Hey guys! Life is moving on here in Paeroa, and it is most certainly not boring. I am now one school week closer to my holidays and my journey back home. Every week is different here in Paeroa, and today I got to experience a little bit of the true beauty of the North Island. More about that later, because first off I´m going to tell you about what I did earlier in the week :D.
Earlier this week, Bruce took us to this Taiwanese festival at the Taiwanese Academy in Waihi. There was a vegeterian market where you could taste all sorts of food and drinks, and a stage where they sang and had other kinds of performances.
On Tuesday I had a presentation about Finland for the local Rotary organisation. It´s really fun to speak in front of people who are actually interested about what you have to say. In exchange for my speach, they shouted both me and Luk dinner. I spoke for instance about why I went on exchange, why I chose New Zealand, and the differences between Finland and New Zealand.
Yesterday I went to one of my friend's house for dinner. We played some pool, went kayaking in their pond, relaxed in their hot spa pool, and got to see a bit of the farmland. A successful and fun day with both laughs and good conversations.
And today I got to cross another place off my bucket list. One of the places I wanted to go to while I´m here in NZ was Cathedral Cove, one of the most famous filming spots of The Chronicles of Narnia (Prince Caspian). I have some pictures for you to compare from the movie below. Cathedral Cove is named after the cave located there, linking Mare's Leg Cove to Cathedral Cove. There are many boat rides and kayaking trips going through there, but we decided to take the walking trail there :). There is not much to say about that place, you just have to go there by yourself to understand its true beauty.
After Cathedral Cove we went to a famous beach close by named Hot Water Beach. Its name comes from the underground hot springs which filter up through the sand between the high and low water tides. During low tide you can go to the beach and dig yourself down until you reach the water surface. Because of the hot springs, the water is really hot and you can just sit or lie there in the water and relax.
Another very nice week. Only 2 months left in New Zealand until I am going back home again :O. Time is passing sooo fast!!! Oh well, I still have fun things ahead of me before I leave NZ :). However, I am actually starting to feel a little bit homesickness :(. I really miss my girlfriend, and would do anything to see her in real life right now :/. Oh well, two months left and then I´m back home again :). I´m going to try and enjoy every second I have left :D.
My photo of Cathedral Cove
Cathedral Cove in Narnia
Me and Bruce
Hot Water Beach