Our Extended Swiss Family
A bit of Australian bird folk lore for all our new family and friends
As the emu flies Jo and I are about 16,500 kilometres from our home in Australia, although I wouldn't like to fly the distance at emu speed. From Geneva to Brisbane, with a stop over in Dubai, and if everything goes to schedule, the journey takes around twenty six hours, which is doable. We went home once more than we had anticipated during the last two years but that helped actually helped set up what might come next for us. The hours we spent walking along kilometres of white sand and diving through countless sets of perfect green and foam inspiration after Christmas help us cement our decision to return back to Oz at the beginning of July. Work and money might fill in the days but they don't constitute Life.
|A month before I escaped banking (with Kris)|
|A couple of years later with 'The Goattees'|
Back in a previous persuasion when I dressed up as a bank manager every day, one of my most financially successful customers passed on to me what he considered the best advice he'd ever been given. He said if I could make it a core value I would not only have a successful career in my chosen field but all areas of my life would be fulfilling.
His wisdom was as simple as this.
'Always remember to use money and love people... and to never get the two mixed up.'
Whenever David came in to do business with me we would spend the majority of our time discussing what was important in our personal lives and the last five or ten minutes tidying up the financial details. When I finally resigned from the bank after twenty four years it was this line that helped me know I was making the right decision.
For me (after God), people are always more important than anything else. Jo and I have had amazing adventures together over the last twelve years and we always look forward to the what opens up for us as we continue this spontaneous journey together. We have a beautiful home to return to that comes complete with equally beautiful and interesting family, friends and an abundance of new opportunities. The Swiss leg of our 'Spontaneous Bliss' (my next book title) included a period of 9-10 months of (often stressful) cultural and climatic adjustment interspersed with amazing holidays all around Europe.
|Jodie, Lubna, 'little' Lubna|
Raua, Layla, Chisal and Rhoda - adding colour to a colourful world
|Lunch Eritrean and Sudanese style|
|Jodie, Chisal and Raua - funny faces|
|Abrahim and me outside their Biere home|
|Jo Rhoda and Layla dressing up|
|With Chisal, Lubna and Jo|
|The countryside around Biere had a back home feeling about it|
|This photo reminded me of a John Denver song|
|Raua doing what matters most|