Trip Start Jan 14, 2008
Trip End Feb 21, 2008

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Our day in Christchurch felt like a blur--too much to see and too little time. It's a lovely city of flowers, old buildings, punters on the River Avon, and a beach with an amazing library right there at the pier. Once again I wish we had a few more days to spend here. Maybe another year. We are rounding up our favorite Kiwi treats today, plus a few copies of books we like--Edmund Hillary's last memoir, the British version of Artemis Fowl (the graphic novel rendition), and a Kiwi tramping guide called Don't Forget Your Scroggin (Scroggin is the NZ term for gorp). If you're ever in Christchurch, be sure to check out a fantastic bookstore called Scorpio Books.

We fly out tomorrow; we'll be striking our tent in the dark at 3:30 am to make an early morning flight.

Happy Birthday to Jabez Hammond!

Mary Ellen
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