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Read my full day to day blog of my first big overseas solo trip.
HELLO NEW ZEALAND !!!
12 hours sitting on a plane is almost over after trying to curl into a ball to get some sleep, with my feet hanging out into isle as my body could not squeeze into two seats. Every time someone bumps my foot as they walk past i jolt awake with the biggest fright .
Finally the plane arrives in Sydney. Its Australia so its straight through to security were they literally stopped every persons bag off my flight to un zip it and scramble through trying to find something to fine me with. To the longest wait in security because i forgot to take my laptop out .
Anyway the layover in Sydney is not to bad and before long i am lining up in the line to board my last flight of my solo journey around the world. Reality sets in that in just a few hours my feet will back on New Zealand soil i feel half in half about this half of me is longing to just keep going to see more do more and not look back but i am excited to see my family to have that moment where i walk through the doors and my sister be waiting there with open arms as if it has just made her day for me to be back home . I am now at the front of the line i hand over my ticket and passport to the air hostess, she places it on the machine to be scanned and the scanner goes wild flashing and beeping. She asks me to step aside and she starts typing something into the computer my heart start going im thinking oh no there is something wrong what now .. Im not going to able to board the flight and then she turns to me with a smile and hands me my new boarding pass saying you have just been upgraded into businesses class enjoy your flight . Honestly my face just light up this was the moment i had always dreamed of BUSINESSES CLASS !!! YUSSS i was just so excited i wanted to yell from the roof tops. I made my way down the walk way to the plane and they air hosted greet me by my name and show me to my seat i walk the the isle of the plane still with a massive grin and realize that I'm the only one in business class who is excited to be there . For everyone sitting in their comfy chairs this is normal .
Before long we are in the wheels are rolling and the plane is speeding down the runway and we are off, my last fight has begun. I waste no time to take every advantage there is of being in business class , i go to the bar area, put my chair back, get a blanket, drink water from the fancy bottles. I am so tired with hardly any sleep in the last 48hrs and so many time zones but hell no am i going to fall asleep now and miss being upgraded.
Just as the pilots casual kiwi voice announcement that we are moments away from toughing down in Auckland New Zealand my heat skips a beat as the nerves and realization that i am about to be on New Zealand soil in a few seconds i stretch my neck leaning my body over my middle isle seat to tray and catch the first glimpse of "Home" in almost 4 way to short months that in the same way feel like a life time.
My first solo trip is coming to an end i am returning a new person who has a completely different look on life, i wonder of the people i once had around me will see that i have changed and see my pure glow of my emotions that i feel with excitement of seeing a portion of the world i had always dreamed to see.
The wheels touch down with a not so comfortable landing and the woman across the isle says "Is this your first time in New Zealand,are you here for a holiday ?" I replied with a smile as i said the words for the first time in a while that my destination was HOME for that's what i thought i was returning to.
I was all to excited to be one if the first off the plane being that business goes first the only time in my life this will ever happen (well lets hope not )
I race through security as by now i know the drill , and take a deep breath as i have my last moment of being by my self and on my very own trip before having my camera ready and fly through the sliding doors of arrivals with pure excitement and joy in the hopes to run into my sisters arms who was supposedly going to be waiting for me but my arms drop and my grin was wiped when i just looked like a crazy person excited to see someone who wasn't even there.
So a scooted of to the side to wait for her arrival . A couple of minutes later i see my first gimps of her scattering through the doors and heading towards the arrivals gate , i think to my self aw will at least she is putting in pace to try and make it here on time .... Well nope when i run over to give her a massive hug , her first words are "QUICK we gotta hurry ive parked in the quick parking and if we are her for more than 5 minutes i have to pay!"
Well... What a way to make me feel welcome ae ? After we literally sprinted to the car squeezing ourselves between parked cars heaving my suitcase , backpack and Vietnamese hat with us , got to the car to speed off and out if the airport barriers before she could tragically get ticketed a bill for $5 of parking .
We are out on the open highway on the way to my sisters flat and all i wanted to do was tell her everything i did a d saw and experienced and a wave of exhaustion hit me and i almost felt asleep in the car before even getting to the flat.
We got all my stuff out of her tiny car and into her two bedroom flat before flopping myself onto her bed.
About an hour later she dragged me to her workout class with was nothing short of intense and nearly killed me as i had do e little to no excersie while i was away and there everyone looked all perky and clean while there was me who looked just smashing having come of a flight and had no sleep in the last 2 days . To have the instructor yell at me for looking half dead .
After that my energy was well and truly vanished from my body and it was straight to be without question and the closing to the most magical , eye opening , adventures , comfort pushing , amazing experience of my life and now to realty i say good night and farewell to you all who have come along and been on this whirlwind of a trip with me . I will be back one day to continue this adventure , weather it be tomorrow, next week or a few months from now .
xx Kirsty Claire xx