We got POWER !
I am skipping an jumping and singing
♫♪♫ tjolla hop !
After a week of having dinner by candle light (very cosy and romantic of course)
and going to sleep and waking up with the chooks,
we just got power restored to our little valley suburb.
We still have no running water
and our area is still waiting on the coveted portaloo
(oh, let's hope we'll get one of the fancy ones that are on their way from the States...)
But to tell you all the truth, it's all not that important.
I was in the centre of the city when the quake struck
and I am just so happy to have made it home alive.
I left my car in the parking garage
(will it ever come out ? probably not, the CBD is a war zone)
I escaped the office building I was in when it started to shake like mad
and made my way into the street
and eventually out of the CBD on my way home.
Partly hitched a ride, partly walked and waded through the liquifaction and flooded areas. Walked the long stretch of coastal road where the cracks in the pavement were out of this world, I felt as if I was walking in a movie or a computer game or something, it didn't really feel real. A week on and it feels as if it happened yesterday and also it feels as if much longer time has passed, very strange still. Our house still stands and therefor I am so grateful and for the fact that my family and the friends and people that are close to me here are all accounted for and okay. But sad that this second time around Christchurch has not survived this earthquake without casualties. As I mentioned, I just got the power restored, so I will now hop to all the places and emails to leave a sign of life and to say I will be back with more news soon.
Take care and lots of love
♥ Aroha ! ♥ Love ♥