Yesterday our friends Mark and Dana from s/v Northfork returned from their hiking trip. They braved being exposed to our colds and came over with their car to take us to downtown Christchurch for lunch. Going into town there were a lot of tourists visiting for the 18th World Buskers Festival. Buskers are street performers. So spread throughout town were many performers and crowds watching them.
We had a nice lunch at a Mexican restaurant and watched the trolley going by our table. Then we walked to the main town square where one busker was performing. Dana didn’t think much of his antics though, so we left to a nearby Starbucks. After Mark and I went to add more money to the parking meter, we walked more around town. We saw a WWI memorial arch, went through a university, saw the river winding its way through town, and saw fountains in the parks.
Here is a photo album from our day:
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While traveling around the city you can see many signs of the earthquakes all throughout Christchurch. Many of the churches have their steeples on the ground so they can either effect repairs to the foundation, or maybe to just protect them from the continuing ground shakes that are still occurring here. We haven’t felt one yet, but they happen every few days apparently.
Considering the colds Karen and I have, we did pretty well getting out for an afternoon. Mark and Dana were kind enough to lend us their car. So, we went to the grocery store before heading back to the hotel. We opted to stay in the hotel rather than expose Mark and Dana to our germs.