We spent the last night at Lake Aniwhenua, which was very interesting. It was a cultural Maori experience, with a Maori tour-guide showing us around and telling us some pretty wild myths from their mythology.
I attended a traditional flax-weaving course and wove a bracelet! Love that for me.
For dinner they made Hangi; it’s a traditional way of cooking food in a firepit with heated stones, underground and sort of buried. The food was smoked and steamed essentially to perfection - it was so good. Tasted even smokier than things from the smoker! They also made fried bread, which was just fabulous. We ate out of little woven bowls, with our fingers, so I had way too much fun.
I'm Lara, currently 19 years old, and I left Germany for New Zealand on December the second.
I have always wanted to travel, and I have already travelled some in my time, but never so far from home and quite so alone.
I came here largely because of my undying love for Lord of the Rings, and also because of a general lack of anything better to do.
I'm fixing to stay a year, and I'll be trying to write into my fancy little leatherbound diary at least a few times a week - anyone who knows me also knows it's not going to be more than that. We'll see how that goes.
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