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.