And I'm home after 6 days. I am so happy! Let the school holidays begin.
These photos are from the city centre of Christchurch - there is huge amounts of building happening. There are also a lot of empty parking lots where buildings used to be. There are buildings still waiting to be demolished, which look just like the day they did when the big February earthquake struck. You can still see the emergency writing on door/windows checking that the building was clear of people days after the quake. The big cathedral stands there behind a fence. It is very very hard to pinpoint things. There are road blocks in places. Roads open and close every day, all over the city. People drive to work one day, try it the next, then have to figure out an alternative route. (too many to post in one entry - what I am really trying to get across is the absolute devastation which is still very very apparent. The people are very strong. There are parts of the city which were not as affected as much. But the mental health of many many people, including children and teens, I think is very very worrying - years on people are still fighting insurance companies. The government too has let a lot of people down)