From cheese to Kiwis…

I leave for New Zealand in ONE WEEK. I thought by this point I would be feeling excited, anxious, and nervous, but surprisingly, the reality of what awaits me hasn’t sunk in completely. I’m feeling fairly normal and I’ve been trying to spend time with family and friends as much as possible ever since finals ended.

I will be leaving Wisco, “America’s Dairyland”…

Farm Panorama

…to the island of Kiwis (New Zealanders) and the most spectacular scenery of things like mountain ranges, miles of beaches, and green farmlands.

A few days ago I found out where I will be living throughout the 10 weeks I’m there. It’s called Anndion Lodge. Guess what it includes… a pool-spa, free wifi, a restaurant, BBQ courtyard, and my favorite… a SAUNA. I still can’t believe how lucky I am to be placed in such an amazing place!!

The weather in Whanganui, New Zealand is about what it is in Wisconsin right now; high 50’s, low-mid 60’s. New Zealand’s winter months are May-August, so that’s the one thing I’m not really looking forward to. That sauna though… that’s going to be a warm getaway.

As I mentioned before, I will be doing an internship at Child, Youth, and Family for the 10 weeks I’m there. Since I am doing it for credit, I have assignments on the side I need to complete. The first was a pre-departure paper, which is due tomorrow. I think the assignments will really help me stayed focused on what I am learning at my internship site and will help me make the most out my internship experience.

To be honest, I am a little sad I will be leaving warm summer time consisting of bonfires, country music, and close friends, but I know this experience is once in a lifetime and it is going to be priceless. I think feeling a little uneasiness is normal because the future of it all is one big mystery, but that is what is so great about traveling; you don’t know what you’re going to see, what you’ll do, or who you’ll meet until you’re in that moment. As weird as it may sound, I can’t wait to be somewhere out of my comfort zone. The internship alone will be a huge learning experience! I’ve been planning and getting things ready for months and the time has finally come. My suitcase is halfway packed and the countdown on my phone is slowly dwindling.

The next time I write, I’ll be in a whole different country…