Day One

First things first: A very happy birthday to my mom!
Here’s a picture for you.

Second, we’ve arrived safe and sound here in New Zealand! The overnight flight was just shy of 14 hours straight from Vancouver, B.C. to Auckland, laden with good gluten-free meals and charmingly-dressed flight attendants.

A. to me at one point: “Mama, S. keeps touching my backpack and she’s wearing down the cloth.” Heaven help us.

Today we arrived shortly before 5am.
Jet lag means a quick post before I crash into bed.

We checked into our hostel, went grocery shopping, got cell phones sorted out for NZ use, made lunch in the hostel kitchen, took naps/went to a meeting, spent time at Auckland library, walked around Albert Park and Auckland University, walked down to the harbor, did laundry, ate some good Korean food for dinner, collapsed in exhausted giggles/crankiness.

The main Auckland library has a huge section of music (printed and recorded) to check out.

The kiddos at Albert Park.

The Clock Tower at Auckland University. It’s pretty inside, too.

G’night!

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7 thoughts on “Day One

  1. So glad you arrived safely. I LOVE getting settled into a new place & discovering things that you know will soon become old favorites. The last picture of the kids reminds me that you are arriving at the start of winter. At least it looks sunny & bright!

    • Hi Brooke! We’re looking forward to discovering Auckland when it warms up–there are sailing yachts for rent and other things that we’re putting on hold until summertime. It is funny weather right now–by turns, pouring rain and bright sunshine. The temp is definitely coat weather, though!

  2. Tears in my eyes, smile on my face to know you have arrived safely and have begun your adventure. Loved seeing the pictures, especially the kids by the fountain. Will enjoy reading your blog whenever you write. Thank you for doing that, Ashley and best wishes to all!

  3. Thanks for keeping us updated! I’m excited to hear about all your adventures. It looks like a beautiful place with lots of wonderful things to explore!

    • Hi Jenny! What we’ve seen of Auckland so far is surprisingly similar to Seattle (complete with Sky Tower). Well, there are the palm trees. I’m looking forward to seeing more of the city today.

  4. YAY! So glad you arrived, and it sounds like you are busy!
    I will let Carson know that S has gotten there safely.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog as well:)
    ~Michelle

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