Monday, March 30, 2015

Humber Goes Global: Jasmine in New Zealand

Name: Jasmine Baumann
Program: Bachelor of Commerce, International Business
Semester Abroad: Unitec Institute of Technology (Winter 2015)
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Jasmine Baumann is a student in Humber’s Bachelor of Commerce – International Business program. She is spending the Winter 2015 semester studying abroad at Humber’s partner school in New Zealand: Unitec Institute of Technology. While Toronto lies under a blanket of snow, it’s currently summertime in the South Pacific! Before the start of classes, Jasmine took advantage of the warm weather and spent two weeks touring her new home country. 

Image 1:Two days after arriving in New Zealand I was given the option to take a surf lesson in Raglan. Surfing has always been something I’ve wanted to try so I decided to hop on that board and give it a try. Surprisingly I was fairly successfully and caught numerous waves:)

Image 2: The Stray bus tour stops at some pretty unique places! We had the chance to stay with a Maori family (aboriginal people of New Zealand) and learn some of their traditional ways of living. One of these awesome experiences was cooking Maori fried bread for our large Hangi feast.

Image 3: We spent two nights at the Abel Tasman National Park. A beautiful park on the north-western coast of the South Island. Stunning views, beautiful hikes, and warm sand beaches. After a scenic 4 hour hike we took a Catamaran tour back along the coastline and saw some awesome sights such as the “split apple rock” seen above.

Image 4: In the town of Punakaiki we stopped for a pancake breakfast before heading out on several hikes where we were able to see the famous pancake rocks and blowholes!

Image 5: A steep incline up the Queenstown Hill brought us to a beautiful viewpoint where we could see all of Queenstown and its surroundings. At the top you find the “basket of dreams” where I had a few moments of reflection before the trek back down!

Image 6: This is a scenic photo of the landscape around Queenstown just before sunset.

Image 7: We took an awesome cruise through the Milford Sounds region where we saw stunning scenery and even had the chance to spot some seals and dolphins swimming around!

Image 8: I became very close with a Finnish girl and a German guy while on the Stray bus tour. This is a picture of us posing in front of the beautiful blue glacial lake near Mt. Cook.

Image 9: When staying in Mt. Cook we were at a wonderful hostel that had excellent views of the glacial region. To get closer to Mt. Cook we took a 3 hour hike to check out the stunning scenery!

Image 10: Near the end of my month of backpacking I found my favourite place - Kaikoura. A beautiful coastal beach town on the East coast of the South Island. It had a very laid back atompsohere with a lot of marine life to see and trails to explore. 

Image 11: In Kaikoura I did something I’ve always dreamed of doing…I swam with wild dolphins! The dusky dolphins were very curious and playful creatures. To keep them interested and excited you had to make funny noises through your snorkel, swim around in circles, and act as dolphin-like as possible! It was certainly an experience I will always remember:)

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