Holidays and Travelling… and the Reformation?

It seems very strange that an entire semes­ter has passed already, but indeed it has, and we have marked the end of semes­ter with the usu­al ven­er­a­ble exam week; then it will be hol­i­days.

One of the great oppor­tu­ni­ties which Ridley offers is the chance to get a hands on expe­ri­ence of var­i­ous sites and places which have helped shape the Christian faith, such as Israel, Palestine and Jordan; or Turkey Greece and Italy; and even the heart­land of the ref­or­ma­tion: Germany and Switzerland. The ref­or­ma­tion tour is of par­tic­u­lar inter­est to us through the var­i­ous read­ings which we have done, and also my inter­est in Reformed his­to­ry. However, unfor­tu­nate­ly, the Ridley tour, while it would be great, is out of our bud­get as a cou­ple.

So then, what is this hol­i­day that I have seen on the Book of Faces, and writ­ten about here on the blog, you ask? Well, in lieu of actu­al­ly being able to join in on the Ridley ref­or­ma­tion tour we have decid­ed to go on our own tour, cour­tesy of all of those pesky fre­quent fly­er points that I’ve accu­mu­lat­ed over the years of hav­ing to fly for work. So, while say­ing thanks to all of the jobs that have flown me around in the past, we cashed in most of our points and got extreme­ly cheap flights to Europe. In addi­tion see­ing as this year will prob­a­bly be the only time in the fore­see­able future that we have a whole six unen­cum­bered weeks free at the same time, we decid­ed to make the most of it and go for pret­ty much the entire hol­i­days.

Over the next five weeks, leav­ing on Saturday, we will be trav­el­ling around Europe and the UK rough­ly fol­low­ing an extend­ed Reformation tour. I have plot­ted our rough itin­er­ary in Google Maps below:

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Along the way we will be catch­ing up with some fam­i­ly who will be there at the same time. My dad will be in Heidelberg for a lit­tle while before a con­fer­ence in Spain, and so we will be catch­ing up with him there. Its a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to be shown around Heidelberg as my par­ents spent sev­er­al years liv­ing there while study­ing at the uni­ver­si­ty.
In the UK we will be meet­ing up with Gill’s par­ents as they are cur­rent­ly there for the Queens Jubilee cel­e­bra­tions, and some oth­er fam­i­ly gath­er­ings; as well as meet­ing up with Gill’s fam­i­ly who live in the UK.

As we trav­el we are hop­ing to be able to update the blog with things we are learn­ing and a few pho­tos. We will be try­ing to doc­u­ment our trav­els in the same fash­ion as the Ridley stu­dents have to for the assess­ment for their course, and we will be tak­ing some read­ing mate­r­i­al on the jour­ney. The first two books on the read­ing list are a pair of biogra­phies, first­ly Calvin, by F. B. Gordon and sec­ond­ly Luther by Kittleson.

Keep an eye on this space for updates from Europe, and our thoughts on the books. We are very grate­ful for this oppor­tu­ni­ty to be able to trav­el and learn more about the ref­or­ma­tion as we do so, and many thanks again to all of my pre­vi­ous employ­ers who have had a hand in mak­ing this hap­pen 😉

Chris

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