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I'm in New Zealand!!!
I can't quite believe that after months of dreaming about it I am finally here. I was like a child in the airport, couldn't stop grinning and laughing to myself. It is quite surreal as I only actually decided I was going to move to the other side of the world about 5 months ago. Not a great amount of time, plus I was really focussing on the Asia part of the trip and kind of thought ...
Just a quick blog to say we have arrived safely in Christchurch after two good flights. After we had checked out this morning we went to the botanic gardens in Cairns and walked through tropical rainforest seeing some REALLY tall Bamboo. It was clear to see the damage from the recent storm as parts of the rainforest floor were littered with forest debris. We caught our flight down to Sydney ...
... with it. Amazingly, they seem to enjoy it.
There are a couple of fallen trees in the garden. One of the sons is there and he says a couple of weeks before they had had a freak storm. There was also a whirlwind in the nearby village and a house had had its roof torn off.
We only popped in to break the journey and for a spot of lunch but have been at the vineyard for nearly four hours by now and decide it is time to push on to Christchurch, but not before ...
... architect Shiguru Ban. The cathedral was refreshing and provided a glimmer of hope and light as the city is looking for ways to rebuild. We also saw much construction underway, construction cranes, and renderings of buildings to be. So, we are hopeful that Christchurch will be what it once was again. It was a humbling day for Kelley and I as architects. For one, since we are building designers, we might be slightly more sensitive to the city's fabric.... Secondly, ...
... and I decided to drive out to the Banks Peninsular and Akaroa. This proved to be a wonderful place. The peninsular is the remnants of several volcano's (thankfully currently extinct for about seven million years). We took the upper scenic drive, a very winding and sometimes treacherous drive about the hill tops which gave huge panoramic views of the large insets on both sides of the hill crest. Akaroa sat neatly in the curve of a ...
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