I arrived at Palmy airport just before 7 this morning with Brendon, Mum, Dad and Tara to wave me goodbye. After the sad goodbyes, I boarded the hour long flight to Auckland. Stacey and her parents were there to meet me at the arrival gate. We went and had breakfast in a cafe in the domestic terminal and then went for a drive to fill in some time. 2 hours later we arrived back at the Auckland International Airport and checked in, which took us about 20 minutes to do! First of all Stacey's American visa wasn't being accepted in the system, but that got sorted, but then our boarding passes wouldn't print, and then she tried to give us our second boarding passes for Tahiti to L.A. But they wouldn't print either! So after about 20 minutes of waiting to check in (while Stacey's parents stood back wondering what the hell was happening), we headed off to get some lunch. After that, it was pretty much time to leave. After Stacey's very quick, sad goodbyes we headed off through the departure gates and had a squiz at duty free before heading to our boarding gate.
The first flight was reasonably quick, only taking 4 hours to get to Tahiti. I didn't do much on the plane but had a quick sleep as I was so tired. Next thing we were getting off to about 26 degrees in Tahiti, and this was at about 9pm. Luckily the airport was opened up to the outside, like a beautiful island resort. All of the airport walls were just zip down plastic, which rolled up in a very open plan style. This allowed us to stay reasonably cool after getting flustered as we arrived, because we were both patted down and had all of our belongings searched. Stacey even had to have a swab test done on her bags. Of course they didn't find anything though.
We were in Tahiti for about 2.5 hours in the end before we boarded the next flight. We were both so thirsty as our drink bottles were taken off us as we came through security, and neither of us had the right money to buy anything. So we spent the whole time in Tahiti with no food or water. Our flight was late leaving, but I'm not sure why. The next flight was 8 hours and we both slept most of the way on this flight. Stacey said it was reasonably bumpy, but I must have been out to it because I didn't feel a thing. Next thing we knew, we were in L.A. And I hadn't even watched a movie!