Day 2 - Cliff on the Cliffs of Howthe
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Lâ€™Arche is one of about 160 communities worldwide that bear the Lâ€™Arche name and are responsible for taking care of people who cannot take care of themselves. Lâ€™Arche was founded by John Vanier, a Canadian. Blair (my CouchSurfing host) is from
I can honestly say that I think Lâ€™Arche is a great idea. At the Lâ€™Arche I am staying at, there are 4 volunteers and about 7 people they take care of.
This morning Blair found a bicycle for me and we rode to Howthe. Howthe is a fishing village on the water. The Eye of Ireland can be seen from the harbor, along with a few lighthouses.
As we rode our bikes along the harbor we stopped to greet a visitor from the sea; a massive, vertically-floating sea lion (or was it a seal).
After saying goodbye to our friend we headed on up the hill toward the cliffs. Blair had been here before, but not with bikes. It was much quicker with bikes, and as the pavement turned into a dirt trail we used our bikes off and on.
The views from the cliffs were beautiful with the morning clouds obscuring the sun and the mist providing a thin blanket over the Eye of Ireland. Birds filled the rocky shores below us and their calls filled the otherwise silent air.
We passed a few people (none on bikes), and made it about halfway to the lighthouse when we decided to turn back due to the narrowing of the trail (our bikes became more or a hindrance the farther we went).
Blair had to return to Lâ€™Arche and so we said goodbye. I went into one of the many
After a nap back at Lâ€™Arche I was asked if Iâ€™d like to eat dinner with the community. I gladly accepted.
When we were all (Tomek, Blair, Karen, Jillian and two others) at the table we held hands and Blair read a passage from a Christian book.
Reiji had the night off and I asked him if heâ€™d like to grab a beer. He said sure and so we walked down the street to a store next to a bar. I didnâ€™t feel like paying 5 Euros to drink a beer in an empty pub and so we bought a couple cans from the store. I got Royal Dutch. Reiji grabbed it from my hand and said heâ€™d pay. I was flabbergasted! I was just about to offer to pay for his. I told him I wouldnâ€™t allow it, but he insisted. So I finally submitted after a few more attempts.
We drank the beers by the walls overlooking the water as darkness crept over the quiet town. The tide had come in and filled in whatever beach had been there. The orange streetlights illuminated the serene landscape all along the coast.
We talked of the differences between