On my way to Hanmer Springs for the weekend I had my first visit to Christchurch since the Earthquake four years ago. It is truly sobering. Where there was once a vibrant city it was eerily cleared and filled with bare spaces like a wasteland of emptiness. With hardly anyone around it had such a depressing sense of abandonment, a ghost city. My heart aches for all those slowly rebuilding their broken city… these are just a few images I took:
and it was very poignant to see the memorial sculpture to those 185 souls lost in the quake.
On our first visit to the city we were impressed by the resilience and optimism expressed by the locals we met, they seemed to be learning to dance with their banged-up hearts – we were just glad to get back to shakey ol’ Wellington!