Long flights are never much fun but for once, I did manage a bit of sleep, but by about midnight NZ time, I’d obviously had as much as I was going to get. So, with some decent music on the system, “Bowlers, Boaters & Bowties”, Chris Barber, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk, which has been on the Air NZ system for three years now, I just dozed until the lights came on again for breakfast service.
We arrived to a rather wet Auckland 20 minutes early at 5:20 and as is usually the case, so did NZ1 from Los Angeles and a flight from China. This of course was going to mean a lot of people trying to get through, so we avoided the lure of Duty Free shopping and managed to get processed very quickly. Paula’s case was through fairly quickly, but there was no sign of mine.
An hour later, we filed a missing luggage report and joined the rather long queue for Ministry of Agriculture inspection and scanning. Somewhat deflated, we hopped on the shuttle for the journey home and after quick wash and change (no shave I didn’t have a razor!) I headed off for the race track.
As I write this, I still don’t have my luggage, which was eventually located about Wednesday, but should be here tomorrow morning (Saturday). That is a huge relief, as trying to replace stuff like camera and video battery chargers is an expensive, time consuming nightmare.
So just a summary to do now and then you insomniacs will just have to find something else to help you sleep, until the next blog.