“I was the world in which I walked, and what I saw
Or heard or felt came not but from myself;
And there I found myself more truly and more strange.”
Wallace Stevens, Tea at the Palaz of Hoon
Yesterday stands in stark contrast to today. Our trip to the Northern Coast of the country – Musseden Temple, the Giant’s Causeway, and the Bushmills Distillery – was the perfect reprieve from the deep, emotional exploration of the Troubles that serves as the basis for our Peacebuilding Through Dialogue curriculum. Each day I realize that there is so much more to this country than what I knew and what I thought I knew.
|The Giant's Causeway|
|The Northern Ireland Coast|
Bushmills seemed like an afterthought. It was a wonderful tour of an historic distillery, but a wee less existential than our hike. We thawed out with some whiskey and a meal before heading back to Derry. I, like many of my new friends, slept a satisfied sleep on the ride home.