Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Sarajevo...

Our last stop was in Sarajevo where we were joined by Dragana. This is us after our meeting with EUS (Evangelical Fellowship of Students) had finished and we dragged Dragana to Bascasija (Turkish quarter) in Sarajevo as she hadn't ever been... Posted by Picasa

Mostar

On the way from Trebinje to Sarajevo, we stopped off in Mostar to see an old friend of mine, Sabrina Lively, and to go see the new "old" bridge...

For those who don't know the Stari Most (or Old Bridge) was a 400 year old Turkish bridge which was destroyed in 1993 by the Croats during the war between Croats and Muslims. It was rebuilt (in exactly the same way witht he same materials as 400 years ago) at a cost of $15million and reopenned last year as a symbol of reconciliation and regeneration in Bosnia and Hercegovina. It is a really beautiful sight and well worth a visit...

Here is Ljilja and I with it behind us...














And me on top of it ... Posted by Picasa

Trebinje...

Out on the town for our last night in Trebinje... We planned on going home early as Ljilja and I had to leave early in the morning, but it didn't help that guys in the bar kept sending us drinks...
so we ended up staying until after 11.30...

Maja, Me and Sladjana...















Jelena, me and Ljilja... Posted by Picasa

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Back Safely...

The wanderer has returned - after a great trip and a lot of kilometers... and of course the obligatory fine... yip they got me somewhere near Jablanica on the way to Trebinje - and the funny thing was I had just finished the book on tape and put some worship music in and it was then that I didn't slow down fast enough to the stupid 40km/h and got caught at 60km/h...not while listening to the book!

Will post some pics soon...

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Off again...

I leave tomorrow morning for Trebinje which is 344kms away - (I had to look that up - as all I knew was that it is about a 6 hours drive!). I go to visit Ljilja and her family and friends and catch up with the missionaries down there. On Friday Ljilja and I will go via Mostar (to visit my ex-classmate for Bosnian language from Zenica, Sabrina Lively, and meet her new baby, Irena, and hopefully catch sight of the newly rebuilt Mostar bridge) to Sarajevo as we have meetings on Saturday with EUS (the student organisation). We will be coming back on Sunday to Banja Luka in time to get ready for Carmelita (my YWAM "boss")'s arrival on Tuesday...

Anyway I have a book on tape which I will be listening to in the car so am kind of looking forward to the trip actually - esp as it goes through what I think is one of the most beautiful parts of Bosnia (and believe me it is beautiful!). Hopefully won't get any fines on this trip!

Will post again when I get back...

Friday, February 10, 2006

Side mirror...

Today I went to try and find a driving side mirror for my car. I lost it in a near-miss incident in December (PTL that is all that was damaged as it started as a head-on! and the other driver just kept on driving...). I have since then been looking for a mirror, but it is easier said than done as my car (Mazda 121) is an unusual model here. We have looked in all of the scrap yards and I tried to see if I could get a new one, but to no avail. A friend did offer to take one off a car (like mine) which a neighbour owns, but I decided that wasn't such a good idea :-)

So I have been driving around without it which has been interesting at times... esp as I don't have an off-side mirror, and my back windscreen fogs up in winter... sticking my head out of the window to reverse has not been fun!

As I am going to Trebinje, which is about 400kms away, on Monday, I decided that I had to try and find a mirrow before I leave. I went with my friend Dragana to the biggest scrapyard near Banja Luka - they hadn't had the right mirror before, but this time I decided to just ask if they had any mirror that would fit and I would get someone to stick on with glue if necessary... Luckily they had something that was pretty close and Dragana and I took it to her cousin's workshop and they managed to fit it!

I must admit that this is one of the interesting things about living here and having a car, but not having a husband or Dad or other male relatives to help with the fixing - and so everytime having to figure out how to go about it! But this time there was a happy ending!

Juliana's visit...

I got back to Banja Luka on Monday night. I had convinced my friend, Juliana, who lives in Zagreb, that she wanted to come back with me for a few days and it was great fun having her around until Thursday! We did quite a lot while she was here - but it was all good! I needed to meet with my colleague Janet and thought it would be nice to have lunch with her and Juliana so they could get to know each other - and Juliana agreed, little realising that she would have to cook it as I had to meet with Janet (just so you know if you want to come visit - I make my guests work!). We also managed to (unexpectedly) fit in a birthday party. And between having coffee with people, I was working on a presentation for my church... so things were a little crazy...

Relational Peacemaking and Diplomacy Skill Workshop

Here is a pic of us who were on the course at YWAM Harpenden. It was taken in Oxford, where we went on a field trip to visit an Organisation called "Initiatives of Change".
From l-r: Kristen from Canada, Luke from Ireland, Cathy from Texas (the course co-ordinator), Peter from South Africa and me!! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Why I will never fly Air France ever again!!!!

I had an interesting experience with my luggage at Heathrow on my way back to Bosnia... The blooming French are very rude and were going to charge me for every kilo over 20kgs - NO LEEWAY - and wouldn't let me have more than one bag of 12kgs for hand luggage. And as I had been dropped off I couldn't get rid of any luggage (and I had started with 28kgs and plus what I had in my extra backpack!). I managed to shuffle things around - thanks to my mom I had an extra "look like" duty free bag - so put stuff into that - and also stuffed lots of things into the pockets of my jacket. And also luckily there were some other girls in the same situation so we got to talking and I could leave my "extra" stuff with their parents while I went to check in again.

But even with all that... I still had 25kgs and it was £40 (ie a stinking lot of money) for the extra 5kgs - and I was like "well I will have to pay, there is nothing else to do other than throwing the stuff away" and went to go pay. I asked them "is there any way around this?" but they were very sorry (well actually ze vere very sorree) - but then the one guys says "pity you don't have airmiles" and I go "airmiles??" and it turns out that for 5kgs I had enough airmiles, but for 6kgs I would have had to pay for all of them - so it was exactly right!!!! And so I paid with my airmiles and was just going "phew" when the lady goes "oh wait - this is an airmile ticket - you can't use airmiles to buy luggage on that" and I am like "you have got to be kidding..." but then luckily by this stage I was late for getting to my flight - so they just let me go YAY!!! I barely made it to the flight on time and having to carry all that stupid stuff around all day didn't do wonders for my arms - but praise the Lord I didn't have to pay!!!
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