Auckland for 57h

It was so nice to have a layover longer than the usual 24 hours in Auckland. Our new direct flight from DXB – AKL made this possible.

Driving on the left side of the road – CHECK !

This was never on my list of things I wanted to do. But fate stepped in and forced my hand , and I found myself driving in New Zealand. Guys , it wasn’t hard at all. I was surprised!

Black sand !

Piha beach was about an hour drive outside of the city. We had planned a list of places to stop at , but after reaching this beach we didn’t want to leave. We ended up staying, drinking a beer with some locals , watching the surfers.

Katie from the UK , my adventure buddy for that day.
This beer marked the end of Ramadan . I had given up alcohol during the holy month , sort of as a challenge to see if I can go that long without drinking. Proud moment for me when I successfully finished the month. It was not easy!

Lions Rock. Gorgeous!

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Our new friends , CJ and Kaffe

the 4th in the air

Guys, I tried really really hard to be back home for the 4th this year. But it wasn’t meant to be.

On the bright side , I do have the new direct flight to Auckland ! So instead of having to do our 5 day trip, which includes a stop in Australia and only 24 hours in New Zealand, I get a full 56 hours and its a straight shot to that one island.

So happy birthday America and I will see you at the end of the month for a certain someone’s wedding !

And a trip down memory lane…

I hadn’t realized until i was making this post that I have always been in the US for the 4th.

2015  St Helena, CA

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2014 St Helena, CA

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2013 New York, New York

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First for me !

This month I had some new flights , which is exciting after 3 1/2 years of flying. I went to Taipei, Poland, and Vietnam.

Poland was the land of pierogi. Most of the crew did not know what a pierogi was, except me and a Canadian girl. I don’t know how pierogis made it to Canada , but it did and I’m glad my mom (who is from Alberta) fed me it growing up. They are delicious.

Warsaw is such a pretty city and I wish I had longer than 24 hours to spend there.

Vietnam and Taipei are similar , both humid and green. In Vietnam I did this tour with 8 of the 11 crew where you rode boats and bicycles, held snakes , ate fresh honey, fruit, and spring rolls all while wearing the traditional hat. It was hot but so cool.

 

 

Am I more afraid of bees or snakes?

Bees.

And I like bees. I just don’t want to get stung.

It was one of the business class crew’s last flight and she was able to bring her husband along with her to enjoy the layover and come back to Dubai.

We took a farewell group picture after landing in Dubai. The crew were a good bunch of people and I hope I have such a nice last flight!

Runaway

I can see it in your eyes, that you’re gonna run, you’re gonna run I can hear it in the way you speak to me that you’re gonna leave And as you slip away, I will say…As you pack your things, I will sing…

Even if you run away from me, over the mountains through the valleys I will not rest but search east and west to bring you back with me Even if you sail away from across the oceans and the seas, I will move again like the mighty wind and blow you back to me. I’m gonna move again like the mighty wind and blow you back to me.

I have seen this all before it is all too familiar. But you will never see the bottom of my storehouses of love. So as you use the night, to make your flight, no choice that you will make or path you take will change my mind.

Even if one day you decide, you will find somewhere else to hide I will walk your way and call your name and wait for your reply. Even if you make up in your mind, you don’t want be by my side, I will leave behind 99 oh the you’d be mine. I’m gonna leave behind 99 oh the you’d be mine.

Even if you stomp and scream and huff, tell me that I’m not good enough I’ll take every swing and every blow, until you know my love. Even if you beat upon my chest, tell me that you don’t understand, I will love you and teach you to love me again, I’m gonna love you and teach you to love me again.