Monday, September 29, 2008

Pictures, Pictures, Pictures ....

Hey Folks,

Well ... I thought its about time for another BLOG. I must say I am not much of a blogger but it seems like such a great way to keep in touch with you all that I going to commit to this thing.

Ok ... So a lot of stuff has happened in the last two months and its almost impossible to put it all into blogs. But luckily Bevan captured most of the highlights on his camera. Some of you may already be aware that I have uploaded the choicest pics on facebook. For those of you who don't have a facebook account you can view the pics at the links below:

Euro Trip – Part 1

Euro Trip – Part 2

Euro Trip – Part 3 (Holland)

Euro Trip – Part 4 (Holland)

Euro Trip – Part 5 (Holland)

Euro Trip – Germany

Euro Trip – Austria

Euro Trip – Italy

Euro Trip – Switzerland

Euro Trip – France

Euro Trip – Luxembourg

Euro Trip – Coming back to Holland

I hope that you can get a small taste of what we experienced the past weeks in our many adventures. I also created a 2.5 hour long DVD of video footage I took from our trip. If you talk to Bevan and Mel (my brother in law and sister) you may be able to have a look.

Well on to some more recent news ... In the coming weeks I am moving from the beautiful city of Delft into the quiet farmlands of 's Gravenzande. Laurens has found a sweet little bachelor pad amongst the greenhouses of the "Westlands". So in about 3 weeks I'll be making the move.

Well people ... I better keep going. I have placed some more pics at the end of this blog for your enjoyment.

Bless ya

Matt Walter

Google Map of where I am moving from and to

Doing the dishes with Laurens in the new house

Lounge room of the new house

Man to man chat on the lounge in the new house

The early stages of Laurens's studio he is putting together in the new house

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A big hello from Holland ...

Hello Everybody,

Well ... As some of you know I am currently staying/living in Holland!! 6 Months ago I decided to see the world outside of Australia since I am young, single and free of major responsibilities. And so began the pilgrimage ... On July 19th 2008 Bevan, Mel and myself flew out of Australia to the Netherlands (via Tokyo Japan) to "see the world".

Since that time I've seen and done so much! The first 2 weeks of my time in Europe I spent staying with the Post family (family of a flatmate from bible college). They really looked after us and showed us the sights of Holland. We've seen everything from the beautiful windmills and open green paddocks to the dark dingy redlight district in Amsterdam (commonly refered to as sin city).

After two amazing weeks in Holland we set up on a 3 week racing tour of some of western europe in an amazing large camper van. The 3 weeks was so over whelming we saw Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Belgium. I still can't believe that I've been to all those countries but I have the photos, videos and memories to prove it.

After the 3 week tour we made our way back "home" to the Post's family. They once again showed us such love and generosity by caring and providing for us in every possible way. After a few days rest Bevan and Mel set off on their 3 week journey via Belgium and France to the UK. Meanwhile it was time for me to start looking for work and organise to stay 12 months in Holland.

It was amazing how God provided, the doors opened up for me to work with Matthijs Post (the brother of my flatmate Laurens). Matthijs owns/started a landscaping company a few months ago and needs help. So from Semptember 2008 I have officially become an "Hovenier" (Gardener/Landscaper in English). It's definately a change to fixing comptuers but I am enjoying being a bit more physical.

At present I am living with the Post family in Delft but in a few weeks will be moving out with Laurens to Naaldwijk (about 30 mins from Delft). I am looking forward to reliving the bible college days with Laurens and really getting into "life" in Holland. I am currently searching for a cheap/reliable little car and a job that will cover the cost of living independently.

Wow ... There is so much else to tell but I think I will save some things for the coming blogs. I must apologise for being so quiet since being over here. I had previously attempted to do some blogs on my website (which you can check out) but found it too difficult to capture it all in detail (i would still be writing).

I will attach a few pictures to the end of this blog to hopefully give you a snippet of some of the things I've seen and done.

I hope this blog finds you all well ...

Doei Doei (Bye Bye)

Matt Walter

Flying out of Aus at Brisbane Airport

Overnight stop in Japan

Canal in Delft, Holland

Gondala ride in Venice, Italy

Riding a tandom bike at the Kinderdijk, Holland

The camper van we hired for our trip around Western Europe

My new ride I found in Germany

Innsbruck, Austria

Leaning tower of Pisa, Italy

Florence City, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

16,500 Km away from Sydney Australia

Holland Style

"Public" toilets in Ede, Holland

Lunch at Kinderdijk, Holland

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Freaking out on the German/France border

Joungfraujoch (Top of Europe), Switzerland

Interlarken, Switzerland

Some small village, Switzerland