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On to Christchurch, New Zealand 11/12/16

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The airlines switched the time of our flight to Christchurch a couple of time.  It was originally scheduled for 10:45, then 8:45, and finally 9:45.

We had to leave the apartment at 6:30 and walk to Central Station to catch the train to the airport.  Everything went smoothly except the plane was delayed.  So we didn’t get out of Sydney until about 10:30.

Anyway, the flight was great.   I had a bulkhead seat and slept almost the entire way to Christchurch.  We took a shuttle to the Quest Apartments which is very close to the Cathedral.  Our room is not exactly an apartment, but we do have a fridge and microwave.

It was about 5:00 pm before we were settled.  Jan and I decided to take a walk following the trolley tracks around town.  Christchurch was the scene of a 6.3 earthquake in 2011 and it destroyed many of the buildings.  There are so many still needing a lot of work.

Here is the Cathedral.

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Some new buildings have been constructed or added on to remains of older ones.  This is the Te Puna o Waiwhetu Christchurch Art Gallery.

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We hope to visit the museum tomorrow.

We both liked this small place which is a center for people with dyslexia.

schiool-for-dyslexic

I found this cairn very interesting.

cairn

These are the words on a plaque attached to the structure.  “A cairn by tradition is a mound of stones at the edge of a river by which travelers in the high country indicate a place of departure and a place to regain the shore.   This cairn is constructed of boulders from the Pakaia Selwyn, Waimakarin and Hurunui rivers and has been placed here by citizens concerned that democratically evolved protectors of these water ways have been broken. This cairn is a marker. It marks the river of unease that presently flows through our community, a river where turbulent waters threaten to divide us.”

This is just part of one of the art walls in town.  I hope to see more wall art tomorrow.

art-wall

Here is another site that is still in total ruins.

another-site-of-ruin

So it seems that  Christchurch is a combination of many places still in need of a great deal of work and new buildings going up all around.

We walked through the mall near our hotel.  Then we decided to walk to the city centre to find a place to eat outside of the touristy area.  There was a little Indian restaurant called Indian Sumner where a man was playing music.  It was empty.  Because of all the construction going on the street in front of the restaurant, they do not get very many customers.  We shared a great lamb dinner and will probably go back again for a lunch.

We went to the grocery store to get a bit of food and then found our way back to our place.  We have 2 more days to explore this area.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

2 thoughts on “On to Christchurch, New Zealand 11/12/16

  1. Great to see your photos as we were there between the first and second earthquakes.

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  2. I think we need one of those cairns to mark our current river of unease.

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