Wednesday, October 22, 2008


I have arrived in Auckland, and I have to say...that was the best 15 hour trip I have ever been on. Flying 1st class was such a treat. I got on the plane and sat in my "pod", put my feet up, and opened my very own bottle of water. One of the stewards gave me my over-night bag, complete with toothbrush, toothpaste, eye mask, revitalizing foot spray and slippers. I started watching "Sex in the City", but fell asleep, and then tried to watch "Baby Mama", but fell asleep again! I must have slept at least 10 of the 15 hours. I woke up, had breakfast, and then it was time to get off the plane in Sydney, Australia.

I had an hour stop-over in Sydney, where I was invited to use the "lounge" where I could get a bite to eat, have a shower, and use the internet. Then I got back on the plane for 3 hours and arrived in Auckland.

As soon as I got off the plane, I was greeted by a tournament representative, and a customs officer, who helped me get my bags, and pass though all the customs/security checks without having to wait....WOW! I felt so important!

When I arrived at the hotel, I received a huge adidas bag of uniforms, etc that I had to quickly try on because the adidas rep was almost closed for the day. Almost everything fit, with the exception of my jerseys (kind of important) which were all a size large (no, I did not order a large), but unfortunately, because I was the last one to arrive, all the smaller sizes were gone. I guess I'll be doing some serious "tucking in" for the next month!

Once I had all my kit, I went for dinner, which was unbelievable - all the food that was there. Then I signed up for a massage, came back up to my room to unpack, and went back down to get my 30 minute great! I had another good night's sleep and woke up this morning feeling really good. I am hoping that I have avoided any jet lag...knock on wood.

So far, this has been an amazing experience. I am really looking forward to the rest of the tournament. I can hardly wait until the games start!


sawtell.csa said...

Hi Michelle,

Glad to hear that the travel wasn't a big deal for you.

Work hard and enjoy.


Glen W said...

Michelle, some people get all the luck! How did you score first class on a 15 hour flight? I hope you keep getting those great perks. You deserve it!

Lisa said...

Hey Mich,

Sounds terrific so far, quite the contrast from some previous travels. Post again, I want to know MORE!


John J. said...

Hey Michelle,

Good to here everything's going well.
Have fun and keep us up to speed.

John J.

Lisa said...

Wow, thanks for adding the pictures, that pod is AMAZING! Wow what I lived through on the way to China... *shudder*