Scenes from the first day in Sydney

Scenes from the first day in Sydney
D, the Opera House, and the Bridge

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Alice Springs- Campfire in the Heart

During our stay in Alice Springs, our jumping off point for the trip to Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and King's Canyon, we had the good fortune of staying with Sue and David Woods at their retreat camp, a place for a less touristy experience of the Centre and Aboriginal culture. Campfire in the Heart provides a contemplative and hospitable space wherein to reflect on and relate to this extraordinary central region of Australia. We could not have been more warmly and graciously received, despite causing a breakdown of the Volkswagon bus they loaned us (a '76 edition affectionately known as the "Combi") and denting their carport on our way out for the bush tour. In fact, we all got on quite wonderfully and enjoyed each other very much.

The setting for our outdoor liturgy... the campfire in place of the Easter Paschal Candle.

You probably won't believe it, but David is cutting up a, dare I say it, Kangaroo tail that we roasted in the coals. It was, shall I say, gamey. We also were treated to "damper," bread cooked in a dutch over over the fire. Both are real treats for the Aboriginal people.

And here is a nice shot of Sue and David.

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