I've finally arrived in New Zealand! My flight landed at about 8:30 yesterday (Thursday) morning and Matt picked me up at the airport. I went to the apartment and then we went out walking and for a bite to eat. After an afternoon nap to help with the jetlag I just watched TV last night. I wasn't feeling too well but since I'm fine today I think it was just 24 hour travelitis. I slept decently well last night until about 6am. Matt went off to work and I went wandering around the city a little bit. When Matt said that I couldn't get lost I didn't believe him, but he was right. I think Cuba St (where our apartment is) is magical: I wandered, turned around random corners, got myself confused, went into stores and cafes and the museum, wandered aimlessly, and somehow I always
ended up back on Cuba St. I think that no matter where I go, Cuba St will just move to suit my needs.
The museum here, Te Papa
("our space" in Maori) is incredible. My legs were already getting tired at this point so I didn't see the whole thing, or even a fraction of it, but what I did see was amazing. I'll go back there sometime soon with a camera so I can post pictures. They have a Shake House where you can feel what it's like to be in an earthquake, a huge blue whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling, and a bunch of neat kids' exhibits. My favorite thing was the traditional Maori meeting place with all the native carvings and decorations. It was beautiful. The only thing that wrecked it were these two girls who had ditchd their New York school group's tour and were chatting in there and being annoying. But despite them, it was still really beautiful. The native people still use it for ceremonies, and although I don't think they're open to the public I'm going to keep checking the museum to see if I could attend anything held in there.
That's all the news for now, given that it's only 12:15pm and my first real day here! I'll be sure to update frequently and post pictures as soon as I take some.