belfast the beautiful
When we're asked if we like this city we all give somewhat different responses. For me, personally, I first realized, or rather, felt a love for this city as I was arriving to it from a visit with my friend sharon in the smalltown/country setting. I would normally assume that I would feel depressed coming back from that, but it was quite the opposite. It was raining that day (which hasn't happened as often here as we might have expected), and as soon as I saw that humongous budweiser ad (a good directional marker when walking around the city) that tackily graces the side of the europa hotel (europe's most bombed hotel, or so we've been told), I was happy to be "home". I even enjoyed the half-hour, sopping-wet walk back to university. I used to respond with, "I'm not sure that I love it, but it will always have a place in my heart." Now I think my response would be something like, "Yeah, gotta love it." Anyway, only time and His spirit will reveal to us all that we have really learned being here together.