15.02.2012 - 17.02.2012 22 °C
Well.... First off it appears that I have failed at blogging for this trip! It has been non- stop the last 10 days! After Wellington I took a ferry to the south island where I continued from the ferry to the city of Christchurch. Christchurch is unlike any city I have ever been too. They had a destructive earthquake in 2011 (one year ago today) that just devastated the city. Imagine downtown Edmonton being complete destroyed but having the skyscrapers intact, however because of the damage to the foundations you have to demolish each one- that's Christchurch's downtown core. In fact there are really no hotels as they have been destroyed in the quake. I stayed at a hostel that was across the street from a destroyed church and strip mall. My first night I experienced my first aftershock- a 4.2 that rattled me in my bunk bed! This is now a regular occurrence for residents. Prior to 2010 they had never had an earthquake before and now 10,000 buildings have to be destroyed and they get 3-7 aftershocks a day. So sad but the city continues to go on. They have a really cool strip mall completly made from cargo containers and they bars made from these as well. I partied at one such bar where the entire block behind us was rubble- life has to go on. 130 + people lost their lives and watching the one year memorial service was very touching this morning. I'm happy I was ably to visit and give the city some much needed tourism dollars.