What started out as a rather off-the-cuff sojourn around the world, became a life lived for nearly a year.
This one-man Magazine has been on some truly crazy adventures, and he certainly didn’t think he only be returning to the shores of England nearly a year after leaving them. I went out to Australia a young, politically engaged Christian eager to learn about the world and I’ve returned much changed.
Having left MagnetMag dormant for almost the entirety of my time spent in Australia, I thought it would take too long to list all the adventures that affected my religious thinking – so I’ve taken my cue from the popular Social site BuzzFeed and compiled a list!
So, without further ado, here’s my Top 10 Most Influential Moments From Australia
10) Snake Bite In Cairns
I feared for my life, I made my peace with God – but I was spared.
9) Drunk In Brisbane
8) Waking Up In Brisbane
The morning after was not so beautiful – I learnt how to sleep rough and thanked the Lord I had a home to go to.
7) Lost In The Desert
Days into my travels, I left a camp site to take a peek over the horizon – walking for a minute or so – I turned to find myself completely lost.
6) Midnight Piano Concert
I never found out the name of the mysterious Asian gentleman who played the piano so beautifully that night. His music will stay with me forever.
5) Running The Melbourne Half-Marathon
A heady challenge of Biblical size. Thousands of people flocked to Melbourne for the run – and I was proud to be amongst them.
4) Barbecued Line-Caught Trout At Sea
A day spent fishing delivered us some beautiful fish – manna from heaven indeed – forever thankful.
3) Boxing Day Cricket Bonanza
After a wonderful Christmas, I was fortunate enough to score tickets to the biggest day in the Australian Cricket calendar.
2) Week Spent With The Aboriginals
I asked these wonderful people to not talk to me in English, when I spent a week in their company. It was a bewildering yet much cherished time.
1) Fight With Racists
Some people are filled with hatred. They hurt my friends and I could not control my anger. I apologised to God that night – but I would never apologise to them.