More than 30 hours.

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I will just take a breath … These past weeks have been hectic. I have had so many ‘goodbye and see you’ appointments with friends that I am going to miss very much. A lot of points have been crossed off of my to do list in a short period of time. My last day at my internship was Friday, and Saturday I moved out of my apartment. In my life, I have never been on a trip this long. 30 hours from departing from Hamburg, Germany, until arriving in Auckland, New Zealand. And that’s even without the train ride from Denmark to Germany, the waiting at the airport, and the transportation time from Auckland Airport to the flat, where I am living now. 45 hours in total, I guess.

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Actually, the flights were well planned; I was flying from Hamburg in the evening, which meant I could sleep before arriving in Dubai in the morning. In theory at least. I am not good at sleeping in planes so most of the time I was watching movies. In Dubai, I had some hours before the next plane, which arrived in Brisbane, Australia, the next morning.¬†Finally, I arrived in Auckland in the middle of the day meaning I didn’t have to stay up for too long before getting a good nights sleep.

I didn’t see much of Auckland yet, only the road from the airport to the flat, and a Chinese super market nearby that my flatmate showed me yesterday.

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Exchange.

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Today, there are only 9 days until I on my way to New Zealand. YES, you heard it right. I am spending my sixth semester as an exchange student in New Zealand. More specifically in Auckland. I know very little about New Zealand and the culture but I am excited to find out. I like the Australian culture so I am happy if the New Zealand culture is more or less the same, or similar.

It has been a long application and preparation process, but finally, I am reaching the end of my list of things I need to do before I am leaving Denmark. Scholarship, visa, airplane tickets, insurance, choice of papers, accommodation and lots of other stuff are now taken care of. The rest of my free time before leaving, I will spend with my friends and family.

I will be away for 4,5 month. From my experience, this is the perfect amount of time to be away.