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It’s been far too long since my last blog post. Since then I have moved across the world from my small hometown of Battle Ground, Washington to Dunedin, New Zealand. I arrived in New Zealand in February and was accompanied by my dad and a few suitcases. Thank god for my dad. He was essential in helping me get settled in and was an excellent travel partner those first few weeks.

Semester one is almost complete and I’m looking forward to a few exams later this month… hmmm… actually “looking forward to” is probably not the right phrase. I’ve enjoyed university so far, my classes are interesting and the campus is beautiful. I love living right in town and so close to uni— about a 25 minute walk to school with plenty of coffee shops in between. 🙂

After a few weeks in Dunedin I met another photographer, Michaela. She’s originally from Germany and was traveling  around New Zealand through the summer shooting weddings. We met up for a mentoring session in beautiful St. Clair. The next day she found a couple to photograph at Sandfly Bay on the Otago Peninsula. I learned so much from her, she’s an incredible photographer!! Check out her gorgeous work, click here.

I’ve learned here that I do not have proper “warm” clothes. It can get damn cold here and my thin cotton shirts and acrylic cardigans just aren’t cutting it. I’m hoping I can find some bargain Merino somewhere to snuggle up in. However I’m really lucky that my flat is on the second floor, grabbing free heat from the first floor shops.

In the last ten days we’ve had some crazy weather. Last week it snowed, two days ago we had an earthquake, and yesterday we had flooding in town. Wow! If this is a sign of winter to come, I will definitely need to spring for some gumboots and a hefty umbrella.

I’m so pumped it’s finally June, I’ve been waiting for this month for ages! At the end of this month I’m so excited to welcome my boyfriend, Trā to Dunedin! I absolutely cannot wait to have him here with me. I really miss hanging out with my best friend and I can’t wait for our adventure in New Zealand together. I hope to update this blog more frequently now that I’m all settled in. Thank you for taking the time to read!