the knitting ref

Sunday, November 12, 2006

What a Day--Or Is It Days?

16 hours of travel across the Equator AND the International Date Line—and that doesn’t include the hour and a half to LAX. No wonder we’re a little punchy. (And no, Mom, I'm not too tired.)

But I will say, if I’ve got to be on an airplane, Air New Zealand is the way to go. I’ve traveled on a number of carriers, and Air New Zealand is top of the heap, by far. Lovely, lovely crew—whether it be the men or the women. We were on a very clean, very comfortable 767. We wound up having 3 meals during our sojourn. All very tasty (Stuffed chicken, spinach, roasted potatoes, with a small salad and cheesecase for dessert) food, served hot, with lots of beverages (including complementary wine for dinner). And this was regular old whatever-you-want-to-call-it class.

I didn’t sleep much, but then I never can unless I’m completely horizontal. Not that I didn’t try. The Hubster did better in that department, but like I said, we’re both a little punchy. (Really, Mom, I'm fine.)

I can now say I’ve been to Fiji, but other than the airport interior (which I didn’t think TSA or the Fijian equivalent wanted me taking pictures of), this is all we saw of Nadi, Fiji:
We were outside just long enough to recognize that it definitely is a tropical island. But one that we may have to explore in the future.

Here’s our first view of New Zealand.

And it only gets better from there. But that will have to be for another time.

We managed to get through NZ customs without a problem, although they did clean the soles of the hiking, excuse me, tramping boots. (Too much dirt for their sensibilities.) Picked up the rental car without any problems, although I do have to say that driving on the opposite side of the road is still freaking me out not just a little bit.

First stop, the Bavaria B&B. Very large room, with a very small bathroom—I think my closet at home is bigger. But still very nice nonetheless. A comfortable bed which we tried out immediately. Get your mind out of the gutter, we HAD to take a nap.

After a short nap, we walked down to one of the bigger thoroughfares in Mt. Eden, and found a Portuguese BBQ chicken restaurant. Don’t laugh, it was very tasty.

Following lunch, we went up to the top of Mt. Eden, a long-extinct volcano. Spectacular 360 degree views of Auckland and surrounding countryside. That pooped us out (or at least me) enough that we just went back to the B&B. No plans for the evening—other than scrounging up a telephone book so I can maybe scope out some yarn stores.



At 8:28 AM, Blogger Pat K said...

Congratulations on surviving the trip! I'm so glad you will be posting while in country, it will give me amunition to say, "You know, hubby, this would be a really nice place to visit someday". Enjoy!

At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Viv said...

Have a really great time while you are here!!! and think of Viv if you manage to drive through Foxton on your travels ;) I wish you well on your journey and hope you enjoy our beautiful country!

Take care
Love Viv


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