– Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

February 25th we escaped from Christchurch the day before but we had no idea if our house was going to be red stickered. We had to work our expo in Sydney and were sleep deprived and shell shocked I guess is the best way to describe it. We contacted our landlord and asked her to get the broken windows fixed and the house secured, we wanted her to ensure the house was safe to live in since the upper floor roof looked dodgy and was sagging in places. She promised to get back to us as soon as she knew any more information.

Our holiday plans had to be adjusted on the fly we needed a 3 bedroom apartment not a double room, we needed to change the size of rental car from a zippy 4 seater to a people mover with at least 6 seats, we needed to adjust our travel insurance to cover a family not 2 people. The original plan had been to drive from Sydney to Adelaide and stay in cosy bed and breakfast accommodation at 3 different cities over 5 days- everything place had to be called and rearranged either cancelled completely or adjusted accordingly. Finding a new rental car was a problem on short notice, but we managed it and some of the accommodation worked out easy to change over, but all of the things took the best part of the day to re organise. It was a tiring day having to readjust everything and to set up a stand and work at the same time.

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