Blog Day 216 Wed 7th December 2011
Fly to Christchurch!
This morning we are up bright and early and down to the kitchen for some Curtis style eggs (these are going to now feature regularly in our breakfast diet I think). A few last bits are stuffed into the bags and before we know it the airport shuttle is here. We had had a good start to the day that is until we met the driver of our shuttle. Trevor the Thai! And yes he was Thai! Not saying that we have anything against Thai people but we had forgotten just how impatient and impolite some of them could be, which summed Trev up in a nutshell.
On the way to the airport we manage to speak to Renee and thank her for everything she has done for us whilst we have been in Oz. She says she will gladly hook us up in New Zealand, which will be right handy!
The flight over to New Zealand was probably the best flight we had had so far on the trip! There were literally thousands of movies and the grub wasn't all that bad either. If anything we wished it had been a little longer.
At Christchurch airport we find ourselves at the Taxi rank all prepped with the Irish lass' address in our hands. We have 3 options, taxi, airport shuttle, or bus to the city then taxi to their house. We decide on the airport shuttle. It's a door-to-door service and at a cost of $29 for the 2 of us we couldn't grumble. There are only 4 people on the bus and the driver has to go out of his way a little to drop the other couple off. He asks if we mind being dropped of second, which of course we don't, and as a thank you he takes us on a little tour of what's left of Christchurch. The earthquake was devastating but it looks as though the city is recovering well. It's quite weird really as we are driving along. There are whole rows of houses fully in tact with one house in the middle that didn't make it. Heritage buildings such as church's and old houses are being supported with timber and metal props. We were amazed to see church steeples sitting on the ground next to what remained of the church and this was done on almost every church in the city. Just driving past it was a real eye opener.
We pull up to the girl's house and Clodagh lets us in. The girls are in a 5 bedroom communal house where they each rent an en-suit room and share a garden and kitchen. As there are 4 of them they have decided to rent out the whole house leaving one room spare………………………for us!
One by one the girls all come back from the hospital (they are doctors by the way) and we spend the rest of the evening catching up and eating pizza!