Thursday, December 17, 2009

In Cairns!!

First day in Australia and up at 6am to walk for an hour!! That’s right...this lady who is definitely not a morning person, and who usually would take any opportunity to sleep in, actually was up at 6am and out for a walk, on holidays! We are in Cairns for a few weeks of R and R, and are so thankful for this opportunity. And if there is one thing that I especially miss while living in Lae, it is the freedom to walk and go out and about freely. So it feels so good to have that freedom for a few weeks.

Yesterday, we left Lae....our plane was delayed by an hour and a half which was stressful for us as we had a connecting flight to catch in Port Moresby for Cairns. So we rushed and stood in long lines stressing about missing the flight, only to find that it too was delayed by a bit over an hour. Phew! Thankfully we could arrive safely in Cairns and we were in Treetops Lodge at 9:30pm relieved and happy to be here.

It’s always fun watching the girl’s faces as we come back into Australia. Their eyes are just expressing, “Wow”, as they look at the nice roads and cars and buildings. As I walked this morning I so enjoyed seeing houses not hidden behind razor wired fences. The other thing I loved about walking and going out and about today was just the fact that no one was interested in the slightest thing we did. It is such a cultural difference between here and PNG. In PNG your business is everyone else’s business, and there’s never much privacy. That’s just the way they are, and there is positives to this way of living! However, when you come from the “private” western culture, sometimes it is hard to deal with this. Coming back into Australia always gives us a chance to just do things with no one watching!

I still have some pictures to share of our last week or so in PNG, which (as it is in many parts of the world) was filled with school/Christmas activities:

Cuddles for baby Caleb

...and more cuddles

Sinta Klaas (how do you spell that anyway??)

Waiting for Carols by Candlelight to begin at the girl's school

Shiana singing "Silent Night" with her class

...and again

Class party - held at the house of one of the students in Shiana's class

...Shiana's class at the class party

...receiving awards

...and Kirilee too!

That's all for today!


Henk van der Laan said...

You spell it sinterklaas.

Have a nice time in Australia.

And a happy new year.

Regards Henk and Joke

Henk van der Laan said...

May God bless you all.


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