A rainy but still gorgeous, adventurous day in Christchurch and I am so happy with how we spent it. With so many epic-sounding day trips surrounding us in every direction it was so tempting to spread ourselves thin and try to do everything. However, we did it right but just doing one thing, and doing it well. Exploring the city. I “hired” some bicycles for four of us early in the morning and they were delivered to us (how cool) at 9:15 am. It is almost 6:00 at night and we are just locking them up. It rained all day long but, it was just part of the adventure and forced us at some points to stop into some wonderful cafes that we wouldn’t have otherwise. It was tough figuring out how to yield when turning right and following road rules. We were a little dysfunctional at first but quickly got the pattern. Actually, not really. We never got good at it. We first stopped in Rose Café which was lovely for breakfast and to figure out what we wanted to do. Basically we were just cruising with freedom, time, and it was wonderful. We visited an insanely large Botanical garden which I could have spent my entire day at, some free museum for a bit, some shopping, tai food, and just stopped at anything interesting. There was much construction going on and blocked off roads due to the Earthquake of 2010 and all its upsetting destruction. Everyone’s attitudes seemed very forward-minded and hopeful and excited for the new 15 year plan for the city. Flowers everywhere, and the city smells good. That’s like the first city I can ever say that for. Apparently it was the first day of school here for everyone, and there were uniformed kids everywhere. They just ended their summer break in February. Haha. Everyone we came across was incredibly friendly. Just honestly happy happy people. We also came across the Pallett Pavilion which was so sick! They made a restaurant out of pallets after the earthquake just took down so much. Its located right at the edge of the “red zone” … a big chunk few blocks wide of roads completely shut down. They are sure making due and it was a beautiful thing to see! And The little pizza oven thing Amanda is standing next to is community. Anyone can use it. Also sick. Our one day has been perfect and memorable… I’m glad that we did this instead of watching the superbowl which many did. Understandable, but…its our one day in New Zealand. What the heck. They day is still young, just are getting into dry clothes at the hotel… then we’ll find the rest of our crew for the second half of the day. Tomorrow we may have a little time in the morning, but then we will convene with our Antarctica group and get issued all of our cold weather gear. We’ve met some Kiwis who have “gone down to the ice” as they casually say J J.
For some reason there is 90’s hits playing everywhere.
Can I just mention again, it smells like flowers in this city!
I hate to leave here so soon…. But I am getting SO EXCITED for Antarctica … I can’t believe my physical body is going to be at the bottom of the earth. The same dinky little body, tiny speck on this earth was just transported an insane distance on our floating globular earth and this same dinky tiny dot is about to get transported to the very bottom.