For the last three years on this blog (2007, 2006, 2005), the turning of the year has been occasion for looking back at the events that made up the year. 2008 has been different in many senses, and instead of writing one long list as before, I have decided on a more sectional approach, with a few headlines.
One of the big changes has been the move to Sydney, where I have now spent more than seven months. A couple months are left before Katrine and I return to Denmark in April next year. Highlights of the time spent around here include:
- Attending Fox Valley Community Church
- Passion World Tour in Sydney
- Meeting C and D, and many others
- Preaching in English for the first time
No new countries this year, but several new places, and still lots of travelling and great fun, especially in Australia. Here’s a list of noteworthy destinations and experiences:
- Paris, with the Jutland Academic Choir
- Alice Springs and Uluru
- Darwin and Kakadu
- Hervey Bay and Fraser Island
- Mackay region
- Whitsunday Islands
- Northern New South Wales
- Blue Mountains
- And of course lots of stuff in Sydney
Another highlight of the year has been writing my MA thesis, which was a very good experience. I really enjoyed the studying and writing process, and I enjoyed working with LEGO Australia. Of course, I was happy that Aarhus University subsidised my travel expenses to Australia, and also thrilled with my final grade of 10 (next to highest) on the Danish scale.
- Singing in the choir for the Passion of St John in Aarhus, in March
- Playing worship music for National Youth Day in Nærum
- Couple training weekend
- Camp meeting in Denmark
- Talking about Aarhus Cafe Church at Vejlefjord
While New Year is a time for looking back, looking back is also looking forward. The most important event and decision of 2008 has by far been my engagement to Katrine. And although the main event is still to come, a highlight also of this year has been that decision, that relationship, and the first steps of planning next year’s wedding. If any of my readers are around Nærum (Copenhagen) on June 13, you’re welcome to drop by at our wedding ceremony.
2008 has been an important year, but 2009 promises to be just as eventful, and hopefully just as joyous. I look forward to seeing you. Happy New Year!