Posts tagged International
C.S. Lewis Trail

Today we woke up and had Dr. Hadden Wilson come speak to us about C.s Lewis’s upbringing and accomplishes. He informed us of Lewis’s church and the history behind its building. We also were informed about how throughout his life he was raised Anglican Christian and after his mothers death started doubting and was tutored in schooling by an atheist and became an advocate for it.

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C.S. Lewis Trail

We started off our day in the Library with Dr. Haddon Wilson teaching us about the life of C.S. Lewis. Lewis was born and raised in Belfast, and Dr. Wilson prepared us for our tour. After lunch we loaded the bus and set out to see all the sights that Dr. Wilson had told us of. Our first stop was a statue of the wardrobe in C.S. Lewis’ novels. I really enjoyed seeing this life size statue. The sculpture features Digory Kirke peering into the wardrobe, and on the back of the wardrobe is the head of a lion and a letter that Lewis wrote to a young girl explaining the death and resurrection of Aslan. Although I’ve always known that Lewis’ novels depicted Christianity in a fictional way, I found it really interesting to read this letter and see how he intended his novels to parallel to the Bible.

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Dublin

Today we went to Dublin. The planned stops were, Book of Kells, A super awesome Library, Fish and Chips, Free Time, and The National Gallery. The Book of Kells was amazing. Seeing a book that has been perfectly perserved since 800 a.d. was incredible and it was that much more incredible being that it was a book containing the four Gospels. It was truly an awesome experience.

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Ulster

Today we went to the Ulster Museum in Belfast. As we arrive i quickly noticed the strange 1970's structure from my pictures. As i walked in i realized how big it really was. We went and heard from one of the museum directors who shared with us about the museums history, various paintings/ exhibits, and furthermore the coming together of Belfast this museum brought during the times of the Troubles.

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A Great Ending In A New Castle

Well friends, we had our last day of sightseeing and adventures in Ireland today! The past few days have been filled with a lot of reflection time. We did another night of poetry on Sunday! This time we set it up very “coffee shop open mic” with dim lights and everyone had to wear some form of head gear/hat to present their poem. The students have really come to enjoy these times of vulnerability. It is fun, and draws them together in a totally different way. Some are real and reveal deep hurts, concerns and fears, while others are very positive about growth reflection and aspects of life that they are thankful for. As we did last time, a few of the poems are below.

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Touring The Capitol And Understanding Freedom

Northern Ireland is apart of the United Kingdom but that does not mean that they don’t have there own form of governing body. The Norther Ireland Assembly, the legislative body that runs Northern Ireland, meets at the capitol building known as Stormont. This is a beautiful building both on the inside and out. It is 365 feet in length and 6 stories high. Today, we got to take a tour of the building and learn a little bit about its architecture and the workings of the Northern Ireland Assembly. It was a very beneficial experience to see how another government works and gave all of our students great perspective in the world around them.

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The Art of literature

oday the students began with a little bit of classroom time here at the Manor. Nasa, our campus shepherd asked them all to separate for 45 minutes, stay quiet, and write about what is going on in their heart at the time…in a poem. At first the jaws dropped and there was not a great deal of enthusiasm following this instruction. His intention was to have the students be alone with their own heart, thoughts, and a piece of paper…something that this generation does not often experience with TV, video games, etc. We all met back together in the classroom (which is here at the manor) and the students each drew numbers. Then, they each read their poem aloud. As a staff, this was one our most favorite, cherished moments here in Ireland. There was a real, raw vulnerability amongst our students that was so refreshing to experience. Some intimate details and very personal struggles were shared in the beautiful art of poetry. Tears were shed, applause was given, and the was an evident remembrance of just how beautiful this family is. Here are a few of the writings from the beautiful, quiet, rainy morning that we had here today.

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Crown Jewels Vs. Enormous Castles

You may be asking yourself, “Self, why wasn’t the Link Year blog updated from Wednesday – Saturday last week?” Well, you are in luck because I have an answer.  Last Wednesday started our “Free Weekend” here in Ireland. Some of our students took excursions to London or Edinburgh Scotland, while many others stayed behind at the Manor for some R&R. Those that stayed in Belfast did a lot of reading, resting, shopping, movie watching, and some serious fellowship. One night all of the girls went to see the new movie “The Vow,” and then to a highly recommended Italian restaurant called Villa Italia…the guys met us there. We had a great time!

 

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Sunday Morning With Jack

Any Christian that has taken a religion course or sought a book that would help them grow in their faith no doubt has read or heard of the writings of C.S. Lewis. While Lewis has long past his writings and thoughts on the Christian faith are well known throughout the entire world. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest Christian thinkers of our time. Yesterday, our students got to experience something that not many other Christians and fans of C.S. Lewis will get to experience.

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A Day In Dublin.. And Beyond

Well, it has been a good while since our last post! So sorry for the lack of update on our adventures!

We loaded the buss left bright and early THURSDAY morning at 7am for a day trip to Dublin! We passed the beautiful Monasterboice on our sunrise drive! Once in Dublin we went to see the Book of Kells, The Chester Beatty Library, and the National Gallery. After our group tours, we were free for a day enjoying the neat city of Dublin! I will let the students tell you more about these experiences below. Unfortunately, we were not permitted to take cameras inside the museums and library, so there are not many pictures of these experiences. You can look further into these neat places if you desire by visiting their websites.

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Sunday In Ireland

What a great Sunday morning and afternoon we have had so far. This morning we took the students through Belfast to St. Peters Catholic Church. Growing up in the United States many of our students have not gone overseas or experienced how other cultures worship so it was a good to see them immersed into a different culture and see what another side of Christianity is like in Northern Ireland.

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Belfast Castle On A Beautiful Day

Hey everyone! My name is Mack Jones and I am excited to tell you about this wonderful Tuesday in Ireland. Today, we went out and got to tour the beautiful Belfast Castle.  The castle standing today was built in in 1862, however there were two before it that burned down.  The castle was passed down through the Chichester, Donegall, and Shaftesbury families over time and then in 1934 the castle and the surrounding estate was presented to the city of Belfast.

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Carrick Fergus

Today was quite cold up here in Northern Ireland. Cold, and quite windy. With the students bundled up in scarves, gloves and hooded raincoats atop fleece jackets, the weather only added some depth the scenery. We visited a lighthouse and a castle by the sea, so the waves crashing on the cliffs and the sound of the wind blowing made it that much more of reality! I will let the students tell you about these places below!

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Exploring The Irish Coast

oday, was a very exciting day as we got to visit the breathtakingly beautiful Irish Northern Coast! This country has some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever see and today we got to drive along what has been voted as one of the most beautiful highways in the entire world. The highway that we drove along today was very similar to California’s highway 1 as it winded all along the Irish coastline. We made some stops along the way at some of Ireland’s top places to see. Here is what some of our students had to say about the trip and the places that we visited.

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Saturday In Ireland

Well today was our first FULL day of being “tourists,” and as you can imagine there is not mistaking that that is exactly what we are. We ask where the restroom is as opposed to the culturally relevant “Toilet.” We have to ask people to repeat things as we continue to learn their dialect, and we walk around with backpacks, coats and ear muffs in group of 38 on a tour bus. It is awesome and we are loving every minute. We are home for the night. Manor chores are being done, some students are sleeping, and other are enjoying some “family game night” playing tennis on the Wii. Today was rainy and cold, but it made the atmosphere at the sites we visited that much better! I will let our students share these experiences with you!

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