Driving on the left hand side of the road…

Good morning, everyone! (Sunday morning, that is…) The majority of you are probably waking up Saturday right now… crazy! I was thinking about dates the other day, and realized that if I were to have been born at the exact same moment, but here in New Zealand (or anywhere else past the dateline) I would have been born a day ahead… I’d have a completely different birthday- not to mention Zodiac sign! (I knew what being on the cusp meant before, but now it makes even more sense).

So this is an incredibly brief blog simply with the intention of keeping eveyone on the edge of their seats. You see, as one of only a couple other kids who is of vehicle renting age, I have to wake up early early tomorrow to go rent a van for myself and 6 others who I’ve known for barely a week- one that I have yet to meet even! We then are heading up North and road tripping/camping a big loop to just about the top of the North Island and back down before classes begin on the 27th. To give you a small taste of what this road trip entails: I will be the first person in our group of people to drive on the “wrong” side of the road! (I have enough trouble remembering which direction to look before I cross the road on foot!) We then are going to hike, camp, sky dive, go to white, sandy beaches, hike, camp, etc… until next Saturday! So goodnight, my friends… and you will be hearing from me with stories apleanty soon enough.


…PS. I have indeed been paying close attention to the direction of flush in every toilet thus far… Unfortunately, they all seem to just go straight down. I can assure you that I have not yet given up on my mission to find a circular-directional flush.

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  1. Amy

    Alida!!!! I’m so glad you’re enjoying New Zealand. Now we are both abroad where they drive on the wrong side of the road. Kudos to you for driving there! I could never do it in London! Have fun camping and talk to you soon!

  2. Melanie

    Alida, http://www.wellingtonnz.com/KNOW/ try this out, you could enter and win $5000 day in Wellington. Sounds like you are off to a good start. How did your road race go?Any different feel to running due to altitude or regulations? Looking forward to your next post, your cousin, Melanie

  3. Neal Rosengren

    hey alida.

    just thought i’d drop a line to tell you it sounds like you are really enjoying yourself. that has to be so amazing being in a completely different part of the world. i spent some time in Europe, so i know how great this feels.

    well, enjoy yourself. we all miss you at NP.

    peace and love


  4. Julie

    Hi, I’m going to be studying abroad in NZ next year and I was wondering when this spring semester ends. I need to be in the hemisphere for my cousin’s wedding June 10. Is that enough time? Or should I just go fall semester next year. Pretty much I was curious when your finals were so that I could see which semester I should try for.
    I hope you are having a wonderful time and keep writing such great entries in this blog!!!
    much luck!

  5. Sasha


    Hey girl! Sounds like your having a blast in a half! Wow! This is my first time checking your bloggie, really cool, they hooked you up! Have fun on your camping trip, I miss you! Keep having a great time and look out for Roos.

    PS. roos are short for kangaroos, and I’m not sure if you’ll ever see any. There’s only one that lives on the North Island. Good luck partner.

    much love,
    your friend from home,

  6. Brandon

    pet kangaroos for me.
    and if you can even feel inside their pouch,
    ill give you mad props.
    on my top 10 things i want to do in my life.
    Speakin of kangaroos pouches, how bout a bad joke.
    ‘What do you call a lazy kangaroo’
    A pouch patatoe. Man being a joey must be freakin cool.
    miss you alida.

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