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Visiting Christchurch after the earthquake

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We were trying to walk to a hostel that did not seem far away but the task was almost impossible when we began to find streets cut everywhere. After 20 minutes without meeting any human being We saw a man walking his dog. Something that would be so everyday in any other city in the World here seemed totally surreal. Man emerged from silence and darkness as an appearance of another World that no longer existed. We asked him and he indicated the great detour we had to do to get to the hostel… ” If it is still open"He added. I was.

We found another lost backpacker who walked the streets of downtown without finding anything open. The three of us crossed with a police patrol who inspected one of the streets that could not be passed. There a group of operators of a demolition company was about to finish the day and one offered to take us with his van to the hostel. We accept and arrive at the hostel.

What we had seen at night was confirmed the next day.

We walked down downtown and dedicated ourselves to stroll through the streets that were allowed to do so. Abandoned houses everywhere, businesses with shattered glass and cracks on the facades, cracked and raised street pieces, old buildings almost destroyed and almost no human soul.

I had known the city in all its splendor in 2004 and gave no credit to what I saw.

Operators had restarted their daily work and were the only ones inside the fenced areas. We were able to read posters informing about inspections on the facades of the houses and some houses had graffiti style painted where it read “Don't demolish" The sign of a chiropractor's office was lying a few meters away on the sidewalk, a church that looked old just kept its foundations and a beautiful private house showed us its interior without having to open the door, by a collapsed wall.

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