NOTES FROM ABROAD | Extreme sports and extremely not me

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April 15, 2016

My biggest goal in coming to New Zealand was to return back home in June as a new person, to always push myself out of my comfort zone and do things I wouldn’t do back home.

This was the biggest waterfall we saw at Milford Sound. There are hundreds of waterfalls there, and when it's raining there are thousands going at once.

This was the biggest waterfall we saw at Milford Sound. There are hundreds of waterfalls there and when it’s raining there are thousands going at once.

During Easter break, my friends and I traveled the south island. We did quite a few things: went on road trips while we took turns driving, went to Milford Sound, visited Mt. Sunday, tried Fergburger, saw a glacier, stopped at a winery, made multiple stops to take pictures at scenic spots, camped… oh!… and bungee jumped!

It was a great week and the best part was that I pushed myself out of my comfort zone so much. I’ve only been camping once, when I was much younger and my mom had organized it. This time, I camped for a week with my friends using sleeping bags, pitching the tent and sleeping under the stars. I got to see all of the stars in the sky with no other lights to block them out and found the constellation Orion.

Not once did I freak out during the whole trip about not having any set plans. Every day we would wake up and just go with the flow. I couldn’t do that before this trip. 

The biggest thing I did that surprised me was actually bungee jumping. I still can’t believe that I did it! If it weren’t for my photos and video, I would think that I just dreamed it. We did the Kawarau Bridge Bungy, which is the world’s first bungee jump. I wanted to get dunked into the water below, but only got my hands into the water.

The Kawarau bridge is 43 meters high, or 141 feet and .913 inches.

The Kawarau bridge is 43 meters high, or 141 feet and .913 inches.

I remember thinking as I waddled to the edge that I was dreaming. When I looked down at the water, I remember time freezing. The staff member holding me told me to look up at some cameras, which I did. He counted to three and then I just leaned forward and let myself fall. My only moment of regret was the millisecond after my feet left the platform. After that, the adrenaline kicked in.

I feel like I’ve grown so much in just the month and a half that I have been here, and I still have three more.

I have one more week-long break coming up at the end of April and, by the end of it, I am hoping to have gone skydiving among other things.

Until my next blog, good luck with classes and hopefully you find some things to try and push yourself to do, too!


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