There’s a distinct ‘end-of-term’ feel to Divine Word University this week. The students have all gone home for the Christmas break. There are a few distance learning courses still going on, but most people are now eagerly eyeing December 6th which will be the last day of term. The new Bachelor of Education course that Linda and I have been working on for the past six months was officially launched in Port Moresby last week in the presence of the Prime Minister, no less, and although we still have a lot to do before the course is actually taken up by the Teachers’ Training Colleges, we too have our minds firmly fixed on the summer hols, (or Christmas hols as some of you might know them).
We are off to Australia! Yippee! The plan is to fly in to Cairns in the top right-hand corner and then drive down to Sydney. When we volunteered to do VSO and accepted a posting in South Sudan, we never thought we would find ourselves in the Pacific, only a couple of hundred miles away from Australia, so it really was too good an opportunity to miss. I don’t think, even now, we have fully taken in what a huge country Australia is. Drive from Cairns to Sydney? No worries! Are we mad? It’s miles!
We also know next to nothing about Australia! Our friend, Peta, who also works at DWU and who has been instrumental in helping us to plan our holiday, complete with its spectacular finale in Sydney Harbour on New Years Eve, has done her best to educate us, including sending us the following photo to illustrate climate change, Aussie style. The Blue Mountains are not far from Sydney.