Apr 15

Switching Gears Down Under

by in Travel

A new day brings a new country and a new adventure. I couldn’t come to this end of the world without a visit to Australia. It’s not exactly on the way home from New Zealand like I thought it was. In fact, I’m further from home right now than I’ve ever been!

I left Wellington very early Monday morning and crossed the Tasman Sea to Brisbane, Queensland. I think I brought the sunny weather with me. It’s been absolutely gorgeous all week. Joy Argow, one of my best friends from Nashville, has recently moved back to Australia. I have the pleasure of spending the next few weeks hanging out with her. She’s an awesome Aussie, and she runs the marketing for a huge Christian music festival called Easterfest. Somehow I let her talk me into volunteering at the festival from now until Easter!


Actually, it’s been heaps of fun so far. Aside from having to wear the fluorescent “Crew” vest, I’ve really enjoyed getting to help with all the behind-the-scenes projects.

Working with a team of volunteers, I’ve installed a ton of flooring…


Set up a bunch of partition walls(one almost collapsed and crushed me today)…


And my favorite so far, I got to help install the “Mainstage” sign with Dave, a classic Aussie “bloke.”


It’s a bustling scene here so far and it only figures to get more intense each day. This year’s festival probably has the best lineup I’ve ever seen. You can bet I’ll be front row for the likes of Sean McDonald, The Classic Crime, and some band called Switchfoot.

Easterfest Mainstage 2010 | Photo Trent Rouillon

Looking ahead, Joy and I are planning a weekend vacation to the beautiful Gold Coast…if we can survive the festival! I also plan on spending a few days exploring Sydney before heading back to California.

My second night here, Australia welcomed me with an absolutely stunning sunset.


In 6 months, I might have seen one or two like that in New Zealand. More please :)

Question: if you had to choose between taking a California road trip or a visiting the Grand Canyon, which would you choose?

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6 Responses to “Switching Gears Down Under”

  1. From Jesi:

    So excited you are visiting Australia, and even moreso that you are going to Easterfest! Our company (EMI CMG) has most of the artists that are going there. Joy may know our distributor there (Crossroad) – if you run into a guy named Bill Biddle who works at Crossroad, we work closely with him. You are going to LOVE it!

    Posted on 15. Apr, 2011 at 2:30 pm #
    • From Kevin:

      Hey Jesi, I’ll keep an eye out for Bill. I am stoked for the festival! It’s been forever since I’ve been one.

      Posted on 17. Apr, 2011 at 8:44 am #
  2. From Naomi:

    Haha woops your defs not back in Nashville huh :) Enjoy your time in Auzzie and defs are excited to see where God will lead you next :)

    Posted on 16. Apr, 2011 at 5:13 am #
    • From Kevin:

      Me too :)

      Posted on 17. Apr, 2011 at 8:45 am #
  3. From Ashley Stevener:

    The grand canyon is pretty much breathtaking. And mind blowing. And incredible and massive and so on and so on. But I’d pick a California road trip over it. Especially the northern part along the coast. But that’s just me :)

    Posted on 17. Apr, 2011 at 4:01 am #
    • From Kevin:

      Ah I’m so torn between the two. I’m hoping to squeeze one in when I get back to the States.

      Posted on 17. Apr, 2011 at 8:46 am #

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