#NZTrip15 – Day 1

5:11am AEST – Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Well, I got here at the airport at 3:30am thinking I’d had to wait another hour for check-in to open. However, to my surprise, it already was open! The check-in process for Virgin Australia was very efficient. Customs didn’t open till another hour but that was a fast experience as well. For some people, international air travel might be daunting but I was lucky to be exposed to air travel at such a young age, so for me, I’m quite used to it.  It’s a 3 hour flight from Brisbane to Auckland. I have my iPad ready with movies, and my iPod nano for music. We’re boarding in 10 minutes so I’ll check back when I get to Auckland!

5:42pm – Auckland, New Zealand

Landed in Auckland 15 minutes early, and went through Customs and Immigration with no issue. Riding the Skybus through Auckland’s suburbs, I had the sense of seeing new things but at the same time a feeling of familiarity. The shared heritage and development between Australia and New Zealand is definitely evident. However, one thing I noticed is that American chains have a better footing than their attempts in Australia. One of the things I wanted to try here was Wendy’s. You might be thinking – isn’t that American? Well, yes. New Zealand is home to some American fast food chains that Australia does not have. Carl’s Jr and Dunkin’ Donuts is the other one. First thing I did, after getting a SIM card, was to go straight to Wendy’s. I ordered a large Baconator combo. Well…large is certainly…large!

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I’m pretty sure that’s equivalent to super-size in the US. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the meal. I couldn’t finish the sides though because they were too large for me!

My hotel room is awesome. Look at the view! It’s the Bankside Waldorf Apartments on Shortland Street.

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Walking through Queen Street in Auckland, I felt right at home. It has a cosmopolitan feel that reminds me of back home in Brisbane. Because of this familiarity, I act more like a local rather than a tourist.  I shall explore this city even more tomorrow!

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