'home' at last!

Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
Trip End Aug 03, 2010

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I finally got to Wellington. I had to get up before the sun this morning (which was weird since I have been getting up early but always after the sun). I took the Auckland city bus for the first time ($0.50!) to Britomart which is their central train/bus station. I had a lot to carry and a man offered to help me carry some of it to the next bus stop but I was balanced and he looked like he was in a rush, nice man though, especially at 6:30 in the morning! I got to the train station and we are only supposed to be able to check in two bags but the lady was very nice and even offered to hang up my extra bag (my dance stuff). The train was a beautiful ride. I fell asleep several times so my neck it sore but the seats were a decent size. The man beside me was really nice and would explain where we were and the places to see in some of the areas. The train was also considered a scenic train ride (although it is the only train that goes from Auckland to Wellington). The first man who did the commentary (from Auckland to Hamilton) was super funny, I like how the 'tour guides' here actually seem to enjoy their jobs. The train was running ahead of schedule until we got close to Wellington and then we got held up with several problems and were stuck for more than an hour. I finally got to the train station and was met by the meeting service (which essentially saved me the $20 shuttle fee!), the girl who met me really didn’t know what she was doing or much about the area/school but that’s okay, I got here. When I walked in the girls were making pancakes (crepes). There were 5 girls but I think only 3 of them live here, the others are just temps? Maybe? Two of the girls are PhD students (one from France, the other from Sweden) and there is another girl, doing her teachers degree, who is from close to London, Ontario. She did her undergrad at Guelph. So its kind of interesting having that connection and will probably make getting to know her easier. Of course I can’t remember anyone’s name yet. Although everyone has been really nice, tonight is the first time I am slightly feeling homesick. I think its the fact that I am finally in a room by myself and have time to think. Im also exhausted from being ‘on the road’ for 2 weeks and the 13 hours today. Once my bedding gets out of the dryer (which I have to go outside to get lol) Ill make my bed and fall asleep. The house is big with very high ceilings, but its not very nice and hasn’t been well kept in some areas. Ill see more of it tomorrow in the light as I didn’t get here until the sun was setting and cant really figure out where I am. I think I can make the best of it though and decorate and clean and it will be good. I was told that I was in room 57 but am actually in room 56, which sucks because room 57 has a really nice window (I think I was moved rooms being one of the last people to get here). I contacted Maclean about meeting up before orientation on Thursday so we are going to at least have one familiar face then. Tomorrow the plan is to clean (laundry and wash my windows) and decorate. I also want to get some fabric to cover my chair with cause its gross and make my room more mine. Even though Im only here until July, I still want it to be nice. Oh also we don’t have internet yet (even though people have been here for weeks already for the summer term). So Ill have to wait until I get onto campus or something before I can contact anyone, which I would really enjoy right now.
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