After returning from Sydney, Heidi and I visited Australia’s only monastic town, New Norcia. It was founded over 150 years ago as a Spanish Benedictine Catholic mission and it’s heritage listed for its architecture and historical significance.
Seriously, would you ever expect to see something like the Abbey Church out in the middle of the rural Western Australia?:
Our trip was fairly routine; We went on a walking tour of the town, peroused the art gallery (a weird mix of old painting and donated modern works), attended Vespas (evening prayer with the monks), stayed overnight at the hotel, walked a bit of the heritage trail, and made sure to pick up some famous New Norcia Bread before heading home.
Overall, the entire trip was very relaxing. The thing that struck me was that it’s just so much quieter out there than in Perth (which itself is an order of magnitude quieter than Sydney).
Continue reading for a few more notes and couple more scenic photos.
A couple of weeks ago I went to Sydney to accompany Heidi at her graduation and the following graduation ball. It was also a good opportunity to catch up with my former workmates and students at ViSLAB.
I’ve been on holiday for the last two weeks, and I’ve managed to avoid using a personal computer for at least 12 consecutive days over that time.
It was good; very good. However, I’m getting back into things here in Perth and that includes blogging from now on. Look forward to photos from Sydney and New Norcia, as well as a few delayed video game reviews.