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

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Flag of Sweden  , Gotland,
Sunday, May 30, 2010

Well faithful readers the Visby leg of the journey is almost at an end, we leave tomorrow afternoon and head for 2 weeks of travelling in Sweden and Norway then over to Canada.

Last sunday Pete, Gerd and I got to plan and run the sunday meeting which was all about Justice and Fair Trade.  I got to do the message so that was fun, got to rant and rave about Justice and all of us having to change and do better and think different and all that easy and fun stuff.  We sang Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirrior afterwards which seemed appropriate and then had a fantastic fika baked by Pete.  It was great to share the stuff that really matters to us and we got a good response, though it only really counts if people actually take it on board for their own lives.

We have been going on lots of walks in the past few days to make the most of the last of our time here.  Because it's nearly summer some of the ruins are open for people to walk through.  We went into one that was full of unnaturally green grass and had broken picture stones stacked against the walls.  The best (and creepiest) bit of this ruin was the narrow staircases in the walls.  One of them was open and we could climb up the steep steps inside the walls.  It was creepy and cramped, but fun...until we got to the very top and found it blocked off and pitch dark and smelling of rotten flesh.  Pete was brave enough to stick his head in further and was met by a rotting pigeon carcass.  It was then that we decided to leave and get some fresh air.  When we got down the bottom an old English couple asked if it was worth the trek and we gave them some warm encouragement, hope they made it back ok.

We also found a small church (not a ruin) which has an interesting history.  Apparently a church group wanted a building of their own, so they sussed out some land inside the walls and managed to buy it.  They got an architect to draw up some plans and then they started digging.  When they dug they found that a church had been there previously and that it was built to the exact same plan!  So they decided to build the new church on top of the old one using the old foundations.  Pretty cool huh?

We have been spending a good bit of time at Daniel's house before we leave and the other day we went over there on one of our half-days and sat on the beautiful flowery lawn eating Meringue Swiss.  Meringue Swiss is yummo: vanilla icecream, meringues, caramel sauce and bananas....mmmmmmmm.   It's been good to be able to hang out at Daniel's place, esp when good food and movies are involved (which is pretty much all the time!)

Our final week of classes has been really good, nice and relaxing but interesting too.  Peter Woode has done a few days' worth of Hot Potatoes (if you can't remember what that is, look at the S2S Blog).  We had afternoon fika at Kjell and Anki's stunning house on one of the days and they gave us some last words of advice and a few key things to remember on Friday.  As a good way to end the week we went to a place on the coast called Snäck for a barbeque.  It was absolutely freezing and the place kinda stank of seaweed, but it was heaps of fun anyway and good to see some more of the island.

I guess that's about it for this time, we have the final hurrah in about an hour at the sunday meeting, so that will be a bit sad, we will have to say seeeeya to heaps of good people.  It has been an amazing experience being here, it has been up and down, but I guess that's how we learn.  And we certainly have learned a thing or two, apart from all the facts and what not, we have also learned a heap of stuff about people and relationships and all that intangible stuff.  That's the hardest stuff but well worth getting a grip on.  God has really shown up here and we will leave better people than we came, still us (don't stress those of you who liked us when we came), but different and more solid I think.

This might sound like a paid advertisement, but this place is really amazing and anyone who can spare 5 months should come and give it a go, you'll be amazed what you'll learn and it will change your life!

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angelasusan on

Well, I will certainly miss Visby once you chaps have left! Thank you so much for all your chats and pics - I really looked forward to them!

Jan on

Thanks Myff - I now have Visby on my list of must-see places before I die. Your travel diary is just about the best one I have ever read.

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