I FEEL ALIVE!!

G’day from New Zealand!  I should let you know I spent most of this Saturday enjoying a serene pine forest.  Lunch was lovely: a peanut butter and Nutella sandwich,a blueberry muffin, and cool, sweet, Christchurch water.

This is NOT me. ...Could be my mom....

I should probably mention however, that this particularly serene forest is named ADRENALINE!! When I wasn’t clinging to a tree trunk 20m (60+ft.) above ground, I climbed swinging logs or a highwire, with only a waist harness to catch my falls!  As the Kiwi’s would say, I’m not “too keen” on heights, and let me tell you, when the wind picked up in the afternoon, I may or may not have been freaking out…  When you can look across most of the forest and ALL the trees are swaying, notably the one you are ATTACHED to, the adrenaline does start up.  I was on a “Nepalese bridge,” or four wires (one for the harness, two to hold on to, and one to stand on) when the wind really picked up.  There’s nothing quite like standing on a wire that is bucking and jumping with every gust that hits the trees.  The happy lady above would NOT have had that expression on her face had she been in the sort of wind we had today!!  Her hair would be frazzled, shirt would be pink, and I’m sure even with deodorant she would be smelling quite ripe by the afternoon.  After a week of watching movies and trying to make myself be productive, today’s outdoor activities were a fantastic change.  Thanks to the Arcadia Study Abroad program via Grace, I could conclude my week with adrenaline!  :)

Get the Zombie EP!

Tomorrow I’m going to a Parkway Drive and The Devil Wears Prada concert, and I am SO STOKED!!  If I didn’t mention it in my last post, I kind of love heavy metal.  In addition, I haven’t been to a show since June. I get the itch for ridiculously loud distortion and screaming if I don’t get to a gig every few months.  When I found out TDWP was doing a NZ/Aus. tour, I was elated to say the least.  METAL!!!

In conclusion, I don’t know how much adrenaline and metal have to do with studying abroad or New Zealand, but I’m here, and the experiences are happening!  I should also mention that Brennan Manning’s book The Ragamuffin Gospel offers a refreshing perspective:

“When Jesus tells us to become like little children, He is inviting us to forget what lies behind.  …Whatever we have done in the past, be it good or evil, great or small, is irrelevant to our stance before God today. It’s only now that we are in the presence of God.”

Cheers!  -Karl Johnson, Christchurch New Zealand

Currently listening to: Evergreen Terrace’s Almost Home and Stray From The Path’s Villains

Just watched: Mark Wahlberg in Shooter; and the tv series Samurai 7

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