Monday, June 16, 2008

More Fun in England

Ok, I'm sorry that I haven't updated in a while. I tried posting a few days ago but for some reason the blogger wasn't updating any of my photos. And who wants a post without photos? :) And another thing, the images go from most recent to least recent. Another thing I have yet to learn about blogger. Anyway, I've been having the time of my life. London is by far the best place I've ever been and I want to stay so badly. I would live here if I could! Everything about it is amazing....the transportation, the accents (yum), nightlife, the business, etc.! I never thought I'd like a busy city so much. I thought I'd be in love with the outdoors, calm, pretty, etc. and although that would be amazing, I feel like I'm actually living when I'm here.

Me in front of the National Art Museum. Lots and lots of paintings! Too many in fact, it was so overwhelming. I appreciated all the art, but since I'm not very educated when it comes to that, I felt I wasn't able to appreciate it :( Shane, you would have loved it!

Stonehenge...had to see it! :)

Only the best for the Zylstras!

Another one we had to go to.

St. Paul's Cathedral. I'm missing the dome which is the most famous part, but the whole building is so massive its impossible to get from up close. Inside, where we were not able to take pictures, was even more impressive. The entire ceiling is enlaid with gold and the most gorgeous art. Pillars and such gave a very cathedral feeling to it. We also went to the service on Sunday and heard the choir sing. My God, the most amazingly perfect acoustic building ever!

Big Ben, Parliment, and The Eye....more on that later

Shakespeare's Globe...aka his theater

Buckingham Palace. It was huge. The queen was in residence as they had a procession or something in the early morning. Later when we were walking in what seemed to be the aristocratic neighborhood around the palace, we saw Prince Charles, his brother (andrew?), and Camilla drive out in three separate cars. It was pretty cool

Windsor Castle...Queen something had a cool doll collection

Alison and me in the lift at The Commodore Hotel in London. The capacity said 4 but we could barely fit us two and Aunt Rhoda.
So, I'm enjoying myself thoroughly. Tomorrow we're doing Stratford and Saturday we'll be taking the train to Oxford. Back to London on Sunday, yeah! I wish I didn't have to leave London :( Maybe I'll just stay and see how long it takes them to find me...

Thursday, June 12, 2008

A Tiring Few Days

Well, here I am in London! It's been really great thus far, a lot better than I was really thinking it was going to be. We had a 3 hour flight to Vancoover, Canada with a 3.5 hour layover, then almost a 10 hour flight from there to Heathrow Int'l. Needless to say, I was ready for food, shower, and bed! Its hard to believe that Heathrow was only half way last year. I don't think I could have made that again! Anyway, I'll let the pictures do most of the talking. I really love the city...its so huge and complex with so many people, but has a great feeling to it.

Me on the plane from Vancoover to Heathrow. Still not excited though!

The first park we walked. Kensington Park...the biggest park I've been in (that probably tells you of my exposures to parks) Its right by our hotel so it makes for easy access

Prince Albert in all his glory. Word cannot describe how huge this thing was. You really have to see it to gauge the magnitude. There was so much detail in every carving...with so much gold, the pillars being marble, and the stone so lifelike, it was a nice first monument.

The city of London. Its so easy to get lost because most of the buildings looks like this - perhaps natives can distinguish between them all but they all look the same to us :)

In front of the Tower Bridge...

Friday, June 6, 2008

England Bound

Well, it seems the thrust of all my plans is coming to realization and my trips around the world are starting very soon. I'm very excited to see parts of the world I've never seen before and meet people I've never met before :) But most of all, I'm anticipating a new, global mindset and a renewed zeal for whatever God might have for me in those terms. However, keeping with the mindset of a content servant of Christ, I won't let my thoughts get ahead of the present. 

I will try to update while I am in England with pictures and such, but I can't promise anything. I'm not too sure about the computer situation so
 we'll see about that. A few things that, if you're reading this, you can keep me in prayer for:
  • Even though England is a "vacation", pray that I would continue to keep the mindset of a bondservant of Christ to keep the flesh in submission and be ready to preach the gospel in season and out of season.
  • For Team SE Asia that I will be traveling with when I get back, that God would continue to shape our hearts as a team and that we would work as a body for the body there :)
  • Sanity of mind with things going on at home...
I will write soon I hope, if I can't...I'll be in jolly ol'