Stuck in Christchurch

By Lindsay Berkhout (University of Chicago Astronomy and Astrophyics Major)

Christchurch day 3

Our flight to McMurdo was scheduled for 4 p.m, so around 12:45 we got on a shuttle to the airport and packed our things. However, upon arrival, we found out our flight was delayed for 2 hours and then cancelled, so we gathered our boomerang bangs and headed back to the hotel, with our flight rescheduled to 2 days later.

This is as far as we got in the past few days.

I enjoyed the rest of the evening in and then went out for some Thai food on New Regent street.

New Regent Street in Christchurch, New Zealand. Its heritage buildings hold small shops and restaurants.

Christchurch day 4 

We had the day off as there are no flights scheduled out on Saturday, so we took a bus out to  Sumner and enjoyed the nice weather by taking a walk down the beach. I settled down to read for a bit (and sunburnt myself!), and took a little walk around town after heading back. Then, we went out to meet up with some friends of Suruj’s for dinner and a cup of tea. 

On top of Cave Rock with its signal at the end of Sumner beach.

Christchurch day 5 

We woke up to a message telling us our flight was delayed, then cancelled- so I set out to do some more exploring. I was able to take a full tour of the botanic gardens, including the conservatory and the New Zealand gardens, as well as enjoy the local art gallery (and some gelato!) 

Botanic Gardens.

Christchurch day 6

With a morning delay, another delay, a cancellation, and a rescheduling of our flight, we headed to the airport once again, only to be met with another cancellation upon arrival. We returned to our hotel and enjoyed a day off before we try again tomorrow. Meanwhile the city is buzzing with the International Busksers Festival in full swing with street performers showing up many street corners.

Buskers on High Street, Christchurch.