Another overseas departure, kind of ho hum in a way. I do like the departures board at the Canberra airport now it seems to have been rebuilt. It looks like the old school flick over letters, but its all digital. A nice touch I thought. I did see one of those old school departure boards in Belgrade I think.
On a good note I scored a business class upgrade to Auckland. On a bad note I didn’t quite get enough time to see the end of “The Wolverine”. I had some delicious dark chocolate and orange ice cream. I really hate the feeling of enjoying something so delicious yet knowing I’ll have to work my butt off afterwards.
I also nearly got onto NZ border security. I ticked yes for medicines, because I have some. Well i got ushered down the corridor to the area where people with illicit drugs get taken. They were interviewing a man of asian appearance over what he was doing. Then they asked me what have I got and when I told them I had pills for my gout, he told me I was too young to get gout and told me how to exit.
Then I caught the shuttle into town. The driver Greg was a nice guy. There were 2 american comedians who work cruise ships on the shuttle bus and a young family. Greg was a nice guy, I said lets not talk about the rugby, the comedians suggested the America’s cup might be more palatable. I mentioned how beautiful the landscape was coming into land and one of the comedians asked where all the sheep were that NZ was famous for…….. I said “They keep them in their bedroom”. Apparently I’m welcome to join the comedians in the cruise ship business.
Greg eventually got me to the hostel/backpackers called Verandahs. Pretty nice old house, with a verandah over the park and a view of the Auckland tower. Time difference hasn’t hit me, because NZ is 2 hours ahead and I’m thinking its early, but its getting close to 7:30pm, so I better go find some food.