One of our landlords, Dayle, picked us up at the airport and brought us to the house. Dayle is a native of Dunedin and has just recently purchased the property with his wife Birgit, who is originally from Austria, to rent out to international students. The house is great, we have a massive room with a ton of space and a great view, and there is plenty of kitchen and bathroom space to go around. Dunedin is a
|The view from our room|
very hilly city and while our view is a nice benefit of being on a hill, the trek up and down can be a bit tiring. We spent the rest of our first day in Dunedin, which was a Thursday as we skipped Wednesday because of the dateline, walking around the central part of the city, called the Octagon, on our way to the grocery store, accidentally taking a five hour nap thanks to jet lag, and making dinner. We also met a number of our roommates. In total our house includes an Austrian, three Germans, a Ghanaian, a Canadian, and a New Zealander. All of them are graduate level students of some sort, which gives the house a fun but more relaxed vibe. While we are obviously still getting to know everyone, so far we have being getting along really well with everyone in the house.
Our first stop on Friday was to 2 Degrees, one of the big phone providers in New Zealand, to purchase cell phones. After that we walked down to the University to do some exploring. After registering at the International Office, we also stopped by the Philosophy Department and were able to meet a number of the professors. One of the other Masters students, Lucy, also took Jess and I out for coffee and we had a nice talk about the department. It seems like a very relaxed and inviting place, and I'm very excited to get started. We also found out Friday night that How I Met Your Mother is a very popular show with our German roommates, who were impressed to find out that we went to school right outside of St Cloud, home of Marshall Erikson. Our first Saturday was spent exploring more of the city, especially the area around the University. Sunday brought the best weather yet, it was 65 degrees and sunny. So we decided to trek down to the beach, it was a bit of a walk getting there but it was well worth it.
|St Kilda Beach in Dunedin|
So far we have been enjoying our time in New Zealand quite a bit. It is still a big adjustment, but we are adapting (getting over our jet lag has certainly helped.) This next week is going to include more exploring of the city, and probably a Speight's Brewery tour, and relaxing before my program begins in September. Hopefully the next post will be soon, and not as long as this one!