Friday, October 30, 2020

NEW ZEALAND HERE I COME (DAY ZERO QUARANTINE - AUCKLAND)

 Today I head home... and have to endure another two weeks of loneliness.  There's been a lot of that these past 7 weeks.

It's all a bit of a blur really.  So much happened, yet did not happen either.  Lots of alone time.  Lots of filling in time.

I know one day I will look back on these past 7 weeks, and be thankful I got to spend Mum's last three weeks with her.  But right now?  It's just a horrible, sad memory.

  

ABOVE:  I thought listening to this song would be painful... but it just brings me PEACE.

This morning will be spent getting my bags packed, making sure I've not forgotten anything, then catching a taxi over to the International Airport.  Checking in, then WAITING for my flight out of here.

This trip has been bloody AWFUL... and I can't wait for it to be over and done with.

So many people I have met have asked me how I'm enjoying my 'holiday'.  It's so upsetting when I tell them why I've been here.  Cos, I can't lie and say my 'holiday' has been terrific can I? 



Even though I don't get into New Zealand until around 6.35 pm, this is officially DAY ONE of quarantine I think.  Shit I hope it is!  NOPE, IT'S DAY ZERO.

I have no idea where I will be put for Quarantine either.  It could be Auckland, Hamilton or even Rotorua.  It all depends on where 'they' have space.  But it's MOST LIKELY to be either Auckland or Hamilton.

Right, time to get moving.  Places to GO....

ONWARD...

I totally forgot to add this little video of Bondi Beach yesterday.   So ya get it today.


ABOVE: While the beach is beautiful, I loved the coastal walk so much more.  Waves crashing, deep water, rock formations... just BEAUTIFUL.


JUST checked in, gone through customs and now have 2 hours to kill until I fly out. JUST A COUPLE  of shops open. Not worth even looking in them, they are grossly overpriced. 


ABOVE: Again...a ghost town!


ABOVE: On board. Just 30 odd minutes to takeoff. Feel like bawling. 

8.56 pm:  And I am finally safely HOME.
It's been an incredibly long, tedious day.
I am going to just do a very quick update for now, as I have heaps to do/read etc tonight.
We only just got here (to the Hotel) about half an hour ago.  So I've not even been given dinner yet.

I will do a full post about my trip home tomorrow.


NOT FEELING TOO GOOD ABOUT THIS HOTEL SO FAR. BEEN HERE FOR TWO HOURS. STILL NO DINNER!  IT'S 10.26 PM !
I'M ACTUALLY STARTING TO FEEL SICK.
GOT THE SHAKES, SWEATY... SO A HYPO IS 
HAPPENING. DAMMIT.

37 comments:

  1. Safe travels. I HOPE you can Quarantine close to home. Maybe your family can wave at you from outside and drop off delightful items!

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  2. Anonymous7:23 AM

    Good Morning DCR 😊
    Bye Australia 🇦🇺

    Oh man I can't wait till this arvo, safe travels Ma 💙
    #Lacy 💙

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  3. Have a safe flight Mum.
    I have my interview today, so fingers crossed I have a new job for next year.

    Love Kelly.

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  4. afe travels Chris.

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  5. Anonymous8:53 AM

    Safe travels. Even though it is another 2 weeks I think you will feel so much better once you are on home soil again. Michelle from Oz.

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  6. Bon voyage!! I hope your NZ quarantine is Waaaayyyy better than your Sydney one xxxx

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  7. Safe travels Chris. On the downward slope now. Next time you come over it will be for a holiday. At least quarantine at home means the family can send you meals and stuff so maybe you'll get spoilt a little? Sending hugs xxxx

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  8. Homeward Bound Chris.
    Last countdown...

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  9. Anonymous12:44 PM

    When you're back on home soil, those 2 weeks will fly!

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  10. I always find a corner couch at a cafe, plug my iPad or phone into the charger, and read or surf the web with the free wifi until half an hour before boarding time. Enjoy the rest.

