Just back from New Zealand, where I attended the 2012 Annual Workshop of the Snow and Ice Research Group (NZ) held in Twizel, New Zealand. What a trip! (See the forthcoming report in ICE for more details.) This means that during the first year of my term as IGS president, I've attended meetings in La Jolla, California, Cambridge, UK, Oslo, Norway, Grenoble, France and now Twizel, New Zealand. The things I've learned at these meetings would have made my head spin, if it were not already spinning from the jet lag.
On my way to and from Twizel (located in the shadow of Aoraki/Mt. Cook), I passed through Christchurch. It was very disturbing to see the damage and suffering that the residents of Christchurch went through as a result of the recent earthquakes. However, I was delighted to have a "flat white" and a bit of shopping at the "container mall" on Cashel Street.
A free day at the end of the trip allowed me to see the blue penguins at the Antarctic Centre in the outskirts of Christchurch. Photos and a video are attached.