Saturday, May 14, 2011

2011 - NZ To SF - Day 1

Day 1 (14 May 2011):
- Woke up 4:40am still drunk. (Before alarm).
- Pack and leave as quietly as possible in ~10min. Bye from sleepy Logan.
- Walk under the stars and caught 5:30 bus. Near perfect timing.
- Really bus sick on bus. Worried about flight.
- Airport, check-in, etc. Still feeling sick.
- Selected for pat-down. Short chat with agent. ("Getting old." "Have a good trip") from agent.
- Go to bathroom. Surprised didn't throw up.
- Ate BK breakfast croissant and water, felt a bit better.
- Talk to mom. Board, realise did not take photo of plane when walking down glass lined couseway to jet.
- Drifted in and out of sleep the entire way. Filled out customs form during landing, some incomplete. Worry no address.
- Notice runway is not on level terrain!
- Customs easy, look return ticket. Biosecurity also easy. Looked at form and let through. I was too tired to complete anyway!
- Exit to concourse. Jerome not there. After 5-10 min of re-packing and looking for money, etc, walked outside and Jerome drove up in a small blue Citroyen? Peugeot?
- Got in, goin to Boulouparis, a deer, shrimp & ? festival.
- Lots of Polynesian dancing. Saw the end of deer getting butchered.
- Ate deer sausauge and brochettes, shrimp brochettes.
- Other CSers, but spoke French, etc.
- Leave, stop on way: tent, reef shoes. I took 80kF to use from ATM (around 1.2kNZD).
- Driving tour.
- Nap: Was dark when woke up. I wake 6pm, Jerome at 7pm, after getting back at 4pm. Jerome was originally planning on taking me to a rugby game after the nap.
- Good we didn't go to game, as we were both tired from drinking too much last night.
- Jerome made quiche lorraine. I bought 3500F pomelo ("pamplemousse").
- Pomelo very juicy and fragrant.
- Met Jerome's friend in BD. He go study in Quebec later in year.
- Beer: 500F for 0.30l. "Normal price."
- Bar district cool, like mall of small themed bars.
- People drinking in parking lot. Jerome say lots of money concentrated in Noumea.
- Lots of roaches at Jerome's. 8th F apt in Anse Vata. Paid by employer. Forgot exact number, but rent only slightly less than Ben and mine's place in the Mission.