What a beautiful, South Pacific kind of day. Temperatures touching 90 (32 celsius). Slight, humid breeze and the smell of flowers and trees wherever you go in this city of Christchurch, New Zealand.
My brief stay here in Christchurch has been beautiful. It is sad to see the damage, and hear of the lives lost in the quake, but there are so many great things to see and do here. There is a beautiful botanical garden that we walked through. The city is very clean and welcoming to us visitors. The Kiwis here treat us so nice. Tomorrow morning, if the weather holds, we will be flying to the ice. My next journal will tell of the preparations made at the CDC (Clothing Distribution Center). We had some great training and received our ECW (Extreme Cold Weather gear). Stay tuned for tomorrow's journal where hopefully, I will share some of my first glimpses of what I have been anticipating for years...standing on the highest, windiest, driest, coldest, least populated continent of them all...Antarctica!