So, if you haven’t figured out the hints yet, here are the answers:
Hint 1: 3317
Hint 2: Leagues
Hint 3: Endeavour
If you’re clever enough to have put them all together, you would have converted the 3317 leagues into 18 429 km. Endeavour was supposed to lead you to the HMS Endeavour of the Royal Navy, captained by James Cook, who sailed the Pacific in 1769 and “discovered” Australia. You had to be a bit more clever to figure that one out. If you put them together you might have figured out that the distance of 18 429 km is the distance from Fredericton, NB to Perth, Australia.
And that brings us to our latest news: Tim has accepted a job with none other than Rio Tinto (the same company that – mostly – owned IOC in Labrador), based in Perth, Australia. We’ll all be moving there sometime around the beginning of November. Med school didn’t work out this year, and right around the time we were feeling most bummed out about it (to say it lightly), a friend and former colleague from Labrador called up and said, more or less: “Hey Tim, you want a job?”
To make a long story short, we’ve decided that it’s too good of an opportunity to pass up, and Tim is only 25, so med school can wait. It’s not every day that someone just calls up and offers you a job in a foreign land with a Mediterranean climate and awesome accents. We’re sure it will be challenging with the new baby on the way, especially considering the fact that Tim will work parts of the year on a Fly-In Fly-Out basis (8 away 6 home), but we’ve decided that’s not going to stop us from missing the chance for international travel and life experience.
So if you haven’t already, make sure and subscribe to our blog or at least bookmark it, because our pictures will soon start looking a lot more exotic. We’ll also be joining a smaller church that’s part of the Newfrontiers family of churches, like The Meeting Place, so that’ll be kinda cool. We’ve never really been part of what’s basically a church plant, so look forward to our perspectives on that.
Fredericton’s been a wonderful home, and we’ll probably post a summary of the adventures/experiences we’ve had here someday soon, but everyone who knew us also knew that this would never be a settling point for us. Even with kids, that’s just not on the radar yet.
Anyhow, we’ll leave you with an animated rendition of Australia’s unofficial anthem, “Waltzing Matilda”. Considering the fact that this is such a popular song, it’s surprisingly difficult to find a good version on youtube, so let us know if you’re aware of one: