Well, we finally made it to Ireland!! It was a long trip, with three flights and four airports, and now it feels like our trip has finally become real.
We arrive in Dublin just before 9 am (1 am for you Oregonians and 2 am for those of you reading in Idaho). We had taxi drivers waiting with a “Northwest young Friends” sign, who then drove us to our accommodations here in Dublin, where we will be staying for the next five days. They set us up with some sweet digs at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute. After an hour of unpacking and settling in, we met our host Aoife (pronounced efa, like Eva but with an f). She is a wonderful passionate lady who is very excited for us to be here.
After lunch we gave the kids, and us, a much needed break for the afternoon. Most of us spent the afternoon taking naps or laying around in the sun. After our break we met Aoife again for dinner. She walked us through some of the differences of Quakers in Ireland, what we should expect in different meetings, what our schedule is for the week, and other odds and ends. Finally, we all prepared a meal together. It was great seeing all the kids pitch in and work together.
We ended our time with Aoefi playing games and doing an open worship excercise called Epilogues. She played a song for us and then we opened up into a time of open worship. She asked if we would be willing to lead the Epilogues for the rest of the week. Starting tomorrow the kids will be leading us through these excercises and I am very excited to see what they come up with.
You should all be very proud of your kids. They acted
very mature throughout the whole airport and flying experience. It was great to see their excitement but also that they were able to control that excitement. Your kids are taking this trip seriously and I am excited to see what happens next!