Auckland, New Zealand - Here We Are!
Here are a few of my New Zealand first impression observations:
The seagulls are TINY! Like the size of pigeons! Either we have mutant seagulls in Victoria - or New Zealanders don't leave much garbage for them to feed on!
More About Our Final Day In Canada Below
The morning was spent finishing up a lot of last minute details, most of which involved relying on finally getting through to companies to get confirmation of a variety of things. I made sure to start it off right with a very pleasant walk to the park with my favourite furry nephew, Bandit. We had absolutely nothing planned for our departure day (aka no lunch dates or get togethers) which I highly recommend. I underestimated the stress of finalizing these last minute details. I’m glad that I allowed myself to have a week or so to relax and say goodbye to people. It was nice to reconnect with many good friends, and to spend time just relaxing and laughing with my family. If I wasn’t able to come and see you to say goodbye, or my constant ‘a-go-go’ schedule meant we weren’t able to chat on the phone, I am very sorry. Please don’t think that it was for any reason other than I was incredibly busy and found all the visiting was actually exhausting me.. even before we left for our trip! Please find me on Skype if you don’t already have me and I’ll be very happy to show you New Zealand.
Once all packed up and ready to go, Pops, Barb, Luke, Deanna and little furry Bandit all piled into the vehicle, backpacks in the back, double checked for passports and money, and we were off. We stopped part-way through the drive to the airport to give sister a lovely hug on the side of the road.
At the airport, it was a bit of a tear-filled moment for the Deacons at the security check, but overall it wasn’t too bad. As soon as I said goodbye to Pops and turned around, I looked at Luke and thought to myself, ‘Thank god I love you! You're the only familiar face I’m going to have for who knows how long!"
So now we have embarked on our adventure! A stop-over in LA, then a long overnight flight straight into Auckland. We have our first night planned, staying at a hostel, and from there on out...we’re going to do as we please and see what we choose. We have a few loose plans of specific places we need to be every few weeks, and outside of that, this trip is open to our interpretation. Woohoo!!