"The parrot was suddenly sitting right in front of my window on a tree. Even though the winter weather does not give you the impression that you are on the other side of the world, this moment was definitely an eye opener." BiTS student Charlotte Dahms spends her semester abroad at Unitec Institute for Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. She gave us an insight of her life “from the end of the world."
"Here in New Zealand it is currently winter, although 13 degrees and rain don’t feel winterly. The wind is bitterly cold and we underestimated the temperatures. I just overcame tonsillitis but I’m still going around with a cold. I won’t let it spoil my semester. Most international students live on campus. You hardly meet any New Zealanders. Everyone staying for more than a year usually moves to a different accommodation. You get a bed, a wardrobe and a desk. I live in a dormitory with three Chinese Students and one from New Zealand, one of a few in this village. You don’t get to see much wildlife in Auckland, therefore the parrots’ visit was even better. New Zealand is a special mixture of British, American and Asian influence and also pretty expensive for foreigners. Only Sushi is cheaper than in Germany.
During the first weekend we made a tour through Auckland where I took the photo of the cities’skyline. Auckland is huge! This is due to the fact that New Zealanders don’t like to live in flats. Most people live in houses. There’s enough space anyway. Did you know that for every person there are 9 ½ sheep? The third photo was taken from a volcano (as the skyline was!). In and around Auckland there are 85 volcanos, most of them are inactive. The green hills shape the landscape of the city and they provide a great view.
The courses at Unitec are exciting although I already know a lot of the content from lectures at BiTS. The group of students is extremely international, everywhere you meet people from Fiji, from Tonga, India, China, Malaysia, etc. which makes it really exciting – so many different cultures getting together. I can’t wait to experience more.”