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Monday, September 30, 2013

Back from a great visit with family and friends in Christchurch.
We went to an exhibition opening of a work by a friend. So started off with a party in the transitional Cardboard Cathedral, check out the slideshow here:
I just lost an earlier version of this blog so wil be going in and out to post links to a few things.
The work our friend made is a kind of blow up bouncy castle for adults. The interior space, which you struggle into through an airlock, is amazing. It has been very well received by the folk of Christchurch, who are starved of sports facilities.
The installation was on the site of what had been a department store where my sister used to work. Next to the library, schedued for demolition, where I worked for many years. Diagonally opposite, one block down, an hotel was under demolition by nibbler. It was a bizarre experience to watch this, a hotel designed by a frend's father, and engineered by the father of another friend. This s what happened the next day.
We went to Akaroa and stayed in a quaint old building, here
Had dinner wth friends and next day went on to Lyttelton, a port town which is missing the visits of the cruises that have transferred to Akaroa since the wharves were damaged by the quakes.

Caught up wth other friends who are about to open the next stage of a mall they were inspired to build after all the quake destruction. They have furnished a restaurant in the style of their old home, almost destroyed by the quakes.

It was a great visit, I am happy to see the beginnings of the rebuild in my old home town, its center changed now beyond recognition. There is a sense of community and excitement that ddn't exist there before. I am looking forward to going back to see what will happen next.

Off to Zumba now!
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  • RDEE22
    The links are great Fifi. Sounds like a great trip and catching up with friends. emoticon
    1574 days ago
  • KATHY98665
    Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all! emoticon
    1574 days ago
    Your links are great. Nothing stays the same and certainly not after the horrific earthquakes Christchurch has been through. Lovely that there is a sense of excitement and the future is looking fine for these staunch and strong Kiwis. You certainly got around a bit in the time you were there! All good!
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    1574 days ago
    Awesome links - Very nice Cathedra , stunning - when you mentioned the Ports it brought back a lovely memory - My Mom told me that when they were rescued during WWII that they arrived in your Ports and the Soldiers came aboard with what my Mom said where the Biggest moist Juicy Apples that they had every seen in their lives. She said that for at least two hours after the Apples arrived on the Ship you could not hear a pin drop as everyone was enjoying those Apples - Good to hear from you , Karen
    1575 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/1/2013 8:46:34 AM
    Wow, Fifi! Loved the links. Christchurch was one of our favorite stops when we visited NZ a few years ago (pre-earthquake). We were there for ANZAC Day, which was extra impressive. Loved the ambiance and spirit of the place, and am glad to hear the town is on its way to recovery. emoticon emoticon
    1575 days ago
    Welcome back...have a good Zumba! emoticon
    1575 days ago
    The cost of progress is lost memories of times gone by. Kind of bittersweet, isn't it. When we travel the 750 kl. back to my hometown, I recognize the street names, but after 25 yr.s so much has changed. It's not the hometown of the first 20 yrs. of my life. But I do like the new look and the Malls... etc. emoticon emoticon
    1575 days ago
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