Our Finnish Catholic youth team set out from Tampere in the afternoon on December 27th and we arrived in Riga the same evening. It was rainy and windy that evening, so we tried to find our accommodation as soon as possible. We improvised and took a few buses, until we happily noticed some young Germans riding the same bus. They proved to be heading toward the same temporary accommodation we were looking for. Thanks to their amazing navigation skills (i.e. Google Maps), we found the right place quite easily. This year's Taizé New Year Meeting brought together around 15,000 participants between the ages of 18 and 35.
From 28th December 2016 to 1st January 2017, young adult Christians – Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant – from all over Europe gathered in Riga, the capital of Latvia, for the 39th European meeting animated by the Taizé Community.
We had prepared for the meeting by praying as well as by reading some Latvian history. Our grandparents and parents had told us about their travel to the Baltic countries a few decades ago. During the meeting, we were accommodated in local host families. With our hosts, we could discuss what it was like to live in Latvia and in other countries today. We were really touched and grateful they wanted to open their houses to us and share this experience with us.
This is a blog about being young and Catholic in Finland.
Yiran, or Maria Micaela. Born in China but baptised in Spain (2015), student in Turku. Participant of the Youth Weekends at Stella Maris. Cooking, running and photography are my hobbies.