Trip Start Jan 08, 2010
Trip End Sep 27, 2010

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Flag of Sweden  , Gotland,
Saturday, February 27, 2010

The sun has been shining for some of this week and the temperature is rising slightly, so that means slusk!!! Apparently that's what slushy melty snow is called.  So the sky has been beautiful some of the days (today's is pretty miserable) but the town is looking pretty horrible to tell the truth.  Because they have to put so much sand and gravel down so we don't slip on the icy streets, now that the snow is melting the place looks filthy.  We're seeing the positives in everything though.  We're enjoying the sneak peeks at the cobble stones on the streets and we're getting a better idea of what the place usually looks like when there's not mountains of snow piled up everywhere - it looks much more spacious actually!

The teaching this week has been really heavy - prophecy, spiritual discernment and lots of discussions about the existence of demons and other spiritual forces and what that means for us all.  The differences in culture have been interesting this week as we have been talking about the Western and Eastern world views on spiritual issues.  The guys from Africa have had very different experiences and teaching than the rest of us have when it comes to demons and what not!

While I think of it, I'm sure you're all just desperate to know the condition of my yucky foot.  Well it's on the mend and I can wear matching shoes now.  What a treat!

Pete & I have been teaching some of the Swedes here how to speak Australian, in other words we have been stuffing up their English good and proper.  It started because Pete accidently told Shell he had been ''slogging his guts out'' and was met with a blank look, then in a class discussion I said something about the book we are reading ''getting up my goat'' and was recieved in the same way.  This lead to us teaching Emelie and Daniel and some others some choice Australian phrases like ''Bob's your uncle''   ''Get off the grass''    ''G'day Mate'' (of course)   ''Onya Bike''   ''Up ya Jumper''   ''Get out of it''   ''She'll be right''   ''Shove that up your pipe and smoke it''    ''Go Jump''    ''Get stuffed''    ''Up the creek without a paddle''.  They are surprisingly hard to explain when asked what they mean.  We then taught them how to address people in Australia and how nicknaming works (eg 1 syllable becomes 2 and vice versa).  So then came such phrases as ''Oi Stevo!'' and ''Sheila git overeeer''   ''Hey Poider'' (peter).  But then when I told them that my name sometimes gets changed to ''Myffo'' they couldn't stop laughing because apparently a miffo is a crazy person or a freak.  That lead to all the words for crazy people and idiots like ''drongo''  ''galah''   ''fruitcake''   ''nutbar''   ''nutbox''   ''nutcase''   ''bushwhacker''   ''whackjob''   ''wally''  ''goose''  ''turkey''  etc.etc.  Hours of fun. I hadn't realised how many of these sayings we use regularly.  We also felt it necessary to try to explain what shennannigens are, but that's another one that's hard to define if you think about it!

Emelie was so cute when she was saying ''Oi Stevo!'' and trying to put on the Australian twang.  It made me realise how ugly our accent can be.  The Swedish language is very interesting to hear literally translated because the names for things are often very literal and logical whereas we have a special name for everything.  Eg we call it a kettle and they call it a vattenkokare (water cooker), we call it a straw and they call it a sugrör (suck pipe) and we call it a torch and they call it a ficklampa (pocket lamp).  Hehe hilarious language.

Yesteray afternoon Pete, Daniel, Emelie, Yad and I went to Kamilla's house to help her clean her house before she moves out.  She was sick and it was her birthday so it seemed necessary to go and help.  We took a cake and a potplant and started the ''cleaning'' by eating cake on the floor.  Then we cleaned for a fair while until Kamilla bought us hamburgers.  Then we went to Daniel's house and watched Star Wars followed by hours of Band Hero.  Emelie was a killer drummer I must say. 

We're on holidays now for a week.  I think it's called Sport Holiday or something, so all of Gotland gets a week off for some reason.  Most people in the course are going away somewhere, some to a ski camp with the church, some to Stockholm to visit some Salvo places there and Pete and I are off to a little cabin with nothing and nobody! Yay!  We were looking for somewhere to go by ourselves and then Anki told us that a couple in the church have a place that she uses sometimes and that they might let us use i for the week.   We are heading off there in about an hour and staying there til next sunday! Yay!

Well that's about it for now,

PS the internet is getting changed to another provider so for the next 4 weeks or so we will be online less often than we have been.  Hope you don't miss us too much!

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Caleb and Jen on

A bit of news from Australia- you may have had giraffe-high snows, but we've been getting crazy flooding here too. Melbourne got freak hailstorms and flash flooding; Wagga got twice its monthly average rainfall in one day; in the desert, Broken Hill's dams are overflowing; and inland queensland is currently under water. Crazy stuff.
Anyway, great as always to see the photos and stories from the Icy North, it all looks great in every way (well there's a Jen phrase.) We loved that "up your goat" shenanigans and Pete your hair is looking very Nordic away from the bleaching Aussie sun. Good to hear about the matching shoes Myf.

Lill on

You forgot to let them know to call you myfstix, muff moo and miffanator : )

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