As I wandered up the hill it really dawned on me how resourceful and clever people can be. I saw a fish and chips shop in an old shipping container, caravans with beautiful outside area's that had become cafes and a gravel pit that now doubled as the community park where some lucky child was having a birthday party. I really had to take a deep breath or risk bursting into tears with a combination of pride and sorrow. I have a good feeling about this place though and really think that the people living here are going to build an even better Lyttelton.
As soon as the sun started dropping away so did the temperature. It was too late for a coffee and too early for a real drink so I snapped a few photos and headed back to my dark tiled tunnel.
And that concludes my little trip to Christchurch. I hope it wasn't too doom and gloom, and earthquake influenced for you. Truth be told that just kind of IS Christchurch at the moment, it's what you see and it's what everybody still talks about all the time. When I got back somebody asked me if people down there are used to earthquakes now and just shrug them off, the answer is most definitely no! People are still seriously on edge and every small rumble is as nerve wrecking as the last. So having said that, would I recommend going there on holiday? Hmmm, I would say that if you are going to visit somebody then go for it, if you're wanting the tourist experience then maybe hold off for a while.