Monday, July 03, 2006

here at last!

okay that was a long few days. left home fri afternoon about 12:30pm for the 4:25 out of toronto and arrived in LA after an uneventful flight. air canada made us buy our food. hmph.

first person i saw coming off the jetway, i thought i knew. then realized, no, that's jack bauer's wife/kim's mom from 24. you know you're in LA when...

LAX departure gate area is lame. nothing seemed to be in danger of blowing up or becoming contagious, it was most unlike 24.

so then on to the insane 12-hour marathon to auckland. this is a far from habit-forming pastime. getting to the end of the first 6 hours was hellish, think i just gave up caring in the last half. decent food on new zealand airlines though :)

arrived at auckland airport with a 12 hour layover ahead. fully intended to sleep. but looking outside was too much for me so i got thru customs (with help from excellent volunteer info ppl) and got a bus to auckland city centre for the day. ate lots of sushi, took a ferry, and tramped up a small volcano. very. small. don't get impressed hehehe.

headed back to the airport in time to get bored waiting for the last flight to perth. arrived perth about 11:00pm sunday, local time. guess that's about 1pm sunday afternoon ontario time. so, roughly 2 days travel, door to door. yikes. canada day was in there somewhere - i'll have to catch up next year hehe

cousin julia and her friend were waiting for me at perth airport and we got all my stuff packed into the car no prob and i'm all settled in now. since then i've mostly been meeting ppl and visiting and sleeping, and everyone's at work all the time, but i am getting all the planning done for school and shenanigans to come.

so that's the update. i'm all happy to have 2 new stamps in my passport. yay!

will keep u all posted as events unfold, ciao :)


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