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Trip Start Sep 08, 2009
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Trip End Jun 07, 2010


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Commercial Drive

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sorry for the uninspiring title, I'm feeling a little uninspired! It's cold and rainy here, and I've been lounging around all afternoon. Not conducive to working or writing! But here goes, just a quick summary of the week- it's all been pretty uneventful.

This week we've had Adam Atkinson from Alberta come to talk to us about Spiritual Warfare. This isn't religious warfare- fighting between different religious groups - but rather fighting in the spiritual world. Pretty out there, but if we believe in a spiritual world; that there might be a God (or some greater being), angels, ghosts, that kind of thing, it stands to reason that just as in the physical world, there will be both good and evil forces. The problem being that good and evil are headed in opposite directions- so when they collide, a battle ensues. 

Adam suggested the spiritual world is all around us- not visible, but certainly present, and that we need to know how to deal with the darker influences so we can protect ourselves and help others around us. All pretty intense and I think I felt a bit detached from the whole topic- not really sure why. I want to sift through all my notes and work out what I think!

So anyway to the rest of the week, slightly lighter topic. I had a nice long coffee Skype chat with the 'rents on Tue eve before going iceskating again- I am getting better... slowly! Had one spectacular fall when, moving at (a slow) speed, I sailed towards Anne, thinking I'd stop myself just in time- and realised I don't yet know how to stop! So pretty much just crashed into her, collapsed and pulled her down with me... oops!

Wednesday I went to the small group from my church again- I really really didn't feel like more teaching and discussion, but I DO want to get to know people- so I still went, and I actually ended up enjoying myself- we were just sitting around chatting really, it was a good time.

Thursday I got super excited because a friend from uni, Mel was arriving from London in the eve (before going up to Whistler for the winter). So after dinner I went on over to the airport, expecting her to take hours to get through immigration- and she was waiting there for me! We went to Starbucks for a catch up- it was sooo good to see a familiar face, and hear her lovely English accent again! I wish I could fly all my friends out here... please come visit!

The weekend has been rainy and miserable- so I watched The Notebook on Friday night (at last- good film), spent all day Saturday working in the coffee shop and then watched Prince Caspian on Sat night. This morning our whole school were leading the Sunday school at a local church- with the theme of missions. It went really well- my last experience of leading sunday school was in Uganda with 100 kids who didn't speak English, so 25 well behaved little Canadians was a doddle. Unfortunately when we left the church, the torrential rain had started- so I was cold and wet for the next hour or two (despite sitting in a warm Starbucks and getting a venti caramel brulee latte- do you know how BIG those cups are?!!) 

So when I finally got home and got changed, I jumped under a blanket, and settled down to a few episodes of Desperate Housewives. I feel very lazy, like I've wasted the afternoon- but I couldn't quite face leaving the apartment and getting wet again, so here I have stayed! 

So hopefully next week will be more eventful/exciting for all of you who are still reading... maybe I'll have to invent/embellish a story... something about a pink elephant walking down the middle of Commercial Drive. You never know!
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