12 October 2004
Kia Ora, this is Jennifer writing to you from New Zealand. We arrived today after a joyous red-eye flight packed with inflight movies and plenty of airplane food. Customs let us through despite our 900 pounds of luggage and Mike’s pockets full of food. We were then whisked away to the CDC (Clothing Distribution Center) where they distribute all of our ECW (Extreme Cold Weather) gear that we need for the next two months (get used to the acronyms). There, we received a laundry list of clothes including 6 pairs of gloves, 2 sets of long underwear, 2 jackets, 6 pairs of socks, 3 hats, wind pants, and goggles. After all that ‘shopping’ we were all hungry, so we promptly went to lunch.
Following a large meal, we set out on a mission to find cheese. Because we knew that we would be eating food that had been frozen, thawed, and then refrozen at least two times while we were at McMurdo, we wanted to bring a little something special down as a treat. Stacy knew of a cheese factory somewhere in Christchurch (emphasis on somewhere). After circumnavigating the entire city of Christchurch for a couple hours, we finally broke down and asked for directions. We found out that we were on the complete opposite side of town. So, we set out to find a new place, the Cheese Monger. About 45 minutes later, we found ourselves exhausted, but sampling cheese in their temperature controlled tasting room. We purchased as much as we thought would keep for at least a few weeks and then went back to our lovely accommodations to take a nap. Exhausted from traveling, but always eager to eat, we enjoyed our last meal in Christchurch of something we knew we would not be eating in McMurdo…sushi…yummm!
Spring in Christchurch! Andrew in his new ECW gear ready for action.
Sightseeing in Christchurch.