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Through the eyes of a visitor

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Last updated 05:00, July 12 2018

Mixed memories of Christchurch from 20 years ago include cafes in Cashel St and visits to Hagley Park.

OPINION: The last time I spent more than a few hours in Christchurch was nearly 20 years ago.

Nearly a decade before that I'd spent two years there as a frugal student.

I had mixed memories of the city. Looking back now I see the bad memories as more a reflection of wanderlust-induced anxiety and an aversion to a static desk-bound existence in a long-since demolished ramshackle cottage on Peacock St.

Christchurch's new justice and emergency services precinct are amonsgt the new buildings emerging in the quake-hit central city.

Mostly I remember a mix of massive nor'west arches above long straight roads, cafes on Cashel St, afternoon reveries in Hagley Park and Cathedral Square, and a fairly undignified trip down the Avon River on a raft struggling to float under the weight of beer.

Earlier this month a family emergency prompted an unplanned trip from my current home of Hawke's Bay.

Our regions share a similarity in landscape, wine, climate (to some extent) and earthquakes.


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