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The nomadic life of Mara & Raf

Benifallet, Spain
Spending the Easter time with our good friends in Spain is almost becoming a bit of a tradition. They are some of the best hosts, and we just love the natural surroundings near Benifallet, where they live. We went for different walks together every day. It was also quite exciting to see the progress which they have made on the construction of their house on the olive farm. Next time when we visit we…
Carcassonne, France
We have often played a board game called Carcassonne, the theme of which is based on the walled city of that name in the South of France. We’d often talked about going to see the place, and now we’ve made it happen. On our way to Spain, we stopped…
Chișinău, Moldova
Since the beginning of the war in neighbouring Ukraine, The Salvation Army in Moldova has been providing support to Ukrainians there. At the beginning, a lot of the assistance was for people who travelled through the country heading towards the EU. This meant emergency accommodation, cooked meals, food and…
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…
London, UK
This is another one of those blog entries with a mix of pictures of us hanging out with different people in recent times. It usually involves eating together, playing and having fun together and experiencing love in the togetherness….
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…