I am still in Christchurch New Zealand for one more night.
My aunt has left me this morning to travel to Sydney and then back to the United States. On the way to the airport she stops at the International Antarctic Centre. I did not join her but she tells me later that it is a very good attraction to visit. Maybe next time!
I start the day with laundry instead. After I hang all my clothes outside to dry I head out on my own to do some sightseeing in town.
I end up exploring inside the Canterbury Museum.
I see an exhibit of Moa birds that were used for food but are now extinct. At the time it was the tallest bird to walk the earth.
I also see artifacts of the Aotearoa, the East Polynesian settlers, the direct ancestors of Maori.
I am fascinated at the exhibition of a study done in New Zealand. In 1975 they studied about 1000 children born in Dunedin. They have been following them for their entire lives. The exhibit displays their findings. A good amount of valuable information has been gained from this study in the areas of mental illness, antisocial behavior, drug use, and much more. It is especially meaningful to me because the study is of members of my generation.
Earnest Shackleton! This name runs familiar because his struggles during one of his expeditions is now used as a tool for leadership training. In the past I was assigned an exercise in survival based on his experience as part of a leadership program at my previous job. It is interesting to see an exhibit on it now.
I scope out the local birds so I will know what to look out for when I start exploring more of New Zealand.
I visit an old timey town based on Christchurch in the late 1800’s.
What is squawkzilla? Apparently it is a recently discovered massive ancient parrot. Glad that thing is not around anymore. The cool thing about New Zealand versus Australia is you don’t feel like there are a bunch of animals trying to kill you in this country.
After the museum I wander around town a little more.
I start noticing what is still leftover from the damage done by the earthquakes of 2011.
I stop for an unhealthy snack and a cocktail at a bar with a nice view. Original Sin
I leisurely walk around town for a little while longer before heading back to my lodging for the evening. Tomorrow I set off on a new type of adventure.