The Good Life: Lombok Edition

The Good Life: Lombok Edition

(Fear not everyone – my exchange has not been cut short early!) The above photo was taken last weekend in Changi International Airport at an exhibit serving as Singapore’s ode to Aotearoa. Complemented with an imitation Hobbiton, All Blacks memorabilia and a hearty display of Whittakers chocolate, the pop-up feature serves not only as a … Continue reading

Tear gas on campus

Tear gas on campus

Last Wednesday as I made my way onto campus my eyes began to water and a strong acrid smell entered my nostrils. The ground was covered in green dust and students were walking back and forth with jackets over their faces. As I locked up my bike the guard came over smiling away contentedly: ‘Police … Continue reading

Third World to First World

Third World to First World

For those that haven’t heard, Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, passed away just last week. His mission was to change Singapore from a third world nation into a first world nation and most would say he did just that. A country with almost one million more people than New Zealand and at a … Continue reading

Scandinavia Happy

Scandinavia Happy

After a long and draining 26 hour trip, multiple movies, and a lot of weird stretching at the back of the plane, I arrived in Copenhagen! My first experience out of Australasia, I had a fear that I was going to be interrogated at customs, questioned for my ‘purpose’ and length of stay. However, it … Continue reading

Getting into the Chilean groove takes some work

Nosebleeds from the heat, struggling to read Pinocchio in Spanish, sharing a kitchen with 18 people – it isn’t all fun and games in Chile folks. Since returning from Valparaíso, and attempting to settle into student life in Santiago, reality has abruptly intruded on my expectations of what it would be like to live abroad. … Continue reading

E-Learning from Thailand

What do you suppose would happen if disaster struck and your university campus was forced to shut down for an indefinite amount of time? Well, NUS tested this exact theory last week with a self-imposed ‘E-Learning Week’, and us students as the guinea pigs. Turns out, it works pretty well… Or maybe that’s just because … Continue reading

Home Land and Sea!

I left Konstanz in early dawn, my last night there we strolled through the snowy old town towards the lake, which was illuminated by a ribbon of moonlight, arcing through the dark water, bending and receding in accordance with even the tiniest ripples and disturbances of the lake. The trees were still leafless, which somehow … Continue reading

Mingalabar Myanmar!

It’s a strange feeling to arrive at mid-semester break in February – before VUW has even started its academic year back home, but that’s exactly where I found myself two weeks ago when I set off on my first large-scale Asian adventure. Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma, is a country that has only properly opened … Continue reading

Valparaíso – more than your average port city

Three days after arriving in Santiago, Chile for my exchange I headed off to the port city of Valparaíso. I went with a Brazilian –Ricardo– who spoke only Portuguese and a kiwi –Ally– who I’d met at the airport. Our ramshackle travelling party turned out to be the perfect fit for Valparaíso, a city which, … Continue reading