We had a wander around town, which the New Zealand tourism industry promotes as being more English than England, eh? and went to try and find a way of backing up our photos using a small hard drive or big pen drive, hard drives are into trilabytes these days and it doesnt make sense to spend so much money and send it back nearly empty
. Similarly a pen drive is nowhere near big enough so we would still end up spending a fortune. We decided to leave it and headed off to do some sight seeing. After a bit of "sushi of the day", there are loads of sushi shops here, we headed over to Christchurch art gallery, to see something we had been looking forward to doing ever since we arrived. One of our favourite artists, Ron Mueck, was doing an exhibition here and we couldnt wait to see his work up close. We headed into the art gallery and paid the £7 entrance fee. As soon as we got inside we were blown away. The sculpures are some of the most lifelike things you have ever seen down to the most incredible details like goosebumps on flesh, pores, stubble etc. The sculptures sizes vary significantly from really small (dead dad) to about 20 foot (the woman in bed and wild man are huge (one of Mueck's interests is playing with perspective to give his work more impact). We spent ages inside which considering there may only be about 20 exhibits is amazing. It was one of the most incredible exhibitions that we have ever been to.
We then headed off to the Christchurch museum, which didnt really have much more to offer us after doing both Te Papa and Auckland museum, except one thing... a piece of green stone that when speaking to my dad advised me that a member of our family who emmigrated to New Zealand many years ago actually found, quite simply incredible to think back all those generations. We had a good look around all the weekend markets and the botanical gardens before deciding to retire back to the hotel for more tv, internet (to plan south america) etc.
The rrom is lovely so we are enjoying it before getting back to dorm rooms in South America.
We did our washing and also skyped home to see baby Ellie as well. The phone calls ended up keeping us awake so at about 11:00pm we shut down the computer and went out and got chips and cheese from a local takeaway which was great.
We woke up full of the joys of spring (sorry those at home stuck in the back end of Autumn) and decided to head off to try and get some more malaria tablets, having been on them for the first seven months of our trip it was time to stock up again for malarial zones in South and Central America. We headed to the travel clinic however it appeared to be closed so went and posted some stuff back home to Erica's mum and dad. We saw lots of evidence still from the big earthquakes and noticed that we are still having about 10 aftershocks a day although they are so small we havent noticed them we just see them on the t'interweb.