americas cup

There is only one race left in the America’s Cup. Tension is high at work. Earlier in the competition, NZ was leading 8-1. First one to 9 wins. Eight to one!!!!! And what are the standings now??? 8-8??? Come on New Zealand!!! Tomorrow is the last race. My bet is they’ll postpone the races another day due to whales/submarines/low wind/high wind/sub-optimal temperatures.

Last weekend after Lauren finished work we went to Quake City (Canterbury’s earthquake museum). It had a lot of pictures and videos and artefacts from the 2 earthquakes. Pretty neat.

It’s been raining a lot. I want to climb climb climb but I’ve been stuck indoors due to the weather. I climbed some 21s and a 22 the other day in the gym (whilst falling off) so that’s cool!

I am in the midst of planning lots of epic adventures for before I leave. So far in the plan for sure is Wanaka/Queenstown for at least a week to climb, hut wardening on the North Island, a conservation project north of Auckland and a visit to Wellington. Other (hopeful) possibilities are climbing in Fiordland, hiking the Hollyford and a speedy trip of the North Island. A few more weeks of work I think and then we’ll see how things go.

 

intro hobie course

I am done all my midterms! Only one more group project and then I am past the first busy time and can cruise into finals comfortably. My midterms have gone well so far: Managerial Accounting: A! Earth Science: A+! Managing Change in the Public Service: A+! I haven’t received my Human Resource Management paper back yet.

For the first 2/3 days of my mid-semester break I took the Hobie Sailing course. It was good fun. The first day was extra windy which was great for awesome sailing but not very good for learning. Our skipper Mica refused to capsize so we avoided it all day (but got reeaaally close). Others were not so lucky… one boat capsized at least five times! Here is a montage of how Saturday looked:

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The second day was a lot better because the wind was calmer. By that time Mica was more confident with us and with our excellent sailing skills (and probably also didn’t think we were going to die the whole time) so we pretty much did everything and he just told us when we sucked. Baha not really, he was very helpful and patient. He is 20 years old and has sailed in regattas in cool places like Thailand and Australia. I’m jealous.

I almost forgot! Saturday evening we had a BBQ social after the course at the Royal Suva Yacht Club. (In a different location from the Hobie club) We had one of the most delicious meals ever there. Grahame (the president of the hobie club) is also the owner of Fiji Fish, a huge wholesale tuna exporter. They export tuna to the US, Japan and Europe. We feasted on steak, salads, potato/sweet potato salads, sausages, tuna sashimi, seared tuna steaks and chocolate eclairs for dessert. The tuna had just been caught the day before and was really fresh and so so so so delicious. Yummmm.

weather

It was raining a lot this morning when I woke up so I decided to actually check the weather:

I like the descriptions: “tons of rain” “showery”. Tons of rain explains the weather today accurately. The covered walkways and the rain reminds me a lot of Vancouver, d’aww.

I’ve finalized my plans for spring break (next week!). From Friday to Sunday, I am taking an introductory hobie sailing course with the Fiji Hobie 252 fleet. I am really, really looking forward to that! Sunday evening will involve a quick hop over to Nadi and then from Monday to Sunday I am going to three islands in the Yasawas. The plan is to snorkel, visit caves, see manta rays and hike. I can’t wait!

But before I go on break I have to work a bit. I had my first midterm last week for my public policy class which went well. I also had my managerial accounting earlier this week and it was very long. The room I was in had about 200 people and no one left when they said we had sat the minimum amount of time. I have not had it happen where no one leaves! I couldn’t finish it on time but I still think I did well (probably still an A!) and definitely better than average. My last midterm before the break is tomorrow (Earth Science).

My classes here vary greatly in quality. Two of my classes are better than classes I would get back home; either they are better set up or have smaller class sizes. One class is average/pretty normal for a first year class. My last class though is terrible. The professor has been teaching the class for ages but it’s like he’s reading his PowerPoint slides for the first time ever. The main thing that I have learned in that class is that “you can read about these points at home” (because he doesn’t know what they mean either!). I’m wondering if there are less teaching evaluations here than back home. In what I’ve seen so far there is a big difference between my local professors and my visiting professors (all my visiting professors definitely know what they are talking about! and more!). Visiting professors are usually here on two to three year contracts, and there are a lot of them.