Canada! I've loved you, thank you for your culture and slopes that have helped me to revive, rejuvenate, and get inspired to write new music and make films for a fresh new year. Transitioning into a new life is always heavy on the heart, and venturing from Oz to North America called for a week of fun and reflection. God spoke to me here, and I'm grateful. The feeling of stepping off a plane with your bags, no one to pick you up, no hotel booked, a new country, yeah, its so good.
It was my first time ever here in Canada, and BC to be more exact, and I've fallen in l o v e. It must be the commonwealth connection. Every stranger I met was so pleasant and ready for an insightful conversation. I was able to meet up with some of my aussie brethren and snowboard the much glorified, Whistler. Every Canadian seems to be proud of their local music. Neil Young, The Arcade Fire, Celine Dion, JB, Alexis on Fire, Sum41, oh, and Nickelback (?). Forgive me!
It was awesome incredible to meet up with a man of God that I hadn't seen in 8 years, Steve Mirkovich. He was one of my professors at bible college (http://www.lightbearers.org/arise/). I've got fond memories of this guy leading me through scripture and giving wise counsel on missional living. He truly left a mark on my life. He's a husband, father of two boys, church planter and leader, snowboarder, and only 32. Love him. In Christ we meet and connect with brothers and sisters from around the globe. Such a blessing to be part of this epic tribe of God.
Billy's CANADA Travel essentials:
1. Snowboard gear: Yeah I didn't bring or organize my own and paid big money to hire:(
2. Bible and Notebook: Don't just use your phone, use the real deal. It's the best thing to be in the word and writing down your contemplative thoughts wherever you are; on plane, in bus, inside hotel.
3. Gopro: so light and easy to carry and capture wide and ambient moments. Spend that $500 and make the memories and moments come alive!
4. Trench Coat: so warm and trendy. Good in the cold, good in the city, good make-shift blanket when sleeping at the airport.
To the eastern states I endeavor,