At long last, my trip to the USA is over. I honestly could have done another year over there. My experiences at Walt Disney World and throughout the rest of the USA has been unforgettable. I’ve made friends with people from all over the world and I’m going to miss everyone so much!
I caught an Air New Zealand flight back from Los Angeles to Auckland International Airport. My flight was actually surprisingly comfortable, given how much I was dreading being cramped in the plane. It turns out that I had a spare seat next to me (actually I had two, because in the row of four, there were only two people; me and another guy on the other aisle) which means I could stretch out a little when I wanted to sleep. it wasn’t the most comfortable thing in the world, but it was better than sitting upright and trying not to drool on the guy next to you.
Next to me were a few couples who had purchased the SkyCouch option. For those outside New Zealand, this means that passengers (usually a couple) purchase the third seat in their row at a discount, then at night an extra part of the seat folds out to make it easier to lie down on, and then you spoon. To be honest, I didn’t really see how much more comfortable it was for the extra price (something like NZ$300 extra from LA to NZ). You’re on a plane; you’re always going to be cramped at night, so you may as well save the extra money, buy a travel pillow and some sleeping pills or, like me, have some of the complementary wine with dinner and send you off to sleep.
The one new product I did try out with Air New Zealand, however, was their flexitime. This meant that I booked a flight at 10am from Auckland to Queenstown. But I arrived at 5.45am. It took about an hour to get through customs and 15mins to transfer to the domestic airport. So that left me with a lot of time to kill. But, I could go to the Air New Zealand self check in counter and change my flight to an earlier one. Which meant I got to Queenstown about 2.5 hours earlier by going via Wellington!
It was so nice to see my parents again. Skyping doesn’t really replace hugs and home cooking.
At this point, I’d been up for a while; I got about 7 hrs worth of sleep on the plane, but they were in hour long blocks, so I was pretty tired, but not shattered. I helped my dad build a barbeque we got him for father’s day (early present). I say I helped; I pretty much just held tools for him.
I guess I’m glad to be home; I’m certainly glad to be back with my family, but I will really miss Disney and the friends I made there. I know that I’ll go back one day, but I know it won’t be for a while. So here’s to Facebook and Twitter and all other forms of social media I can use to keep in touch with people!