Highlights of 2009

Like 2008, 2009 was a year with many changes.

The all-encompassing event of this year was, obviously, our wedding. It was a truly joyous occasion and a perfect day we can remember and cherish for many years to come. The planning ahead, and the arduous task of settling in, has consumed much time this year, but fortunately we are increasingly happy with the result.

The family has expanded in two more ways: Kat’s sister also got married this summer; and Casper got a little brother, our second nephew. Both highlights of this year.

A personal highlight has been joining Camerata, one of Copenhagen’s best classical choirs. It’s great to be performing music on a high level again, and especially the three playings of the Messiah in December were exhilarating.

Travelwise, we have been fortunate again this year. Awesome experiences in Thailand, New Zealand, Melbourne, London, and more give great memories, and a greater sense of the world’s diversity. This year’s new country was Laos (although that visit was very brief).

Not all has been good, though. 2009 was the year in which we said definitely goodbye to Australia. We left there ourselves in March, after a wonderful year in exile. And now my parents have now left as well, moving to Michigan. This will provide opportunities for returning to the USA, our first trip being this February. But leaving Oz is sad.

Another point of frustration is the trouble in finding a church. At the end of the day we’re happy living in the Copenhagen area: close to (some) family, the good opportunities of a big city, a good home, etc. But I guess some things still take their time in falling into place.

What will 2010 bring? My guess, at least, will be no relocations. My hope is that it will bring good experiences, meaningful relations, and a sense of making a difference to other people.

Happy new year!

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Author: Kenneth Mollerup Birch

Living north of Copenhagen, Denmark. MA in Information Science. Interests include communication, internet, sociology, language, politics, religion, theology, travel, music, and food.

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