Exploring Poland

Hello everyone, this is Benita (WYD Pilgrimage Coordinator for the Diocese of Darwin). I am in Warsaw and send my greetings to you from here.  I arrived last night with a group of 30+ WYD Pilgrimage Coordinators from around Australia.  We will be in Poland for a week together to explore this country, meet with WYD planners, the Australian Embassy, Days in the Diocese hosts and to visit some of the places our pilgrimages will come to.  So we will travel to some important sites in the life of Saint John Paul the Great – his birthpace and where he grew up and worked.  We will visit Auschwitz.  We will visit the WYD Offices in Krakow and the many sites for WYD plans in the city.

I will also be making a visit to a little place called Zdzieszowice (can you pronounce that?) where we will go for our Days in the Diocese experience.  Fr Jan Swzeda from our Nhulunbuy parish will meet me there, as it is his home parish and he is currently on holidays there – good timing!  I will learn of the plans for the program and meet some of the people.

This will be my way of communicating with you all and all of you in the diocese who plan to come.  So welcome to this little journey on the way to our pilgrimage next year to this exceptionally beautiful country.  I will try and share as much as I can – and there will be lots more to share in our time of preparation for WYD Krakow 2016.

A few pics from Day 1…

Saying goodbye to my clean desk
Saying goodbye to my clean desk
Listening to Polish pop music on the plane
Listening to Polish pop music on the plane
Meeting up with Perth delegates to meet our flight to Dubai
Meeting up with Perth delegates to meet our flight to Dubai
Polish books. Can anyone tell me what they are about?
Polish books. Can anyone tell me what they are about?
Yes - they recycle!! Bins at the airport. Happy Benita :)
Yes – they recycle!! Bins at the airport. Happy Benita 🙂
Apartment building in Warsaw
Apartment building in Warsaw
City park on a glorious Sunday afternoon
City park on a glorious Sunday afternoon
Going for a jog through the city with Anita Parker from Perth
Going for a jog through the city with Anita Parker from Perth
Warsaw from the plane - so green!
Warsaw from the plane – so green!
The city park we found
The city park we found
A family feeding pigeons
A family feeding pigeons
Like all pigeons around the world - hungry!
Like all pigeons around the world – hungry!
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