15.08.2011 - 15.08.2011 -1 °C
Today we should have been watching whales out in the Pacific, instead we are enduring a 'once in a life time storm' as described by New Zealand News. With 100km winds, a full day of snow and the airport closed, it is not looking good for our flight to Rotarua. Another two days are forecast!
Today we walked to the centre of Christchurch which had been devastated by several earthquakes earlier in the year, but nothing had prepared us for what we saw. It was Monday morning and we were literally the only people there. We stood at the barriers and it was eery. It was a city centre and all we could hear was a piece of corrugated iron blowing in the wind. We looked across to a tall hotel with all its curtains blowing in the wind through the gap where the windows once were. A church we passed was just a shell and the whole city centred was cordoned off an area of about 24 blocks. Not a soul in sight, just derelict buildings and snow covered streets without a footprint on them. However, the spirit of the New Zealanders' was still evident; there was a large snowman outside the derelict church and a poster that said 'Keep Calm and Carry On!'
Well, in the New Zealand spirit we are going to wrap up warm and go for a pint tonight! The wind is whistling at the door!!!