Monday, June 20, 2011

Im Back from Christchurch But Shaken to the Core

Well I have returned to Australia albeit very shaken and sad for the residents of Christchurch.

I was in Akaroa on Monday for the major 6.3 earthquake and my goodness did I think I was nearing the end of my days.

My little room shook from side to side as I tried in vain to get to the nearest doorway! And then as soon as the shakes subsided I burst into tears!

I endured 40 aftershocks/earthquakes/tremors until I came home with my last one occuring just as I was boarding my Emirates flight back to Sydney.

A friend who is a detective in Christchurch took me through the Red Zone & it really is devastating to see what has happened to peoples homes, businesses and workplaces not to mention the damage done to cathedrals and sporting arenas :(

High Street Christchurch
New Zealand is though a truly beautiful country - the most stunning mountains that I have ever laid eyes on and the people are just so welcoming and warm despite what they continue to go through.

If you get the chance to go over and spend a few days please do it - they need to tourists to make some money and I'll admit there isn't much to do in and around ChCh BUT there is more to NZ then this one city so go on, book a holiday and take in the wonder that is NZ!!

Akaroa the night before the earthquake - stunning!

Arthurs Pass

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