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Arriving in Christchurch – Day 62
Saturday 28th May 2005
It was not a hugely exciting day today, but one that involved driving and walking. My destination was Christchurch.
I awoke and managed to leave quite early this morning to be on my way. I wanted to get to Christchurch in good time to be able to sort my car out and get repairs done for my Warrant of Fitness. It wasn’t a particularly long drive, and the weather was lovely today, so it was a good start to the day.
Once in Christchurch it was immediately evident just how much of a pain it is to drive around. It reminded me of a more attractive London. It was very pretty everywhere, very green in places, but still heavily built up, and the one-way systems leave you going around in circles. It is known as the city that resembles that of an English city, and it’s easy to see why. Trams occupy a lot of the road space, and the buildings and parks that fill my field of vision do resemble that of an older English city.
I got to my hostel and set out on foot to find an information centre. It was nice to walk around this city, there is lots going on all around, and I found a fair few places to stop and sit, and to admire and enjoy. I love to watch the world go by. I had an objective, though, so I needed to be getting on with looking for the info centre.
I found out from the girl behind the desk that all places were closed both Saturday and Sunday, and as I needed the car finished by Tuesday, this was cutting it very fine indeed. I walked back to the hostel, deep in thought, agonising over what I should do. Should I stay here until Monday, shall I forget about the W.O.F and just hope I don’t get caught, or do I make use of this weekend and do something different? I couldn’t really see any other reason but to make use of the weekend. With that in mind, I knew I would be making a trip to Akaroa tomorrow, with the intention of returning here for Monday.
I spent the afternoon checking e-mails and doing some shopping, whilst watching the world go by, then walked back to the hostel for the evening and busied myself until I was ready for bed.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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