Bags checked in without any weight problems...and I somehow managed to cram everything all into the same amount of luggage when I first flew in. No extra baggage. I'm 7 hours early for my flight though. So I'm marathoning Big Bang Theory while working on a slideshow of pictures for home. So many pictures.
I'm down to $4.80 NZD. Not even joking. Friend gave me an extra $20 just to cover me for airport food while I wait.
What's funny is that during the start of my senior year, I was terrified of the idea of being kicked out into the real world. I felt so unprepared. I didn't know how to rent a place, I didn't know how to do taxes...
It took me about a month and a half in New Zealand to suddenly realize that I was actually doing pretty well in the real world, all by myself. Still had plenty of funds, got used to the type of brands at the grocery stores, had some mode of transport besides walking, was still alive and well, not injured, and I managed to find a part-time job for about 4 months and got some experience working in retail...Which has already paid off before I've even boarded the plane home too. I already scheduled a job-interview at Target next week. Hurray for getting a head-start on job-hunting at home! I needs one ASAP, mainly because Comic Con. Looking at my accounts at home, I'm nearly broke at home too, thanks to student loan debt payments. And I need a New 3DS XL...My poor 3DS's game slot is starting to go; it won't read many of my games sometimes. Tried to get the console overseas as my birthday present, but it was region-locked for just NZ...
I think one of my favorite memories has to be that I got to celebrate my 25th birthday with people from all over the world.
I went to see Moana and when I came back to the boarding house, my flatmates surprised me with a homemade birthday cake and sung me happy birthday~
That, and hiking on a glacier via my first helicopter ride, ATV riding through the river/creek, skydiving, Milford Sound, glowworm caves, Hobbiton, hiking through "Mordor" for 12 miles/7 hours just to see Mt. Doom...Seeing a cute wild penguin hiding in the brush, seeing cute baby kiwi birdies, making friends with cats, seeing a kitteh being born, seeing the first sunrise of 2017, Weta Workshop tour, seeing the other film/animation studios in Wellington, experiencing my first tsunami evacuation (kinda freaky at the time), got to see a little bit of the landscape changes in Kaikoura after the quake~
The only things I regret not doing was
- canyoning/rappelling down waterfalls
- hot air-balloon ride
- whale-watching (didn't have the funds anymore)
- seeing orcas in the wild (which are actually killer dolphins! They're not whales at all!)
- snorkeling (too cold to do it at this time of year)