Today international students were able to take the Taieri Gorge train for free. The train left at 11:30, so Kate and I walked down to the train station at 11. The walk is not far, and the train station is a beautiful building. It's near the Cadbury Factory. We got onboard and the train departed. It went pretty slowly. We went to Hindon, going through the Taieri Gorge and some beautiful countryside. When we got there, there was a barbecue set up for us. It was good, though not exactly what you expect from an American one (not entirely surprising). I guess it is the 4th of July, so a barbecue is fitting. It was cold, and we got back on the train and came back. We got candy for answering questions about New Zealand and had to fill out a survey. It was raining/sleeting/hailing when we got back. It has been windy and cold all afternoon. I got mail today though, which is great. I got my EFTPOS card, a postcard from Rachel A, and a letter from Jeff! It was so nice finding those things in my mailbox.
The train we were on.
One of the many gorgeous views on the train ride.