08.03.2011 - 12.03.2011
And so I find myself back home in Lisboa. Lovely to see all the friends and "family" again. I am very excited!! Spent quite a bit of time and energy to find the cheapest flight to Barcelona...what a mission!! But I have success. Leave on 10 March for 6 days. I plan to stay at a very reasonable youth hostel and also visit Montserrat - one of those must see places, with deep spiritual connection. Until then I take in some more sights and tastes of the capital city, mostly in Porto Salvo at the apartment of my earth angel.
Oh bloody!! Dammit!!! It seems I am just not meant to go to Barcelona?? After my mission impossible to get a suitable ticket, I get the dates wrong (still cannot figure out how)...prepare to leave today, but my flight was on the 9th (yesterday) so I have lost out. Try to find another cheap flight for today but no joy. GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT! But as always I trust things are as they must be
My heart is rent...just as the earth in Japan. Today (11th) when I woke I heard of the massive earthquake and tsunami. It strikes so deep in my heart and spirit. I had a sense of impending earthquake for 2 days already and during the night experienced my physical symptoms that always go hand in hand with a spiritual prompting to intercede in prayer for a situation. But the full extent of this human tragedy was not realised until later. I took a long walk, just to get my feet on terra firma, connect with God and prayer protective shield and pillar of Light over the country, its people and the nuclear reactors. I walked around the main centre, watching life continuing as normal, whilst on the other side of the world a scene of devastation, anguish and loss of life was playing out. I felt numb, immense pain in my heart. This has been a day to change our planet I am sure.
See the gems in the midst of the pain
and continue to hold Japan and all the earth in your heart and prayers
I decide to spend a day at Ikea - it is an all-in-one massive store for any kind of home furnishing you could imagine. HUGE! Some stunning things in there and a good way to ease the pain. I have a delicious lunch of baked salmon, with veges and a delicious lemony sauce.
To give my friends a break from my mug I head off to town and book into a cheap n clean hostel down in Baixa-Chiado. My 1st evening there I landed while a birthday party was on the go, right in front of my room...not much chance of an early night. If you can't beat them, join them!
The next night I was invited to a great club where they play acoustic music - the band was from Cabo Verde - some very sweet vocals accompanied by tabla, guitar and sax. Mmmmmmm.
One of my most precious encounters....a friend at the hostel had told me of this man with his 2 puppies who would sing on the streets. When I went out the next morning I heard his sweet voice on Praca do Comercial. I just closed my eyes and drew in the sacredness of his song. We chatted, shared time and space without really understanding each others language very well....it was a special moment of soul and spirit connection. Take a listen - he sings from the Book of Psalms
(sorry...some delay with the upload of my video....watch this space!!)