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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch October 9th 2011

Pete dropped me off at the airport in the afternoon and after a quick one hour flight I was down in Christchurch. If flying in this part of the world I highly recommend Air New Zealand. They are fantastic! They often have cheap deals with their grabaseat website. I hopped on a shuttle to the Old Countryhouse where I used to work. Unfortunately the owners Andy and Gerti were in Germany and I would miss seeing them. There were a few small differences but mainly it was the same as I left it. Only a little bit of visual damage in a few spots from the earthquakes. Many of the double rooms have been converted to dorms to accommodate more backpackers as many of the hostels in the city center were destroyed. I had a quick ... read more
fallen over pillar
brick wall being braced
half a house

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch October 8th 2011

Ooops, seem to have a big gap here, again. I remember the hostel I was staying at, infact I think the only the 1 out of 2 which was still standing weren't very generous with their internet and that is one thing in life which should be free this day and age at least, but it wasn't here. Now that I have moved on and now in my second city of New Zealand Dunedin, where the internet is free, I am now playing catch up. So back to Christchurch, well what's left of it, the whole city feels like there has been a mass exodus and no-one hangs around here very long. Except me, I have some crackpot idea to do something a little more adventurous and do some cycling, so I spent my days trawling ... read more
Christchurch in springtime
Christchurch & the quake
No mans land

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch October 8th 2011

It's been a very interesting year and a half since we found out we were heading to Houston for the International Sweet Adelines Competitions. There was no way were could have guessed we would go through what we have, but Houston has been a great goal to work towards and it's almost here! We have been rehearsing a lot recently, in fact I feel like I have seen my chorus buddies more than my family in the last few months! We have two more rehearsals before we all jet off, then it will be a whirlwind of international coaches, two shows, the semi's and hopefully the finals! We will be writing blog entries throughout our trip; Houston, Miami, The Bahamas and Orlando. If you would like to view our semi finals performance live; go to: ... read more
Chch City Chorus

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch September 5th 2011

Morning, evening, afternoon or what ever it actually is wherever you are! Ive fully given up trying to understand what time it is here having been in 4 different times zones in the last 30 hours. We have been travelling for 3 days give or take a few time differences and have finally arrived in christchurch.......which doesnt appear to actually exist anymore. The whole area is a whole lot more earthquake damaged than i think me or andy ever thought to predict. It is impossible to get within half a mile of the city centre, to the point that any unfortunate wanderings into fenced off areas apparently result in un-negotiable 3 months jail sentences. I think me and Andy really enjoyed travelling to get here as each stage allowed us a brief insight into places we're ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch September 1st 2011

Hello!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have just arrived back in Wellington after 14 days of traveling around the South Island for my first and only Spring Break, which was amazing. The crew for the break included: Miss Molly O'neil - one of my good friends from Charleston who is studying in Christchurch Emma Lynch - one of my neighbors in Wellington Lindsey Lynch - Emma's older sister who was visiting Keara O'Neil - one of my flatmates and making her first appearance in over 30 years the very own MAMA SCUDS Day 1: Saturday August 20 Me, Emma, Keara, and Lindsey left Wellington Saturday evening and flew too Christchurch to spend the night before our mighty adventure begin. We landed around 9:30pm and were standing outside the University of Canterbury half an hour later where I was reunited with ... read more
Morning Walk
Summit View


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch August 6th 2011

It's been over two weeks since we landed in Christchurch and it's probably been the quickest two weeks of the whole trip so far! It's probably because we have been so busy. Before I start on New Zealand blogs I'll tell you a funny fact about the country that a kiwi told me in Oz. There are 4 million people in New Zealand and 40 million sheep!! I thought they were joking but there are sooooo many sheep! Prepare to see many many scenery pictures, the landscape here is out of this world and the pictures don't really do it justice! It's incredible and we are seeing the country the best way you can - by campervan! We landed in Christchurch in the middle of the night so just got a taxi to our hostel. The ... read more
Fences all around the centre
We saw a bit come down!
Poems attached to the fences

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch July 9th 2011

Today is my last day in beautiful New Zealand, and I'm sad to say goodbye but looking forward to getting to Oz! I was on the Stray tour for 3 weeks (a hop-on, hop-off bus pass) and it was such a laugh. Tim and I stayed in Christchurch for one night then decided to make our way up to Kaikoura, 2 hours north of Christchurch and start the bus tour from there. Apparently there was a 4.0 aftershock during the night in C'Church but I didn't feel it! The first night in Kaikoura was great, we went to a hostel and overheard people saying that $1000 was put behind the bar if the rugby game they were showing was a draw at half time... well lo and behold, it was 6-6 come the break, so we ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch July 9th 2011

So at least we know people are reading our blog. We would like to make an editorial correction. The Air New Zealand flight did not have Gene Simmons, the ridiculously long tongued heavy metal make-up rocker from Kiss. It was Richard Simmons the 80's fitness guru. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch July 7th 2011

It took Kirsten and Chester 6 airports, 5 flights, and 35+ hours to get to Christchurch, NZ; and we both came from different parts of the world. We truly did travel half way around the world. But the last flight for both of us had its highlights. Tired and groggy and dreading having to listen to another safety briefing, when who do you think appears on the screen. No other than the 80's fitness icon, Gene “Sweating to the Oldies” Simmons. Complete with curly hair, blue sequined tank top and satin short shorts. The cast of characters around him all donned 80's workout apparel including the headbands. Our first day was fairly uneventful. We walked around town and witnessed the devastation of the earthquake that hit this city about 6 months ago. Many of the streets ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch July 5th 2011

Week 1 Christchurch. Na een lange maar soepele reis van meer dan 30 uur zijn we in onze gevangenis (hostel) aangekomen. Het was wel even wennen om van de zomer in Nederland naar de winter in Nieuw Zeeland te gaan. Gelukkig zijn we goed voorbereid op pad gegaan en kon de winterjas snel tevoorschijn worden gehaald. Ons hostel, zoals hierboven genoemd, is een oude gevangenis met hele dikke muren die gelukkig goed bestand zijn tegen een aardbeving. Andere opties waren er ook bijna niet aangezien veel hostels gesloten zijn door de zware aardbeving die hier in Februari was. De stad Christchurch is zelf ook zwaar beschadigd waardoor er op dit moment niet veel te beleven is. De kern van de stad waar alle leuke barretjes en winkels waren, is afgesloten omdat ze alles aan het herstellen ... read more
Onze cel/slaapkamer

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