Flight to San FranFebruary 16, South Pacific Ocean ⋅ 🌧 29 °C
Hard hard hard. Florence did sleep but Jason did not and even my sleep was broken up and uncomfortable.
Saturday morning take #2! It is grey and rainy in Melbourne but the airport is hot and humid. We found a play area for Miss Florence and Jason went in search of coffee. We have a 3 hour layover here before we board our 14 hour flight to San Fran
First flight of the day.
Up at 3:10 a.m. on Feb 15. In the taxi by 3:40, airport by 3:59.
It took us nearly an hour just to check in, Air New Zealand has automated the whole process to the point that it is nearly impossible to get help, and nearly everyone seems to need help for international flights.
Once checked in, through customs and onto our airplane Florence fell asleep really quickly. I thought she would sleep through me going to the washroom but she did not.
Overall she did really well and we all survived and no one on the plane hated us.Read more
This was the most wonderful find. A sweet, private sleep out with tons of space, tons of light and windows and a beautiful backyard and spa. John and Marianne were exceedingly kind and welcoming and let ourselves get reoriented and repacked and rid ourselves of tons of recycling. We ordered in food, and spent most of our time in Christchurch doing logistical things like mailing postcards, tuning up the van, repacking, purchasing mileage etc. Florence was exhausted and spent a lot of time lying down or watching Dora the Explorer. After she went to sleep Jason and I had the chance to hang out in the hot tub having our last NZ beers and chatting about the trip.Read more
Still unable to make the rest of the drive with a sick of travelling Florence and facing rush hour traffic into the city we stopped at this really neat brewery/restaurant. Food was good, Florence's chips and aioli were excellent actually, and beers were mostly wonderful. One used a super special hop from NZ (Nelson Sauvin) and I thought it was disgusting but Jason liked it.Read more