Train, Train, Plane, Plane and Automobile

What a journey!

1. Car trip to local train station (thank you Annette)
2. Train to Charing Cross – 1 hour
3. Tube to Heathrow – 1 hour
4. Check in and wait at Heathrow – 3 hours
5. Fly London to Kuala Lumpur – 12 hours
6. Wait at KL – 4.5 hours
7. Fly to Auckland – 9 hours
8. Drive to Kath’s – 1 hour

So with a 12 hour time difference, and all that travel, we left home at 5pm Friday and arrived Sunday lunch time.  It was so good to get here 🙂

I think the worst part of the journey was the hour on the Tube because it was so hot and so humid and so crowded!

Harvey on hot and humid tube

Malaysian Airlines did a good job of taking us to the to the other side of the world, especially the London to Malaysia leg of the trip which was on an Airbus 380.  Such a huge plane and so modern and comfortable, it didn’t really seem like a plane.  The entertainment package was so good it was hard to decide what to watch!

The food was very passable too.  Supper was a salad of I am not sure what, beef Rendang and rice, a strawbwerry mousse cake and cheese and biscuits.  Accompanied by white wine.  They also handed out a really good snack box with biscuits and nuts in it.Malaysia Air dinner 26-7-13 Breakfast was a carrot salad, chicken with noodles and vegetables, yogurt and cheese with a roll.Malaysia Air breakfast 27-7-13 We finally arrived in Kuala Lumpur’s very modern airport.KL airport We had a 4.5 hour wait which we spent shopping, reading and drinking.  And eating Toblerone – oops!Lonely Planet I enjoyed a latte in Dome and we played cards to pass the and cardsThe second plane trip was on a much older plane and unfortunately the entertainment system did not work.  We did catch up on some sleep.
Plenty of food to eat.  Supper was a smoked ham salad, fish with pasta and vegetables, creme caramel, cheese and a roll, chocolates and a glass of wine.
Malaysia dinner 27-07-13 Breakfast this morning was amazing.  Coconut rice with boiled egg and a spicy prawn and dried shrimp curry with peanuts.  I also had a fruit salad, strawberry yogurt, a croissant with jam and a muesli bar.Malaysia breakfast 2807013 This prawn and shrimp curry with peanuts was excellent.  I would have happily paid good money for this dish in a restaurant.shrimp and rice dish We finally arrived in Auckland and Kath was there to meet us – yippee 🙂  Kath moved back to NZ after about 30 years in England.  We have really missed her and her family who used to live close by our house and we saw each other regularly.  We had a lunch of salads, bread, home made humous, crisps, olives, Feta cheese and miso soup.lunch at Kath's

So finally, there we were, at Kath’s, in Silverdale which is a suburb of Auckland.At Kath's in NZAfter lunch we were taken out for the afternoon.  Our first stop was a village called Puhoi which has a fantastic cheese factory, shop and cafe where they also sell ice-cream.  I had a delicious chocolate ice-cream.

Puhoi Cheese store 2 We sampled some of their delicious cheeses.Puhoi cheese store Puhoi GS These 2 lovely boys who haven’t seen each for 16 months got on brilliantly and immediately which was wonderful.Henry and Harvey Puhoi The buildings here are so pretty; white weatherboard with red corrugated iron rooves.  This is the village library – so cute.Puhoi library You can hire a canoe from Puhoi and sail out to the ocean which would be a fun trip.Puhoi 2 The church was made of the same materials and also had pretty stained glass at puhoi Puhoi 1 Can you see this clever bench built in to this fence?  What an excellent design.Bench in Fence We then drove over to Orewa beach which was so beautiful.Orewa beach 4 It is winter in New Zealand but their winters are definitely milder than ours!  A few hardy souls were in the water but I think they all had wet suits on.Orewa Beach 3 Most visitors to the beach were just walking along the beach, enjoying the sound of the ocean on the shore and the spectacular views.Orewa Beach 2 orewa Beach 1 We drove a little further and watched the sunset over Big Manly Beach, another beautiful beach in Auckland.Sunset at Big Manly Beach It was supper time by the time the sun had set and we ate out but I was not hungry so I just had an apple and feijoa juice which was very refreshing.  I think it is the jet lag killing my appetite but I am not complaining about that.Apple and Feijoa juice

So our very long journey has ended and our holiday has just begun.  Harvey and I are surprisingly feeling ok.  We are tired but have managed to stay awake all day so hopefully an early night and a good night’s sleep will get us over the 12 hour time difference.  I am so excited for tomorrow, waking up in New Zealand, at Kath’s, with more beautiful places to visit and interesting food to eat.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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7 Responses to Train, Train, Plane, Plane and Automobile

  1. Wow, can’t believe you had the strength to post the blog after all that!
    So glad you made it so smoothly
    Give my love to the Ducks and see you in Cairns next week 🙂

    • Welcome to my blog James :-).I will pass on your message. I felt really good all afternoon and sat down early evening to write my blog. The internet here is superfast so the photos uploaded in record time. I was getting tired when I was writing so I went straight to bed afterwards. I wanted to let people know I arrived safely 🙂

  2. laura1952 says:

    I love when you travel and take us with you on your journey. It is always like a vacation at the computer. 😀

    Have fun down under and thanks for writing this blog.

  3. Sarah says:

    And so the adventure begins! I’m looking forward to it! So glad you’ve arrived safely. I’m sorry to say you missed a fantastic Caribbean party while you were in transit…can’t wait for the next instalment! Take care lovely neighbours….xxx

    • Thank you Sarah, I was disappointed to have missed such a wonderful evening. I thought of you all as I sat in the stifling heat of theTube. Glad you all had a good time and see my lovely neighbours when I get back 🙂

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