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The past month as a JR Commissioned Officer

USA | Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 | Views [406]

Halito! I have had the most educational summer here in Oklahoma.  I've learned a lot from my job and from the culture here.  I've picked up quite a bit of slang hanging out with the natives here, such as snag, apples, samookalani, and modo.  Boy, these ... Read more >

Tags: externship


ECUADOR | Thursday, 19 Mar 2009 | Views [395]

Hola!  I spent Sunday and Monday nights in the Intag community located in the cloud forest region of Ecuador.  It was fantastic lving in the cabins that was more like a treehouse.  The homemade food was delicious as well.  Lots of rice, chicken, yuca ... Read more >

We Made It to Quito!!

ECUADOR | Sunday, 15 Mar 2009 | Views [537]

Hola!! Iamat  Hostel El Arupo & tthe keyboard for thiscomp is not good.  Sorry for the poor typing.  My flights were great,had an hourdelay outof Miami. Flew into Ecuador in the cover of night.  I'm safe, but a few of the gals whocame early had sstuff ... Read more >

On the Road Again

ECUADOR | Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | Views [567]

Hey All,  I am going to Ecuador on a service-learning trip sponsored through TILT at CSU.  I'll depart my homeland March 14 and return March 22.  I doubt that I will be able to keep you updated while I am down there, but I will be sure to tell you ... Read more >

Tags: preparation


NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 19 Jul 2008 | Views [547]

Well, This was the last destination of my week and half vacation of the North Island for the April mid-semester break.  Sorry for putting this last blog up so late, and all the others too I might add.  Time sure does get away from me! Auckland. The ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 18 May 2008 | Views [538]

A town I'm glad I visited once. Rotorua means 'two lakes' in te reo Maori and I took a short walk around one of the lake edges-not a pleasant smell. Rotorua is known for its geological activity and high population of Maori. It almost always smells ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | Views [727]

Yet another bus ride! This time I went from the Hawke's Bay region to the center of the North Island and NZ's largest lake, Lake Taupo. As soon as I hopped off the bus, I booked a ride on the Ernest Kemp, a replica tugboat-like vessel. I saw the lush ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | Views [416]

On the bus ride to Napier, I enjoyed a kiwiana shake (kiwi & banana) at one of the pit stops, prayed that the bus wouldn't break down as the gears made horrible noises going uphill, and had a enlightening conversation with one of the locals.  I ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | Views [565]

At the conclusion of my field trip in Marlborough, I hopped on a bus (the fare was $1 thanks to nakedbus.com, and no you don't have to be naked to be on it!)to Picton where I would hop a ferry to Wellington.  I was so excited to be on a ferry again &... Read more >

Gallery: Scenery

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 | Photo Gallery

flora & fauna
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Marlborough Viticulture Field Tour

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 | Views [801]

As part of my HORT212 Viticulture I class, I was required to attend a tour of vineyards in the northern part of the south island.  The students all stayed in the Blenheim Top 10 Holiday Park, an adequate accomodation.  I roomed with Michele, Amber, ... Read more >

Holiday at the Farm

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 | Views [705]

I spent a fantastic holiday weekend at my kiwi friend Louise's family farm house.  I met Louise at the N party at Mrs. O's the week before school started.  The theme of the party was dress up as something that starts with the letter N.  Logically, ... Read more >

Tags: farm, holiday

Out & About

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | Views [415]

I went to my first rugby game on Saturday, March 15. It was the Crusaders from Canterbury and the Cheetahs from South Africa battling it out in AMI Stadium in Chch (Christchurch). It was more like a killing though, the final score being around 68-7 ... Read more >

Tags: fun & games

Wildfoods Festival in Hokitika

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 25 Mar 2008 | Views [778]

The festival wasn't the only thing wild about this trip! My new friends from California and I packed ourselves into a rental car option called "el cheapo" (gives you an idea of what it was like-but it wasn't too bad) and headed over the Southern Alps ... Read more >

Tags: food

Akaroa, Banks Peninsula

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | Views [507]

Akaroa.  A small "french settlement" on the Banks Peninsula of the South Island.  Having been planted on extinct volcano remnants, the town streets undulate with the waves of the hilly land.  A bay named after the town is almost always in ... Read more >

Tags: adventures


NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | Views [545]

Well, I am now an official student at Lincoln Uni!  My classes are Viticulture, Maori Studies, NZ history since 1945, and a GIS class.  Lectures start on Monday.  Aside from that, I am loving the summer weather and island life.  There are no snakes and ... Read more >

Tags: culture

I Made It!

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 17 Feb 2008 | Views [412]

Finally got here at Lincoln University safe & sound.  The plane trips were long but worth it!  Some of the vegetation here is unusual.  There are green plants everywhere!  It reminds me of the pacific northwest a bit.  Will post pictures soon.

Tags: On the Road

Before Departure

USA | Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | Views [386]

Becoming a little frantic trying to pack & figure out all necessities such as money, medicine, etc. The prominent feeling I have is wonder. What will New Zealand be like? Who will I sit next to on the plane? How am I going to react to living in a ... Read more >

Tags: the planning phase

Gallery: Self-Portraits

USA | Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | Photo Gallery

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