I’m finally at the airport getting ready for the 12 hour flight from SFO to Auckland. It’s by far the longest flight I’ve ever been on so I’m hoping sleep will take up a lot of my time. The connecting flight to Sydney is a much more manageable three hours. Sadly my backpack was too heavy for a carry on so hopefully it will make it to my final destination. It is my fault – I forgot to check the conversion from pounds to kilos. Oops. But I got to go into an airline VIP lounge for the first time so I’m not complaining. Yay for free Milano cookies!
The coolest thing about the flight is crossing the international date line. I leave SFO at 8:30 pm on Friday the 2nd heading west for 12 hours (chasing the setting Sun!). I arrive in Auckland at 5:30 am on Sunday the 4th, missing all but three hours of Saturday. So in my universe, I get a 3 hour day which is pretty cool. I’ll get the time back when I return on the 20th.
And delays. Technical difficulties is not really something you want to hear about before you board a plane. But, we shall be boarding shortly. More updates after landing!