One of my recent flights was what we call a multi- sector, a trip to multiple countries with multiple layovers. I had Sydney Auckland (SYD-AKL-SYD), so we flew 14 hours to Sydney, stayed for 24 hours, then flew 3 hours to Auckland, stayed there for 24 hours and then came back to Sydney, and eventually back to Dubai. I was especially excited about this, due to the fact that it was my first multi- sector in almost a year of flying (AND I had to bid to get it!), and an extra special passenger would be joining us in Sydney..my dad!
After an arduous flight (it was worth it, but) we landed in Sydney late due to a technical delay, finally we got to the hotel and I went and got some lunch in Sydney while I waited for my dad. I’m not sure why, but the David Jones food court in Perth was always one of my happy places, and in Sydney it was no different 😀 After some lunch and skyping, my dad arrived at the hotel only an hour or so after he had landed, which was great. We walked around the city, to Circular Quay, had some drinks then dinner at I’m Angus, which I’m told was a popular and yummy steakhouse…I had a steak with mushroom sauce and chips (standard) and it was delicious 😉
An early night was in order for my 4;45am wakeup call to Auckland. After worrying all night about if my VIP would make it on the flight, it was a relief to finally see my dad in the Cabin during boarding! The flight was so busy and so short that I didn’t get to see him at all, but my fellow crew made sure to take extra special care of him, which was so nice 🙂 Once we got to Auckland, after a few hiccups with the bus and the hotel, it was a gloomy day but we wanted to explore! We set off in the miserable weather to catch the ferry to Waiheke Island.
It was about a 40 minute ride, and I busied myself with a pie and coke because I hadn’t eaten for almost 8 hours and it was freezing cold! The ferry ride was only 40 minutes or so, and once we got there we were welcomed with a view of the hills and the beach. It was so quiet and pretty it was like there was no one else there (most likely not because it was so cold and starting to rain). We got a taxi to a winery that a passenger has recommended me, Mudbrick. We had a wine tasting and I learnt so much about the joys of red wine that I would like to become a sommelier in my next life 😀 For all of my family and friends at home, for those of you that haven’t been yet, Waiheke reminded me exactly of the Margaret River region in the South West…just an island, instead 😀
We then walked all the way back to the ferry, deciding that dinner would be best had on the main island somewhere near the hotel. After a nap on the ferry back, we decided to eat in and had another early night…see?! It’s not all glamorous late nights and drinking! Although that’s what everyone else did, I’m glad I didn’t, because I actually got to see and enjoy a bit of New Zealand for 24 hours and wasn’t tired on the way back to Sydney!
The next day in Sydney was spent soaking up the Australia-ness (with food shopping, and eating out) and by that time it was time to go back to Dubai! A great week, and with some family time and exploring, this trip it made for an enjoyable multi- sector! More coming up soon about my day in Madrid and a quick trip to New York 🙂 x