Since then, I've been thinking so much about how blessed I was to be a part of that trip. It was the semester right before I met Josh and it truly taught me so many important lessons.
I lived in such beautiful places:
Met such remarkable people:
Family in Ha-apai
Family in Okoa
Made wonderful friends:
Family in Whakatane
Did some crazy fun things:
The Shotover Jet
Through the Canyon
Aukland's freaky bungy thing
"Camping" at the base of the Frans Josef glacier, without camping gear. Not on purpose.
But we survived the freezing night.
Bungy jumping in Queenstown
Just far enough to dunk my head into this river.
And did some difficult things:
(Living a month in Tonga. Enough said. I'm a wimp.)
First night with Jane in Ha-apai. Scared out of my mind. Bathing in hand-sanitizer all day long.
Finding strange creatures in the sea. And then eating them. With the natives watching your reaction. (Difficult, but really awesome actually).
This field study gave me awareness and appreciation. It tested and stretched my character. I grew tremendously as an artist and a person. I still reflect on the memories of my time in Tonga and New Zealand and the many lessons I learned.
Thanks to my dear friend Robyn, for the reunion lunch, and for reminding me of what an awesome experience we had!