Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Preparing for Sydney
It's not just the tax man who wants to hear from us by the end of this month. I was surprised to read on the World Youth Day website that registration for Sydney 2008 is also closing. It seems early particularly given that WYDs are supposed to be for young people. Whenwas the last time you decided on anything that wasn't at the last minute?
I remember being surprised talking to the organisers of Cologne WJT ten months before the event that they were so convinced there wouldn't be any late-comers: "No that is not possible. In Canada some people attended without paying. That cannot happen here". I didn't say anything, but I had a mental picture of them trying to repel an invasion of twenty thousand Spanish coaches. German efficiency v Spanish complacency - who would win?
On the other hand, there's probably not much chance enormous hoardes of last minute invaders from Europe. The costs are high - even by our standards - and a cool £2K is a lot of money to come up with unless you've been saving.
But even so, WYD is an experience not to be missed if you can possibly help it. And Australia is going to be awesome! I'm particlarly keen to go for another reason: my brother and his family have just emigrated out there, and I doubt I'd ever get another chance to visit them. So if you'd like to travel to WYD with Southwarkvocations let me know. You can send me an email.