Dear fellow readers,
Just letting you know I will be on a 4 week break from the routines of daily life. I will be with Ryan and 100 other young Sydney Catholics following a pilgrimage starting in Cairo, following all the significant Christian sites making our way into the Holy Land of Israel (passing through parts of Jordon along the way too). Places we'll be visiting include the great Pyramids at Giza, The Hanging Church, Mt Sinai, the Red Sea, the Dead Sea, Jericho, Nazareth, Galilee, Jeruselem, and there is so much more on the itinerary. The pilgrimage/trip is organised by Harvest Pilgrimages and they offer a whole range of different packages to different areas of the world at other times of the year too. Head over to their website to have a look at our particular journey in detail - we'll be doing the Exodus Encounter, though the one we're on is a slightly condensed version.
The pilgrimage will be for about 12 days and then we will be flying over to Madrid, Spain, joining thousands of other Australians and the rest of the world to participate in a week long celebration of activities leading up to World Youth Day on Sunday 21st August. After that Ryan and I decided to treat ourselves to a small side trip and will be hopping on an overnight train ride from Madrid to Paris where we will be for about a week before heading home.
I havn't travelled much, have only been on a few trips with family when I was younger (oh and also New Zelandand last year with family too). This will be a whole new chapter in my adult life, travelling without a safety net (and sometimes restrictive net that family is). The places I'll be going to will be completely foreign to me and I'll be so out of my comfort zone but I just can't wait to see them all. I'll try and do a few posts while I'm travelling to just keep you all (and my family and friends) updated.
I can't wait to tell you all about my experience on my return but until then stay safe and eat well!