Tellus: (tel’us), n. 1. [Latin] earth, soil, and the land; a country; the world. 2. a collection of Willamette University student’s insights, stories, photos and thoughts from their experiences studying abroad.

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Lake Manapouri, South Island, New Zealand

This photo was taken in August 2009 on the South Island of New Zealand.  A group of international students and I headed west from Dunedin for a long weekend trip to hike and tour Fjordland National Park.  At the end of one of our hikes, we ended up on the shore of this lake, Manapouri, and took a rest. The reason I took this picture was because it was the 1st time in New Zealand that I really felt at peace and truly happy.  Traveling far from can be very difficult, but I knew that I needed to capture what I could about the country that satisfied my soul.  Since coming home from abroad, this picture has helped me remember what it was about my experiences that I value the highest.

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