Christ Church

Day 168
January 30, 2013
I’ve got a toothache so, although I hate the idea of wasting our last day in New Zealand, we spend the morning waiting to see a dentist. The practice is professional and sparkling clean. A young, tanned dentist, who looks like a Hollywood actor continually flashing his perfect teeth at me, takes an x ray and advises me to floss regularly. He says there is nothing he can do to help me. Gluing a bridge that has loosened is a job too risky for him to undertake and better saved for my dentist at home. If I experience any pain I shouldn’t hesitate to visit one of the excellent Asian dentists in the expat community. And flashing me another of his brilliant white smiles, he hands me the bill.
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Although we had planned to visit the non- existent center of Christchurch, we’ve got travel fever and are too jittery to take in new sights. Instead we visit a specialty map store because, according to our guide book, detailed maps will be difficult to find in Sri Lanka. The shop, located in a strip mall, is a large room crammed from floor to ceiling with maps of every country in the world. The sales lady spreads three different maps of Sri Lanka out on a table in the center of the shop, and after some study, Christof purchases the one that will give us the best orientation.
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Feeling for a cozy day at ‘home’ sorting and packing our stuff, we return to Inge’s place and are served coffee and a Linzertorte she baked specially for our visit.
During the evening we have a meal of the fresh fish, potatoes and salad we bought in a well-sorted supermarket, while watching jet skiers buzz across the bay like giant water bugs as the light fades from the sky.

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