The Library

Until yesterday I couldn’t have told you where to find a public library in Ubon. A friend had mentioned to me that there was one in the public hospital, but I had never made the journey to discover it.

With the help of one of the hospital guards I found my way to the library. It felt so good to work my way through the shelves. It had been too long since I’d felt the peace of towering book stacks; the peace of browsing shelves, hearing stories call to me; the peace of opening a book; of sitting down with it; of reading surrounded by the soft noises of a dozen other people serenely browsing shelves, softly opening books, slowly sitting down, silently reading.

I stayed until closing.

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Recently I received a cello and a Sony eReader from home. Additionally, I was just informed of a marathon coming up nearby in January. So between playing cello, reading any book that is out of copyright for free, and running, my free time has become quite solidly spoken for. I imagine as the newness wears off, some of these activities will become rather less consuming.

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The Jonah Experience

Sorry. I haven’t stayed on top of this the last few days.

Our last day in London we went to All Souls church in the morning and then went to Speakers Corner (where Jay Smith goes on Sunday afternoons). Speakers Corner is hard to describe. Speakers corner is a space in the park where people can go and say pretty much whatever they want. There are a lot of crazy folks, a lot of angry folks. Some people wear costumes to help attract a crowd. There are a number of very sharp muslims who know both the Koran and the Bible quite well. There are a number of people with Jay Smith who work to answer their objections to Christian belief as well as confront them with places of weakness in their own belief.

After Speakers Corner we swung by Buckingham Palace.

Monday we left London for Wales. Tuesday we had a very nice sit-around-and-read-while-the-rain-falls-outside day. Yesterday we went and saw an old castle and a few bits of the Welsh coast. We also went to a museum telling the story of one of the leaders in the Welsh revival.

Today we hiked up to one of the highest points in the national park we’re staying in. It was a pretty steep walk with pretty views along the way. The view from the top, however, was nonexistent. The top was in thick cloud. I’d love to get to see the view sometime, but it was fun to get to walk right into the clouds.

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