|Reindeer tramples palm trees in Auckland|
We’re now in our hotel in Auckland, struggling to stay awake just a few more hours before going to bed. Flying from Portland to LA, LA to Fiji, and Fiji to New Zealand makes for one loooooooong trip. Fortunately we were blessed by the air travel gods: we got the aisle and window seats with no one sitting in between.
One of the first things we noticed upon arriving at our hotel is that the light switches work in reverse here: down is on and up is off. Appropriate given that we’re in the southern hemisphere, right? After settling into our room we grabbed lunch at a downtown mall with lots of great little Asian restaurants, wandered down the main shopping street to the harbor, gawked at the cruise ships, and made our way back to the hotel. Must stay awake a bit longer . . .