Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
12Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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I gathered my bags up again and began to walk to Air Pacific terminal which was about a 15 minute walk (who knew the LA airport was so big). When I got to the check in counter I had to do some reshuffling between luggage because the airline would not accept any bag over 30 kilos. I was the dork with her luggage open for everyone to see trying to move 6 kilos from one bag to the other
When I finally checked in at the Holiday Inn in Auckland it was a full 24 hours (2 days if you count the time difference) later. I showered, walked across the street to get a large pizza and passed out. I tried to make myself sleep until the morning, and was successful for the most part, so jet lag wasn't a huge issue. Although I have been getting up earlier and going to sleep earlier than I'm used to. The next day was orientation and other au pairs started arriving. About 95% of the girls were from Germany, one other from the US, and a couple from Netherlands and Sweden. My roommate was a 18 yr old German girl who giggled and said 'ya' all the time. I loved her.
On Thursday night we took a tour of the city of Auckland and went to the top of Mt
This morning I flew from Auckland to Tauranga which was a short 45 min flight. While the Auckland airport made sure to weigh my carry on to the last miligram (and yes I had to check it) there was absolutely no airport security to speak of. No metal detectors or anything. Not sure what kind of an operation they are trying to run. Mark picked me up at the airport and the drive to Pukehina was beautiful. Lots of hills and lots of green fields. And even though it is winter here it was about 65 and sunny (the bad weather hasn't come yet). On the way home we picked up May from Kindy and she was so excited to see me. She is a little ball of energy and one of the most adorable kids I have ever met. To my friends and family reading this, I miss you and still not sure how Im going to manage a full year away. But I am really liking it so far. xoxo