Welcome to the Sweater Saga. I created this site mostly as a blog to chronicle my travels. However, as time progresses I hope to use this site to provide resources to others looking to travel, including awesome travel deals, funny and informative stories, and gear reviews. Though, if anything, I hope this blog will serve as a catalyst for other people looking to travel!
Yesterday I woke up around 7 am and spent most of the morning trying to plan out what I was going to do in the next week or so. Getting to Queenstown is more tough than I thought and there are a lot of different options. While on the computer I befriended this German sitting next to me. We ended up chatting and decided to go wander around the city together. After a brief visit to the Art Museum we came back to the hostel where we proceeded to befriend another group of Germans and an Italian.
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.