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The Desolate Castle

Ashley Bond, Foreign Correspondent

April 2, 2015

On my road trip around the South Island, we stumbled through Arthur’s Pass, which is basically a beautiful road that runs in between two mountains. While driving through Arthur’s Pass, we stopped at a place called Castle Hill.     Castle Hill is a large hill (obviously) that has an imposing...

There’s No Place For Methane Here

Ashley Bond, Foreign Correspondent

March 25, 2015

This falls under the same category as "Capturing the Arts of the Damaged," going along with the whole idea of having beautiful pieces of art thrown into a town with massive amounts of destruction. (If you haven’t read that blog post yet, I highly suggest it). The Pike River Mine disaster was a coal...

Inedible Pancakes Covered in the Syrup of the Sea

Ashley Bond, Foreign Correspondent

February 28, 2015

Nature truly is amazing sometimes. It shows its amazing skills at this place called the Pancake Rocks on the West Coast of the South Island. They call it the Pancake Rocks, because they are these limestone formations that began forming 30 million years ago, started with lime-rich fragments of dead...

The Actively Dull Life of a Sea Lion

Ashley Bond, Foreign Correspondent

February 17, 2015

The amount of sea lions that are here is almost absurd. New Zealand sea lions (Phocarctos hookeri) are only found in New Zealand. They are one of the rarest species of sea lion in the world and arguably the most threatened, because of their declining numbers and restricted breeding range. The Maori ...

Capturing the Arts of the Damaged

Ashley Bond, Foreign Correspondent

February 11, 2015

The artwork that is scattered around central Christchurch is by far my favourite thing about the city. Even through all of the destruction these people have gone through, they still manage to make the city beautiful.         My favourite painting is one of a ballerina.  It stretches from the rubble ...

Trash or Rubbish?

Ashley Bond, Foreign Correspondent

February 7, 2015

While shopping around a New Zealand town center, I walk up to the store's register and start a cordial conversation with the clerk. I'm an American, and their New Zealand accent is almost too thick for me to understand what they're saying. Now, look at it from their perspective: I'm the visitor...

Hagley Park is a Priceless Experience

Ashley Bond, Foreign Correspondent

February 4, 2015

  Despite all of the construction of the central city, there is a large park in the middle of it. Hagley Park is split into North and South, and I live about a two minute walk from the North side.     The park is huge, and most people use it to walk or bike home from work....

First Glimpse of a Different World

Ashley Bond, Foreign Correspondent

February 1, 2015

The beautiful sunny sky is a perfect 74 degrees. It's summer in New Zealand during December and January, and rarely gets above 80 degrees.     Christchurch central city is a cluster of one way streets, road work, and people. Kind of like New York City, but cleaner and less smoke.       Aft...

Powhiri Ki Runga- Welcome Aboard!

Ashley Bond, Foreign Correspondent

January 28, 2015

I live in Christchurch, New Zealand. I know, I still can’t believe it either. New Zealand is that tiny detached limb off the coast of Australia. The island is split into two parts, the North and South Islands. New Zealand was discovered about one thousand years ago, and the natives of the la...

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