Noho Marae Weekend.


AUT organizes an International Noho Marae weekend twice a year for study abroad and exchange students. I was on the waitlist but one day before I got an email where it said that I could go. We learned about Maori culture, and sang and danced a lot. On the picture below you see what is called a poi which we had to make ourselves. It is used in one of the dances.


Saturday night we had dinner at AUT because it was the 30th Noho Marae. The Noho Marae weekend has existed for 15 years. We performed the songs and dances we had learned that day.


I should have taken more photos but I was experiencing so much that I forgot, plus I was sick so I didn’t really have the energy. But here are a few more.



Hobbiton movie set.


Before coming to New Zealand I had never seen any of The Lord Of The Rings or the Hobbit movies. I would wish that I could say that I have seen them all now, but that would not be true, because I have only seen the first half of the first Hobbit Movie. I watched it the day before going to the Hobbiton Movie Set to get an idea of why my uni friend really wanted to go there.


Beach day.


In the morning, I went to uni to sort out some stuff and sign up for the Noho Marae weekend. It’s a trip where you learn about the traditional Maori culture. I am on the waiting list now. After that, I went shopping with two friends from uni. We had heard of a clearance sale on Ponsonby Road and since I needed summer clothes we decided to go. Ponsonby Road is a long road with a lot of cute cafés, restaurants and shops. I really like that part of Auckland. I would even go that far to say that it’s my favourite street (so far).

We headed to Mission Bay Beach, had fish’n’chips and enjoyed the sun the rest of the day.

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First week in NZ.


I have only been in Auckland for a week but I have already done so much. So much that I haven’t had the time to write about it.

  • I wrote a post about the International Orientation last week but I also went to the ordinary orientation last Tuesday.
  • I went to the Chinese Lantern Festival 2016 at Auckland Domain (or actually, I went there two times), which ended with fireworks last Sunday.
  • I did indoor rockclimbing with my flatmates. And WOW that was fun!
  • I went to the Art Museum with someone from Uni. We didn’t check what time it was and the museum closed 15 minutes after we got there. There is no entrance fee so I might go again sometime.
  • I went jogging on a bright pink road with my roommate. It was so pretty!
  • I have been walking A LOT. Longs walk around the city.

I have met some cool people who are just as interested in exploring the city before uni starts as I am.

Rangitoto Island.


I am lucky I already met some nice girls at orientation because one of them had the great idea to go to Rangitoto Island in the weekend. We were a group of four meeting up downtown at the harbour to go there with the ferry. The sun was shining and the weather was perfect for a hike.

Rangitoto Island is a vulkano island not far from the coast. There are different paths to hike depending on your level. First, we hiked to the vulkano caves. Some paths takes you inside of the caves where you can see light coming in from above.


Afterwards, we walked up to the summit. The 360 degree view was amazing, and you could see Auckland City in the far distance.


The last ferry went back at 5 pm so we had to catch that one otherwise we would be stranded. We planned the hike well so that we would definitely make it back to the wharf in time. But somewhere along the way we missed a path. We realised it when we came to a crossroad and a sign said 1,5 hours until the wharf. As the time was 3.30 pm we kind of panicked and started to walk faster. We were already discussing what to do if we didn’t make it. There would be other people on the island because there were a camping area somewhere but we had almost no food and water left. There were no shops on the island. The ferry staff had already warned everybody to bring enough food and water. Luckily, we made the 1,5 hour walk in 1 hour and made it to the wharf in time. We must have walked fast.

In total we hiked for five hours. It was great, but the sun was strong and we ended up with a sunburn. I was an amazing day.

International orientation day.


Last Friday was orientation day. I didn’t know exactly where the university was or how long it would take to get there so I went early just in case I would get lost. With google maps open on my phone I managed to get there way before 9 am. I live really close, a 10-15 minutes walk if not less.

The university is called Auckland University of Technology, AUT. It’s a huge university with 19.500 full-time students. 2.660 of them are international students making the university very multicultural. It’s very modern and has a great study environment, social activities, sports teams, and an on campus gym.

It was a fun day with a lot of information. Three AUT employees sang for us because it’s a Maori tradition. We had to give a back massage to the persons sitting next to us in the auditorium, which was… strange? But Kiwi people are fun and seems to joke a lot, even the two police woman who did a small presentation about safety in Auckland City.


I got my Student ID, and I can’t wait to start my studies next Monday.

More than 30 hours.


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.


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.



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.

