Friday, July 11, 2008

Safely in Sydney...

As Briana said, we're now safely in Sydney. We said a temporary goodbye to our Indian and Irish friends and hopped a plane from Melbourne to Sydney for the Ignatian Gathering of the Magis08 program at St. Ignatius College, Riverview. While they will arrive at 5am after a 10 hour overnight bus ride, we are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after our flight (thanks to David, our friendly flight attendant). They'll join 1200 other Magis participants from sites around the world for two days of reflection on the service experiences we've had.

Yesterday, some of us went back into the Melbourne city center to see some sights. After some shopping at the Queen Victoria Market and a picture in front of Super Mario, we walked around the town and chatted with pilgrims from France, Chile, Kenya and South Korea before heading back for our final evening with our larger group. The night ended much as the rest of our nights had, with us laughing hysterically while learning Irish expressions, breaking into both Indian and Irish song and dance, and talking with some of the coolest people I've had the opportunity to meet in quite a while.

We're looking forward to Ana, Zulma, Mike, Amina and Jessica joining us here on Monday for the start of World Youth Day!
-Lauren G.


Alexis said...

SO...Lauren finally posts a picture with me and....My mouth is open and I look like I'm in pain! Maybe I'm not photogenic! ;) At least there is published proof I am here! ~lex

Christine said...

Yes, for those of you looking closely, 5 of us are in the photo. In case you were wondering what happened to the 6th pilgrim, Chrissy, I too have safely arrived (on a separate flight). It's great to be in Sydney and we're looking forward to another amazing week in Australia!
-Chrissy McC.

Briana said...

I just have to say, that not ALL the singing and dancing were Irish. Our group was incredibly musically inclined, everything from Disney to church music to childhood shows to "God Bless America." It's been a marvelously FUN time!