While we were very close to Christchurch on that terrible day yesterday, we are fine and now in Wellington.
I guess it will cast a dark shadow over your holiday. Poor old Christchurch - first the earthquakes, now this. - Ian
Indeed Ian. We were at the alternative port, used I guess because Christchurch's port isn't ready for big ships.
What a nightmare :( The NZ families and Muslim congregations will never recover.We were in Jerusalem in 1996 when terrorists destroyed two school buses early one morning. We couldn't see the individual dead bodies of the children from the hotel veranda, but we could hear the explosions, the police, army and guns. The hotel moved all foreign guests to Tel Aviv that morning, but the horror lasted for a very long time.
I hope things will recover for most Hels but for some never. Terrorism is so random. Who would have thought Christchurch. Tell Aviv always seems to be a better place to be.
Good to hear you are safe - did you tender at Arkaroa? Lovely little town isn't itCathy
Cathy, we did and had a very pleasant time in the charming little town.
Thank you for letting us know. I did hope you were safe when I saw it on the news.
River, scarily close. Ship passengers are still talking about it but moving on.
Glad to hear you are safe. No doubt the mood of people in NZ is very sombre. Take care.
As Australians Marie, I thought we might have been pelted with rotten tomatoes when on shore the next day but there is no feeling of blame towards us.
Thank goodness, Andrew.
Strayer, you prompted me to make the post. We were too close for comfort. Thanks.
Thanx So Much For Checking In - Couldn't believe my eyes and I knew that you were on a holiday - WoW - I Mean WoWMuch Love Brother
Thank you for letting us know you are safe. What a sad and horrific and pointless loss of life.
Just such a place you would never imagine it to happen Jenny.
Glad you're safe. This kind of thing's become almost commonplace where in the US. Hate to think it might become commonplace everywhere.
Kirk, NZ is not perfect but pretty damn good. Christchurch welcomed these people in their midst and it went so horribly wrong.
Glad you are ok Andrew and checked in to let us know.I feel sad that such atrocities happenned in such a peaceful country. They shouldn't happen anywhere either!
Sami, yes, should not happen anywhere and least of all here.
That's really bad that it happened during your holidays and you were so close but fortunately not there !!
Gattina, a few kilometers away and no threat to us, but so awful.
Such a shock Andrew. Thank heavens yourself and R are ok, so incredibly sad for those who lost family and friends ✨
Truly so Grace. Thanks.
Thank goodness you both are alright.Enjoy your holiday - we have arrived home again till next time.
Margaret, I thought of you today when I heard of a cyclone approaching FNQ, wondering where you were.
Glad you are OK. While you're in Wellington, get yourself some nice boots.
Nice work, Forsythia.
Such sadness...unnecessary violence...Christchurch is a lovely city inhabited by friendly, welcoming people. My heart cries in sympathy.
Lee, although we did not visit this time, it was quite lovely in the 80s. Bad day for NZ.
I thought of you both and hoped and prayed you were no where near this. Terrible business. So sad.I hope that your holiday is going well, nonetheless!
Sadly we were Maribeth, but safely home now and people on the ship recovered quickly from the shock of the day.
So thrilled to hear that you are well, but so sad to hear about the others. Stay strong! RO
Stopping in to wave hello! Hugs...RO
Just a quick note to say I hope you are enjoying your holiday but I am missing you and your posts. :)
What a nice thing to say Snoskred. While we are home it always takes me time to get my blogging mojo back, and sort through photos.
Democracy is all very well, but why give it to the people? - Audrey Forbes-Hamilton.