February 20th, 2005

new zealand

Back home

Eventually, our flight boarded and we were on our way. It was a long, overnight flight, but I did manage to get some sleep on it. The first main meal had a blueberry and cassis cheesecake for dessert. Pity.
After sleeping for a while, it was nearly breakfast time. The only movie I saw on the flight was "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" or something like that and is now ranked as one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Breakfast wasn't too bad, though I wonder why the omelette is made of eggs only. Wouldn't it be better to put peas, mushrooms or anything they happened to have in the kitchen into them, rather than just a thick roll of omeletted egg?
Did you know that there is a volunteer stand giving out free coffee at arrivals at Auckland international Airport? I didn't know that until I saw it yesterday. It's not very good coffee, but it's much better than nothing and gives you something to do while waiting for your bags, apart from looking at the dogs that walk round the hall and get excited when they find a bag containing fruit or meat.
Clearing immigration, picking up bags, clearing customs, eating a McD big breakfast, walking to the domestic terminal. This nearly used up the whole of the time I had in Auckland, and soon it was time for the flight home. I have never had such a magnificent view as I saw yesterday. A window seat (6F) and I could look down on the Taranaki peninsula as we flew almost directly over, and could see quite clearly Mount Egmont/Taranaki and its almost completely round ash plain, the small amount of snow on the top and a terrific view of all around. No sooner had that passed us by than the Marlborough Sounds came into view, with the Soutgern Alps in the distance. Absolutely magnificent.
Then it was landing, picking up the bags and off to the Moores, who had been looking after the boys, for lunch. It was very good to see them again. I spent some of the afternoon removing malware and other abominations from their computer. If a computer belonging to an intelligent family can be corrupted by so many abominations, I don't hold out much hope for the world in general.
Early evening, and I unpacked my bags and left the contents strewn on the living room floor. vivh will not be surprised by this. Matthew went and got some fish and chips and pretty soon after that (apart from a quick phone conversation with Viv to see how things were going on opposite sides of the world again) it was time for bed. So now I'm up bright and early, getting ready for the new day.