Thursday, May 28, 2009

Onward we go! but will we be back??

As an FYI to our parents and such, we've booked our onward flights for the next leg of our journey.
We opted out of visiting California/Arizona since it'll be quite hot in the desert in June, or July when we were considering going. Since flights to Quito from LA seemed to be constantly routing us through Miami, Julie wanted to take advantage of being so close to her sister and go visit. So after spending the last week researching myriad of flight routings, we've got 'er all booked! And then I get this email from my recruiter "F&P: please call me asap". What the hell...? Turns out after shooting myself in the foot at the first interview by casually mentioning how we're looking forward to next section of our travels (to which the interviewers replied "oh? you're not staying in NZ?) I'm back in the running for an Operations Engineer position at Fisher & Paykael Health, here in Auckland. The second interview went quite well, spending 3 hours being interviewed and then given a plant tour. Switching industries from the big, loud, dirty factory of MacDon to the spotless, quiet, small item manufacturing system of F&P will be interesting. Not to mention that if an offer results out of the whole thing that the entire prospect of relocating to NZ will be sort of a big deal. I've given them an estimated availability (after completing said travel plans) of September.

As for the immediate travel plans, here's the details.

Date: Wednesday, June 10
Flight: DL 2078
Departs: Los Angeles Int'l, CA (LAX) at 12:20AM
Arrives: Atlanta-Hartsfield Int'l, GA (ATL) at 7:46AM

Date: Wednesday, June 10
Flight: DL 656
Departs: Atlanta-Hartsfield Int'l, GA (ATL) at 11:00AM
Arrives: Bermuda Int'l, NH (BDA) at 2:59PM

Spend a grand few days catching some sun on the beach. New concern is that Julie's sister will even be there given her volleyball tournament schedule.

Date: Monday, June 15
Flight: DL 657
Departs: Bermuda Int'l, NH (BDA) at 4:00PM
Arrives: Atlanta-Hartsfield Int'l, GA (ATL) at 6:05PM

Flight: DL 2001
Departs: Atlanta-Hartsfield Int'l, GA (ATL) at 7:30PM
Arrives: Miami-Int'l, FL (MIA) at 9:27PM

Overnight in Miami. Anyone suggest a good hotel?

Date: Tuesday, June 16
Flight: American Airlines #931
Departs: Miami-Int'l, FL (MIA) at 3:25 PM
Arrives: QUITO, EC, (UIO) at 6:25 PM

Spend a wild 3 weeks exploring Ecuador and visiting Julie's cousin Ryan in Quito.

Date: Wednesday, July 8
Flight: American Airlines # 966
Departs: Quito, EC (UIO) at 9:30 AM
Arrives: Miami, FL (MIA) at 2:35 PM

Flight: American Airlines #231
Departs: Miami, FL (MIA) at 6:20 PM
Arrives: Los Angeles, CA (LAX) at 8:33 PM

Date: Thursday, July 9
Flight: United Airlines #814/6158
Departs: Los Angeles, CA (LAX) at 10:40 AM
Arrives: Winnipeg, MB (YWG) via DENVER at 8:15 PM
*this last flight may still change*
Bids will now be accepted as to whom will be fortunate enough to pick our tired butts up at the airport!

If anyone wants anything from New Zealand, speak up cuz we'll be shipping home a big box of stuff pretty soon.
Julie's got one week of work left at Genesis, and is frantically trying to get everything completed. Then it's the weekend and our turn to have a going-away party. We've been attending 1 every 2 weeks for other friends whom have repatriated themselves back home.

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