Road trip across New Zealand’s South Island
After flying and landing, flying and landing, my little band and I arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand. Pacific Air takes good care of its passengers and every seat had its own TV screen. Featuring not just re-runs of old TV shows, there were new releases, New Zealand travelogues, a great ‘Airshow’ where you could track your flight from different angles, music, kids stuff and even video games. All that means that I didn’t get as much sleep as I’d hoped. The meals, (remember being served meals on flights?) were delicious (as those kind of meals go) and I heartily recommend the Museli (with fruit and yogurt) instead of the muffin for breakfast. A great start for a consciousness just recovering from cramped slumber. That, a cup of tea and the veggies I’d packed were all I needed to get on with the day.
Of course I did my Flytime Yoga and enlisted the Dutch physical therapist sitting next to me in a few stretches. Several of us stretched out at the back of the plane in the middle of the night while hunting for refills of water.
We landed at dawn, a bit groggy but happy and were surprised at the humidity, the cool summer air down under. As the day progressed things warmed up. Flying from the west coast of the U.S. means a time difference of one entire day plus about 3 hours. You gain the day back when you fly home over the dateline, but it’s that 3 hour difference that was a delight = very little jet lag.
Our road trip travel packet was handed to us at baggage claim by Roger from Southern-World. What a great new experience, having a greeter at your destination. After my years of backpacking and bottom-feeding travel, this made the entry to a new hemisphere much easier to handle. We reviewed our itinerary in the parking lot before getting into our home on wheels for the six day road trip. First challenge – the driving wheel is on the right side!
Copyright 2010, Elaine Masters, RYT, Drivetime and Flytime Yoga author & speaker.