After the exam period, all the students (except those doing winter school subjects) have four weeks of holidays. The last week is the week of Ancon, and that's the week that is starting tomorrow. Most of the staff took the opportunity over the last few weeks to take at least a week of annual leave, since there isn't any opportunity to have holidays during the semester. The rest of the time was spent doing all the things mentioned above, particularly preparing for Ancon, mission, and the rest of second semester!
Four other Howies and I decided to have a bit of a holiday together, getting out of Sydney and spending some relaxed time in the Blue Mountains. It was very pleasant and I enjoyed it very much. We rented a house that had central heating and a fireplace, and I took some pictures of nice flowers in the garden.
I love walks like the one we did, spending a good part of a day seeing, smelling, and hearing the valleys, trees, birds, and water - and coming back feeling great after using all that energy walking and climbing.
If you're a praying friend, praise God for the rest we had on holidays, and pray for Ancon this week. After Ancon we jump straight into second semester with three weeks of mission, and I'll try to post regular updates with mission prayer points. See you soon!