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Kia Kaha Christchurch - 10 years on

Just over ten years ago I embarked on my first big travel experience. I booked a one way ticket to New Zealand for just me. What was originally intended as a short holiday, soon turned into a 15 month stay in this amazing country. About 10 weeks into my trip, I was back in Christchurch for a few days. However it appeared mother nature had other ideas...

Christchurch Cathedral before the 2011 earthquake
Christchurch Cathedral - This iconic building no longer exists

Please be warned there may be images or writing in this post that you may find distressing if you have been in an earthquake or were here. All pictures in this post are my own unless otherwise stated.

This is very difficult for me to have written. At the time of this experience and my travels; I was using tumblr and twitter regularly to log my trip but I later made my accounts of this day private, to help with my own mental health.

On the 22nd of February 2011 at 12:51 a disaster struck the city. An earthquake at a magnitude of 6.3 hit us.

I heard thunder but it came from the ground. At that moment I froze. The ground shook up and down, and