Kayla Petersen
August 11, 2015
Me Walking in Front of Mount Cook


I don’t think there was anything I could have done that could possibly get me ready for what I’ve experienced thus far in New Zealand. My expectations have been surpassed in every amazing way possible. Here I thought, “I’m going to feel lonely” or “I’m going to be lost” all the time, except that is the exact opposite of what truly happened. There are a few lessons that I have learned fairly quickly while adventuring through New Zealand:

·      Money Fees: Since I do not have an international credit card, or a bank that caters to international spending, there have been times when I was charged 6 USD for withdrawing money from the ATM. Budgeting can become difficult at times.

·      Hostels: When it comes to any aspect of a trip, booking earlier is always a better option! My friends and I wanted to book a trip to Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki and found that all the hostels were full and ended up having to choose one of the more expensive options available to us. Book earlier and you will have a better chance at finding the best deals and more options to choose from!

·      Shoes: Hiking through New Zealand has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life, but one thing that has prevented me from having a smooth hike is not having the proper shoes! It is winter and there is snow in most of New Zealand so it is important to have waterproof and durable shoes!! Bring them with you from home, and if you don’t have any, it is a great and worthwhile investment!

·      Weather: The best way to describe the weather here in New Zealand is that it is very unpredictable. There are days where my toes are freezing off and days that I could wear shorts and a t-shirt. When packing, I know it’s difficult, but pack a variety of clothes for different temperatures. With that said, I’ve found layers work the best! It’s important to have a base (preferably short sleeve plus thermal), a mid-layer (preferably fleece), and an outer layer (preferably waterproof).

It can be frustrating trying to prepare for an abroad trip to a place with such a variance in weather and places to visit but if you are careful then all the frustration will be worth it!


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Kayla Petersen

<p>I&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">am a sophomore at Miami University in Ohio. I major in nutrition and have a concentration in Dietetics. &quot;Home&quot; is&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">wherever I feel happy, and for that I find my home in many places. After undergrad I plan on taking part in a Dietetic&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">Intership that will last about a year and then take the RD exam to become a Registered Dietitian. I am apart of the&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">Miami tribe, and hope to give back and work with the tribe after I become a Registered Dietitian. I am hoping that my&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">experience in New Zealand will help lead me to better understand how culture plays a role in people&#39;s health and diet.</span><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">The Maori tribe plays a crucial role in being able to research and compare the different revitalization efforts from the&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">Miami tribe.</span></p>

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