Saturday needed to be a beach trip. We spent the day lounging around on Sumner Beach! Although it wasn't sunny the entire time, it was still fun! Mike and I could not get over the fact that we were swimming in the middle of February. The water was a little chilly at first but after that it felt amazing. We laid out, checked out the coast to coast competition occurring on the beach, and then decided to climb through the caves located on the beach. Climbing in and around the caves was pretty cool for a while and then we decided to go splashing through the water. The waves weren't absolutely huge but they were still tons of fun and exhausting!
About a hour later, we took a short walk around the very, very small town of Sumner and ended up eating at a cafe named Coffee Culture. It was a very quaint place and reminded me so much of Muddy Waters in Geneseo (for those of you who don't know, it is an adorable cafe located on Main Street that I frequent almost every day)! I tried the Chai Tea there but it definitely was not the same. Anyway, after that, we caught the bus back to the uni and Aleesha and I were greeted by our other flatmates! Shelley is from Oregon, Liz is from Maryland, and Sophie is from the UK. We are all very similar in music tastes, clothes, tv shows, and our ideas of exploring New Zealand so I am a lot more comfortable and ready for the semester to begin! Shelley is part of a Geology program and has been here for five weeks already doing work with a group of about 12 students from around the US. Mike came over to our flat along with about eight of Shelley's friends and we all hung out for about three hours before hitting the town. It felt great getting to know other people at the uni that are just as confused and awestruck as I am! I have a feeling we will all be good friends by the end of this trip.