SOPHIA 2019 Meeting at NUIG: Musing 1

A couple of weeks home from the West of Ireland, and my most vivid memories from the 2019 SOPHIA Meeting are about the people I talked to and laughed with.

Before the Symposium and the SOPHIA Meeting began, I had the most lovely hospitality from Em, Pete, Katy and Em’s parents. A delicious dinner cooked by Pete, and feeling so welcomed to their temporary home.


Sitting outside between sessions smoking and chatting to Lukazs (from Poland living in Ireland), Rita (from Italy), Caroline, Miryam and Leonie (from The Netherlands), Tugce  (from Turkey)

who brought me a copy of the Turkish translation of my book “Transforming Thinking …”

turkish TT
published in Turkey.

The Greek women and the Irish men et al.

And later, outside the pub, being interviwed by Maughn (USA) and chatting to Alex (Germany).

All lovely, fun and interesting.

And it struck me that I was the only publicly ‘out’ Brexiteer at the whole 3-day event!

Yet I was also clearly ‘at home’ and at ease and chatting to our international folk.  Of course it may have been happening but I just did not see my so publicly pro-EU colleagues joining us.

However: my strongly pro-EU friends and colleagues are also non-smokers, whereas my international friends and colleagues are mostly smokers or are at least smoker-tolerant.

Food for thought.

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