We climb about the silver birdie shortly on our way home. We'll be back in the office this afternoon, whereupon normal life (and blogging) will resume. We'll have a few more reflections on our visit in due course; perhaps tomorrow, when we have processed the events of yesterday.
It's been an interesting few days down in Christchurch to say the least. Actually "interesting" isn't the right word; we used "surreal" yesterday, but could just have easily used "sobering" or "harrowing".
But the overwhelming emotion we've experienced is hope. No-one we've met over the last few days is abandoning their home city, and everyone expects a stronger and more vibrant Christchurch to emerge from the rubble, the dust, the liquefaction and the stench. That says a lot for the inconquerable nature of the human spirit.