Day 148: Kaikoura to Christchurch
Ostrich farms, racecourses (there are more of them in this country of three and a half million than in the whole of England), fat healthy cows and a wonderful collection of town and village names - Parnassus, Belfast, Styx - lead us into Christchurch, third city of New Zealand.
It looks as English as its name suggests, but the reality is more complex. The English-sounding public schools like St Bede's and Christ's College are certainly there, but their intake is increasingly Asian. Our hotel may be called the Park Royal, but most of its rooms are taken by Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese tour groups. There are as many sushi bars in Christchurch as there are tea rooms.
I've been asleep an hour when the phone rings. It's the Sun newspaper. A very apologetic lady wants to talk to me about my wife. I don't want to talk to her about my wife. As I put the phone down I wonder if I should check the cupboards for photographers.
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- Series: Full Circle
- Day: 148
- Country/sea: New Zealand
- Place: Christchurch
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