02 April 2007

Ireland & Emma...


Well, I just wanted to leave a quick note about my time in Ireland coz I didn't have the time to post while there... It was short, but intense, as I would expect from being with Emma... she totally runs on a different speed than mine :-) ...
Emma is a great and special friend ...and I'm so thankful to know her...we get more and more close as we get to meet more often... this is the 8th nation we meet since our paths crossed 2 years ago in UK... All together we didn't have much time together, but it's always deep and intense... Also between our meetings we often call each other and pray for each other on the phone (yes, weird, but possible)... so, even in different countries, we kinda journey together and support one another...things that new technologies provide for us this days :-)... Maybe Paul and Barnabas couldn't say the same :-) ...
well, it's like we know each other for many many years...does this ever happen to you ? so you know what I mean :-) ... God is an expert on this kind of connections too :-)
So Emma invited me to visit her for a week in Ireland... she picked me up in Dublin centre after she finished school... she has been having intense subjects in her studies and it's so delighting and also challenging to hear her speak about those issues... she's doing a masters in Philosophy... Peace and Reconciliation studies, and it is so her heart... she's so passionate about that...well, she's easilly passionate about people...
So we updated our chats on a nice reggae cafe in Dublin and in the end of the day we went for a beer on a typical Irish Pub... I don't appreciate beer that much, but I enjoyed it... we met there with this amazing guy, John, one of those people Emma meets everyday :-) ... so , she met him on a bus stop and they realize they were both on the journey with Jesus... he was a drug addict and now he's helping kids on the streets of Dublin not to mess with that stuff like he did... we had such cool conversations at that pub and in the end we just hold our hands together and prayed for each other... so nice !!! We had found a new brother on the journey... it's like God is networking all these connections all over the world :-)

we went to sleep on a really cool place as well... Emma's friends... A family who has been in Tanzania for 20 years and now they live in the suburbs of Dublin... I immediately connected as I saw the African leather map on their wall :-) ... I can't help it... I loved meeting them,Tiffy and Brian Allan, and their older son...forgot his name :-/ I'm so bad with that !!!

Next day we went to Tara, a very historical place where all the kings use to go, and now is being threatened by a Motorway that is gonna cross it ...we were going to join a protest against it ...

Until we met Eugene who gave us a different view of the issue... well, we went to Tara to know more about the place and Eugene came up and started to speak with us (that's so normal for Irish people, I loved it...such a friendly people ) ... he was explaining us about the place and how he loves to go there... then we asked about the Motorway and he said he wants it coz it will make traffic so much easier... "it's always nice to hear the local's oppinion" - said Emma :-) ...
he went on his way, but soon after, as we sat to have our lunch break, he came again and kept chatting...we end up counseling him to take flours to his fiancé, coz he said he was annoyed with her that day... :-) well, too long stories to share here...
but he end up taking us on a historical tour, to Slane Castle and where christianity first started in Ireland through St.Patrick, and also the spot where the battle of Boyne took place... I hope I'm right on this, coz I'm pretty bad in history, but that was the place where all the divisions between catholics and protestants started...


O.k, he finally left us on the road and we hitch-hiked to Belfast, well, to a city nearby and then had to get the bus coz it was dark already...
We had 2 nights in Belfast before going to Emma's parents farm... the first night after the bus trip we just slept... the second night, after a "kinda" reggae party and few glasses of wine, we didn't really sleep before the sun rose :-) A fun night and again, nice chats with different people...


Finally we got some rest...Fiiiiiiiu !!! I am not used anymore to this rhythms :-)
It was really nice to meet Emma's Mom and Dad, and her younger brother, John... I have heard so much about them before...Emma really loves her family, and it was so nice to see that...
It was also nice the next day to weed the little green house, cut some grass and prune some bushes :-) ... I miss to work in the land...
what I didn't think of was that it was not a good idea to cut the grass bare-footed ... it was sunny actually, the whole week... but it was not as warm as in Portugal...
I got a bad cold with my "smart" idea... Bummer !!!
So, my last days were not so pleasant... :-/

we went to Belfast again and I still had time to have a drink with Brian and Pauline Houston whom I met in Portugal through Byron and Lisa...
I also got to meet more of Emma's family, but I could only seat on the couch and look like I was going to fall apart :-/
well, not very exciting !!!
We took an early bus in the morning to the airport... I flew to Porto... Emma went on a ferry to U.K...she was going to Synergy in London... A cool project where SPEAK usually have a room and participate in different ways... Emma went to be an "angel", handing out hearts and messages to people, and I'm sure she had good chats as well :-)...
well, this is just a bit of few stories on the journey ...
I feel I wrote too much already :-)
Cheers !!!





1 comment:

Jesse said...

baba, it sounds like so much fun!
one day i will get to travel with you around.....
cant wait to see you this summer!