Thursday, 25 July 2013

Weta Cave, Seals, and Earthquakes, Oh My!

What an exciting weekend I had! Saturday was the first monthly trip with my study abroad program. We went to Weta Cave, which is the small museum/gift shop of Weta Digital. Weta Digital is the film company that made, among other movies, the Lord of the Rings series! We got to see a bunch of replicas of characters and objects from movies, as well as a short film about the digital process of creating the characters and scenery.
An Orc!

On Sunday, after  going to the farmers market by the water to get our fruits and vegetables for the week, a group of my friends and I took the bus out to Island Bay to do a walk by the water and get to what is known as "red rocks." This walk took us about four hours total to go out and back, although that included lots of stopping to take pictures of the beautiful landscape and the main attraction, seals!

Katie, Scott, Ian, and I
red rocks!

Seal Friends!


The walk was amazing and a great way to spend the day. There was a much bigger event happening than us just seeing seals though- there was a 6.5 magnitude earthquake! Somehow (miraculously) I didn't even feel it, but within the city it was pretty substantial. No one was hurt, thankfully, but classes were cancelled on Monday so that all of the buildings could be inspected for damage and we had lots of preparedness emails/meetings to ensure that everyone was ready in case a bigger one were to strike. Thankfully, the bigger aftershocks have stopped and we seem to be in the clear, at least for now! This was really my first taste of living in a city built on active fault lines.

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