{another one checked off the list }


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!


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


2014 St Helena, CA


2013 New York, New York