Our week in Taize ended a week ago. We got back early Monday morning and the following days have flown by, in a haze of laundry, relaxing, and Taize songs. Considering all that took place in that beautiful region of France, here's a good summary.
Camping...Having never camped before, I am very satisfied with the results. We had a sturdy tent, small enough to give me comfort that I had control over it but really very comfortable. Although some intense thunderstorms happened whilst there, we had no tent-related dramas. I wish I could take all the credit for the success but I'm grateful to report the more experienced campers in our group made sure we were OK. They also checked our guy ropes to confirm we were sturdy. Of course, it took Bailey and I at least three days to remember all tent have guy ropes and we need to be careful when running around a campsite.
The beautiful outdoors...The Burgundy region of France in which we stayed is gorgeous, on a large scale. The mountains, vineyards, sunflowers, water, and all the stars were beautiful and very enjoyable. I took so many pics of the landscape, with each view inspiring me to capture it.
Taize life...The monastery offered a week of services and activities that suited all faiths. This also gave us the chance to meet people from all over, learn new songs, and spend proper time in quiet. I'm thrilled to report the younger members of the group (including Bailey) very quickly got the routine and participated in the three services per day (each of which included 10 minutes of silence). On the Wednesday night service the three smallest ones of our group got to sit in the middle with the brothers; this was moving for us grown-ups and thrilling for the little ones, for sure.