So technically it is still the 26th for us when we land at LA even though we left Auckland at 10:45 PM March 26. We land early but it doesn't buy us anything since the gate we are booked at is still occupied.
We finally disembark at around 3 PM and head for the usual chore of customs and baggage. LAX has an automated system for Canadians, you scan your passport, remove your hat and glasses for a photo and are given a receipt with your photo (same as DC). Next to a customs officer who validates your receipt and passport and keeps your declaration. Next you pick up your luggage and get in another line. The officer is Russian and asks if we are arriving from or going to New Zealand. He then asks if we went to Nelson, no, and then what was our favourite. We say Milford Sound.
Out we go.
We head to the shuttles and are at the Marriott Courtyard in no time. We normally stay at the Hilton but this is next door to the long term parking where our car is. Also the Hilton charges for internet and Marriott also offers free breakfast. Check in very pleasant.
We just poke around for the next few hours. Wo go online and make some hotel reservations for the next few days.
We re-arrange the suitcases so we are only carrying one with the stuff we need.
We take a walk to the Sheraton next door for Italian, we are both craving spaghetti. On the way back we notice we are right next to that iconic sign for LAX and come back out with the cameras to get a shot.
I'm happy, finally
To bed after a very long day travelling back in time!!!!
Finally a morning to sleep in and then we go across to Gloria Jean's for coffee.
Gorgeous sunny morning sitting in the shadow of the Sky Tower.
Practically sitting on the road, John asked me to let him know if anything was coming his way.
There are a lot more Maori here in Auckland.
We track Tim down and get a car for 6:30 PM for $35 to the airport.
We debate what we will do and then decide just to wander on our own.
Cricket fever is rampant with New Zealand going to the finals.
I finally hav salt and pepper squid which I have wanted to try.
It starts to rain and we grab a cab back to the hotel where we hang out until 4 PM, drop our luggage with the concierge and go to the casino bar to watch the cricket game, Australia and India.
Needless to say there are quite a few Indians in the bar.
On our way to the airport.
We are on the March 26 10:45 PM flight Air New Zealand from the International Terminal and arrive in LA on March 26 at 3 PM.
The wine in the lounge was terrible. But the cricket was on so John was happy. He's there in the mauve shirt.