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Jul

‘Wndrwill’ by Neil CicieregaTo get in the mood for Taizé! They play Wonderwall just about every night…

‘Wndrwill’ by Neil Cicierega
To get in the mood for Taizé! They play Wonderwall just about every night…

Third Time’s A Charm

So, tomorrow I will travel, for the third time, to Taizé, a village in France. Near that village is a community, a christian camp for people of all ages, but mostly teenagers and young adults. There are a bunch of brothers running this thang, and it’s quite something.

The youth usually go for a week, having to pay a little to get seven days full of activities. A day usually has three prayers, where about 3000 people gather in the bare halls of the church and everyone sits on the ground, having received a book with the prayers and lyrics that will be sung.

Then follows BREAKFAST everyone gets some bread, chocolate, ice-tea or chocolate milk with a piece of fruit. The hordes of people waiting in line is always a sight to behold. Other youths hand out the food, as everyone is given a little task to do.

Then groups go to the church where they listen to the words of a brother and discuss some bible text outside the church with smaller groups. This is called “bible study”

After that some people have chores, like collecting garbage, cleaning or preparing meals.Followed by the midday prayer, which is pretty similar to the morning prayer, only slightly longer, and after that is LUNCH

Then there are some other chores or additional bible studies, or even free time. Around six is dinner, and while we don’t get much food, we get a bit of everything which fills you pretty well. At half past eight there is the evening prayer followed by time to go to the hangout place, where people make music, play games, can buy a little alcohol and have fun till half past eleven, when the lights go out and everyone HAS to go to sleep, even though you can evade the night patrol pretty easily if you wanna have fun.

Now, I’ve been there with friends before, and we had a lot of fun. People in Taizé are very open minded and nice! It’s harder not to make friends there. Still, we were all atheistic in one way or another. It’s really interesting to be in such a large community where about half of the people believe you’re going to hell for not accepting the word of God and all. I’ve never really had an argument, but I’ve talked with those people about their beliefs and enjoyed it immensely. People have respect for one another over there.

The two times I’ve been there before, I had one day where I had a little emotional or existential breakdown in one way or another, and I wasn’t the only one. Last year, after one of the prayers, me and my friends were scattered throughout the church and when we met up, everyone was crying in one way or another. Everyone at the same time. That was really something.

But now, I’m going alone.

I had felt like a wolf in sheeps clothing before, no, a sheep in wolf’s clothing, surrounded by so many people who disagreed with me about the most important questions of life that I felt kinda threatened or something, but I always had my friends to fall back on. 

Not this year. My friends couldn’t come, but I really wanted to go. I felt like it was the right thing to do.

But I’m kinda scared. I’m afraid of not having a “home base” where I can discuss feeling like the odd one out.

On the other hand, Taizé has had a HUGE impact on my life, and both times I was there before I left stronger and better than before.

In any case, I will tell you how it went. 

25

Jul

doingitwrongandlovingit:

Hung out with @janetvarney (the voice of Korra!!) last night. We immediately got along and trusted one another :p

doingitwrongandlovingit:

Hung out with @janetvarney (the voice of Korra!!) last night. We immediately got along and trusted one another :p

cottonbun:

Some Pearl doodles. Today was not a good day for drawing (edit: the weather was rather killing)

party was good but I got sick

shwlg:

Couldn’t find gif of this gentleman online so I made one myself. 

shwlg:

Couldn’t find gif of this gentleman online so I made one myself. 

24

Jul

My new sounds:

rufftoon:

bryankonietzko:

flameo-ferret:

I DON’T THINK THIS HAS BEEN DONE YET

Well this helped cheer me up.

Yes!

rufftoon:

bryankonietzko:

flameo-ferret:

I DON’T THINK THIS HAS BEEN DONE YET

Well this helped cheer me up.

Yes!

makanidotdot:

this is my only hypothesis

23

Jul

Pretty soon I’m going to russle some jimmies at a christian youth camp.

7,268 plays

neilcicierega:

Mouth Silence “Single Ladies” outtake