It was something about the landscapes, the road trips, the nights out, the old and new friends, the food, the successes and mistakes, the fears, the love… It was something about them that changed me. New Zealand has forever changed me, and I will never forget the beautiful days I had in Auckland. To you, […]Read more "New Zealand is: just the beginning"
When I first decided to go abroad, I said to myself I was going to do just a semester. As it is typical at Skidmore, in the spring of my junior year. But, knowing myself, that wasn’t enough. I wanted to go to different places, experience complete different things and for me a semester goes by […]Read more "Why I went abroad and you should too"
When you go to a foreign country, you aim to immerse yourself as much as you can. That includes learning and talking the local language, living and traveling with locals, and, of course, eating. A lot of eating! New Zealand is an incredible place, and even though it doesn’t really have unique dishes or cooking […]Read more "New Zealand is: Tasty"
Most of people know that there isn’t a better way to get to know a city and a culture than through a local’s eyes. That’s true! Even though I’m not a local to Auckland, during my semester in New Zealand I still managed to find “hidden” or “secretive” places and activities in this beautiful city. Here […]Read more "New Zealand is: Unexpected"
Before coming abroad, I didn’t really know what to expect from New Zealand, what the university would be like, I didn’t know where I would live, I didn’t know how the classes would be, and I didn’t even know what to bring in my luggage. After 5 months here, I have decided to create a […]Read more "Essentials! Essentials! Essentials!"
Firstly, let me apologize for not writing so much in the past couple of weeks. I had my final exams at the University of Auckland so things got really busy over here. But now, with exams done, I am back blogging and also back on the road, doing some amazing trips during the time I […]Read more "New Zealand is: to be explored"
This is a tribute. A tribute to the people I have met here in my exchange, to those who are not from New Zealand yet have managed to change my life in ways I could have never imagined they would. In this post I want you to explore what New Zealand is through their eyes, […]Read more "New Zealand is: Friendship"
After spending 5 days in the South Island of New Zealand, now I can say I have seen some of the most beautiful places in the world. I learned good lessons, I made good friends, but above all, I had the time of my life! “Have some fire, Be unstoppable, Be a force of nature.” […]Read more "New Zealand is: Breathtaking"
Before you go on reading this, just stop for a second and think with me about this: what does family mean to you? What does it truly represent and how does it impact and influence your life? During the first week of our semester break here in New Zealand, IES Auckland took us on an […]Read more "New Zealand is: Beyond Borders"
4AM ON A SUNDAY Get back home from a friend’s 21st birthday celebration. The magic of studying abroad is knowing how to balance social, academic, and night life, am I right? 6AM Wake up. … Accidentally fall back asleep. 6:45AM Wake up, in a hurry, and start getting ready. Take the hiking shoes, a […]Read more "New Zealand is: Adventurous"