(Almost) Goodbye, New Zealand!
Pretty crazy to think, but I have just over a week left here in New Zealand. I will be leaving for Tonga on May 18th, spend the next month there, and will arrive back in Chicago on June 16th!
I’m super excited about Tonga. I’ll be spending the first 2-3 weeks WWOOFing (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) at a veggie farm on the main island, and then will spend the rest of my time on holiday, working to even out my farmers tan (and it’ll really BE a farmers tan!) Apparently whale season begins in June, so hopefully I will catch some cool sightings during my stay. Did you know there are some of the most ancient archeological sites in the Pacific in Tonga?? As is it considered one of the oldest of all the settled Pacific islands, Tonga has a lot of history and hopefully I’ll be able to get a little peek at some of it.
My stay in Auckland since my return has been a little less exciting than before. I failed to find work for accommodation, and have downgraded my stay from Verandahs to BASE- $5 cheaper a night! I am still catering, but without my morning work I find I have too much time on my hands and am getting quite bored! Luckily, I am going to spend my last weekend in NZ in Whangaroa with Joel, Joel’s mom, and Judy. I’m glad to be able to say goodbye to the place (and the people) I called home for so long during my stay here.
In other news, the weather here is very FALL like and I must say it’s confusing me. I’ll be happy to get to Tonga, where the heat is not as extreme as in Samoa, and then return to Chicago just as summer is developing into its finest form.