Gods gift to all of us in the Watt family, was simply the trip and a time to share in our love for each other. No gifts, just time together, it was far better than any other gift we could have been given. We done big walki g tour of Lisbon, ate a fine dining places, ate at crappy ones well. Headed south to the very southernmost tip of Europe, while we enjoyed it we did get the car broke into and lost passports and laptops as well as a harddrive with images from southern Afrika that will never be replaced…..but, Christ did make sure that we are all well and healthy. Back to Lisbon and had replacements passports in 24hours. Jumped a cheap flight to Marrakesh, Morroco. Done several tours in Morroco for 5 days…..then back to Lisbon. From Lisbon, we drove north to Porto which is the capital city for the PORT WINE manufacturers. Now, we all enjoyed everywhere else in Portugal, but we all fell in love with Porto…..what a charming city to spend several days in. We have pretty much abandoned the standard regular hotels while traveling and have gone to apartments which are cheaper and enjoyable and homey feeling. Everything is loadex, the bike is tore apart and boxed up, all the rugs are packed and the Morrocan door ks also loaded…….yes, a door. For what…..heck we dont know, its just to cool to passup. One little side note that amazed us, is just how bad the air pollution is in Porto especially, but all along Portugal as well. Never really did find out why its so bad.
Morroco, as it turned out was about as beautiful and exciting as a holiday can be. More than we had expected, nicer people than we were prepared for, and far more rugged than expectations. The buying of khilim rugs from the rural villagers as well as tapestries, was a prime reason for the visit. Walking open air markets that have been held in the same central square for over 400 years is certainly another valid reason, not too mention haggling over everything you consider and ending with a smile no matter the outcome. No doubt, we shall return.
Its not often, matter of fact never, do you find Jeremiah taking a cooking class. That “never say never” saying came too life in Marrakesh, Morroco and was thouroughly enjoyed by all four of us. A happen chance meeting of some young Colorado State University kids at a crowded Vegan restaurant, thier own excitement at thier own cooking class expirience was the impetus for our signing up for a class as well. Just love the random chance meetings that come about as we travel and allow God a chance to work his way into each day. In this case, we had the last table at “The Good Earth Restaurant”, and invitec 5 youngsters to join our table. The meal was great, but the kinship shared was even better.
The day ends with a handmade pot of Morrocan Mint Tea, and the assorted pastries we made during our class. We have all become fans of mint tea, never thought I would be saying that nor dining vegan…….survived it all and enjoyed it.
A little belated, but no less heartfelt than that of an early Christmas greeting. Ours was spent in both Portugal and Morroco. Since its a holiday I will share just images, and text if something needs explaining. We are hoping that all had a Merry Christmas, and that Christ indeed blessed your home with love andaffection at this time of year, good health and healing, and safe travels for the many who are on the road and in the air at this time of Year. If all goes well, and politicians and leaders act as they are supposed to, we may even have a prosperous New Year. Holidays for us, are drawing too a close, currently we are in Porto, Portugal and really enjoying it. Porto, is one of those cities that is struggling a little, but its full of both character and charm. Our time in Morroco was nothing less than outstanding, and we all feel fortunate for having the chance to travel there.
What would Christmas be if we removed Christ from the whole scene. It would become nothing more than “National Paper Ripping Day”, we all know that is not what the Holiday is about, and we should stand firm in our ascertions as too the origins and intent of this very special day. The Cathedral is a symbol of what is seen by many as Gods home, but for those who believe in the redeeming power of Christs love,grace and authority, we know that the life of this Cathedral is derived from those believers who walk into it…….we hope many of you did just that during this Christmas Season.