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Feb 28, 2016 - Post earthquake, wool, and misplaced lake

Since we have been in New Zealand, Christchurch has had two earthquakes. A few years ago, downtown Christchurch had been severely damaged by a major quake. Some buildings had collapsed completely. Over 100 people died. Major rebuilding continues five years on. Many downtown lots are still empty, buildings boarded up, and others propped up. One may feel a bit like a voyeur, but visiting and spending money is good for the city. The "mall" called Re-Start is particularly impressive. It's made primarily of adapted shipping containers. We put in...

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Jan 2, 2014 - palmerston north

Kia roa my friends Today was a relaxing day with all the laundry to make. We visited the town pf palmerston north, then we went for a short car trip to see the gorge nearby and from yhere the to of the very windy hill from where we had a nice wiew of the palmerston valley. Back home we had a good barbie made by ron and a wonderful sweet-creamy-full-of-fat-fruit-salad-cheese-cake made by barbara and we had a lovely evening we their friends mo and martin. And the new member of the family little kitten tilly. Kia ora for now.

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Oct 20, 2013 - Off with a stop start

Arrived at Palmy airport - flight cancelled ............... Got myself on a flight to Auckland with a diversion - so off to Christchurch to get to Auckland? Next flight - Auckland to DuBai via Sydney - we are all on the plane and the cabin doors closed and then Sydney airport is closed - a plane blew tyres and is stuck on the runway - so nearly a 2 hour wait in the aircraft for clearance to take off. Emirates food & service made up for it - better watch the calorie/exercise ratio.

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Nov 1, 2012 - The Last of Palmy..

Sooo.. I leave in about an hour to go to Auckland.. where I then fly out for Fiji. SO crazy that my time here is coming to a close. I have officially said goodbye to so many people.. and still have to say bye to more. I am REALLY not looking forward to it. So sad. I've already cried a bundle. Kill me now. My past ten days have been filled with studying... boring stuffs. I had three exams in two days. YAY me. I had an exam clash so I got to be in a special room that I couldn't leave ALL day.. so I was there from 9ish-4ish. I even had to...

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Oct 21, 2012 - Last Hoorahs!

Week 15 Oh the happenings of Week 15. THURSDAY: ladies night, yet again! Viviane, Steph, Erin, Lexie, and I all caught the last bus into town around 9:30 and hung out at Laurens flat! We hung out with a great group of people.. made some new friends.. yaddyadda. Steph and Viv were having fun with the cat. I hate cats, but they like them. I have videos of kiwi’s saying our names. More specifically I have a video of Matt saying our names. Stephanie and Byron had a staring contest. Steph lost. AND after all that shenanigans.. we went to town!...

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Oct 15, 2012 - Steph's Birthday Weekend!

Hellllloooo again! My life. We can start with my lovely spur-of-the-moment-impulse-decision-to-go-out Thursday night. Lexie texted me and said… “HEY lets go out!” I had just woke up from a nap and said, “..but I’m tired!” and she replies, “Okay I’m getting in the shower, come over whenever!” Go figure… SO.. what did I do? I ran out of my room all haggard and right into Jock… who happily holds out a box of wine and goes, “HEY chels! Want some wine?!” No, I didn’t… but I did want Steph to go out so I went downstairs and peer pressured her!...

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Oct 10, 2012 - Burger Fuel!

Oh hey there. Long time, no talk. I guess I should start with last weekend. Gee, seems like so long ago. SO Friday night. Here we goooo: It all started off when Viv and I decided we wanted to go out. Who cares if no one goes out here on Friday? We were. We went to Laurens flat and it made me feel like I was at home. House party, people, pong, boom, and just heaps of fun. It was a mean as time. We went out and got food.. then back to the flat.. then back into town. We brought the party. Every place we went was pretty dead.. but there were...

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Oct 4, 2012 - My Life: Food Probs.

I have never had my life revolve around food so much as the last day and a half or so. Lets start with yesterday, Wednesday: I was awoke at the crack of dawn (for me anyway) at 9:45 am. YEAH. Guess who? I was in a dead sleep.. just dreaming peacefully.. and just passed the fuck out... and I hear.. "Chelsea... chelseaaaaa... chelsea, did you eat my pizza?" Of course I am still in a slumber and super confused... THEN Lil Wayne starts serenading me because my alarm was going off... and I was just confused as hell and Jock is standing at the...

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Oct 1, 2012 - October already?

It's already October? When did this happen! I hate to think about it.. but I leave in a month and 17 days! AHHHHH! Not cool.. Anyways.. I have been asked to fill you guys in on the prank I pulled prior to break! I forgot all about it.. and apparently I didn't write about it when I got back! So here it goes: Before Steph, Viv, and I left.. we decided to mess with the guys rooms.. since they all leave their doors unlocked.... SO we took all their mattresses and piled them in Jocks room.. so at this point Jock had 3 mattresses stacked on his...

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Sep 30, 2012 - My Life is Random.

Hellllllooooooo. So I know I haven't written in about... hmm... 6 days? But things are slowing down around here since the end of the semester is approaching. I only have 3 weeks of lecture left! CRAZY, right? So my week was spent writing reports and starting on a workbook for my Maori class. Blah blah blah. We did have a study break and watched Prom Night on Thursday... Steph, Viv, Hayley, Lexie, and I did. Friday night we all went out this chinese place that we all got a grabone coupon for... only $15 for $30 worth of food... whaaa...

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Sep 18, 2012 - Once Were Warriors

Hello again, so soon! It’s rare that I write two journal entries back to back anymore with my boring school life… but yesterday my boring life was made UN-boring when the group of us girls were invited to movie night. YES, this is a special occasion because movie nights happen all the time…. And we are never invited. Anyways… we were invited mainly because the movie was directed/ filmed/ and based in New Zealand. The movie we watched is called “Once Were Warriors” Sounds cool, right? Nahhhh. This was one violent movie about a Maori family....

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Sep 17, 2012 - Kiwi Life; Week 11

I am back to my blah, but fun-filled life back at Palmy. Depressing. Kinda... This weekend was a fun time.. and incredibly unproductive in any sense. I finished a large portion of my essay that was due on Friday/ Saturday morning... that way I didn't feel guilty about going out on Saturday night!! All us girls got together and got ready... we all looked super hot, I might add! I got to wear my new dress I bought before I left the states! The black and red one! Yeahhhh! Love it! We started our night out at High Flyers... but only to pee,...

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