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Day 2- Or so we think it's day 2

Outbound Shanghai to Auckland!


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After our transfer ordeal and wasting a total of 5.5 hours we were on the final leg of our flight to Auckland. Although excited, tiredness was setting in as we had been awake for 23 hours at this point. We purposefully didn't sleep on the first flight to try and prompt sleep on the second one in order to get in sync with New Zealand time.

We were served yet more food shortly into the fight, yet by this point we had no idea whether this should be breakfast, lunch or dinner and frankly didn't really care. We ate and tried to somehow sleep on the plane with our acquired travel pillows. Iz had an odd desk contraption that made her look like an ostrich and mine was like a weird blow up arm (we haven't taken pictures yet so you'll have to use your imagination); both were semi successful. Yet Iz definitely managed to get the greater amount of sleep, but I don't think this had much to do with the pillow!

Another 11 or so hours and a few more films down we landed in New Zealand! The furthest either of us or our immediate family had ever travelled. We had no idea what day or time it was here or back home. But we had made it to the start of our trip in one piece and all our belongings albeit we lost a day somewhere along the line. Once through NZ'd traditionally strict customs we met up with Shane (for those that don't know he is an ex flatmate who had recently moved out to NZ). It was comforting to see a friendly face and to not have to worry how to get from the airport to our accommodation; which today would be Shane's house!

At Shane's we dumped our bags, set up our phones with the new sims and checked the football results (well that was just me.. you can take the boy out of England but not England out of the boy). Then Shane took us for breakfast at a local cafe and a stroll around town. First impressions of Auckland was that it seemed a little like America on a smaller scale and we were underwhelmed by the lack of Christmas cheer. It had been at least 3 hours into our big trip and we hadn't had a beer yet! This needed correcting as soon as possible and once we started we didn't stop. Shane left us to our own devices and those devices found another 3 more pubs compete with beer gardens... Well we are on holiday after all. What better way to get over jet lag.

About 7.30pm we started lagging so a quick stop off at a food market (for some incredible chicken kebabs!) and then it was time to hit the hay! It had been an extremely long day but our trip was fully underway!

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