I'm here I'm here! Awesomeee!
OK, quick quick update cause I'm knackered!
Yesterday arrived at 11am. Was greeted at the airport by Fr Kev, two of the youth workers I'll be working with, and my good friend Cameron who I met at WYD last year in Sydney. He's a seminarian here in New Zealand, and he's my friend that got to meet (properly meet) Benny XVI on the boat at WYD. I'm still getting over the jealousy haha!
Proceeded to my first home (Marist community with Fr Kev, Fr John, and Fr Michael) Where I've been staying for two nights. My own wee room and en suite, lovely.
We then headed to the Logos Centre where I met the rest of the youth team, got a wee tour of the building - it's rather big as it use to be a convent. We've got St. Benedict's Church right across the road which is great too. Had some Mentoring training for 90mins, lunch, and headed home for dinner, then an early night as I was finding it difficult to keep my eyes open past 7pm.
I intended to have a lie in, but after 11 hours of sleep, woke up at 6am tossing and turning. Had breakfast, watched some TV, then Cameron picked me up at 10am. We headed to 'One Tree Hill' - a huge hill where a tree use to be, but eventually got cut down, and we checked out the views of the city. You wouldn't believe how much it looks like home - loads of islands, mountains, greenery..
Then we headed into the city and headed to St. Patrick's Cathedral for Adoration and Mass. New Zealand has implemented some strategies to restrict the spread of swine flu - number one, no receiving Communion on the tongue (I've only ever did this once, and I had to as it was Uganda and I didn't have an option - I don't like receiving in my hands), number two, no receiving Communion under the two forms (so no chalice), and thirdly, no shaking hands at the 'sign of peace'. I found this a little amusing because the priest said.. And now, we will turn to each other and smile as a sign of peace' I coudn't help but giggle!
Afterwards we went up the high street for some food and had CHINESE, yay! Then back to the car, and drove to Mission Bay - a nice beach round the coast, where we went a wee wander round the bays. Then for a wee cappuccino, passed a photography exhibition in a wee gallery and then Cam dropped me back home.
Tonight we had fish - blue nose I think it's called, or just blue something or other, then checked out some Marian powerpoint presentations Fr Kev had prepared, and now I'm in ma wee room, stealing some random person's wireless internet connection which could cut out at any possible moment!
I'm only at the priests house for two nights, and tomorrow I'm going to stay with one of the youth workers and her husbands house for the rest of the trip.
Tomorrow I'll be at the office meeting the rest of the youth team and finding out what exactly I'll be up to for the upcoming weeks. I'll be going on a mini road trip to Wellington at the end of the month with the youth team and probably staying on for a week or so, that should be really exciting cause I'm dying to see the rest of the country that I saw last year.
Anyway, apologies for the massive update! Here's some photos and I'll chat again laters..
Skyline Auck CBD
Mission Bay, very similar to West of Scotland
God Bless xx