I’m making a promise right now to post some pictures once I return from Europe. But I can’t very well upload photos to a computer that I do not own.
That being said, let me attempt to describe European Choir Tour so far.
This trip, as my good choir-mate Clint Harris said, is one that happens every 4 years. For the three years in between the choir takes trips during spring break around the U.S. and (sometimes)Canada.
This is big though. It wasn’t in my original plan to be on this trip…. I am fortunate to be on this trip.
Yes, I am in Poland, as the title says, and as my wanton capitalizing would have you believe, I am very excited to be here. My being in Gdansk, Poland, right now, as I write this, is a direct result of my being in the Bethel College Concert Choir. Every year, the Concert Choir goes on some sort of tour around the United States (maybe even Canada) to sing in various churches and learn various things about different parts of the country. This normally occurs during Spring Break.
This year I realized I have been abroad exactly half the year of 2009. In January I went to the Middle East with the famous Patty Shelly and some wonderful people in the class Jerusalem Seminar for interterm. That was also my first experience outside of the United States. This was an incredibly eye-opening time that led me to question the foundation of faith I stand on as well as the “justice” our nation proclaims. I came back to Bethel to enjoy a challenging semester, bid farewell to new friends who were graduating, and I packed my bags once again to leave for Ecuador in July for the remainder of the year.
Yesterday I arrived in Kansas after an entire day of traveling home from Quito, Ecuador.
Things I will miss:
Fresh fruit everyday.
My host mother.
Seeing beautiful mountains everyday.
Going to the beach, jungle, or higher in the mountains in only a few hours.
Wow!!! This week is full of lots of fun study breaks, which help relieve the stress of all your hard finals for the up coming week.
Let me see there is a nacho bar tonight and a parent’s association gift that is to be given out to all Bethel Students. I always look forward to the nacho bar, and the gifts are pretty cool. My freshman year we got a thermos, and my sophomore year we got these cool coffee mugs with the famous Ad Building imprinted on it. Not only will there be nacho fun tonight along with our gifts from the parent’s association, there will also be a study bar with lots of snacks, cocoa, and coffee so you can stay up late snacking and being hyper, well and I guess to study as well.
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