A travel series about my recent trip to Fiji and New Zealand.

Prologue

Three hours before my flight, my room, and to a large extent, my brain, were in a state of chaos. Multiple things were vying for my attention. My wet laundry that was still spinning in the drier. My shiny new Osprey backpack, which I had purchased from REI specifically for this trip, that was lying open on my bed. A partially written work email that was breathing down my neck. My phone that was buzzing incessantly as family and friends wished me (“Safe travels!”), warned me (“7.8 earthquake in New Zealand!”) and yelled at me (“Yo man! Hurry up! We got a flight to catch!”)

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View of the Tom Bradley terminal from our balcony seats at the KAL lounge. Picture courtesy Abhinav Dangeti.
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Our sweet ride
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Crossing the International Date Line

Engineering Manager. Part-time novelist. I write about travel, food, engineering, books, movies, and life.

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