Addy, Mackenzie, and I decided to go to the world famous botanical gardens in Dunedin and visited their rose garden and herb garden. Those two gardens were full of beautiful flowers and great smelling herbs that calmed our senses and made us feel very refreshed and happy. Then we got some free duck food and fed the ducks in the pond. That was a lot of fun because the ducks attacked us to get the seeds, and I even got one tall duck to signal me to feed him from my hand. After I offered him some food from my palm, he proceeded to peck it, which felt so weird, but very very cool!! I don’t think I will ever forget that duck, after all it’s not every day you feed a duck in New Zealand from your hand! Then the three of us continued our stroll through the garden to the aviary that was filled with native to New Zealand birds of different colors and species. Some parrots even kept saying ‘hello’ to us! On our way back to the hotel we ended up visiting the free Otago Museum that had areas dedicated to the Maori and Pacific Peoples cultures, native dinosaurs, birds, archeology artifacts, boat models, and volcanic and earth studies. The museum was amazing, and my favorite exposition was the 3D We Are Stars show that was on in their planetarium. In the introduction we got to see and learn about the Southern Hemisphere constellations, satellite rings and satellite and rocket debris circling our planet. Then the main show started with the Big Bang explanations, hydrogen gas presence, helium and other elements formation, the forming of a supernova, nebula, and then the creating of our Sun and our solar system planets. Then the viewing continued to the single celled organisms on Earth and their paths of evolution to humans. I LOVED the animation, the detailed and colorful visualizations, and their explanations. It was a spectacular show, and we are all very glad we got to explore Dunedin more. --Olga Brazhkina
Dr. Edger, Dr. Jogan, Brittany and I decided to go on a Larnach Castle tour today. This castle is not your typical royalty castle, but its a display of extreme wealth that William Larnach once had. On our way up to the castle grounds we stopped for a photo op. We were on top of a hill so I could see the city of Dunedin. The dark spots on the water is a shadow of the clouds in the blue sky. The water is so clear and crisp in New Zealand it’s amazing.
We drove down a street surrounded by redwoods and came to a clearing where a gorgeous castle stood. We got off the bus and I couldn’t believe I was standing in front of a castle. With amazement I walked towards the entrance and rang the bell to enter. We walked into every room and I was amazed each time, but in a different way. One of my favorite features inside the castle was the hanging staircase! After exploring the floors we went up the the tower. 29 skinny steep stairs later we were on top of the world. The view was breathtaking!! I couldn’t believe that I was standing on top of a castle. Now that you have seen the castle and it’s grounds, you ask “how could he afford to built this castle”? Willam Larnach was a manager at multiple banks throughout his life, but with this job he travel often. He built this castle for his five children and his beloved wife Eliza to have more space to live.
Thanks for reading!! Anna Castleberry Animal Science//Pre-Vet
Today we took a nice long walk to the steepest street in the world. Being from Arkansas I can say that I was highly skeptical at first but as we progressed up the hill I decided that maybe the world’s steepest street was a fitting title. The street itself is called Baldwin Street and it's in the main part of the city! It's just under 1,150 in length and rises from 98 ft to 330 ft above sea level at the very top! While we were there, several people took cars or taxis up the street! We decided to actually walk up the hill ourselves. Look out world, we made it!