Well, the month is just about over. Work has been fairly hectic, but I've been on holidays since Monday, and am getting ready to flyout to New Zealand (a 3 hour flight) on Thursday morning at 08:50. I think we're supposed to be there 2 and a half hours before departure, which will mean arrive by 0620, and to that end, I decided to start the holiday tomorrow afternoon. I'm staying in a hotel in Sydney, near Central Railway Station. It's the Sebel, which is a nice hotel, and choir has had a function there, and we'll probably return later this year, so I'm going to try their sleep package.
The good thing is it's about a 5 minute brisk walk (but for me 15 minute slow gait (dicky kneee at the moment) so I'm setting the alarm for 4.30, will be out just before 5 and hopefully on a train to Mascot International Airport by 5.20 am ish. The train only takes about 20-30 minutes so there's plenty of time, but i always like to give myself extra time, for just about everything i do. An old Navy habit, that's set into stone.
We've got the Australasian Gay & Lesbian Choral Festival and it's in Auckland over the Easter weekend. First time I've been to New Zealand, and the first time I've been overseas since 1994, so I'm looking forward to the break. On Easter Monday, after the festival, I'll be hiring a car and scooting around the North island of New Zealand for 6 days, until Saturday 10/4 (4/10)when i fly back to Sydney. Back at work the following Monday, but that's still a week and a half away, so it's not on the thought process horizon by any stretch.
I'll be visiting Rotorua for the hot springs, (sulphur) and then down to Hastings for some NZ wine, and then onto Wellington, where I've got two nights. In Wellington, I'll be doing a Lord of the Rings Tour, being a LOTR tragic, but I'm looking forward to that. Friday, and Saturday morning will be a hopefully slow and uneventful trip back to Auckland, rather than a mad one day rush.
I've made some Defence Force friends in NZ recently so it'll be good to try and catch up with them, but the primary focus of the trip is the choral festival, which will be workshops, camerarderie, a commissioned work, and a gala concert on the Sunday evening.
Brace for photos and more blog information as it happens.
Tomorrow, if i get a chance, i'm going to visit a friend who's in hospital. I hope he recovers fairly quickly, but i know he's had a bit of a scare.
Take care and catch you on the other side.