Travelling is definitely not for the faint-hearted, especially trying to navigate one’s way through busy airports. Once upon a time I used to think it was exciting to and not too difficult to just queue up at the check-in counter with your bag, but I’m a bit bamboozled by the process nowadays. Seems I’m not the only one either!
Melbourne Airport is busy at the best of times but this time I found myself queueing up at Qantaslink instead of Qantas International. Don’t ask me why – perhaps I just wasn’t quite as ‘on the ball’ as I used to be! However, once I got myself organised into the correct queue things proceeded quite quickly and I was in the air and off to Auckland.
It was a smooth flight and as per usual, everyone had their headphones on and were either reading or watching a movie. I watched Bohemian Rhapsody again even though the sound wasn’t very good. Saw the movie in Broome and really enjoyed it so didn’t mind a second viewing. Food wasn’t too bad either as far as inflight meals go, so thumbs up to Qantas.
Arriving in Auckland I got through Customs really quickly and made my way outside to the ‘pick up and drop off’ zone where my friend Della had arranged to meet me. The lady standing next to me discovered she’d left her handbag at Customs so I looked after her suitcases for her while she went back into the airport terminal. When she returned she lent me her mobile phone to call my friend because of course mine wasn’t working. Not long afterwards Della and I hooked up and headed back to her place at Mt Albert.
Had a really enjoyable time in Auckland catching up with two of my oldest friends from London days, Claire and Della. Needless to say there were plenty of laughs during the two days in Auckland.
Della and I went to Takapuna for a few hours and had a swim. Took me a while to get used to the cold water after swimming in Broome’s extremely tepid waters, but it was great to be able to swim safely in the sea. Currently in Broome it is the ‘wet’ season so the sea is generally unsafe for swimming, though I do know that some of the locals still go in the water every day.
It was good to be back in the ‘City of Sails’ once again and the weather was beautiful, with clear sunny days.
My biggest lesson so far on this trip is not to travel with a large suitcase! I had to purchase a new case in Melbourne and because I seem to have lost the plot a bit and brought far too much stuff with me I bought a larger than normal case. Never again!! Here and now I vow and declare that the Gutzy Granny will travel light with a bag she can easily carry for the rest of her days!