Ann with Miranda
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Ann with Miranda
Tuesday, 17 November 2015
In the early days of writing a blog I bought Blogging for Dummies thinking that it would help me. I soon discovered two things. It was largely focused on how you could use your blog to raise money by advertising and increasing your viewing audience, and secondly it assumed you were at home using your home computer and keyboard. I wasn't really interested in the first and I wasn't doing the second. My blogs are written on the move. And therein potentially lies a huge problem. I am writing this with my iPad. I can include photos if I have taken them with my iPad, but not otherwise. Whilst I can connect Ann's camera, to my iPad, the iPad of itself does not have the power to download the photos. So it tells me. So then I go to a local internet cafe, use their computer and keyboard, connect Ann's camera and hey presto,we have it! But life is not that simple. There used to be an Internet cafe on nearly every main street here in Elbasan, Albania but not any more. Worse still, try even FINDING an internet cafe in the Cyrillic writing nations, Macedonia, Serbia and so on and then you are confronted with a Cyrillic keyboard! The Internet cafe I have always used here in Elbasan has become a betting shop with a few computers upstairs and they now all have German keyboards. It is not just that the Y and Z have changed places and the @ sign is elsewhere, this computer try as I may wanted all script centred, in blue and underlined and it wouldn't fit the text round the photos. Agh! I gave up and came home.
So, I was going to show you the restaurant that looks like a ruined castle that Miranda and Tomor took us to on Friday morning to talk through next years Ladies UNIKE Conference.
And I was going to show you some of the wonderful food at a fish restaurant that Ida's Astley's (nee Sinakoli) sister Mira and her husband George took us to in Tirana on Friday night. I have never had a fish meal like it. It was absolutely superb!
And I was going to show you up to date photos of the underfloor heating that has been laid in the church here in Elbasan, and all the plastering and painting work they have done on the building, with some money we gave them last summer. It just needs now to have the doors and windows put in and the floors tiled and electric fitments so that the ground floor is finished off and they can use the main hall and three rooms for youth and childrens work.
How much better the blog would be with photos!!! Hopefully, normal service will resume as soon as possible.
Much love from Ann and me.
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
Matilda and some of the girls.
And some of our guys, Nick, Sam, Jacob, Nick and Ben enjoying their ice creams (akullore) with Edi Morava who organises the Camp.
I recognise Paola from Librazhd in the yellow top.
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Liam and the team of nine set off on Sunday evening for Stansted Airport to catch their Pegasus Airlines flight to Istanbul, a brief stay in the airport overnight and then fly from Istanbul to Tirana arriving at 8am on Monday. That was the plan. But the plan was thrown completely when their fight was cancelled. Pegasus, like a lot of budget airlines, don't fly everywhere on their route plan every day. Suddenly phone calls and texts are flying all over the place even if the plane wasn't! Pegasus could get them to Istanbul on Monday after midday but then they didnt fly to Tirana until Thursday, and they could only take 9 not all 10 of them. Um! This is Sunday evening when the church office is closed and some key staff are on holiday! But we all have mobile phones! In the end they all stayed overnight in an hotel near Stansted on Sunday night and then Pegasus flew them to Istanbul on Monday. The onward flight was with Turkish Airlines to Tirana who fly from the main international Ataturk airport, so that meant being transported from one side of Istanbul (Asian side) to the other European side. This was followed by futile attempts to sleep in the airport on Monday night before catching their early morning, now Tuesday, flight to Tirana, Albania.
I met them at the airport soon after 9am, all looking VERY tired. Bottles of cold water all round was the first thing and then all aboard the air conditioned minibus where they could relax knowing they really were now on the last leg of the journey. It didnt take long for most of them to fall asleep. This photo of Olu probably sums it up. No, he is not thinking with his eyes closed, he is fast asleep!
Here is one young girl with her tray of food, and Ann in the background.
It was great to go round all the tables meeting the young people and their leaders from the churches represented here. Many have been coming for several years and we have got to know them well.
Finally, to show that Ann is here with me one of her by the lake this evening.
Lots of love from Ann and me, and grateful to God and to many of our staff playing their part for getting the team here safe and sound ready for the Youth Camp to begin.
Saturday, 25 July 2015