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postcard from New Zealand: I lived

Hellooooo!

Well, now I have time to write to you, finally 🙂 My previous attempts was failed, once I went to the harbor but then it was starting to rain. Another time I was sitting at school lounge between my classes, when suddenly lots of people that coming by decided to ask me about smth and we almost spent this free-time chatting. I came home after my morning classes to have lunch before go to my ballet classes (yeaaap! I will tell you about it later) and it seems nothing can interrupt me, I am sitting at the balcony of my host-family house with cup of ginger tea (it is a second week when I refuse to drink coffee). There is lots of bird that is singing loudly and it looks like perfect day. So…

Last two month we did a lot of crazy things, that I could not imagine I would do once. Bungee jumping, rafting with 7 meters water fall (the biggest in NZ where you can do rafting), 5 hours of black water rafting inside the Waitomo caves (one more place you have to visit – it is more like a canyoning tour, with abseiling, jumping into water wholes, climbing up at waterfalls and floating in rivers inside the caves, very funny, but cooooooold) and, of course, skydiving. It starts like a joke of my classmate, who had asked me about this at my second week here. First, I told him I don’t want to try, but after 15 min I knew I will do that as soon as possible. Then four of us made an agreement to do it, and finally we were lucky with weather and we did it. This I like more then other activities. It is amazing (I guess, you would understand that if you saw my video). You have to try it, not so scary like bungee jumping and you don’t need to do anything by yourself (in bungee jumping it is VEEEEERY hard to make this step down from the platform, I almost spent 3 minutes there trying to push myself to jump down). But here you get an instructor who tells you what to do and who jump out of the plane even if you are not emotionally ready for this 🙂 I had no time to understand what happened next – they just opened the door of the plane and start one by one jumped off. The feeling of fligth is amazing, and the nature around… Unbelievable.

Last week the weather was finally good (before it was one week of rain) and we spent all free time outside of the school and home. We played basketball, went to play mini-golf, the cinema every week is must-do thing and we found out a stand-up comedy show, that was fun with lots of laughing and also good for our English skills (10 different stand-up comedians with different accents and different styles – we understood nearly everything). Today we are going again 🙂

I also sign up for ballet lessons, I went out one day and went to McDonalds to buy something to drink and suddenly bumped into the dance studio on the second floor of the building. I always want to continue my dancing after university, but I had no time during my last years and my worked took all my power. So, here it is a perfect moment to remember about wishes.

And as the weather Is ok we spent last weekend on the beach. Huray!!! Now we can feel the summer is almost come (and we can feel it on our skin after Sunday sunbathes when we nearly got sunburn – be careful with NZ and Australian sun, there is a ozon hole above and you getting sunburn very fast). We went to the two different beaches near Auckland, one of them with black sand (lits reminds me of Iceland) is famous for surfing (I would like to try surf too, but I am waiting for the better weather). We had BBQ and were dancing on the beach, not carrying about people around us – we had really epic mood at that moment.

Christmas is coming, but it is strange to celebrate it without snow. Something that people from Europe are not used to do. Sooooooow. I don’t miss it, but for me the perfect Christmas is when outside is snowing with millions of soft snowflakes, and there are lots of lights at the streets, the Christmas tree with glistering garland and thin lay of snow and the Santa on his sledge with reindeer with red noses… not the asphalt and palm trees. But I guess it is also unusual to celebrate Christmas on the beach 🙂 I will be not at Russia for our Christmas, but we are not used to widely celebrate it) and then… a lot of space for my imagination, I can do what I want, I just need to find out what I want.

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And, yes, life is not always exciting and often very ordinary, but, I reckon, I am not ready to except this, I always try to make my days as much interesting as it is possible. Sometimes I want it so much that at the end I disappointed too hard, but if I have a chance to be not ordinary just for a little, I prefer to try, even if it leads to fail.

Smile from summer Auckland,
Have a great day and weekend

Kristina.

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