Well, the trip has officially started. After goodbyes from family and being dropped off at the airport by Kevin, my parents, and Grandma Donna I have made it to New Zealand. The trip over wasn't without its dramas. The flight between Denver and Los Angeles ended up being late, which caused a rush when leaving the airport. When I got to Los Angeles, I forgot that when switching terminals you have to take a bus and then go through security again. So, when there were about 100 people lined up for the inter-terminal bus transfers, and no bus for 20 minutes I began to worry. It was about 8:15 p.m. and everyone still needed to get through the security lines. A bus did show up, I did make it through the long security lines, and I made it to the plane just before it was to start boarding.
I realized when I sat down in seat 62A of the Boeing 777 I was going to be in luck. Nobody was in the other 2 seats. I was more than excited, because I might actually be able to lay down on the nearly 13 hour flight. Someone did show up, but I was able to stretch out a bit with the middle seat unoccupied. That is the best part about flying in economy on a long haul, an empty middle seat!
Well I haven't done much yet. It took over an hour to get through immigration, customs, and biosecurity. Plus the bus ride from the Auckland airport to the ACB Backpackers where I am staying took heaps of time during the busy rush hour. Kevin will be impressed, there is a Starbucks, just a few meters down the street.