Let's face it, working in portacoms under the airport flight path, in a fairly grotty part of town, is not especially pleasant.
The quake has destroyed many of Christchurch's iconic buildings. These before and after photographs illustrate the changing cityscape.
Blog: Distant and of course unscathed by the quakes, I was still a proxy for my American friends to express condolences to the entire country.
I miss the elderly residents from Redcliffs Rest Home who would come to the coffee group I run. I miss the old normal but day by day I am learning to enjoy aspects of my friend's 'new normal'.