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An American in New Zealand

Enjolie Levengood
Enjolie Levengood
Enjolie is an American student of biology at the University of Otago in New Zealand. In her words, “I'm a complete nerd and I love to cook and eat”.

Hey! I’m Enjolie.

This semester, I’m going to be going abroad and studying in New Zealand. For those of you who have never heard of New Zealand or aren’t sure where that is, here:

New Zealand
That purple circle on the bottom right is New Zealand.

I’ll be going to university at the bottom of the South Island. To get an idea of what New Zealand looks like, just watch the Lord of the Rings movies, The Hobbit, or the old tv shows Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. The entire country is gorgeous, so you can expect plenty of unbelievable landscape shots.

I’m planning on travelling as much as I can, and with each adventure, you can expect a wonderful blog post about each one.

This blog isn’t just about my travels, though. It’s also about food. Wonderful vegetarian food: that I cook, that someone cooked for me, or that I order. Plus, if I cooked it, I’ll be sure to put up the recipe!

My summer usually consists of one thing: camp. My study plans, unfortunately, made that impossible, so instead, I have spent my time cooking, organizing, packing, and practising yoga.

I set out with the goal this summer to be able to do a headstand before I left for New Zealand. My wonderful friend taught me the pose the day before I left school. I have worked on it every day since and got it about 3 weeks ago.

So, every time I accomplish one difficult pose, I will attempt another. Right now, I am working on – through a series of other poses – a split. It’s not technically a yoga pose, but I am using poses like Pigeon and Forward Folds to increase my flexibility.

Finally, this is a place for me to be me. I might nerd out, talk yoga, obsess over food, or completely brag about my travels (let’s be honest, New Zealand is pretty brag-worthy)…but this is just a way to share, besides on Facebook, what I’m up to down there!