The next morning I woke up in my new dorm pretty disoriented, where was I?
Oh yea. In New Zealand, about to fly back to Canada after almost four months of travel!! Weeee! I packed up all my stuff for the last time, after a long hot shower and met some other friends who were staying in the Jailhouse for a hot breakfast and coffee. We had a great time just comparing stories and enjoying each others company before setting off to the airport together, since we all had flights around a similar time. At the airport, I saw a few more friends who had been on the trip, disembarking back to all four corners of the world. I was lucky enough to have my friend Tim on my flight back to Auckland, and we drank wine as we waited for our flight. yum! I love NZ wine!
Back in Auckland I had a few hours to kill, and blogged some more while waiting for the EPIC thirteen hour flight that would bring me back to Canada. In actuality, it didn’t turn out that bad, I had a seat next to me that was empty on the plane, so could stretch out a bit. I watched a few movies and even managed to get some sleep with the help of two more glasses of delicious NZ red.
Vancouver was my last stop on the looong way back to Toronto, and I had two hours to kill in Vancity. I didn’t leave the airport, I should have made one of my Vancouver friends come out and see me and go out somewhere for food in Richmond or something, but was pretty groggy and just wanted to get back to Tdot at that point. Vancouver, I’m coming to see you another time, I promise!
My final flight wasn’t too bad either, I felt kind of rested, there was a seat free in the middle again, and I had bought a new book that was holding my attention. At 12:30 am I finally landed in my hometown. I was the only one with an entourage to greet me as I came out of the luggage area – my whole family was there to welcome me back! It felt so good to get all those hugs and kisses I’d been missing while I was travelling. I even got some beautiful flowers as a welcome home present!
I’m HOME!!!!! Finally! What an incredible journey this summer was. I hope all of you can experience some kind of epic trip like I have. It’s been fantastic to be able to share it with you through this blog.