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New Zealand Diary – Day 4

March 29, 2010


By Gloria Cheung

Since the house I am staying is faces east, I decided to wake up at the break of dawn to catch the sunrise. Luckily, today is not cloudy, so I could see the sun rising clearly from the Pacific Ocean. It was a total indulgence. Seeing the first glimpse of sunlight coming out from the horizon, It felt like I was living in a beautiful painting. This is not a scene we can easily find in the city, with all the skyscrapers and smog blocking our view. I was glad that I got a chance to see such a stunning sunrise in New Zealand.

Today is a day off from the language school. The students went spending their day with home stay families, and I spent it with the four escorts on a road trip towards the north of Coromandel Peninsular. Along the ride we saw breath-taking scenery. I felt like I was jumping into a geography textbook. Features like inter-locking spurs, weathering of rocks and layering forest were just in front of my eyes. When we made a stop at a stony beach, I was most astonished at how clean the beach was. I could hardly see any rubbish there, not to mention the crystal-clear water.

In the evening, we were invited to dinner with Maurice, the director of the language school. When we drove to Maurice’s place, I was in a great doubt at the beginning because we were actually going into the bush area. Soon I was told that Maurice lived in a house inside the forest. The whole house was surrounded by trees and flora, which made it a really special building. Maurice made us luscious Chipino and salad. We spent a long but enjoyable time chatting with each other. It did widen my horizon when talking to people with different life experiences and cultural backgrounds. In a reflection, it strengthened my identity as a Hong Kong citizen and gives me a deeper understanding of my self.

Gloria Cheung is a Young Post junior reporter. Her trip to New Zealand was sponsored by Proactive Study Abroad.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Fiona permalink
    March 30, 2010 7:11 pm

    It’s really great to be surrounded by the forest, embracing the nature!

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