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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Adventures in Aoteoroa

My time spent in New Zealand surpassed all of my expectations leading up to the trip. Immediately, I fell in love with the raw beauty of New Zealand. Dramatic landscapes are found wherever you go, with seemingly every vista worthy of a postcard. And Kiwis truly are some of the friendliest, most genuine people I’ve ever met. Everyone lives a laid-back lifestyle, and everyone I met was hospitable, and genuinely excited to hear about me and where I’m from. But Kiwis are fiercely loyal, and have such a deep love and respect for New Zealand. And frankly, it’s not hard to understand why. I too fell in love with this little country on the other side of the world, far more than I thought I would. I met some of the most welcoming, friendly, and most importantly, fun-loving people I ever have. And I was constantly floored by the majesty of Aoteoroa, as the Maori call it. I’ll be back very soon, maybe even for longer this time.

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