Cordoning off an entire city

February 16, 2012 No Comments by Tiramisue

It’s been a year and a half since Christchurch had their first major earthquake. Since then there’ve been three other major quakes, and thousands of other tiny ones that take place almost every other day or so.

We couldn’t help but do some earthquake tourism while here.


The entire city centre has been cordoned off because they were the worst hit, and the tall buildings just makes the area extra unsafe. Beyond the barricades it’s a ghost town.

It reminded me of something that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. It took me a while to figure out it looked like that area had been overrun by zombies. I wonder what it says about me if the first thing that comes to mind is a zombie apocalypse.

I blame Left 4 Dead. And The Walking Dead. And every other zombie movie / game out there.

We checked out the container mall nearby, and wow it was NOTHING like what I imagined container shops to be.

When I was in primary school we had lessons in a container classroom because we ran out of actual classroom space. It was tiny and you could only fit two desks across. I imagined the Christchurch container mall to be a smattering of random containers, that were spartan, small, and had horrible florescent lighting.

We walked away from the desserted old city and right past some fancy shops, so fancy it took me a second to realise *this* was the container mall our friends were talking about. These shops were very flash, as my Kiwi friends would say. I prefer posh. But you get the idea.

They looked every bit like the high end shops that they were[, except in containers that didn't look like containers at all.

We went into a bunch of them and shot videos of Eunice doing her skater spins. My favourite was in this super pretty lingerie shop: Hot Damn! It's gonna be hilarious when that video eventually comes out.

I thought the point of using containers was so the shops could move out easily once they’ve decided where the new city’s gonna be. I don’t know if this container mall is meant to be a permanent fixture or not, but they certainly don’t look temporary.

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