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Christchurch or Cambridge?

It’s hard to tell the difference

sunny 23 °C
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The title’s a bit harsh. You can tell the difference…there are fewer students in Christchurch. The day began eventfully. At about 0745 the earth moved. Literally. It was just one of the 6000 or so after-shocks Christchurch has experienced since the major earthquake last September. It’s a daily occurrence apparently but no one runs now. It did set the theme for the day though. We did 3 city walks all of which were littered with buildings being propped up or bits of them being supported in some way; most of them old buildings. Quite a few places no longer exist but a lot of work is going on, not just to repair the city, but to improve parts of it. We basically did the tourist thing for the day taking photos of lots of typical tourist sites, mixing with the locals, taking in the ambience and then ended the site-seeing part of the day listening to a jazz band outside the art gallery with a glass of wine in hand. Dinner consisted of a traditional New Zealand dish… Indian! The difference was you could order good wine with it for a change. A good day spent wandering in the sun in a lovely city.

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