Thursday, December 28, 2006

Some alpha photos...

This is the first Thursday night that we haven't had Alpha for 9 weeks - so I thought it was appropriate to post some photos from our last Alpha. We handed out certificates to all the people (8) who finished. Here is Sinisa with Daliborka (one of the twins whose parents are hearing impaired - we got to know them through our Humanitarian Aid program).
This is Ljilja and I with Aleksandra and Semmy. They are just good friends, but most people think they are sisters.
This is Daliborka's twin, Dajana (pronounced Diana like Princess Di) . They are both "Miss" competitors... and make Ljilja and I feel very short! But we love them lots...and they need a lot of love, growing up with parents unable to speak.

We will now have a break for the holidays, but sometime in January, Sinisa and Ljilja will be starting a group bible study with those that are still interested... (I will of course be in South Africa from mid January to the end of March...)

Post 100...

Yes, in the year or so of blogging, I have got to post 100... I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am doing it... Now to go make a cake with a 100 candles to mark the anniversary - NOT!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Christmas photos...

Here are some pics from Christmas day. Here are some of us showing off our "silly hats". From left: Ljilja, Semmy, me and Aleksandra. See also how great the table was laid!


Then we have the Christmas crackers - going BANG! Here are Olja and Jovan with Sinisa and Aleksandra looking on. And all the food is now on the table!!

And Sasa with her friend the angel (aka ME!). With our lovely likkle tree in the background.

All in all it was a fun day!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

EUFOR...and Christmas parties

EUFOR is the acronym for the foreign troops stationed in Bosnia to keep the peace. They are mostly now from the EU although there are some hangers on from elsewhere. On Friday night I went to a Christmas party at my neighbour who is in the EUPM (who monitor the Police) and he had invited a whole bunch of people from the EUFOR base. I went by myself and barely knew him (met him in the local shop) and his wife not at all, so it was introduce myself and get chatting...

Anyway, I was chatting to one guy form EUFOR who told me that he went quite often to Sarajevo and so of course I said "well so do I". I then ask him how he gets there, thinking train, bus or car and wanting to commiserate with him how long it takes... Silly me, this is the army - he goes down by helicopter, poor chap!

Everyone from EUFOR is here short term - longest is usually only 6 months - so when they asked me "how long have you been here?" and I said 6 years there was a lot of drawing of breath (and probably people were also thinking - is she crazy??). I also realised that I do look really young when someone - shocked at the fact that I was here 6 years already- asked "so how old were you when you came? 16? "...

Talking to myself...

I know that on an average day I spend more time in the language than in English what with living with Ljilja and working with a Bosnian-speaking team, but it just occured to me this morning that when talk to myself I am doing it in Bosnian!! I used to sometimes do a word or two and then stop myself - but now it is just easier to do it in Bosnian...I (sva sretna) told this to Ljilja, and she of course found the ultimate put down by saying: "you talk to yourself??"...

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

English Club...

This is a pic of my English Club on our official last night until April when I get back from furlough. We will be going out for coffee on Monday night as our "official" send off... From l-r: Dragana, Sanja, Ceca, Daliborka, me and Aleksandra. All of them are very dear to me and we have had a great last 13 weeks since starting the club. We went from having up to 11 people to the last few weeks of just these lovely girls - so we have really bonded!
We ended up with the "name game" - which is probably my favourite English activity... and it was my favourite thing to do with my friends in South Africa as well!! Basically you each write down famous people on slips of paper and then get into pairs and have to explain to each other who is the person on the piece of paper without saying the name. It is even more fun when I play it with them and amaze them with my knowledge of local celebs :-) Posted by Picasa

Friday, December 08, 2006

USB Photo...

This is the photo from our latest "USB" meeting with EUS (yip IFES love acronyms as much as YWAM). Translation: This is the photo from our latest "United Student's of the Bible" or "Union Studenata Biblije" with Evandeoska Udruzenja Studenata (yip the International Fellowship of Evangelical students likes acronyms as much as Youth with a Mission).

For those of you that missed it - we had meetings for students or people who are working with students, which were held in Zenica last weekend, and this is most of the people who were at those meetings! Aren't we a great bunch! Posted by Picasa

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Whistle-stop trip...and ooooooppppssss

Well, Ljilja and I went to Zenica (a 2-3 hour trip each way) and back in less than 36 hours. We had EUS (IFES) meetings there and had a great time with everyone...

We almost didn't get to go as my car has been giving me hassles with starting all month (since it started getting cold) and I didn't want to risk getting stuck in Zenica... And on Tuesday it wouldn't start at all... The mechanic could only come out on Thursday (as it wouldn't start at all we couldn't get to him what with the hassle of towing it!) PTL he found the problem and fixed it - one of the cables had burnt out - and charged me all of R100 (about 10Euros or $14) for coming out and doing it - got to love Bosnia!

On Friday we drove down with my friend Janice (who was staying with us for a couple of days - we love having her!) and put her on the bus to Sarajevo (where she lives). We then had our meetings with the other students and people working with students until late on Friday night and again on Saturday morning until lunch time when Ljilja and I left them to come back before dark... I have one rule about driving in Bosnian roads - it is better in the day time...

Somewhere on the way back I realised how Bosnian I have become when I overtook a truck on a solid white line (I could see way ahead!!!) - everyone here does it. And then of course right there there was a Policeman!! Ooooooooppppsssss!!!!! LUCKILY he was on the other side of the road, but he had obviously seen me as with hand signals (like only Bosnians can do) he indicated "what were you doing??" and "oh well you are going the other direction, but if I caught you you would have got a big fine" (yip I got all that from his hands...) So PHEW! This time I got away with it - but I will not do it again!!!!
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