Well i am home safe and sound in Nelson now.. its so good to be home. What a beautiful country NZ is.... i was so excited to fly in and see how green everything is, and the sun! oh the beautiful sun.. it was so great to not have to wear my snowboard jacket anymore!
But my trip home wasnt without its share of stressful situations.... first of all i hired a rental car to get from Banff to Calgary, plan was to drive to my friends place, stay the night, then go to the airport the next day and drop the car there. Yeah well that all went to plan until i got up in the morning and the stupid car wouldnt start, my friend and her family had all gone to work, and it was about an hr till i was meant to be checking in. So needless to say, i started to panic! i rung the rental car company, and he asked me if I had plugged the car in last night. Now, i thought he was kidding... but No, apparently in this crazy cold country, when it gets cold enough, you have to literally plug your car in. Now of course, Shellz didnt know this, and no one had informed her of this... so long story short, i tried everything possible to try and find a way to the airport, and figured it was going to be a very expensive option to taxi or anything. then right when I was nearly in tears cause i thought i was gonna miss my flight home, my friend Tara come home, and we rushed and broke some speed limits to get me to the airport on time (thanks tara! your'e a star!) so meantime my rental car was stuck at her place, and they managed to get it started the next morning and drop it off for me. I have no idea how much the rental car company are going sting me for having the car for so long, but it was worth it to get home on time!!
So after a 20 hr flight to KL in Malaysia, and a 9 hr wait there, the airline put us up in a hotel for day so it wasnt all bad, and I met some other kiwi guys on the flight, so we all hung out and found a pool to have a swim in. Kuala Lumpa airport has got to be the flashest airport I have ever been in... very new, and clean, and easily laid out, very high tech, all the latest equipment etc..and a train that comes right inside the terminal to take you over to international terminal, i was very impressed. So then another 10 hr flight to Akl, and i was finally home. I managed to sleep a lot of the time, so i wasnt feeling to jet lagged. Yay!! i was finally on one of those planes that has little tv screens in the back of every seat!!! (doesnt take much to make me happy!) so that was fun being able to choose what movies to watch etc.. i flew on Malaysia Airlines.
After a night in Akl with Jane, was so good to catch up with her. She got home just a month or so before me, so was cool to hear how her travels went.
I flew to Nelson this arvo, and my sister was there to pick me up. Beautiful day in Nelson, its days like this, that makes me never want to leave again!
I am at my parents place right now, but they arent here, so I am waiting for them to get home, to surprise them!! we are planning what to do when they get here, to give them the biggest surprise..... something about pretending to ring them, then walking out into the kitchen while they are on the ph with me! will see how it goes anyway.
Well thats all for today, shellz x