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Day 920 It was time to check out and stop living large so to speak and start living in the van. We have till November left in NZ and it is time to start traveling. South. After a brisk morning hike up Conical Hill, which along with a nice lookout over Hanmer Springs, also showed us how out of shape we were, we headed for the big city. The drive was flat and predominantly straight and popped out on the coast about forty K's north of the city. Here ...
... they put a cover over it or something.
On the upside, we had delicious coffee and 'Fisi Specials' which is like an ice chocolate, except made by fisi, so much more decadent.
I got a hug goodbye from everyone, all at once which didn't really work, and then each separately.
So now it's just the interminable waiting for planes to arrive and board.
Oh no wait.
... living in the back yard in a house truck, a family of five who have decided to "live off the land", they were a very interesting family who had previously been in the circus.
The best part about Krissy and Kevins house is that even though it is disrepair, they live across the road from the beach, their backyard is a little bush sanctuary and their house has so many interesting things from the past travels.
... It is impossible to know just exactly what these people have been through in the last 3 years, however, 2 days living with a local resident and a short walk around the city has helped introduce to me just how destructive a natural disaster of this kind can be. I am 100% sure that when I come back sometime in the future I will see a completely different city. For now, I am reflecting on a poem that I saw displayed at the memorial by Anne ...
... devastated much of the city centre a few years ago, the centre felt eerily quiet. Most cities have a hub, an epicenter (if you'll excuse the term) that tourists flock to, where drinkers gather to revel. Not really so in Christchurch. The centre was almost completely dead on 10pm on a Tuesday night, a fact even more weird when you consider that Christchurch is NZ's third largest city.
Not that we didn't have fun. Writing as I am from Queenstown, which is basically a giant ...