It’s been months, but I’m keeping my thoughts and feelings from the trip. One thing is that while it’s obvious that Europe was the dominant political force in the world for many years, and Europeans have had big advantages over people from the Developing World, and still do. That said, not all Europeans (and North Americans) are equal. The Scotch, and the Irish have been treated very roughly; the same can be said for working class people from all countries. Europe is anything but stable right now. We were stunned that we heard so little about the recent secessionist movement in Scotland; people were talking more about hardships that would come from cuts the current British government is moving towards. We’ve seen some evidence of instability in Northern Ireland in recent days – it’s nothing like the times of the Troubles, and may it never go back to that! But it’s a situation to watch. And the Syrian refugee crisis is having an immense impact all over Europe. We hope to go to Turkey one day but have to watch the situation there carefully.
It’s so strange how travelers can find a mixture of beauty and sadness in the world. The Scottish Highlands are both gorgeous and deeply lonely; Ireland is tragic, and magical. This bitter sweetness is the way of the world, and experiencing it deepens travelers. We’ll keep traveling. We’ll post here, and in the other blog at different times. And I will keep posting writing here, including poems from this trip.
To wrap things up, and show what kind of surprises are out in the world – here is a shot of a sculpture of bagels, the symbol of New York City (the artist says) that we saw at the very end of the trip. Keep on truckin’!