Another day, another country...
After 3 long flights (Cairns -> Sydney -> Auckland ->
Christchurch), we finally made it to New Zealand - country #9! And
Yes, we chose to travel through this stunning country
in the middle of winter. In fact, as most of you just
lived through the longest day of the year, we were
fortunate enough to be here for the shortest. It was
dark by 5 and won't get much better for the rest of
our stay here. At least the days will can only get longer...
Arrived in Christchurch about 8pm. Checked into our
first youth hostile since we've been away. A double
room but shared toilets and showers. We're used to
that since spending 2 months camping. But for some
reason it didn't seem right indoors...
Christchurch is a lovely town that is about to be
turned inside out by thousands of Brits. It is the
host of the first match of the 2005 Lions Rugby Tour
vs the NZ All Blacks this Sat night. We wandered the
streets for almost a whole day to get tickets, but
there was no chance as they have been sold out for
The town is decked out in black flags and signs
welcoming the Lions fans. And there's a huge standing
tribute to the team in Huka position in the town
center (see photo). You can't help but absorb the
energy and excitiement of this place in anticipation
of a tournament that happens only once every 12 years
Even I'm excited about it, having become a rugby fan
by default -- I have even let myself be brainwashed into believing that American
football is indeed, a wimp sport. Sorry, Dad!
We spent 2 days in Christchurch. Went out one night
to watch the Lions test match, but basically took it
easy. Went back to the hostile where they had a large
TV room. To our thrills and excitement, Rambo Part II
was on! So we suffered through that amidst the scent
of beans on toast and pot noodle emanating from the
kitchen and the loud conversation 2 girls were having
right behind us. As much as we were happy to
experience the hostile way of life, we're happy we
elected to hire a camper van again.