The day started with the usual. A shower. I checked the clock on my phone.
W was kind enough to wake up early to drop H and I off at the airport. We hurried over to find the Jetstar counter to check-in. What stood before us was one of the things I dreaded most.
A massive queue.
This is the last thing you want to see when your flight is at 6:15AM and you have to check in 30 minutes before. After waiting in line and finally reaching the front, we were redirected to another line. I glanced at my phone.
The chances of us making it on the flight were slim. We reached the front of the queue once again.
“You have missed your flight, it will be another $50 to get you on the next flight”
Regardless of the rocky start to the morning, I got to catch up with H, someone I don’t get to talk to very much due to her
very extremely tight schedule. The plane ride was just over and hour long, just enough time to hear H’s story of how she began to date W. She also gave me some great insight into thinking through relationships which is always appreciated.
Christchurch welcomed us with a breeze that made your goosebumps jump out of your skin. H and I met up with A and B as we waited for our ride. A friend of ours, J, was kind enough to offer to host us for the weekend at his house. As soon as we arrived at his house, we were bombarded with hugs from faces we hadn’t seen in about half a year. The plan for the afternoon was to explore our surroundings of Pegasus where we were staying just 20 minutes outside of Christchurch. J had planned a surprise for us for when we got back.
The surprise was well, definitely a surprise. This picture pretty much sums it up.
We later went to grab chinese food for dinner. Nothing like sharing good food with some good company.
Day 2 was pretty much the last full day we had to spend in Christchurch. A couple of us had already left for Auckland earlier in the morning due to personal matters. The plan today was to head out for a hike up Castlerock and then hang out at J’s church. On the way towards Castlerock, J took us to one of the redzones in Christchurch which was greatly affected by the earthquake back in 2011. Living in Auckland and hearing about the earthquake back then, I had never really fully realised the power of mother nature.
This used to be a road with many houses on both sides.
We arrived at the foot of Castlerock, our legs ached just looking up the mountain. And so we started our trek up. There were many breaks along the way up, at some points I regretted beginning the walk. Anytime I have this sort of attitude, the view just slaps me right in the face. Totally worth it.
We all then headed over to J’s church with some dinner from a takeaway and watched Kingsmen. I’m still real envious of the little home theatre they have in their church.
The final day was spent going to see J play hockey, cheering him on and just more good hangs with the crew. Everyone headed to the airport at separate times to check in and catch their flights. At the very end, only I was left with J and E. We shared our last half an hour together talking about what has been going on at church and what we all want to do after we graduate. I was also really encouraged by E about continuing to put my heart into discipling a couple of guys back in Auckland.
Overall, the weekend was well worth it, exploring Christchurch, catching up with good friends and just being able to get away from the busy city life. I usually like to end my blog posts with a song and conveniently my friend J was playing this song in his car all weekend. It’s surprisingly catchy.