I would love to hear your stories of WYD 2011.
Here is mine:
2008. I just passed the Physician Licensure Exam and still in a stage where I am pondering on my next step. I already received an invitation a year before to join the World Youth Day to be held on Sydney. I didn’t commit that time. But since I am still unsure of what I will do next, I realized and was convinced that WYD would be a perfect avenue and solution to my ‘problem’. Though it didn’t come easy, with some late documents and mishaps, I was finally Sydney-bound.
|The Gang. Yes, I am the one in orange stripes.|
We were a lucky bunch because we had prior arrangement to stay at Creston College, a dorm for college girls. We were protected from the cold. I am very sensitive to cold, you see, hehe. I felt like Australia has this heavy-duty air-conditioner and I want to switch it off but I am too short to reach it, hehe.
In the dorm, we were divided into three. I got to stay with the two other yuppies, of course. And what is perfect, is that the room has a heater! Pretty toasty! I love it! Another plus is that most activities of the WYD are walking distance from the dormitory. Unfortunately, it was just so sad to hear that some pilgrims from other countries where not warned of the weather in Australia, they didn’ t bring any winter clothes. They were surprised when they arrived. Some also doesn’t have any prior arrangements in any establishments so they opted to stay in a gymasium or railways without heaters.
|All wrapped up from the winter cold|
Good thing we were already pre-registered before we arrived. They gave us our colorful WYD bag & all the stuff we need in it. So basically Day 1 was spent roaming around the Sydney streets and tourist spots along with New Zealand pilgrims that are also staying in Creston. The streets are so alive and seems to have been dominated by pilgrims. It was just so festive. Some pilgrims would wave at our groups or ask which country we are from. We are like one big distant family meeting up.
|At the Hyde Park fountain|
|The yuppies with the St. Mary’s Cathedral as the backdrop|
|Sydney Opera House|
|with Ana , overlooking the Harbor Bridge|
Day 1 was so fun, walking around and simultaneously burning calories from all the big meals they serve us. But we all agreed that we miss rice, hehe. Simply Pinoy! hehe….
|The sky are welcoming all pilgrims|
|Our colorful backpack backpack- Dora the Explorer singing|
|Ilongga pilgrims in the house|
|Our Lunch they served. Mudpies!|
|Lovely overwhelmed with tears at everything around her|
|Met some Ilonggos too, hehe… Kabayan!|
- I saw Guy Sebastian, the winner of the coveted Australian Idol because he will be singing the WYD 2008 theme song entitled, “Receive The Power”
- I saw a native (?) playing the didgeridoo in the Harbor Bay
- I played with a koala
- I saw some Kangaroo Jack, hehe
|Mr. Kangaroo is slightly hidden|
|Pope Benedict in his PopeMobile|
|Basking in the sun with a little music before the vigil|
|Sleeping bags laid out everywhere|
|Ericka smiles as she teaches her new friends tong-its|
|It was freakin’ cold that night|