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After getting up at a ridiculous hour, we finally departed Melbourne. We flew into torrential rain and flooding at Christchurch. After a hiccup at customs (yes my face has changed), we were picked up by our tour group. We walked around the streets and found lots of noodle places! We had a welcome dinner and met our companions for the next 9 days. I am exhausted!
The penultimate blog...the first one seems months ago. We have to return to Christchurch, as we are catching a plane back to Auckland from there. Our original plan was to stop off on the way at a town called Akaroa which someone had told us was worth a visit. It was the first French settlement in New Zealand and this is reflected in its …
... that connection with them for the holiday. No Christmas tree or exchange of gifts for us. No room in the backpacks for those.
Being the party poopers we are, New Year's Eve was equally as wild and crazy for us as was Christmas. We walked around Christchurch during the day, seeing sights such as the Cardboard Cathedral and contemporary art displays. Both of those are temporary locations until the facilities destroyed by the earthquakes can be rebuilt. The ...
... Stir in cheese.
Add herbs if you have them and season if necessary.
Put a lid on the pot and remove from the heat.
Let sit for about ten minutes, give it another stir and serve under the vegetable stew.
NOTE: If you have leftover polenta, press into a shallow dish and cover. It will set very firmly. This way you can use it another day but cutting it into squares or triangles and gently frying it. Yum.
... we set off through Hagley Park for the 20 min walk. We decided to have breakfast in the park, but found that the cafe was closed due to the earthquake damage - this was a common theme throughout Christchurch. However, there was a temporary cafe, working out of a shipping container which worked just as well. We were last in Christchurch in 2007 prior to the earthquake in 2011 and it was sad to see how much has been affected. Everywhere you walk there are empty ...