Over the last week or so, I’ve been following the news about the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.
In 2004 and 2005, I travelled to New Zealand twice, including visits to Christchurch. I’ve walked through it’s streets. Years later and an ocean away, seeing the state of the city after the quake…there are no words.
Donations can be made online via the New Zealand Red Cross website. More information can be found at the New Zealand Herald website.
The images below are random shots of Christchurch, circa April 2004. My apologies for the poor image quality. These were shot on a 5MP Vivitar, the first digital camera I owned.
Christchurch – April 2004
Statue & the Christchurch Cathedral spire – April 2004
Cathedral Square – April 2004
College is still the main focus of my life at the moment. We’re now well into Semester Two. So far, mostly good. We’ve just started the production of our major class project, Pacific Rim Magazine. The next two months are going to be busy beyond belief! 😀
The major highlight of the last few months was the extended visit of P, my boyfriend from Australia. It was his first overseas trip in about 30 years. During the course of his two month stay, he finally got to see Vancouver (and parts of Vancouver Island), met some of my friends here and witnessed the stress that comes with full-time college studies.
Having P be a part of my life over here for a while served to remind me of how much I miss him. Having one’s partner around on a day-to-day basis is something many people in long-term relationships often take for granted. When there’s long periods of enforced geographic separation between a couple – whatever the reason – it takes a lot to keep things going. Fortunately, for us, all is well and we’re keeping in regular contact. As I type this, we’re planning to meet up in Hawaii sometime in late August, once college is over. That will be a well-deserved vacation!
In other news, Vancouver recently had an unusual bout of freezing weather and snow. I’m hoping it’s the last blast of winter before spring kicks in. Apart from a recent trip to Bloedel Conservatory, I haven’t had many chances to get my camera out and about lately. However, I did grab some snow shots.
Here’s a panoramic view from my apartment of the snow-covered West End:
The aftermath of an overnight snow storm - West End (Vancouver), February 2011
Spring, wherefore art thou?