Back to Melody's travels
I have been slack at writing but I guess that happens when one is trapped in society and routines. Well! It's May already - I just can't believe it. I also can't believe how much I've learnt from Belfast in the past few months, what an amazing, dreadful, enlightening city.
There is lots to tell, unfortunately I don't have time right now as I am at work and must get on to making up the practical physics exams for the 'A' Levels.
Most important events worth noting:
the arrival of Magnolia, yes, Magnolia Wilson on these shores, she is now living in Dublin and we have had a couple of Rendezvous, she is very good and we are on a frighteningly alike wavelength, we plan this summers journey together....await more details,
last week another visit to Daniel in the south who is also very good, this weekend is a 3 day weekend so we are meeting in Donegal (the north-west, part of the Republic,) to explore northern Ireland and the west,
a week over in Edinburgh with Ilona which was a nice relaxing break but hard also to try and understand things there,
several amazing arts festivals and goings on in Belfast, my writing group going incredibly well, have been reading out several 'travel' pieces which have been well received and very encouraged, getting to know these amazing writers and learning so much from them, especially as they're Irish - Irish writers will always be legendary,
the coming and goings of flatmates - cam the Canadian is now off seeking the answers, Deidre the kiwi has just left for England, David a Spanish guy has arrived, matt the Australian stays firmly on the couch, and the Irish girl Eilis continues to be strong willed and drink a lot,
I had a thoroughly shocking and eye opening experience - being beaten up by 2 rough 'estate' girls in Belfast centre when I tried to calm them down and stop them harassing my flatmate, my first experience of physical violence, wow it's an awful and animalistic thing especially in mobs, but it was about time I realised my weakness and reassessed my 'infallibility' and it really teaches you a LOT,
learning Russian still it's a very beautiful language - the literature greats rival (surpass) the English greats- and reading about it and trying very hard to get a 'private' visa to go there - now at the end of June hopefully as I feel I should finish my job here until the end of term,
in a couple of weeks it will be my 2 year anniversary of travel and that's almost incomprehensible but amazing and unavoidable at the same time, (I'm getting a wee month extension on my visa so I can stay the extra month to work), I can't believe how much I've changed and I think in very positive ways (magnolia and Daniel reinforce this) and I wouldn't want to have my life any other way,
....and life continues on full steam but with many slow much needed moments to realise one's place in it,
I have a few important questions, the first for everyone : What is the name of my great grandfather (or great great grandfather) on Harold's (?) side?
I am told that once our family lived in Omagh, N.I., were planted there and lived there for a few hundred years. I'd like to track them down, the gravestones of their families, or any info about them, which is very possible to do with the big historic societies here, however I can't remember their names so any info at all would be helpful. William Nixon, perhaps? or James?
The second is for Ben : was I ever vaccinated against Diphtheria? Perhaps it is standard practice in NZ, I just can't remember and I need to be for Russia.
O.K. so that's the bell and I must be off, apologies for the hurried and frantic nature of this sudden letter,
as it comes into summer here I guess that it goes into winter there, a small consolation for the fact that summer here involves chilly winds and grey drifts of sleet and bonfires of the pre-marching season paramilitary,
enjoy the natural state of NZ and the winter showers,
looking forward to your news, lots of love from Melody.