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  11. That's crazy . How can airlines even operate with no people?

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    1. Anonymous3:35 PM

      Covid restrictions ect.

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    2. Anonymous3:36 PM

      and there are people, but there needs to be a very good reson for their travels.

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  12. Safe travels home. We are here to support you these next 14 days.
    Lucy

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  13. Safe travels home Chris. I hope this quarantine is better than the last one. Hugs.

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  14. Safe Travels Chris, i hope the NZ quarantine is much better than the Oz one.....Take care, Tania x

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  15. Kiwionholidays2:17 PM

    Never ever seen Sydney Airport like that.
    Amazing how they can still fly atm at least you will get lots of room to sit and eat your lovely dinner they serve on board..

    Is it air .n.z ???

    Can’t believe the journey You

    have had aNd now it’s the home destination later on today, back to home soil

    Hope you get iso closer to home 🏠 but physically it’s draining as well with no cuddles etc ✈️💐💐💐💐

    Travel safe n catchup soon ,,

    All the family will be tracking your day too n looking forward to your return

    Cheers 🥂

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  16. As others have said, safe travels home. The airport looks so desolate. Usually that area is packed with people coming and going, me included!! I'm sure the family are counting down the hours til you are on NZ soil even though they can't be with you. Big hugs

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  17. Kiwionholidays3:23 PM

    ✈️✈️✈️👍👍👍💐💐💐
    You will be taking off about now ,

    Choice,,

    Kia Kaha

    Cheers 🥂

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  18. Anonymous3:34 PM

    3.35pm Here in NZ hopfully you are in the air now and back on NZ Soil soon xxx 💙💜
    #Lacy 💙 💙 💙 💙 💙 💙

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  19. You will be back on NZ soil when you read this message. I hope that helps, even though the next two weeks are going to be bloody long. Much love and solidarity and hugs Chris. You did a good thing by being there xxx

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  20. You have been through so much Chris, soon you will be back on your home land. My thoughts are with you and I admire you so much.

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  21. Safe travels mate just 13 sleeps to go you are nearly home Blondie

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  22. Anonymous6:06 PM

    You must be nearly back on NZ soil Chris. It will be overwhelming to be home but reflect on that precious time with your mum. What you did was the hardest but most rewarding experience for you both. Take care. Kj

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  23. I'm just sitting here taking a wee break at work and was thinking about you and hoping your flight went well (and took off and wasn't cancelled like a few seem to have been lately) - so checked the Auckland Airport website to see you just landed 4 minutes ago - nearly 45 minutes early. That has to be a small win! I hope the flight went quickly for you. I'm so happy for you knowing that you are getting that much closer to being home. I hope the next two weeks go super fast for you. I look forward to hearing which isolation facility you end up in - and am holding my breath that the meals are much better than the Sydney experience.

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  24. Oh ... and welcome back to kiwi soil 😊

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  25. Welcome home!!!!!

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  26. Welcome home Chris. Hope the flight was good and I hope you end up in a good quarantine hotel. Looking forward to seeing the meals again, they have to be better than the first time round hehe. Paula

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  27. Anonymous7:43 PM

    YEA YA MUMMA 💙💜💙💜💙💜💙

    So happy your back xx xxxx

    #Lacy 💙

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  28. Anonymous8:01 PM

    Hey Hey hope you're feeling a bit better being back in our beautiful country 💙 you can do this you're strong and have so much support we are all behind you chick 🥰 George's Mum.

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  29. I am glad you got there safely xxxxx

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  30. Happy your back in NZ mum, the 13th can’t come quick enough!! 💙

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  31. Ring the front desk if you can, and tell them you are sick

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  32. Anonymous10:49 PM

    Ring for pizza!

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  33. Good to hear you are semi back home. Take care. All the best on this quarantine.

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  34. Oh no, that's not good at all! I hope you have been fed by now and are sleeping, and that things get better tomorrow. Hugs xxx

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