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Shy and Secretive, Yet Feisty and Territorial

I ran through the crowds, pushing past people as politely as possible and trying not to overturn any strollers.  Around me I heard shrieks and roars but I ignored them all.  Even though the zoo was open late certain habitats still closed early, which meant I had less than thirty minutes before I lost what could very well be my only chance to see a kiwi in the land of the Kiwis. Continue reading

Boom Netting

This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful Bay of Islands in the north of New Zealand.  My traveling companions and I booked a day tour on a forty-person boat that would take us through a bunch of islands, through the Hole in the Rock formation, let us help drop off supplies at some of the more remote islands, and to swim with dolphins if we could find any.  Unfortunately, the sea was incredibly rough that day and we didn’t get to a lot of our itinerary.  We did not get to swim with dolphins.  We did not get to go through the Hole in the Rock.  We did not get to make deliveries to any of the islands.  We did, however, get to go boom netting. Continue reading

Tea & Pie

I have discovered many wonderful things about New Zealand since arriving a few weeks ago.  The people are incredibly welcoming and friendly.  The accents are delightful.  The weather is gorgeous and everywhere you look the scenery is like something out of a movie.  Schools provide dental care for elementary schoolers.  Currency actually has kiwi birds on it.  There are no snakes anywhere in the entire country.  And every morning, at ten-thirty AM, Wakaaranga School has morning tea. Continue reading

Inconceivable!

On Valentine’s Day I made my first foray into downtown Auckland.  I wasn’t going to visit the Sky Tower, the museum, the zoo, or any of the parks; instead, I was meeting a group of friends at a patch of grass in front of a large stone silo in a semi-industrial park several blocks from the ferry station.  Because Silo Park, as the patch of grass is known, hosts a Valentine’s Day event each year with food and crafts and the greatest movie of all time projected onto the side of the silo: The Princess BrideContinue reading

Of Bees and Accents

When I came to Wakaaranga Primary School, I expected it to be different than any other school I’ve taught at before.  That was, after all, one of my main reasons for coming here to New Zealand: to see a different kind of school and different teaching methods that I can bring home and adapt to my own future classroom.  That being said, I did not expect one of the first things I learned about my new school to be that they kept bees. Continue reading