Last night was one of the best night’s sleep I’ve had in a long time. It was so nice to have big, warm, comfy bed to myself and a dark, quiet hotel room. I didn’t have to set an alarm to catch a bus or for an activity for once. I decided to walk a mile down the street to the South City Mall for a grocery store stop, had some shitty Chinese food for lunch, and bought season 3 of The Big Bang Theory for my sanity.
The weather is still gloomy and cold, but I think I would still prefer this winter over the hot and humid summer back home. As the end of New Zealand is quickly drawing near, I need to get some travel errands done before my flight to Singapore. I feel like I’ve got this whole traveling thing down to a formula. Laundry, packing, download Google Maps (so important!), snacks and rehydration. The purpose of my time in Christchurch was pretty much to unwind, reorganize, and prepare for the last leg of my trip back to Southeast Asia.
As a city, there’s not much to do here. I’d probably only recommend one night in Christchurch for other travelers, but it has a neat sense of hope and redemption throughout the city. In the process of rebuilding, there are hints of modern art and lots of botanic accents amongst the rubble, which is a really beautiful thing to see. I think the idea of recreating a city from scratch is one that doesn’t come very often. If done properly, they could really turn the city into a great place in a couple more years.
Everywhere you look in Christchurch there is hope. It’s a hard thing to describe but if you came here and saw it firsthand, you would definitely see it in the town and the construction and in the people.