Okay. I’m here. It’s 8:15 a.m. and I am typing on this laptop after lying in bed for two hours and meditating. (You guys should try meditating. It’s very relaxing.)
The flight to Auckland from Houston was about 14 hours long. We landed in Auckland at around six a.m. on plane-interfered sleep (read: in and out of sleep for six hours). The six girls all landed together, and we met the two guys and our program director at the airport.
Things we did after landing:
Went to the hotel to drop our stuff off, even though our rooms weren’t ready
Walked about seven miles through a walking tour of Auckland (other than being exhausted, this was not bad, except now my back is killing me after carrying my backpack all day (my backpack that had my laptop, re the burden of the One Ring))
Incidentally, my suitcase broke, but nothing fell out
Had lunch at a Thai place
Came back and showered
Whew. I was exhausted by the end of the day. But the climate was perfect – mid to high 60s. Auckland was wonderfully quiet at 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning. The streets are clean and sidewalks hilly. Kiwis are kind and other tourists have shouted “OH” at us. I’m sharing an apartment with – surprise – just one other person.
So I’ve had some time this morning, at least, to decompress. I feel okay. Well-fed and rested.
Today we’re planning on going on a tour to an island closed by called Waiheke Island. I’ll check in with ya afterwards.
Monday morning and I am up, showered, and ate breakfast by 8:30 a.m., an hour before I need to leave to work! Thank you jetlag!
Yesterday, we took a 35-min ferry ride to Waiheke, a beautiful island known for its hiking trails and vineyards. The views were beautiful – see here:
But the pictures don’t do it justice. The hiking was long and hard, but beautiful. There were a few bumps in the road: I cut my leg on a rock, thought I might die from some of the trails, fell down trying to get up on a ledge. I AM NOT OUTDOORSY ENOUGH FOR THIS! But I loved being there. The views were breathtaking, the hike satisfying, the aura quiet and serene.
These past few days haven’t been too hectic. I’m just reminding myself to breathe, to take in the beauty, to get out of my own head. It’s an adventure, it’s happening, and I feel good.