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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  • Trip to Lake Coleridge and BBQ 3 weeks 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 2 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 5 months 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,...
  • Orana Wildlife Park, Shakespeare, and Chinese lanterns 6 months ago We had our last round of visitors scheduled to come during our program, and we got the chance to go to a new place that we'd been meaning to visit before we even moved here: Orana Wildlife Park in Christchurch a little ways past airport. The day we went, we had a very packed day with the park in...
  • Aoraki Mt Cook on a sunny, clear day 7 months ago This was my third visit to Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, and the weather was absolutely incredible -- sunny and clear and reasonably warm! It was such a lucky opportunity that we were there on that day, and it really made a good final day of our roadtrip. I took lots of photos of Aoraki, since it...

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