Creeping around Christchurch

Before I start, let me just say I had only one hour to do all my bookings for the South Island. And because of that I didn’t realize that I would literally just stay in Christchurch for the night. When I arrived, it was already 7pm and I was leaving at 8am when the sun was starting to make an appearance. So you can imagine my dismay at finding out I couldn’t explore the city I was staying in.

Bevor ich loslege, lasst mich nur sagen, dass ich nur eine Stunde Zeit hatte meine gesamte Reise auf der Südinsel zu planen. Deshalb war mir gar nicht klar, dass ich in Christchurch wortwörtlich nur eine Nacht bleiben würde. Denn ich kam 7 Uhr abends an und musste um 8 Uhr früh wieder fort. Ihr könnt euch also vorstellen, wie traurig ich darüber war, dass ich die Stadt in der ich übernachten würde nicht erkunden kann.


But who are we talking about here? I still went out to explore! I mean, come on. In summer it would still be light out, so why not pretend? Camera in hand I set out to take a stroll along the steaming river, following Canterbury and Oxford Terrace. Funnily enough, the street names in Christchurch all seem to be (mostly British) place names. It’s fitting then that Christchurch really reminds me of England.

Aber von wem reden wir hier? Natürlich hielt mich das nicht ab. Ich meine, im Sommer wäre es um die Zeit noch hell. Also warum nicht so tun als ob? Mit der meiner treuen Kamera spazierte ich also den dampfenden Fluss entlang auf den Straßen Oxford und Cambridge Terrace. Witzigerweise tragen anscheinend alle Straßen in Christchurch Namen von (zumeist britischen) Orten. Dann passt es ja, dass mich Christchurch sehr an England erinnert.


If you’re wondering, I was perfectly fine walking alone late in the evening. The city was quite quiet, well lit and I was probably creeping out people by hunching down in the wavering mist to take pictures of everything. And just to creep you out as well, here is a photo of a cemetery at night.

Falls ihr euch Sorg gemacht habt, es ist absolut kein Problem am späten Abend durch Christchurch zu laufen. Die Stadt ist sehr ruhig, gut beleuchtet und ich hab wahrscheinlich eher den Leuten Angst eingejagt so wie ich durch den Nebel geschlichen bin, um Fotos zu schießen. Und um euch jetzt auch zu gruseln, hier ein Foto von einem Friedhof bei Nacht.


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    Hi Anne-marie

    Awesome photos – though you must go re visit Christchurch. I know it is full of earthquake damage, but there are awesome creative spots around, and it is really up and coming.
    I lived there for over two years, and it is my adopted home.

    1. Hi Abbi, I think you’re right. I only visited at night and that doesn’t really allow for a great overview. I read all the brochure stuff of it eing edgy and “like a phoenix out of the ashes” but the roadworks everywhere really confused me with that in mind. How long have you been living there?

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