Once again, it’s been far too long since I’ve come here to write. Again, that’s not to say that I’m not writing. Nor is it to say that nothing has been happening. Both of those things are so far from the truth.
This entire journey gives me a new respect for travel bloggers. I know that blogging takes discipline, devotion, and time. I’ve got these in varying degrees, but they’re all too frequently directed toward other pursuits and the creation of new memories.
As for what is next for me, I’m heading to L’Abri Fellowship in the UK. For those who follow closely with my travels (which, because of my infrequency in writing, is becoming an increasingly difficult exercise as of late, I admit), you’ll remember that I visited L’Abri in Switzerland in October and November of 2016. Though that is the original location, there are several around the world, and one of them is located a bit south of London.
I’ve written in the past of the Schengen Zone and how I can only spend 90 days at a time there. I really would have liked to go again to L’Abri because of how important it was for me when I went last time. It was on my mind to go at various times as I walked the Camino, but it would have meant either rushing the Camino and/or overstaying my tourist visa. Neither of those were things I wanted to do. So I walked the Camino for a few weeks with practically no idea as to what would come next.
A few weeks into my journey, I was talking to a friend about my experience at L’Abri. I mentioned that there were a few locations in different places. ‘There’s one in the Netherlands, and two in the US. Oh, and there’s one in the UK, as well.’ As soon as I said it, it dawned on me.
And so as I sit here writing this, I’m in London. I’ll be on my way to L’Abri within an hour or so. I see it as a continuation of sorts of my Camino. It’s the next logical step for me. It will put me in a community with the opportunity to write and to read while also allowing me to reflect on all that has happened over the past weeks.
In the spirit of promoting community, there isn’t Wi-Fi in the house. I admit that I see quite clearly the logic in this. It’s difficult to foster community when everyone is staring at individual screens. However, this means a further period without any regular entries. I’ll have days in which I may be able to access Wi-Fi, so I’ll post if and when I can, but I won’t make any promises for regular content updates. That is to say, nothing is really going to change. Not on this blog, anyway. Ideally, I can’t say the same about myself.
And that’s the point.
A pilgrimage is an intensely personal journey, but it is not one that a pilgrim undertakes alone. I don’t want to ‘talk’ into a vacuum. I want to hear other voices, too. What I’m trying to say is, I want feedback! Have I spoken something to you? Is there something you think I should know? Do you have a question about something I said? Please leave a comment below or contact me at Pilgrim.Brett@gmail.com.
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