Well, can you believe it? Less than one week to go till Christmas and two weeks till 2012. Gosh, where does time go? I know, I’m an old fart for saying that, but it’s true.
Anyways, I’ve been indulging in some photo gluttony with my camera lately, so I’m thinking I might have to fill this next week with just New Zealand posts for a good cleanse, that ok?
Today I wanted to focus on this great little city, Christchurch. It has literally been through hell and back since the February Earthquake. In fact, many people refer to it as “the day the earth roared.”
Gosh I remember that day, but only because we were worried sick about family. Luckily everyone was safe. In fact, it was my mother in law’s day off work. She worked in the city Centre, which is now the red zone. I think God had angels on her that day. We are thankful for that!
But despite the devastation, this city came together and poured out great love and kindness. They say that the city may not look the same, but the people are forever changed, and with that it’s made this city even more full of beauty.
Last week we finally made it downtown. I knew the hubs would be a little sad going but it was something he just had to see for himself. The last time we were there together was 2007. We parked far and decided to walk the long way around since most of the streets were still in the red zone.
We passed by a few restaurants and bars which had yet to be touched since the earthquake. I guess they are not allowed to go back in them quite yet. You can see the plates and glasses are still shattered on the ground. Crazy!
Then there is the Centre. This is just one part of it.
Most of the damage you cannot see but trust me, it’s there. In fact, the coffee shop we used to hang out in is in there somewhere.
Just a few steps away from the red zone there is the another zone. I like to call it the NEW BEGINNING Zone.
They knocked down a lot of the damaged buildings and replaced them with crates. These crates have been turned into bright vintage stores and cafes
Even the town’s oldest grocer made his way back to the center.
New flower pots next to the rail, and new city flags flying high.
Christchurch is coming back slowly but surely. As you walk these streets there is a somber feeling but there is also a peaceful feeling….
an “all is well” feeling.
And with that being said, I wish you all an ALL IS WELL this Monday!
Take hold of it, embrace it, and share that WELL feeling this week before Christmas.
You’ll be glad you did.
Sending LOVE from Christchurch,