Wrap It Up!

Forgive me blog for I have sinned. It has been 11 days since my last submission.

A couple of posts ago I was in Wanaka, with plans to wrap up my NZ trip in Christchurch. The shuttle across the south island was fairly mundane, with the only real highlight being a view from afar of Mount Cook, the highest point in NZ at over 12,000 feet. When I planned my trip five weeks ago I was completely ignorant about a series of earthquakes that had rocked Christchurch in 2011, taking almost 200 lives. After learning about the earthquakes, and with an outbound flight already booked, I was curious to see how the rebuilding effort was going. I guess it takes a lot of money, manpower, and passion to rebuild from such a devastating event. I saw a large section of the city still fenced off but active work underway within its walls. I saw signs and banners that spoke to the passion of locals to reclaim their beloved city. I saw poignant memorials for those who were lost.

With the photos below I don’t mean to paint a picture that the city is hopelessly in ruin. On the contrary, I think a spirit exists in Christchurch that will see it rise from the ashes as a stronger community. You’ll notice a shopping district called Re:START constructed of painted shipping containers. They were modern and angular and pretty darn cool! It speaks to ingenuity of the people and their desire to get back on track. Walking around the city just altered my perspective a bit as I hadn’t even heard about this tragedy. It’s a big world.

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4 thoughts on “Wrap It Up!

  1. klheavrin says:

    Welcome home, and thanks fro keeping us in the loop.

  2. Boone says:

    Your last sentence reminded me of the “Into the Wild” soundtrack. If you haven’t already seen the movie, check it out. It might inspire more travel…..there’s a big, a big hard sun, beating on the big people, in the big hard world.

  3. Uncle Bob says:

    Sorry I missed your home coming. I have a little stuff going with my health. When someone ask about courage in the Daugherty clan I think your name may be mentioned, about a dozen times. Part of that courage is the spirit of rebuild you saw in Christchurch. When possible I would love to meet you and Steven & your Dad for breakfast. Take care, stay safe. If you wake up one morning broke and hungry you know here I live.
    Uncle Bob

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