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I was very fortunate to have the opportunity for my last school visit to be in Thames on the Coramandel Peninsula. I was also very fortunate that my advisor lent us his beach house so we could afford stay on a few days and get to know the area. Due to a couple days of pretty solid rain, we did not get to see as much of the peninsula as we had hoped to, but what we did see was fabulous. I have added it to the list of places I hope to visit again some day.
I visited the Moanataiari School where there is outdoor learning happening every day of the week. They were so welcoming and had so much going on that I felt like it was a wonderful grand finale for my school visits. They have amazing outdoor murals. The one I love the most is of animals, and little leprechaun, to represent the countries where the students are from.
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Things have been pretty chilly and often windy and rainy around Wellington for the past few months, so it was a welcome break to get two amazing days of warm, sunny weather while we were there. When I say warm, I'm talking 70 degree max, not warm-warm, but warm enough to put on my swimsuit and hang out on the beach for Mother's Day.
Since our return, I've mainly been sitting at the kitchen table trying to finalize my project and write all of the reports that are due to Fulbright USA and Fulbright NZ. Additionally, I have a presentation coming up that I am preparing for next week at the Victoria University Wellington, my host university.
I am sure the thing I will miss most about being here is having this opportunity to live so close to the ocean, so I am setting the intention to get outside and down to the ocean everyday until I leave. That being said, today's visit may be short as it is raining again. :-(