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.
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?