Auckland, NZ 2015 - Day OneDay 1 – Getting the hell to the other side of the planet – the (technically) three day journey.
The awkward wrestle of transporting our chimeric towers of luggage has become a familiar choreography. A cantankerous jig of squeaking wheels, clanks, clunks, and the occasional profane outburst.
Checking in to our flight, we are surprise ambushed by a monster so common it needs be in no Dungeons & Dragons manual. Perhaps the most sinister of their genus, the red-tape viper, (technically an elemental,) has many natural nesting grounds, preferring dreary cubicles, but has also become an invasive species of the wilds of the internet as well. It paralyses its prey with a long tail of paperwork, and has two sets of venomous fangs, colloquially referred to as their fees, and their more poisonous penalties.
This particular species we had not encountered previously, despite the great deal of time we’ve spent navigating through its