Going to Church - Christchurch that is
Trip Start Mar 28, 2010
140Trip End May 31, 2011
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In a Ghostbusters van!
What can I say about Christchurch? Well, for starters it’s damn cold
The other thing that struck me early on during our visit to Christchurch is that it doesn’t seem to live up to the `ŭber-English look and feel` label that so many people seem to give it. I can’t quite put my finger on why exactly but Christchurch seems to remind me more of Calgary than it does any English city that I’ve been to. Call me crazy if you want to, I can take it. Perhaps it’s the just the weather that’s gone to my head and has me questioning the label
Now that we have weather and general aesthetics out of the way I can get to the usual high level overview of our time here that we seem to give. I`m not sure if we need to or should do this but it`s the template that we seem to have adopted. It is what it is I suppose. Anyways, I`m rambling again...
After dodging a near anal cavity search at the airport because I forgot to declare some peanuts that were in my bag – declare everything if you ever come here because they do not mess around – we made our way into town where our first night was spent in a very cosy little hostel – complete with hot water bottles to keep us warm at night – is this the 50s? It was our first night in a hostel or hotel in around 35 days which was a little weird but we adjust pretty quickly and actually quite enjoyed it. Perhaps we`re feeling recharged after our time in OZ? Tough to say at this point so let`s not speculate.
After visiting Lyndsey`s old pad and a couple of her favourite hangouts the next morning, we decided to take in one of the shows from the annual World Buskers Festival that just happened to be taking place while we were in town. Who knew such a thing existed? Do these people pay to fly to New Zealand to busk? Is it all part of a traveling road show? I have no idea but I`d like to know
After poking around the city a little more we made our way over to the Wicked Campers depot to pick up our home for the next month. That`s right, another campervan my friends. We loved it so much in Australia that we`re going to give it another go here. In case you are wondering, we`ve named our new campervan Zuul in honor of the Ghostbusters theme it`s been decorated in. Ghostbusters wouldn`t be our first choice for a van theme but we`ll work with it. On the plus side, Zuul is actually a very nice upgrade vs Floyd (from van quality perspective). It`s newer, cleaner (i.e. no cockroaches), brighter inside and can actually handle speeds in excess of 80 km/h – major bonus! Oh, and it`s an automatic, which is awesome for me.
Before pushing on south we spent a little time exploring the nearby Christchurch suburb of Sumner and the Port Hills south of there where we were treated to INCREDIBLE views of the South Pacific Sea
Well, this has been fun my friends but all good things must come to an end. I leave you with 2 additional observations I`ve made during our short time here in New Zealand:
1) Gas (petrol over here) is very expensive - 2 Kiwi dollars per liter for these poor people
2) Radio here is horrendous. I`m very glad Zuul is equipped with IPod capability