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February 7, 2003

Last day in Christchurch?

What, am I still here? Yes. Yesterday was not very productive. Productive? What? Aren't you supposed to be on vacation?

Yes. But I'm having a hard time finding my ideal travelling mentality. Yesterday, it was feeling like a chore. Bus schedules and trip reservations and accomodations and blah blah blah blah blah. So I looked into bookings and then didn't make any. I had a nice tea with Erin and took a nice nap and then, in the evening, after I'd given up, went for Vietnemese food with Erin and Jen and then went by myself for a walk through the botanical gardens. They didn't strike me as much as they might have had I gone there immediately after getting off the ice, but they struck me as they would have struck me anyway, which was still nice. I went at the best time of day--dusk--and strolled and then sat until almost dark. I savored the intoxicating smell of the roses, white, pink, red, yellow, and mulled over the thick, thorned stems. There is an alpine ash that looks like about 12 trees spiraled into one, and I spent a good amount of time looking at that as well. I ended by a pond. Lilly pads, calm water, insects singing. "In the garden. The light from the sun is fading. The sky whitens, and the trees darken in hue. Insects sing songs of clicking and whirring behind me; ducks cackle in the distance. I can still see a hint of orange in the small tree across the pond." Afterwards, I met up with Erin and Jen for desert. Chocolate mousse. Very fancy. Decadent. And, well, chocolate.

Today, running errands. First stop: Immigration. Several of us (I ran into others from the ice) didn't have the letter we needed to extend our visitor's permit. I need to go back.

Then, shopping. Getting a few items to send down to some friends who are wintering over.

Then, to the CDC (Clothing Distribution Center, part of the U.S. Antarctic Center). To hand over the package for my friends, to pick up the letter for Immigration, to drop some of my things and to pick up some others. And, to do a few things on the internet.

Where should I go? Logistics, logistics. Most likely, I will head south, to the fjords.

Posted by beth at February 7, 2003 11:33 AM


Hey, our little armchair Antarctic adventure has morphed into SEENEWZEALAND.com! OK, let's go. Don't forget your suitcase full of GPS's for your full-island plate tectonic survey. -- LC

Posted by: Larry C. at February 8, 2003 8:34 AM