|Jean Batten, 1909-1982, New Zealand's most famous aviatrix|
The recovery day worked. We both got up at a reasonable time this morning and decided to go to the McDonald's in the airport for breakfast instead of the hotel's expensive buffet. Ray has had a thing about visiting any McDonald's we can in foreign countries we visit, so this let him check New Zealand off the McDonald's list. This McDonald's quest has a long story behind it, related to our work with the U.S. Glider Aerobatic team years ago. That's a story for a different blog.
After breakfast we walked over to the international arrivals area to see if there was a Regent representative there yet and there was. We talked to them and found that we wouldn't have to wait until noon as originally planned - they could take us to the hotel Regent had arranged for us along with a group arriving at 8AM. We hurried back to the Novotel, got our bags together, checked out, and made it back to the Regent representatives before the other guests arrived.
|View from our room at the Auckland Pullman hotel|
It is about 11:30AM now. We have free time here until 6pm tonight, so we will probably take a walk after lunch. Tonight Regent has arranged a dinner at a local restaurant and we are to be down in the lobby to board the bus by 6pm. Then tomorrow it's bags out in the hall by 8AM, checkout by 10AM, and bus to the ship at 11:30AM. I will be glad to get to our room on the ship so we can unpack, but I really am enjoying this room today.