The day started off upbeat with a lovely drive from Dunedin to Christchurch via Hampden to visit the Moeraki Boulders along the way.
But the mood changed upon arriving in Christchurch.
First, I was taken aback by the extent of the destruction still evident nearly four years after the February 2011 earthquake.
But as the Captain and I wandered Christchurch, and spent some time with a friend there, I began to see a city in transition…..
…a city rebuilding…
…and welcoming new residents like my friend and fellow sailor, Dr Charlotte Daker, who recently relocated to Christchurch after sailing to New Zealand from Ecuador and LOVES it here.
I was invigorated by the rebirth of this city and learned that while Christchurch will never forget the past, it is looking to the future.
Christchurch is a place to be.