Trip was good. Had an 8 hour layover in LA. I was pretty excited about that since I’ve never been there. D picked me up at the airport and did a hell of a job showing me the sites in the fraction of a day. I was really impressed with the houses and how well the beach communities are integrated into an urban environment. I’ll get the pictures up once I find a cable for my camera. Props to D for an awesome day.

The 12 hour flight wasn’t too bad. I slept most of the way, which made for a good first day in Auckland. There were about 9 of us travelling and we had a pretty good time. We’re on day 3 and still hanging out. We got our rooms and decided to go buy essentials etc. There’s a Wallmart type store rite down the street. Afterwords we explored the city a bit. I regret not bringing my camera, but I guess I have plenty of time to tourist around Auckland.

Woke up waaaay too early. The sun wasn’t even up yet. I didn’t have internet or phone set up yet, so I wasn’t able to get in touch with people from my group. I had no way of knowing what time and where the orientation stuff was in the morning. I just left and headed in the general campus direction in search of people who looked like foreign students. Everyone is really nice here and my shot in the dark worked out just as I had hoped. I met some cool people and eventually regrouped with some Boston people (and some of our groupies from else where). A few of us ditched orientation early to get some errands done. We then did some walking around the city. Came back to campus to get internet set up. Wow are the IT people in this building ridiculous. Took about an hour and a half until someone got to my room to hook me up. They didn’t know what they were doing with my OS, so I ended up setting it up myself. What was that $60 set-up fee for?! We headed up to Parnell (off campus housing/bungalows) for a BBQ. If it weren’t for the long walk I would have loved to live there. It’s really cool and removed. It feels more “collegeie” and communal then were I live.  Some ridiculousness ensued.

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