Thanks to jetlag, I was able to sleep until about 1pm today. I was still tired but really eager to explore the uni so I forced myself out of bed. Mike and I decided to find the Economics and Psychology buildings while also trying to learn the campus. Everything is very modern styled and clean. The campus, and actually all of Christchurch, is a very well kept area. We went to the Recreation Center and checked out the rock climbing wall, squash courts, workout centers, and all of the other activities. I cannot wait to try rock climbing.
Later, we found Aleesha and ventured into the city of Christchurch. After purchasing metro passes, we walked around looking for a place to have dinner. The city is so fascinating I can't even find words to do it justice. It is about 12 blocks long and filled with many adorable shops, statues, gardens and other attractions. We easily got lost for three hours and finally settled on a place for dinner, grabbed the metro back to uni, and found our way back to the Ilam Apartments, which, is NOT an easy task. Tomorrow the forecast is 80 degrees and sunny so we are planning on going to Sumner Beach around 1pm. Sounds late right? Typically in the US people run to be at the beach by 9am! In New Zealand, due to daylight savings time, the sun is blaring until 8pm! I can already tell that this is the trip of a lifetime and I have yet to touch on the big adventures.