Okay admittedly the blink lasted some time (about 19 hours) while the Airbus whisked us from Dubai to Auckland and then we had the 45 minute ferry ride from Auckland to Waiheke Island. But the transition is really a stark one. A few minutes people watching at Auckland airport and you know you're not in the sandpit anymore.
It's interesting being back in Nu Zild. Different pace, different language, different culture, different food, different sun (one day with suntan stuff on and a hat and I can feel my skin), different driving conditions (hamdillallah), different clothes (there really IS a place for the abeya), different expectations...it's just different okay!
We are on Waiheke (an island in the Hauraki Gulf - just east of Auckland city, some of which is pictured above) until the 26th of December. It's a bizarre place and different again from the North Island mainland. When I was growing up I thought of Waiheke Island seldom but when I did I wondered if there were cars/roads there. Or civilisatrion generally. But it's a cool place with fantastic views in all directions.
It has been worth the effort and the planning to get here.
|Pre blink drinks in the Dubai Mall|
|SWMBO acts cool.|
|Wozza doesn't - I don't like flying much!|
|Pre flight breakfast in Emirates lounge, Dubai airport.|
|Post blink and post 13 hour sleep under a beautiful pohutukawa|
tree on Waiheke Island this afternnon with the LOML.