This time tomorrow I will be about to board the first of my flights on my long journey to Auckland New Zealand.
The last two months of my life have been a whirlwind. When my last semester ended in December, I didn’t know what I was going to do during this wonderful break. But like always, these months have flown by.
About four weeks ago, my mom decided to get married to the most wonderful man and I had the pleasure of helping them plan a wedding in two weeks! It was absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t be happier with the way everything went. We have also had the pleasure of moving him in to our house this week- along with a second house-full of stuff…
With all of this going on in my house, I have kind of forgotten about New Zealand. I still am having a hard time believing it is real (the empty suitcase in my room doesn’t help). Saying my farewells to family and friends this weekend has been both surreal and unsettling as I am beginning to realize that I am actually leaving tomorrow. St. Louis weather has also sent me a parting gift as we received a beautiful heaping of snow this week- one last dose of winter before I step into the perfect, sunny and high of 78 degree weather of Auckland.
Although the reality hasn’t quite set in, I am looking forward to stepping off the plane in Auckland and seeing for the first time the city that I will be calling home for the next four months.
See you on the other side!
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">My name is Lauren M. Chapman and I am a junior at Washington University in St. Louis studying to be a High School Math Teacher. On campus you can often find me singing with my a capella group, baking, tutoring or catching up with friends. I am a mid-western girl who loves home, but is thrilled to be on my own big adventure in New Zealand! I love being outside, soaking in the beauties of natures, and getting to meet amazing people from around the world. I cannot wait to take a little piece of Kiwi culture back home with me.</span></p>