of Christchurch -- this time the weather was even colder and there were very strong winds we had to walk into. We were near the ski fields of Mt Hutt, south of where we went last time to Castle Hill. Unfortunately there was no snow at ground level, which I had been...
  • Castle Hill 11 months ago There's not much going on besides a rather tedious cycle of writing and editing, but we did get out of the city for a day trip to Castle Hill, which is a limestone rock area about an hour-and-a-half's drive west. I can't believe it took us this long to get out there, because it was a really cool...
  • Autumn Red and New Car 1 year ago I'm nearing the last stages of the thesis writing, and it's not a pleasant task to have to go through drafts you wrote years ago and update and edit them. It's not something we really teach or encourage undergraduates to do, then suddenly it's all you're doing at the graduate and professor level,...

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