I'm back home in Sweden! I really don't know what to write... I don't really know what to say, but I'l try my best in this vlog! :D (yaay a vlog in my blog! xD)
So today I've been to the beautiful Tongariro National Park! Tongariro is the home to three mountains, and one of them, which also happens to be the youngest, is a volcano! Isn't that awesome? I thought it was really cool, because we don't have any volcanos in Sweden. I also saw the volcanic plateau, which is the exact area where some parts of "The lord of the ring" were filmed. The landscape there was perfect for "the strong hold of the dark lord Sauron".
I also went for one of the great walks in Tongariro national park with Jenna. She told me it's a fun and relaxing thing to do, but I thought it was exhausting. The sight was nice and it felt nice to get closer to the nature.
We walked for a very long time on uneven track surface, and during the night we slept in huts. It was a very beautiful place to be, but it was also pretty expensive. The huts costs $25, but I also had to buy a ticket before I went there. But I believe it was worth the money. Now I'm going to the movies with Jenna and then we will go back to the Inn we're staying at. Talk to you later! :)
Today I've been in Wellington, and the first thing I did was to visit Te Papa Tongarewa, which is a museum. They had this cool Dreamworks exhibition were they talked about the makings of movies like How to train your dragon, Kung Fu Panda and The Croods. It was really an experience! I also followed some kind of a guide in the museum to look at the other things in there. They had a very big range of stuff! Everything from art to historical "artefacts", if you can call it that. I saw a kiwi bird skeleton, an old canon, a colossal squid and they even had som vax dolls of the Hobbit trolls! Unfortunately I didn't get pictures of all the things I saw in there because the guide were simply to fast for me! (x
I also had an interview with Jenna today, but before I tell you about our interview I should probably tell you more about her ;)
Jenna Carter is a 16 year y girl from New Zealand. She was born in Australia, but she and her family moved to New Zealand when she was 8. I startet the interview with asking about her family.
-Tell me about your family, Jenna.
" Well... My family is just as any family I think. I have a mom, a dad and a younger brother. My mom is austrslian and my dad is from new zealand, so I'm kind of a mix-up of both countries." We laughs a bit and I continue to ask her questions.
- How's your experience of the schools in New Zealand?
"First off the school I'm in right now isn't free. We also wear uniforms, but I don't actually think thats bad. We also have 4 terms; Term 1 is from late January to early-April and we have a two week break. Term 2 is from mid April to early July, and then we have another two week break, term 3 is from mid July to late September and a two week break. Term 4 occurs from mid October to mid-December, adn then we have a six week summer holiday. From what you've told me about the swedish schools, and except for those things I just said, I think my school is pretty ordinary. I live a really ordinary life."
- Then what are you doing in your spare-time?
" I usually just go home, but sometimes I go out with my friends. Then we head to the beach to bathe or just check out boys, haha. And sometimes I go surfing with some boys from my school, like the tomboy I am. Besides from going to the beach me and my friends goes to the mall to go shopping. I think we basically do what every teenager does."
- What are your favorite social media app?
"Everyone? Haha, I can't choose, but I think I like kik, periscope and kiwi Q&A the most."
- Which of those do you use the most?
"I think I use Kiwi Q&A or Kik the most. I actually dont' know, so I just guessed."
After that question we just started talking, so I guess that's it. I'll write more soon!
Hello again! This day I've been to Bay of Island and it's really beautiful there! The water is literally crystal clear, and many marine animals live here! I've sunbathing, and I meet a new friend named Jenna too. We bathed and it was really fun!We ate ice cream and played volleyball and many fun things. Oh and we also rented a boat and went out on the sea! It was so incredibly beautiful that I really can't tell in words!
When we came back from the boat trip we headed to city called Russell, and did you knoow that Russell is New Zealands first capital? It was cool walking on those streets because it just felt so magical! After we walked for a while I started to get hungry, so we ate some seafood at a resturant. We had so much fun talking to each other that day I almost forgot to take pictures!
bay of island beach
A pier in Russell
On the third day in New Zealand I went all the way to Mount Cook in the south of New Zealand. I was really surprised when we got there, because in this hot counrty there actually is ICE! I was kind of chocked because it wasn't really so cold. Or at least not as cold as the winter in Sweden. ;)
Anyways, me and my guide went to Frans Josef glacier and to Milford Sound, which is a lake. It was beautiful there and I would really like to stay there forever because the views were AMAZING!! But I sure got exhausted of all that hiking, and therefore I didn't do so much other stuff that day except for eating ofcourse.
Franz Josef glacier
Hello again! Today have been totalt crazy! The first thing I did was to visit Auckland zoo. I liked it there, because of all the cute animals there. Many of The animals also exists in Swedish zoos, but they had New Zealand species too. For example I saw kiwis and some incredibly cute fur seals, but there were many others too.
For lunch I tried something called hãngi, which is a traditional dish. Heated stones is used to cook hãngi, and you cook it in a large pit. When the hãngi is in the pit you cover it with earth and leave it for several hours before uncover the food. It's not really like cooking in an oven, right?
I also got to bungyjump from the mighty Sky Tower! It was crazy, and pretty scary. The view from Sky Tower is also amazing!
These pitcures are from the zoo:
This picture is the view from Sky Tower:
Hi guys! So my plane just landed in New Zealand and I'm sooo excited, and I just can't hide it! I'm about to lose control and I think I like it! ;)
Anyway, now I'm here at Auckland Airport and compared to Sweden it's really warm here, which I really like, and it's good thing I brought sunscreen, because the sun is really shining, and it's important to
staying safe in the sun. Before I came here I read about a local advise, "slip, slop, slap and wrap". Slip means wearing long-sleeved tops and heading to the shades, slop means to put on sunscreen about 15 mins before going out in the sun, slap means wearing a hat with a wide-brim and wrap means wearing a pair of wrap-around sunglasses.
It's very different from the summers in Sweden, but it's best to put saftey before habit.
Well, now I'm going to check in at Amora Hotel Auckland where I'm going to stay. I'll write more tonight about what I did today in Auckland! Btw, I'll post some pics of the airport :) Bye!