In Easter 2011, our young people from Elements returned to Taizé with their leaders.
Find out why they found it even better than last time (and the lack of ice on the tents is only one of the reasons!)
‘I thought Taizé was even better this year: I got more out of the discussion and found that it was easier to get into the swing of things having been before. I loved being in that community, meeting loads of new people from around Europe, and will definitely be going back next year. :)’
‘So there was no ice or other such freezing conditions this year 😛
The majority of us got a bit browner actually.
At the beginning of the week there was only about 2000 people (quiet for Taizé) but we all made loads of friends, swedish people! In fact i totally want to go to sweden now, they made it sound fantastic.
We were all shamed by the fluency of everyones english, although by the end of the week we all knew various vocab in various languages.
I think we should skip over what Josh learnt but i now know that tak is thank you in swedish, and horrible is hempskt 😀 When it got closer to Easter loads more people started showing up and things got very very crowded, especially when it came to getting food. The extra people also made it insanely hot, so hot that Taizé felt it should employ the help of the french red cross -_- I guess people did faint and everything but seriously, they didnt need ambulances… The Easter service on Sunday for me was the highlight of the week, it was so moving and exciting at the same time. We all laughed when everyone had to yell out in their own languages (So many germans o_O) and when Richard and David decided to sing as loud and deep as they possibly could and everyone was staring at us 😛 Fantastic times, i really cannot wait to go again :)’
‘I loved Taizé, it really is the most relaxed I’ve been for about 5 years, and sadly I can already feel my brow tensing when I’m not even aware of being stressed. It does sound like a hard sell when you consider that it’s church 3 times a day, a vast lack of vitamins and fibre, and daily chores, but I can see why people describe it as ‘life changing’. I went expecting to enjoy the music, but trying not to have any real expectations. As the week unfolded I just engaged in the experience without worrying about ‘getting something out of’ the week, and have been really gently, but definitely, moved. Now I just need to try and understand how to take Taizé into my everyday life, and retain some of that sense of the real world when I’m in the ‘real world’.’