Day 2: The Bodyguard, The Kid, and The Baba

Day 2: The Bodyguard, The Kid, and The Baba

Our first full day in Skopje resulted in great food, new friends, and a life long lesson in humanity. I woke up at 2:30 am after going to sleep at midnight and went back to sleep only to awaken at 4:00am with the same feeling, except this time I was wide awake. Jet Lag Tip: Before you leave the country, set your clock to the local time overseas and adjust your sleep schedule to it. –courtesy of Randy Fortunately, when I went down to the lobby I wasn’t the only one. Rabbi Steve was wide awake and writing emails. Since we both couldn’t sleep he decided to accompany me to morning prayers at the mosque I had visited the night before. Too bad the mosque was actually closed (we missed prayer time), so we ended up walking around exploring the streets of the old...

Day 1: Pick Pocketed By Gypsy’s In Skopje

Day 1: Pick Pocketed By Gypsy’s In Skopje

Wow, that trip took forever! Houston to Washington to Vienna to Skopje, I thought it would never end, and I actually felt a little queasy between Vienna and Skopje (more tips on what to do in a flight coming soon). I’ve never flown Austrian Air, and probably would never have if it wasn’t for this trip, but the food was pretty good and the stewardesses were really nice about letting me pray in the back of the plane for however long I needed to. Go Austrian Air! Along the way, I had some wonderful conversations with a Rabbi and Priest. I know it sounds like the beginning of a comical joke, but… no. We talked about the role of the seminary, different ‘callings’ (aka pastoral community assignments), inside jokes, and the differences between some of the...

Annnd I’m Off To The Balkans!

Annnd I’m Off To The Balkans!

“Macedonia? Croatia? What? Why would you go there?” That’s usually the line of questioning I’ve heard from family and friends when I’ve told them about my trip. Countries which aren’t heard about and easily forgotten… sort of like Idaho, the Dakota’s, and Nebraska. I’m traveling these two countries with an interfaith group called TRUTH Houston. There are pastors, activists, Muslims and a rabbi. Just one rabbi, but he’s wonderful and probably does the job of five combined (props to Rabbi Steve Gross). The TRUTH group consists of myself and:  Reverend Steve Quill the founder of TRUTH Dr. Jill Caroll a professor from Rice University and a writer for Houston Belief Pastor Eric Klimpel from Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church Pastor Chris Lake of Tree...