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The nomadic life of Mara & Raf

Sofia, Bulgaria
When the war broke out in Ukraine in February 2022, Natalia, who used to live in Kyiv, bundled her daughter, granddaughter, two other children and Chips the dog into her small car, leaving her beloved city and her husband and son-in law behind. Like all men between 18 and 60, they were not allowed to leave the country. There was no time to pack any luggage and also no space in the tiny car,…
Viña del Mar, Valparaíso, Chile
For several days in early February wildfires were burning across parts of central Chile. The damage is extensive: 15,000 houses have been destroyed and 31,000 people are without a home now. As a result, the Chilean government has labelled the fires as the country’s worst disaster since the 2010…
Ostfildern, Germany
In our family, the adults normally don’t get any gifts for Christmas. However, this time, there was a present in the form of a positive Covid test a few days before Christmas day for Mara, and she had the joy of having to quarantine in one of the bedrooms…
London, UK
We don’t like the typically cold, grey and wet weather in the UK in November and December. So, it’s best to cozy up, socialize and get the Christmas decorations out nice and early to make the most of this otherwise miserable time of year….
London, UK
It’s been time for some artsy things again… together with Bettina I visited the ‘Colours Festival London’ for a vibrant and colourful street art exhibition. My friend Ruth then joined me for the ‘Genesis Eonarium’ for an immersive journey through the elements of light, sky, water and earth, and…
Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea
On 26th of February 2018 a 7.5 earthquake struck the highland regions of Papua New Guinea (PNG) causing damage to schools, health facilities, roads, water systems and houses. The Salvation Army was tasked with leading the recovery operation of a network of churches, including the reconstruction of classrooms and…
Warsaw, Poland
Similar to the training earlier this year in Romania, I was involved in facilitating another training course in one of the countries bordering Ukraine. This one was in Warsaw, Poland, and had delegates from Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Czech Republic and Poland, of course. Even though there are two or…
London, UK
If you are one the people who have visited us in recent times: Thanks so much for making our lives more beautiful and interesting, for sharing in our lives with us, for bringing joy and laughter into our house, for the thoughts and ideas we exchanged and thank you…
Kyiv, Ukraine
It took an 18 hour train ride from Chişinău, the capital of Moldova, to get to Kyiv in Ukraine.  The strict security measures make the trip there longer (not to mention the missed flight connection and resulting overnight stay in Istanbul). But it was worth it! Together with my…
Kettering, UK
Often it feels like there just aren’t enough people in the world who care deeply about justice and equality, who want to explore faith in an open-ended way, who want to look after the environment or who want to live life in full colour. But when we share in…
De Bult, The Netherlands
We tried to get together in the Netherlands in 2020 and then in 2021, but failed due to Covid restrictions in both years. This time, there was no stopping us. We met up with Raf’s parents, brothers and sisters, as well as all of the nephews and nieces on…
Tbilisi, Georgia
Georgia is both a destination and a transit country for displaced people from Ukraine. Over 25,000 Ukrainians are currently registered in Georgia. The motivation and reasons among Ukrainians for choosing Georgia as a destination country include the social and cultural similarities between Ukraine and Georgia, the geopolitical and geographical…
London, UK
Together with my sister Noemi I enjoyed a fantastic performance by non other than P!NK who captivated and entertained the excited audience (including us), singing her great hits and having fun interacting with people in the audience. Supported by her background singers, highly talented dancers and trampolinists as well…
Tara National Park, Serbia
In Serbia, we spent two nights in a cabin in Tara National Park. Among other things, the less than useful answers we got from the lady at the tourist information centre gave us the sense that not so many foreigners come here. We spent a lovely afternoon kayaking on…
Plitvice National Park, Croatia
Plenty of our friends had recommended Croatia as a great place to visit, and the country didn’t disappoint. After our rail journey to Zagreb, we rented a car and drove south towards Dubrovnik with a number of stops along the way. The first place to see was Plitvice National…
Stuttgart, Germany
It’s maybe a little bit shallow, but one of the things we first ask ourselves when we think about possible holidays abroad is if the trip will earn us any new ‘country points’, to experience something we haven’t seen before. This led us to plan a trip to the…
Hemel Hempstead
This spring brought us a few regular events such as the wonderfully crazy and extravagant Eurovision song contest. We also had a street party because of the new king,  a fantastic 15 km long sisters hike, and the Salvation Army’s High Council where a new General (the global leader…
Zürich, Switzerland
Once a year, the main Development (Supporting) Offices of the Salvation Army meet to discuss emerging topics and issues relevant for our development and humanitarian work. This year’s meeting took place in Zürich and apart from some good discussions about decolonisation and social justice, it was lovely catching up…
Hemel Hempstead
The first few months of 2023 have kept us busy with a number of short trips for Mara (see separate posts) and work at university for Raf as usual, but in between we’ve had lovely times with friends, food, football and other little moments of joy….