the building is the sign

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views from Port Hills out west to the Southern Alps

For winter it was quite mild today...about 15 (roughly high 50s), so we (Rachel, Kara and I) took the opportunity to get out of the city and head up towards nature. Hopping on bus 10 from the city centre, we tried to escape the clouds, down Colombo St, and up into the mountains of Cashmere. We briefly enjoyed blue skys, but the southern alps were not so lucky. We were hoping for more picturesque pictures, but with the clouds lingering above the alps it was hard to capture the beauty of the snowcapped mountain range. The city centre of Christchurch is so flat as well as the surrrounding plains, but the flatness is juxtaposed nicely by the encompasing mountains (Port Hills to the south and the Southern Alps to the west). One completely sunny, blue sky day (which is bound to happen between now and October) I'll head back up to the Sign of the Takahe (the name of the walkway) to snap some clearer pictures of the dramatic scenery. Named after the flightless native New Zealand bird, the Takahe, it was initially one of the roadhouses part of a scheme to preserve the natural state of the Port Hills which overlook Christchurch and Lyttelton harbour. There's quite a few walks in that area of town that will need to be undertaken in the coming months.

My current dilemma: do I cut my hair short(er)? It's getting kind of annoying and I feel as though it makes me look far younger than my 22 years...

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views from Port Hills out west to …
views from Port Hills out west to…
Me, Rachel and Kara
Me, Rachel and Kara
Houses up on the hill
Houses up on the hill
the Sign of the Takahe (yes...the …
the Sign of the Takahe (yes...the…
the Takahe bird
the Takahe bird
Christchurch
photo by: Fulla