Saturday, March 21, 2015

Back safely in Bosnia

I arrived back on Wednesday after my shortest trip back ever: 22 hours door to door - thanks to a quick jump through Heathrow and convincing the driver to let me onto the Zagreb-Banja Luka bus without a ticket as I didn't have time to get one - I did pay him on the bus! It usually takes more than 24 hours, so this was great!

It was a lovely summer break in the middle of winter, and I have arrived back to lovely spring weather - up to 17C today :) Long may it continue! I have already been at the Children's Home for our book club and it was so great to see them all (not so great to be told after hugging all of them that they are fighting a bout of lice... luckily I still have lice shampoo after getting rid of them after last year's camp: working with kids is never dull!)

Looking back at my time in South Africa, I was really blessed to catch up with old friends, make some new ones, spend time with family, have fun with Mom and others at the beach, go to lots of shows and concerts with my Mom, and just have a good time :)

Spending time with family: Chinese evening with my aunt, cousin and mom at my cousin's university: Stellenbosch. Lots of good food and fun!
Another highlight was getting a photo with Pieter Dirk Uys (a South African comedian) after his show:
I realise that I went twice to my school friend, Alan Committie's show (once in Cape Town and once in Joburg), but didn't get a photo with him :( He is now also a well-known South African comedian and to think I knew him when he was joking with us in the back of Maths class! And his show was so good I decided to go again!

My last weekend passed in a bit of a blur, which made it easier not to think about the fact that I was leaving...

On Friday I went to lunch with my mom and our friend, Anne, who took this lovely photo of the two of us:
On Saturday, I went to Cape Town's amusement park "Ratanga Junction" with my friends the Bennetts: Here I am with Sarah:
And here is the whole Bennett clan:
It really is something you need to do with kids - and good friends to hang out with, so I am glad that it worked out for us to do it together :)

On the Sunday we had some of my father's side of the family over for a braai - some I hadn't seen since I was a little girl, so that was lovely! Cousins, second cousins, third cousins, aunts and uncles - aren't we a lovely bunch:
And then it was time to leave, and every time I leave whichever side, I have to say goodbye to people... I came across this A.A. Milne quote which kind of sums it up...

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

Now, after saying the hard goodbyes and leaving that behind me, it is back to living life here in Banja Luka, with lots of things happening in the next few months! 

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Bosnian evening 2015

This is the 8th Bosnian evening that I have organised at Claremont Methodist Church, and I love the fact that I get to bring a little bit of Bosnia Herzegovina to Cape Town as well as help people have a fun evening :) It is a lot of work, but I also have a lot of help from many people, which makes it easier!

Here are my kitchen team - Keren and Laura... They have the job down now as they have been doing it the last 3-4 Bosnian evenings :)
Trying to figure out how to plate 60 plus plates of food and keep it hot is not an easy feat, and then do it again with the dessert as well... they do a great job! This time we had "burek" - meat pie, "prebranac" - beans (not shown), and sopska salad. Desert was a duo of cakes (spice cake, and a fridge cake with whipped cream):

The food turned out well, and despite the fact that I had never actually made the meat pie before, luckily it was very good! (I am the only person I know who makes food for 60 plus people which she has never made before!!)  Here is my mom enjoying the first course  :)
 Some other happy customers!
 And the fun table!
Besides the food...we did do some fun things, like learn to sing a song in Bosnian...then after I shared a bit about what I do then it was time for the Quiz... There were 3 teams who got the same amount of answers right, but after the tie-breaker question these guys came out the winners... here they are with me, showing off some of their prizes:
After the dessert course served with Bosnian coffee and tea, we had a time of prayer for Bosnia and for what I do there :)

I think everyone who came had a good time and learnt a bit about Bosnia and what I am doing there. It was a great evening, with just the right amount of people - not too many, not too few. And I must say a BIG thank-you to everyone who helped make the evening a success!!
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