Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Indonesia Here I Come!

Hey all, just thought I'd mention that I will be going to my mission in West Timor, Indonesia next Wednesday. I will be flying into Jakarta and staying there for 3 days while I wait for my connecting flight to another Indonesian city. From there I will be driven 6-7 hours to my mission. Do not fear I will not be traveling alone. I will be going with Mary my roommate.

I am a bit nervous about the trip but I am putting my trust in God. I will update and post pics one more time before I leave next week.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Pictures and Outings

Here is a picture of some of my housemates: Mary, left; Rebecca, center; and Tomas (refusing to smile), right. Missing: Martin

This is nightlife in Florence.

This is Piazza Navona, I think.

This is a bad picture of the Pope.

This is the view of St. Peter's from my bedroom terrace.

Sorry about the bad pictures above. They'll improve...I hope.

There's not much to tell at the moment except that I'm growing ever frustrated with Bahasa. I cannot understand the language because Indonesians clip the last letter from all words. Here's hoping that things change and soon.

My housemates and I went to a lunch today thrown by a couple of very nice Singaporean women I met at the American Catholic Church last week. They served delicious food and we met two priests and another sister. One of the priests is a Jesuit who works for Vatican Radio. The other priest has done missionary work in Africa and the sister has lived in Rome for 3 years and does not care for it much.

Yesterday, our group made lunch for three of the Canossian sisters, Sr. Pat, Sr. Angela, and my Bahasa instructor Sr. Joanna. It was a delicious lunch 95% prepared by Mary. One thing that didn't please me about lunch, however, was when Sr. Pat asked Sr. Joanna, given a scale of 1-10, how would she rate Mary and me as students, Sr. Joanna responded a 7. I am very upset and I suppose this means I should study more.

Well anyway, after lunch Mary and I went to the Galleria Borghese to view Caravaggio paintings and Bernini sculptures and I must say that we were not disappointed. Both were amazing and I am continually awed by the work of both. I am happy that I finally got the opportunity to see some of their work in person. I have admired both artist and sculptor for several years now and yesterday's excursion only served to increase by admiration. I suggest visiting the Galleria if any of you are ever in Rome. Not is the Galleria amazing but the Villa Borghese, the park in which the Galleria is housed is a treat. It is pretty large and is a great place to walk, bike, or paddle (yes, they have a small lake).

Well that's it for today. I know this entry didn't flow well but that's only because I keep losing my work because of the bad wireless signal I am stealing from the Sisters at the convent. Hopefully my next post will be an improvement.