The Airline That I'll Be Flying With
I’m sitting in my room making piles of keepers, maybes, donations, and trash where the only thing that I’m certain of is that I suck at packing (sadly, this blog entry may be my way to avoid the task at hand but anyone in my shoes would do the same exact thing!). The thing is, earlier this year, I made the discussion to quit my life in NZ and in two short weeks, I’ll be setting off to anywhere but here. It was a decision that I wasn’t planning on making at this time but certain circumstances forced my hand and so here I am attempting to jam my life into two suitcases once again.
Yes, I said two suitcases as I’m now taking an extra bag despite the fact that the airline I’m flying with only allows 1 checked bag with my international ticket that cost $1749.63. At the time I booked, my rational was that a 12 day stopover in the Cook Islands on my way back to Vancouver was well worth the hassle of only 1 checked bag but I’m now starting to reconsider that. Turns out shipping anything into Canada costs a pretty penny and so I’m left with a lot of packing, weighing, unpacking before repacking it all once again. Eventually, I’ll get it right but right now its the one thing that stressing me beyond belief as there are certain sentimental items (and shoes) that I refuse to leave behind.
Categories: NEW ZEALAND, nz: auckland
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Back in Auckland and trying my hardest to find a daily life routine – don’t mock me because when you have ants in your pants…a routine can be a rather difficult thing!! For some reason routine and structure in my head equates to joining a gym. So off I went and signed up at my local YMCA (conveniently located across the street). If that wasn’t enough, I decided to spice things up and break from my typical treadmill/weights workout at the gym and try a class or two.
Sadly, I’m the fool that picked Zumba. Looks fun in the infomercials and how hard could it be right. Turns out there was Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, and a bit of swing thrown into what will be forever known as my first Zumba class. I love to dance but all I’m willing to disclose at the moment is that my performance in that first class would have brought shame to Zumba enthusiasts around the world. I struggled everywhere except for when jazz hands were introduced into the workout. My jazz hands were spectacular and it was enough to keep me going throughout the rest of the class. Not sure if it’ll be enough to make me return but it was just what I needed at the time.
Categories: nz: auckland
Tags: Auckland, Backpack, Canada, canadian, canadians in new zealand, canadians working abroad, canadians working in new zealand, canadians working overseas, change of life, Gym, live and work in new zealand, Merengue, new zealand, NewZealand, North Island, Salsa, SWAP, travel, Travel and Tourism, travel blog, Travelogues, working overseas, YMCA, Zumba
Yes, I’ve been waking every morning at 5am or earlier and finding it impossible to go back to sleep. I’m
tired but when have I ever said no to a party. It was yet another fancy dress party and the theme was Bro’Town. Yes, I found out about this when I returned back to work on Thursday and since it’s impossible for me to sleep – I was up at 5am Friday morning researching what the hell I was going to wear!
Sadly, the only thought that occurred to me was I’d go dressed similar to the male characters on the show. Things like sexy school-girl or cute island girl didn’t even enter my mind! Yup the only thoughts were hoodie, sneakers, and a baseball cap. Forget sexy and cute – I was all about baggy and comfy! I’m starting to think it’s another epic fail on my part when it comes to translating fancy dress to something the ordinary girl will wear as I’m the girl who’s first thought is to cross-dress!
As I started seeing the other costumes for the night – it was an eye-opener. Some of the outfits were absolutely fabulous. Despite my exhaustion, it was a good night and at the end of the day I’m glad I went with baggy and comfy as I don’t think I would have been able to handle much more than that.
Categories: NEW ZEALAND, nz: auckland
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I left Canada on Sunday and was arriving in Auckland on Tuesday (Monday…what the hell happened to you!!!) and would need to hit the ground running. Forget jet lag as I needed to get the keys to my new flat (yes, I get how I could have gotten screwed in this scenario but thankfully it didn’t happen); organize the movers and get all my things from storage and into the new flat; get over to the pub by noon to watch Game 3; and then get back to the flat to deal with getting settled once again.
Big day with a lot to get done but I was focused. I kept telling myself that this wasn’t as bad as it seemed and that soon I would be at the pub. I struggled to keep my eyes open as the movers hauled everything into my new flat. What kept me motivated was that I was going to see the Canucks win game 3.
Everything had gone exactly as planned until I got to the pub. There is only one pub in Auckland that plays the game and I was there amongst all the people who were on my Vancouver – Auckland flight. It was nice to be surrounded by fellow Canadians (mainly from Vancouver) who were as excited about the game as I was. What I hadn’t accounted for in my plan was Boston winning game 3. It was disgusting. It was devastating. It was too much for all of us.
I was counting on the win to give me my second wind but I was out of luck. All I could do was the slow walk back to my new flat (sadly, there’s also a slight hill), a quick search for my bedding and dumping the mattress on the ground and calling it a day. What a day! I was back in Auckland…my Canucks had lost…and I now had to call this strange new place home! I knew that going to bed before 5pm was a bad idea that would make adjusting to the time zone rather difficult but at that moment nothing mattered as the only thing that would brighten my day was sleep.
Categories: NEW ZEALAND, nz: auckland
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...Final Moments in the Tdot
Well to be totally honest – it was brunch and not supper but details…meh! It was my last day in TO and I was running on next to no sleep. And to stay on the honestly track – wasn’t exactly looking forward to a long haul flight, moving, and all the other drama that was awaiting me in Auckland. But there I was at Sneaky Dees for my last meal in Toronto before heading to the airport.
It was supposed to be short and sweet. A quick bite and a little last-minute gabbing before I headed to the airport. Tick tock…tick tock. The minutes turned into hours and before I knew it I had to leave. Maybe it wasn’t the smartest idea to waste another half hour taking last day photos but looking at these photos now – well worth it. The little detail that I’m leaving out is that my luggage wasn’t in the car – it was at my friend’s house and I hadn’t exactly finished packing either. Saying goodbye this time around was even harder than the last and so I was leaving Sneaky Dees a lot later than we had expected and to make matters worse – the traffic we got stuck in wasn’t accounted for either. Showing up at the airport 3 hours before an international flight is only a guideline that meant to be broken, right?
What will remain with me is if I secretly wanted to miss that flight to have just one more day in Canada (the other detail I’m leaving out is how I stepped out of the security area to go see my mom when there was only half hour before my connector to Auckland starting boarding) but what I’m willing to say is that I had an absolutely amazing time. I can’t believe how the days have just flown by and now its back to only me again.
Categories: CANADA, canada: toronto
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