Friday, December 29, 2017

29 December 2017: Auckland

We’re here!  Thirteen hours later, we’ve made the jump across the Pacific Ocean and have landed in sunny, warm Auckland!  As we waited for the arrival of our last member (arriving from Sydney, Australia), we took in some sites in Auckland and soaked up some of the austral summer’s toasty sun.
The group in the Auckland airport with a traditional Maori carving behind us.

To start the New Zealand trip, we begin with a group meal that the students pick out and prepare.  We had a terrific stir fry with chicken and seafood and got to share what events students are most looking forward to...I’m hoping we get to fulfill all hopes on this trip and, just maybe, exceed expectations!

Our final stop on our first travel day was Auckland’s famous ‘Sky Tower’.  This 220m structure reigns as the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere (although our very own Empire State Building is nearly double the height!).  The 360 degree view at the top gives a great perspective on Auckland and the geologic history of a country that is still very much in tectonic motion.
 Our group in front of Auckland’s Sky Tower.

Amanda Krom (Nursing ‘19) with the ‘Marvin’ the mascot from Mrs. Shuta and Mrs. Cifuni’s 2nd grade class from Balmville School (Newburgh Enlarged City School District).

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