I've been down to Christchurch a lot for work and pleasure over the last year. Its a city still dealing with frequent aftershocks but it seems to have a real buzz too. On my last trip I visited the Container City. I was pleasantly delighted. The area was alive and vibrant. They've really created a wonderful atmosphere and provided funky and fun shops. Beautiful and bright flowers are dotted here and there.
But there's still evidence of the mountain that the city had to climb. I visited the old main square (Cathedral Square) and gazed in abandoned windows and looked at fallen buildings. It was heart breaking and fascinating at the same time. I still can't get my head around how close all this was to the bright and welcoming container city.
Myself and my friend walked with a throng of people on the last day the square was open and parts of it were very somber. Demolition is ongoing but a number of buildings are waiting the demolition crews.
Coming out of the square and the walk, the vibrant flowers were a much needed tonic. I was only an infrequent visitor to Christchurch so I found it hard to picture much of the affected area as it was. But it still had a very sobering impact. I wanted to leave you all on the same positive and vibrant note.