7:00am – Wake up and put on every article of clothing I have to go into the bathroom to get ready (Their houses don’t require central heating, but it’s only about 40 degrees).
8:00am – Walk a mile to school (arrive sweaty if I leave late).
8:30am – Staff meeting where I only understand every third word (their accents are really thick).
9:00am-11:00am – Observe/assist in two class periods.
11:00am – Morning Tea (Students have a half hour break everyday at 11. They eat snacks and staff drinks tea. Genius, really.)
11:30am-1:30pm – Observe/assist in two more class periods.
1:30pm – Lunch (for 45 minutes!)
2:15pm – 3:15 – Observe/assist in one more class period.
3:15pm – Walk a mile home (probably in the rain).
4:00pm – Homework?
5:00pm – Help my host mom make Tea (they call dinner “tea”) and have a glass of New Zealand wine (through a straw so as to not stain my new, fake teeth).
6:00pm – Watch Married to Jonas, What Would Ryan Locthe Do, The Love Boat, or whatever other program she likes to watch.
8:00pm – Try not to use up all my family’s broadband internet.
8:30pm – Crawl into bed and turn on the electric blanket, which is actually an electric mattress pad. Like a heated car seat for your bed.
9:00pm – Read a chapter in Ellen’s book (it’s delightful) and go to sleep because we’re going to pretend that I’m still adjusting to the time difference and that I don’t do that at home in Minneapolis.