We have made the jump across the very big pond to New Zealand. We landed a bit late in Christchurch and were surprised to find no one waiting for us. There was a slight mistake and a phone call got us a Supershuttle ride to our hotel. We were supposed to be met by a Globus representative but there was no one to be found. Luckily the whole situation was rectified when we got back to our hotel after a walk and dinner. Frank and Ozzie were waiting for us. They had been given 5:00 as the meeting time while we had 3:00. Their charm and concern more than made up for the earlier problems.
We are really only here overnight so this will be a short time here. We did find out at the airport that Christchurch is a sister city of Seattle, WA. Alex, did you know that? Right in the center of town there is a cathedral as well as some other very interesting looking buildings. We wandered around the town and then asked some locals for dinner recommendation. We ate wonderful fish and chips at The Taproom. Very authentic, wrapped in newspaper. Then back to our hotel where we met our Globus reps.
This town is very British looking. They do have a River Avon where you can go for a punt ride. It is lovely. One area we saw had weeping willows hanging down over it. The weather here is a bit chillier, I guess because we are getting closer to Antarctica. We head to Queenstown tomorrow where we will be seeing more of the Maori culture.
One thing we forgot to mention yesterday was the Aussie observance of Earth Hour. Did anyone hear about that at home? From 8 -9 lights on Saturday night, lights dimmed across the city. We were eating dinner at the hotel and they dimmed the lights in the dining room. I think they said that Australia was where it started and then moved across the country.
One thing we will not miss in Sydney is the TV. Very few stations and one channel had someone singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow 24 hours a day, much like we have Law and Order 24 hours a day.