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Food and travel captivate Janet Podolak, who chronicles both for The News-Herald. Get the back story of her three decades of stories here. Guest bloggers and fellow News-Herald staffers also periodically share details of their trips.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Off to New Zealand

I'm embarking this afternoon on a lifelong quest to spend some time in New Zealand, with a 13-hour flight tonight from LA toAuckland, then on to Wellington. Because I'll cross the international dateline I arrive Monday morning. I don't know how our daylight savings time end will affect the time, but it will be five or so hours later there than at home. Not so much a diff as some places in Europe, but none-the-less I'm trying out No JetLag, a natural ingreddent pill said to reduce the jetleg almost entirely if taken every two hours from departure. In LA that will be 10:30at night or 1:30 am in Cleve, where I usually hit the sack at 9 p.m. I expect to be sound asleep shortly after take-off... The pill is made in New Zealand which is a jetlag distance from almost everywhere else. People think it's right next door to Australia, which is in the neighborhood, but still another 4 hour flight away if memory serves. Ive flown Air New Zealand down under before, last time to Melbourne, Australia and remember the Auckland Airport as a welcoming place where I was able to take a pay-for shower and buy some woolen hats on my layover.

I expect to be blogging from Wellingotn, and later on from the Bay of Islands and Cormandel, where I'll be kayaking and checking to see if the wrecked ship hung up on a reef is still spilling oil.

Stay tuned. It should be fun.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

So looking forward to reading about ms. podolakĀ“s stories from new zealand! how every exciting.

November 9, 2011 at 11:23 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a frequent business traver to Europe and will be very curious to see how well No JetLag works out. I have tried a quite a few things and often end up exhausted at important meetings in Brussels. So please let your faithful (and admring) readers know how it works in such an extreme situation as New Zealand.
Thank you.
Thomas Hendricks

November 9, 2011 at 11:27 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oH, ENVY! You pills sound a great idea. wonder if they work. You'll get to visit Wellington and the Bay of Islands ( reminds me of Sandusky) and Cormandel- beautiful and very quiet. Enjoy your exciting adventure, we are waiting for your next posting!

November 10, 2011 at 4:20 PM 

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