Danish Championship 2015.

1I am relaxing before starting to get ready at 7 am.2Makeup, hair and styling team.
3Fixing my bikini and glueing it to my body with bikini bite.4Front pose.5Side pose.6Back pose.
7891011Warming up before stage time.12Glazing my body.13My coach. The best!14My teammate.12132594_1199162536776459_196492806039350699_o12132407_1199193223440057_7191400139007661698_o12094847_1199164393442940_7856238152614600220_o12068494_1199162990109747_3626758361204286126_o12096350_10204901386555795_3407429083265253597_nEnding the day with a late dinner at McDonalds on our 3,5 hour drive home.

Newcomers 2015.

I didn’t write on my blog for a while because I have been busy studying, working and working out. However, much has happened and I have a lot on my mind, which I want to share with you all. I want to tell you about one of the most amazing experience I had this year, which was my first competition as a fitness athlete. The competition was in the weekend from the 11th-13th of September and it was worth all the hard work. People have been asking me many questions about the competition and what you need to do on stage. In this post, I want to share my experience and try to give some answers to some of the questions.

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What kind of competition is it?
The competition is called New Comers and is the competition all new athletes need to take part in and get a certain score to be able to compete in further competitions. I am competing in the category called Bikini Fitness, which is the most feminine kind of bodybuilding for women. Inside the category there are different senior height classes (+172, -172, -169, -166, -162 and -160), as well as two junior (under the age of 23) classes (-163 and +163) and a master class (over the age of 35). I was competing in the junior +163 class. Other than Bikini Fitness, women can compete in Body Fitness, Athletic Fitness, Bodybuilding and Physique.


How are you judged?
On the stage, you need to show four different poses. A front pose, a side pose, a back pose and another side pose. It’s called a quarter turn every time you go from one pose to another. The judges are judging the different poses by looking at the symmetry of the body, but also the charisma and charm is very important. In Bikini Fitness, you need to be fit, but feminine at the same time.


What is happening on stage?
There can only be 15 girls in the competition, which means that if there are more than 15, there will be an elimination round.

Elimination round
All girls enter the stage, and everybody will go to the front of the stage in small groups and do some quarter turns until the judges have made a decision. This takes about 10 minutes, and the athletes are leaving the stage again.

All the athletes enter the stage and the girls, who are not in the top 15, get an applause and leave the stage, while the rest stays. Then everybody need to do quarter turns again before leaving the stage. There is something called ‘call-outs’. If you are one of the best athletes, you are in the first call-out, where four-five girls are called out in the middle of the stage. Next is second call-out etc.

Backstage, the athletes who are in the finals are informed. The top 6 is in the finals, which is a bit different from the elimination and pre-judging rounds. In the finals, the girls enter the stage one by one showing the t-walk. In the T-walk, you can decide yourself, which poses you would like to show. You walk in a ‘T’ shape form the middle of the stage to the right side of the stage, then to the left side of the stage (or the other way around), and back to the middle. In the T-walk, you have the possibility to show your best sides.


My experience at New Comers 2015

Friday was registration day and in the morning, I met with my team in a big house, we rented for the weekend. Here we all got the first layer of tan, before we drove to the place where the competition took place. When we got there, many athletes were already waiting in a line for the registration. We joined them and stood in the line for a couple of hours before finally reaching the registration room. Here they measured my height (168 cm), approved my shoes and bikini, and handed me my athlete number 88.

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Most of Saturday I relaxed, and I practiced my posing one last time. A few people from my team were competing, and we went to watch and cheer, but most of the day was just waiting for Sunday.

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Sunday morning, we had to be at the competition at 5.30am. Athletic fitness was the first category, which had to go on stage at 7 am, and backstage we all started to get ready one by one, in the order of who had to go on the stage when. We had to get spray tan (I was so pale I got three layers) and get our hair and makeup done. There were around 24-25 athletes in my class so there had to be an elimination round. We went on the stage and did quarter turns before leaving the stage again. Backstage we waited five minutes while the judges where deciding the top 15. I was in the top 15, and I was so happy, I still had a chance to get to the finals. Again, we did the quarter turns a couple of times, before leaving the stage.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the finals. Instead, I went home with my family and we ordered burgers and fries for lunch. Afterwards, I went back to the place of the competition to watch my teammates and enjoy the rest of the day.

I placed 9 in the competition, which meant I qualified for the Danish Championship last weekend. I will tell about this and show pictures in another blog post.