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Paihia and the Bay of Islands

We got word on Monday night that our bags had arrived at Auckland International Airport. Huzzah! I could finally change into some clean clothes! To expedite things, Alan called Air New Zealand and told them we would come pick the bags up at the airport. That way we didn’t have to wait around for their delivery to us in Auckland on the day we were due to pick up the rental car and had planned to head north.

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Auckland Sightseeing

Sky Tower is an Auckland landmark

Sky Tower is an Auckland landmark

One thing that surprised us about New Zealand is that it’s only three hours behind Pacific Time in the U.S. However, it is on the other side of the International Date Line so it’s a day ahead of the U.S. That meant we left Vegas on a Thursday night and didn’t arrive in Auckland until Saturday night local time. Unfortunately, our checked bags didn’t arrive with us. Thankfully, we did have some spare clothes in our small carry on bags to get us by in the short term.

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What Happened in Vegas

Hello again, friends. Here’s another big blog post to catch you all up on our week and a half in Las Vegas. While there we stayed with my mom and her husband, Bob. When we arrived our bikes were already there waiting for us. I wanted to unpack the bikes on our first full day in town to make sure they weren’t damaged and so we could do a little biking while in Vegas. Putting the bikes together didn’t take long and that evening we went downtown with Mom and Bob to ride the “High Roller” which is a cleverly named giant ferris wheel type thing. It’s a pretty cool way to see the Vegas skyline.

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A Job Offer…

Last Monday, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Fort Lewis College called to offer me the job in the Biology Department. She outlined the salary, benefits and start-up package that would be given me, if I accepted the job, and I told her I would give her an answer in a week. As an academic scientist, who would be teaching AND doing research with students, I have to have some resources (meaning $$) to be able to start doing research. I feel like I’ll be able to manage with the facilities that Fort Lewis has, and, with the start-up package, should be able to do some good science with undergraduates, albeit on a rather small scale. I’m quite sure I would like the teaching responsibilities I would have in the Biology Department, so the job itself is really quite appealing.

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