Final disembarkation

Well! I did it! 26 day cruise. Arrived in Hong Kong. Can’t tell you how happy I am to get off the ship! But it is a real mixture of emotions. The ship becomes your home for the time you are on it. You exist in this little bubble of life travelling between countries, climates and time zones on its own little adventure with little worry of anything else happening in the world.

It has by no means been a bad experience but it has definitely been very interesting from my own standing. Certainly the last two nights Onboard the ship were horrible as we were in particularly bad weather. A shame really to have ended it in that way. Wind howling, rain intermittent and large swell meant I didn’t sleep particularly well at all. In fact on both of the last nights I was woken by the weather at around 3am where I then got up and dressed and left our cabin to wander around the ship in order to feel some kind of sense of normality. It probably did the opposite though. There was no one around but all the lights were on. The huge vessel moving quite significantly from side to side. My only guess is that this older generation Onboard are so well weathered by life at sea (pardon the pun) that they have the amazing ability to just sleep right through it. This is certainly the case for mum anyway. So this weird ghost ship like existence of the ship at 3am fascinated me.

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I had no idea what to expect upon entering Christchurch. I briefly stayed here for one night earlier on in my trip before taking the early morning tranzalpine train across to greymouth on the west coast. Then, I had stayed right near the train station, a little walk from the centre of the city. But I didn’t really delve into the Christchurch centre. I knew I was coming back.

On arriving here today, it initially seemed like a normal town. Driving into the suburbial areas I could have been in any other town. I mean, it wasn’t rammed with people; this vast country only has 4 million residents. But it still held this chilled kiwi vibe of locals going about their Saturday morning business. In observation Christchurch feels very flat considering it’s surrounding coastal heights. And very flat compared to all the other cities I have been to here.

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Every time you go to a place you have been to before, new things happen, new experiences occur and therefore a new opinion about a place forms in your mind.   I first visited the USA on a family holiday to my grandparents place in Hilton head island in South Carolina. I was a baby, […]