Friday, December 10, 2010

The Base-ics

As our time staying at YWAM Burtigny is coming to a close, we thought it might be a good idea to give you a tour of where we've been living for the past three months. Living at a YWAM base is certainly interesting - the good news is there is always something going on; the bad news is...there is ALWAYS something going on. It's been an adjustment for us to live with so many people and share so much of the space, but it's also been fun and taken us back to what it was like to live in a dorm.
The Base - We're pretty sure it's the biggest property in Burtigny and our base is half the town's population.

The Garden - Many people do a great job of making sure there are beautiful flowers in front of the base and they also have a delicious vegetable garden across the street.

Reception - This is what you see when you walk in the front door of the base. Quite stylish and welcoming - especially for YWAM.

 Our Classroom - This is the classroom we've used for our lectures over the past 3 months. The giant world map seems to be a requirement for all YWAM classrooms and the projection screen in the corner has been great for watching college football on Saturday nights.

The Dining Room - People don't play about food here. If you're late and you didn't ask someone to save you some food, tough luck.  

The Sunroom/Movie Room - This room can be a good hideout to do some reading, journaling, or other reflective activities. It's also a popular spot to watch movies or sports on the weekend. And it's one of the best spots to watch the snow fall. 

 The Pool Room/Lounge - Where issues are settled. You can almost always find people playing pool, and some of us get quite serious. There's not much to do in town so many hours are spent at the pool table. Aside from our room, we probably spend more time hanging out in this room than anywhere else.

 Our Room - Home Sweet Home. It's tiny, messy, and quite toasty. It's been an adjustment to share a room like this, but it's helped us keep things pretty simple. We've tried to give it some life by putting up pictures and we have a plant growing in the window. It's weird that we've started to feel like we're settling in, and now it's time to pack everything up and move out.

Our Team - There are nine students and six staff. We have people from the U.S., England, South Africa, Belgium, India, & Switzerland. A very international experience!

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