Before I even left LA I had my first mistake. Apparently you can’t buy a one way ticket to New Zealand. Supposedly their government doesn’t allow it. Fiji Airlines wouldn’t even let me check in unless I could prove to them that I had a ticket leaving New Zealand. No big deal I used my Priceline app and purchased a ticket from Auckland to Melbourne on April 8th at the ticket counter. After customs in New Zealand, I used the same app to cancel the flight free of charge. Problem solved!
Nothing eventual happened on the plane ride to LA. Usually I listen to music, read a book, or nap. But this flight, I didn’t do any of that. I just starred out at the window or at the seat back in front of me. I guess I just have a lot of things on my mind.
It didn’t really dawn on me until I saw the Rockies what exactly I was doing. By most standards what I did would seem pretty irrational. I had a good job where I enjoyed mostly what I did. I had a nice apartment in DC and had a comfortable life.
Just how far of a timezone change is my trip to New Zealand. Right now as I am writing this post it is 1:32 PM in Virginia Beach on March 10th, 2014. However, in Auckland, NZ it is 6:32 AM on March 11th, 2014. So Auckland is 17 hours ahead. Initially, I thought this would be quite the time change to adjust to.