So, I am well aware that I have not posted in my blog for a while. I'm sorry. I wouldn't have had too much to post anyway.
The Lutherans (and Orthodox monk and miscellaneous other students) leave tomorrow morning to begin their week of traveling that concludes the program. I was a bit skeptical at first, what with an entire group of religious people descending upon our Institute and me (The Most Non-Christian You Will Meet, Except Maybe Next To Osama And His Wacky Al-Quaeda Muslims, Except, Still An Exaggeration) having to lead them.
But, I got to know a couple of them fairly well, and I am sorry to see them leave. I regret that I did not pass along my contact information when I had the chance, but I think we must have their contact information around here SOMEwhere, so I might use it and email them, or something.
I also am sad that I did not ask some of them out for coffee this week. I (briefly) discussed my faith (or lack thereof) with a pastor from Slovakia, which got me thinking. Although I don't consider myself a Christian, I am intrigued by those who practice (and believe in) religion. Do you practice because you actually believe in it, or just because you were brought up that way and it is habit? Would you have discovered your faith otherwise?
The whole concept is fascinating. Which makes me a bit sad that I didn't get to discuss it more with my two new pastor friends. Thankfully, both live relatively close (as in, Europe, instead of, say, Russia or South America or anywhere else not quite so close), so perhaps during my travels I will visit them and continue this discussion. Or not. Who knows! Only time will tell :)
On another note, my social life is going from booming, to non-existent, for at least a couple of weeks. I was busy EVERY DAY this past weekend, but now Jessica is traveling for a week and then going home, so no friend for Heto! I really need to look into going to visit Bridget, though. Maybe we'll go to Luxembourg! Or Köln! Yay for inter-European travel! :)