Taking in New Zealand, one day at a time
EDITOR'S NOTE: Throughout the summer, ASU students studying abroad will be writing back to the states about their overseas adventures. Fostering international student experiences is just one part of ASU's commitment to making a global impact.
Today is our second full day in Christchurch, New Zealand. Christchurch is often claimed to be the most English city outside of England, and I believe it certainly is. It is quite cold; we are wearing hats, gloves and raincoats – definitely a huge change from Arizona weather. So far we have visited the Canterbury Museum, seen the Avon River and the botanical gardens. We also visited the Christchurch Cathedral, which is the most beautiful cathedral I have seen. Pictures cannot describe its beauty both inside and out.
Everyone on the trip is getting along well and we have all become friends very fast. We got to experience and learn about true Maori (the indigenous people of New Zealand) history and culture last night. There was a spectacular performance by a group that was all about the Tamaki heritage. We also enjoyed a traditional Hangi meal, with steamed pudding as dessert, which was different than American pudding and not as sweet.
In the classroom, we have had lectures on health care and agriculture in New Zealand and also discussed ecological imperialism.
Tabarik Ahmad, a global health major, will be a junior this fall. She is studying abroad in New Zealand and Fiji this summer.