|Emma and Drew walk through Christchurch|
|Special soda made in New Zealand|
|One of many murals found in town. This one features penguins!|
|An art installation and flower-covered viewing site in front of a destroyed church|
Later in the day we visited the Canterbury Museum where we learned about the Maori people, magical mirrors, Antarctica (of course), and dinosaurs. Next we headed over to the Botanical gardens. We were dazzled by the rose garden and the friendly ducks. Following a Thai dinner, we headed back to the hotel ready for our 6:30AM ice flight to McMurdo Station.
|Drew plays with mirrors|
At 5:15 this morning I received a call informing me that our flight had been delayed, and we weren’t in fact leaving for another 24 hours. So, naturally, I went back to bed. After a few more hours of sleep, we headed over to the International Antarctic Centre and had breakfast at their café. We then stopped back briefly at the hotel so I could pick up my bag that had been lost somewhere in Australia (hooray for clean clothes!).
In the afternoon we went back into town for lunch and visited a bookshop so Emma could look at Lord of The Rings books (her favorite). We then revisited the garden. There was a lot we missed yesterday! After we had our fill of flowers, ferns (Drew’s favorite), and ducks (my favorite), we took the bus over to the University of Canterbury. We roamed around the empty campus (it’s a large public school but they just started summer vacation) in awe and wished that BU had green grass and flowers. Finally, we went back towards our hotel, had burgers and veggie burgers for dinner, and treated ourselves to some Kiwi ice cream!
Now, my alarm is set, my bags are repacked, and my fingers are crossed, hoping that the weather allows us to get on the ice tomorrow!