An L.A stopover

We arrived in LAX after a 12 hour flight from Auckland, so far so good. Using the Koru Lounge in Auckland airport was a nice luxurious start to the trip (won’t be much of that where we are headed). The flight was easy with no turbulence, screaming children or travel sickness and I think we both had a reasonable amount of sleep for a night in an aeroplane.

Descending to Los Angeles was an experience. neither of us had been to America so the sprawl of the city was massive. We passed through immigration unexpectedly quickly, with no bag searching or delays which surprised us both. The only issue being that we approached the passport desk together and were promptly told off because we were not related or married; naughty us! With 14 hours ahead we picked up our packs from the baggage claim and looked around us at the terminal, there was no way we were going to spend 14 hours here.

Exploring the terminal we located a information desk and asked about the day rooms at hotels, we were pointed in the direction of a free shuttle and took off to have a nap in a real bed.  Continue reading

Bye New Zealand!

It has been nearly two weeks since we started our journey and true to form updating the blog has taken a back seat.  Now that we are firmly over our jetlag and tummy troubles it is time to update the blog with our travels so far.

Best view in Nelson

Best view in Nelson

Following our stop in Dunedin we spent 10 days in Nelson catching up with my family and friends.  Unlike Dunedin, Nelson is genuinely sunny and has at times held New Zealand’s title as sunniest city.   Unfortunately spring weather in New Zealand has a habit of being unsettled and the poor weather followed us from Dunedin.  While the rain was less pervasive, strong winds marked much of our time in Nelson. Continue reading