Friday, April 27, 2012

What I'm going to miss about Australia

In less than a week we'll be back in Mexico - where all sorts of great things await us. Today I was having lunch with a Mexican friend here in Sydney, and he asked me "So what are you going to miss about Australia?" Here's a bit of list (in no particular order)
 Meat Pies
 Sausage Rolls
 Just Right
 Being able to sort out things like car insurance with one phone call (even though the on hold waiting can be significant)
 Knowing how things work (eg: public transport, banking, school pickup...)
 Morning tea after church
 Small group Bible study
 Walking to school
 Mowing the lawn
 Mucking around in the back yard
 The beach
 Easy friends who you can chill with
 A quiet street
 BBC drama
 magpies (the birds, not Collingwood)
 kid's friends coming over to play
 Driving on the left
 Easy food options when travelling
 River Cottage
 The Voice (just joking)
 Church that stretches my mind
 Trustworthy police
 Cool nights

 Having said all that - we're really looking to going back!

 "Speak" to you from the other side.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A new world record??

Hello blog world,

After a bit of an absence I'm back.

We've been in Australia for the last 6 months visiting our link churches, meeting wonderful supporters and doing all sorts of bits and pieces. We head back to Mexico in 2 weeks - so we're now in the zone of the list of things we need to do is getting longer, not shorter (and writing this is not on the list).

But, there is some exciting news I want to share.

That is - and I have yet to confirm this - but I think we have a new world record on our hands. A man studying the ThC program in Spanish has just become (I think) the oldest person to finish the ThC. (That's all 18 subjects of the Moore College PTC program).

José Luis is 72 and lives on 'Island C'. He's a great student, an excellent teacher and has an average mark I wish I could have achieved! He was in the very fist class that I taught on the island in 2009 and has since made excellent progress through his subjects.

I'm looking forward to seeing him in October and presenting him with his certificate.