New Zealand Or Bust

Safe and sound

David and I are safe and sound in Wellington still, and did not feel the 6.3 earthquake that hit Christchurch a few hours ago. We have ferry tickets for tomorrow morning to go to Picton, and were planning on biking down the west coast to queenstown over the next week, but instead we may head to Christchurch to help with earthquake relief efforts.
Yesterday David and I soaked up the sun and swam in the exceptionally clean bay. We watched a really silly “campground chaos” circus after dinner featuring a USA tourist contortionist, a rugby playing juggler, a punk rock hula hooper, a bird woman trapeze act, and a dj opossum that set the mood of the show.
The city of Wellington is like the sf of NZ, full of culture, politics,  university life and all around an alive city. Today we went to the TePapa museum and learned about the history of NZ settlement. It has an uncanny resemblance to USA settlement in the sense that Maori tribes have been abused as Native American tribes, and there is a growing trend toward deforestation in the name of farmland… westernization. The weather was gloomy today, overcast with light rain – rather fitting for the earthquake devastation and our newfound knowledge that this paradise has a dark side to their history as well. We have a feeling that the rest of our trip may not go as planned and it might be time o try out a bit of altruism.
The man we’ve been staying with in Wellington is Gary and many thanks to how hospitable he is; a truly goodhearted man who is a graphic designer by day, youth cycling coach by afternoon, and warm shower host by night. David and I just feel like the least we can do to this wonderful country that has been so good to us is to try to give back too.
And just to end on a more uplifting note, happy birthday to my little brother Griffin! The big 1-5!!

2 thoughts on “Safe and sound

  1. Glad that you two were stirred, but not shaken by the recent New Zealand earthquake.

    Two of my favorite songs by one of my favorite performers.

    Love, Dad

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