• Where Have I Been? Part II

    Where Have I Been? Part II

    Two years. I guess that is the cadence I write at now. But two years ago, I ended my Where Have I Been blog post with a...

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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