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Christchurch. A city that I admire so much. My closest large town but one we donโ€™t really venturing into beyond the outer suburbs and mall. Or theatre if we want t bit of culture. We arenโ€™t really city people. But today we headed in to do a discovery hunt at the botanic gardens, find the lego imagination station, ride the tram and see the cardboard cathedral. Ok the plan was actually just the Gardens and the Lego but it morphed into a full day in the city that we really enjoyed.

It is easy to forget the utter destruction of the earthquakes when you live out in the country and everything out here is fixed. 4 years on and the city is doing its upmost best to be a vibrant, busy cosmopolitan centre. The tram runs, the Re:Start Mall is great and the Cardboard Cathedral is breathtaking. Seriously, Iโ€™m not religious but it was a magical space.

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  1. That Cathedral is amazing!!!!

    We aren’t city people either. When we were younger we ventured into the city pretty regularly, but now, not so much. I can’t really remember the last time we were there actually.

  2. the lego center’s a good idea!!! it’s funny because for people like us, it’s something extraordinaire to visit a city ๐Ÿ™‚ does nim know how to walk in the streets, the fires and all that? because it isn’t easy when you’re in the middle of the street everyday ๐Ÿ™‚ well, it happens for us!
    that’s true, that church looks amazing, i’m not religious too, but as a monument, i really enjoy visiting churches… xx

  3. Looks like a lot of fun! We’re not city people, but we live in one somewhat begrudgingly, and this is a good reminder for me to do more the things that make cities wonderful. Thanks for sharing about the Cathedral, it is really such an interesting and inspiring story.

    1. Its a wonderful place. We don’t visit a lot but do love an occasional visit to the big smoke ๐Ÿ™‚ I think doing it less often makes it more interesting and we tend to opt for educational/cultural to make sure its not just slogging about in the streets.

  4. Wow, that cathedral looks amazing, I love the window. This may be a stupid question but is it called cardboard because it looks a little like it, or is there actually any cardboard in the construction anywhere?! It seemed very strange to be seeing photos of Nim in quite alien surroundings as I paged down through this post, it definitely comes through in your blog that you’re not city people!

    1. Yup – actual cardboard – those huge ‘tubes’ are industrial cardboard – the outer sides are shipping containers and the roof is poly corrugated. Once the real Cathedral is rebuilt (within the next 10 years) the ‘temporary’ will be re-purposed to be the Church that was on that site (which was lost in the quake)

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