The Political Science Program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, with the assistance of the University’s Division of International Studies & Programs, is pleased to introduce its Pacific Studies Program - a pioneering collaborative initiative between A&M-Kingsville and the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

The Pacific Studies Program (PSP) is being co-directed by Dr. Nirmal Goswami, Professor of Political Science, A&M-Kingsville and Dr. Elaine Webster, Director, Summer School and Continuing Education, University of Otago. The PSP will include graduate and undergraduate students traveling to and staying in New Zealand from July 5th, 2012, through July 22nd, 2012, attending classes at the University of Otago, and visiting multiple sites through field trips in the greater Otago region. Areas of focus include history, politics, economics, culture, sustainability and environmental policies, etc., with reference to both the greater Pacific region and New Zealand.

Dr. Christine Reiser-Robbins, Anthropology Program, Texas A&M-Kingsville, is directing a Service Learning Project, a special component of the PSP. The PSP will facilitate interaction between middle and high school students from Bishop School District, Texas, and Logan Park High School, Dunedin, Otago, through the application of Internet-enabled technologies.

You are all invited to cyber travel with us as we learn about the uniqueness of New Zealand and the surrounding region. This blog will document our experience. You are welcome to post comments.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Delicious Side of Dunedin

As you stroll down George Street in downtown Dunedin, your senses will be awakened by the delicious aromas emitting from the local restaurants. Downtown Dunedin is packed with shops and eateries. Which aroma trail to follow? A difficult choice! A noteworthy stop is the Taj Mahal, an Indian restaurant that serves a delicious array of Indian food. The lamb chop appetizer was amazing and the chicken tikka masala was astounding while the creamy chicken curry was a buttery concoction of happiness; beef vindaloo, a Goan dish from southwest India, was a delight wrapped in a spicy package. Our regular meals were at St. Margaret’s College, a venue steeped in tradition and located on campus. Some of the more impressive local flavors we had there include cheese rolls and tomato soup, very similar to a grilled cheese sandwich; a South Island delicacy. We were also served a New Zealand staple: delicious lamb. An interesting feature of our St. Margaret’s experience was that “seconds” are only allowed after a “seconds allowed” sign is posted. 
-John G.

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