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Moving to Estonia!

'Tallinn City', by Gen Vagula
'Tallinn City', by Gen Vagula. Used with permission.

A few months ago, Mirjam and I felt God tell us to move to Estonia. We don't fully know His reasons (yet), but here are some of the benefits for us moving overseas:

  • We'll be with Mirjam's family for the birth of our first child. It's much easier for a woman to be surrounded by her own family when she's giving birth for the first time.
  • We'll be living with Mirjam's parents to start with, and when the baby's born. They have a two-storey house, the whole second floor of which will be essentially ours.
  • My business can be run from anywhere....

Denmark and Future Plans

Mariager Bible College

So I'm back from spending four weeks in Denmark with Mirjam. I went over there for a few reasons:

  1. To see and spend time with my fiancée :)
  2. To help our case in applying for a prospective marriage visa (the more time we spend together the more it shows our commitment to each other)
  3. Mum and Dad went travelling around New Zealand for four weeks so I thought I'd rather be with Mirjam than home alone

We had a great time together, and it's weird to think that it's only our third time spent with each other (firstly in Estonia for four days last year when we first met in person, and secondly in...

Mirjam and I

Mirjam and I at Estonia's Singing Festival grounds

The following is the story of how Mirjam and I met and fell in love. It will take you approximately 45 minutes to read entirely, so settle in and enjoy (or read it in sections at your leisure).

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Online Dating History

Mirjam

My dating history online isn't that long, but there have been few...

Melbourne (Drupal Downunder)

Melbourne panorama

In January 2011, Australia hosted its first major Drupal conference in Brisbane, Queensland. This year, 'Drupal Downunder' (aka DDU) was hosted in Melbourne, Victoria from the 14th-15th of January and (as usual) the Coffs Drupal team attended (Matthew, Ruben and myself).

The Trip Down

Matthew and I met at Coffs airport on the Thursday afternoon and flew out together; first to Sydney, then on to Melbourne. This was really only my third time flying, so I'm still amazed at the view you get from a plane flying high above the world. At one point I looked out the window and all I could see was...

New Zealand - Part 5

The Shotover River

WOW!

Ok, I'll explain from the beginning...
We went down to the main part of Queenstown where we boarded a bus which took us out to the Shotover River. There we rode the Shotover Jet through very narrow cliffs in very shallow water at very high speeds. That was quite thrilling!

We then got the bus up to the helicopter which took us up to the Skyline complex overlooking Queenstown. The helicopter ride was great, though a bit squishy - another first for us!

Once at the Skyline complex, we found the Luge ride (a toboggan-type ride downhill) and had a few goes at that. There were two tracks -...

New Zealand - Part 4

Starting our cruise

So much we've done, so little time to tell you about it...

The trip from Lake Tekapo to Te Anau was long, but scenic. We stayed overnight in Te Anau, then drove up to Milford Sound the next day. We took a nice long cruise up the sound/fiord all the way out to the Tasman Sea and back again (apparently the closest part of NZ to Australia).

Milford Sound

The next day we drove back to Queenstown - our final stop in NZ (for us kids anyway, Mum & Dad are flying to the north island after this). Not much happens when we spend all day driving, so I'll skip to yesterday when we went out to Wanaka to visit...

New Zealand - Part 3

Sunrise from the balcony

Can things get any better?! The things I've seen in the last two days have been amazing!

I was the only one to get up early on Saturday for the sunrise. I decided to stay on the balcony for it, but still it was great - got lots of good photos.

We then headed out to Mt. Cook. It's a really nice place out in the middle of nowhere (seemingly) but houses the two highest mountains in NZ.

The Hermitage, Mt. Cook

Apart from snapping photos, we also visited the gift shop, had a nice lunch, then drove out to the Tasman valley to hike up to a lookout overlooking the Tasman glacier. It was a huge, tiring walk but with a...

New Zealand - Part 2

Our first snow sighting

It's been a busy two days since my last post; here's why...

Yesterday we explored the town/city of Christchurch. It was very cold, but beautiful! We went down to the river, took lots of photos and had lunch at Subway :) We looked around the Christchurch Cathedral, used an ATM to take out some NZ money, then went to Woolworths to stock up on food and Easter eggs.

Christchurch Cathedral

Today we packed up and left Christchurch, travelling south-ish towards Lake Tekapo. However, part-way along the highway there was an accident so we took a 'detour' west towards to mountains. We got some great shots of the...

New Zealand - Part 1

Leaving Coffs Harbour

Well, I've officially travelled overseas for the first time! I'm posting this from a motel in Christchurch on a very cold, rainy morning.

We flew out from Coffs Harbour yesterday morning on a (very) small plane to Sydney. For most of us, it was our first time flying (that we remember) and was amazing! Looking out over the clouds, seeing all the tiny cars and houses... Spectacular!

Arriving at Sydney, we collected our baggage and made our way, via bus, to the international terminal. We checked in our bags again, then spent time looking around what we thought was a not-very-big airport......