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Jonathan Higgins

Life after…

By | 2011, Europe | No Comments

As some of the others have pointed out, we’re back in the scramble of normal life. What is the Europe trip experience to me now? I returned home eagerly looking forward to the simplicity of sleeping in a bed, having eggs for breakfast, not having to walk a half mile to the nearest washroom or live out of a backpack. Those trifles have vanished now as I suddenly am missing my travel companions, the camaraderie, the teamwork and just living a crazy life for two months with 30 amazing people. I won’t forget singing the doxology in the Pantheon, climbing into the hills of Montserrat, biking through Montserrat and around Lake Zug, and so much more! Seeing the progression of art as we travelled and visited many different museums gave me a sense for a side of art I have never appreciated–painting. The evolution in style in response to world events or rigid backwards thinking, became fascinating to learn about and observe. Along the way we met some stellar people, from our guides in various cities to our hosts in others. This trip has been carefully designed to promote and facilitate the rapid expansion of ones worldview while also pacing all of us and giving us time to mentally process, experience and enjoy.

I want to thank our leaders who patiently walked with us through this experience. Mentors, pastors, professors, facilitators–our leaders wore many hats and it’s thanks to their work and determination that everything went as well as it did. Thanks you guys, you know who you are.

To my fellow students, my extended family even, I say thank you for treating me as one of you–despite an arguably sizable age-gap! We lived, learned, laughed, cooked, and moved together for so long and then in a flash we were saying goodbye and going our own ways. I can’t wait to see all of you back next Fall and will be praying for all of you. Blessings,

Jonathan

Our pilgrimage comes to a close…

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The end approaches and I’m more attached to this crazy bunch of people than I ever imagined. Our endless fellowship, whether in our living spaces (tents), or kitchen (propane burners under an open sky,) or walking the streets of these foreign cities, continues to build relationship in every direction. Even our late-comers, Hannah and Dave have quickly been assimilated into our band of pilgrims. As we head off to our last major city before leaving the continent, I’m looking back on our journey and appreciating this experience in even greater ways. Not only the exposure to art, architecture and history but experiencing these things within a crucible of intense relationship with one another has served to enrich an experience that might otherwise seem somewhat recreational. 

Jonathan

Hacking my way across Europe…

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If knowledge is gained through experience, surely community is built through fellowship. Since the earliest stops in the trip we have reveled in the satisfaction of getting our hackey sack around the ring of jugglers once, twice and rarely three times; laughing at our “faulty left legs” and taking probably too much pleasure in the occasional hand-grab resulting in punishment via thrown-sack-brutality. We eat together, see and learn together, travel together and hack together. It’s these times of sweat, laughter and exasperation that release so much of the small built-up tensions of the day. Viva la hack and may it spread it’s communal blessings as a contagion that brings both the coordinated and challenged together for many countries and millenia to come.

Jonathan