Books Worth a Look

  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave - This book is a must read. Better than anything else I've read, it takes you vividly into the life of a person in the 3rd world who has no choice but to escape. It is brilliantly written & works well as an audio book. Often I've sent info about the wonderful refugees I've met in Europe. We know only so much of their plight as it is painful for them to recall much less live through again by recounting it. But over time it is clear what they've lived through. This book is excellent as you discover the horrors of their world. Somewhat how to me, it is like being in Europe near a Concentration Camp. One has an obligation to visit it. 'Never to Forget.' In this case, to have our eyes opened.
  • Garbage King by Eliz Laird - The book is set on the streets on Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia and here lives Mamo and his sister Tiggist. When Mamo's "uncle" offers a job, he soon sets out on a bus to work. Little does he know that he is actually being sold into slavery...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Arrivng at the hostel, unlike any other hostel reception!

The Dubrovnik Packpackers Hostel is perched on a lane which overlooks the town harbor. It is magical. My host picked me up at the bus station. He gave me an auto tour before taking me to his hostel. Once acclimated, my we climbed 4 flights ofd stairs. I met his wife and we sat down to talk and share honey brandy, figs, and crackers all the while looking over the beauful harbor.

A nice beginning.

P.S. Last night, Andres and I had dinner with the hostel family. We ate, sat and talked for hours.
Almost all the food in Croatia and the Balkans is organic.

What incredible good fortune for me to have selected this hostel.

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Thoughts on the amazing people I get to meet.

Rich, my 19 year old friend, soon to be Franciscan and recent community member at Haley House in Boston. An article he wrote.