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The nomadic life of Mara & Raf

Benifallet, Spain
Easter had a Spanish-Polish-Ukrainian-French-British-German-South African flavour for us this year. We were in Spain and spent the Easter weekend with a group of twelve people, seven cats, one dog and two birds. Our good friends Anna and Remi, whom we have visited a few times before, also had some of their family members and guests from Ukraine staying with them, so it was at times a little crazy and chaotic but in the wonderful…
Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal – Together with my colleagues, I arrived in Nepal on Saturday to facilitate a zonal meeting about ‘community based disaster preparedness’ for project and emergency officers from South Asia. On the day our delegates arrived, Sunday, there was a bomb attack here in Kathmandu which killed three…
Philippines
Mindanao, Philippines – The floods happened on the 17th of December 2011. Mark is a Salvation Army Officer in Iligan on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. He is happily married to Aileen who was 8 months pregnant with their second child. On this day he was in…
Luton, UK
Mara travels the world and meets lots of interesting people as part of her job. Of course, my position is far superior ;-). My job brings interesting people from all over the world to me. Or at least to Luton, where I teach international students about the academic conventions…
London, UK
We have got the most wonderful nieces and nephews, without a doubt. Six of them on Mara’s side and three and a half on Raf’s side. Several of them live nearby which is extremely nice because we feel like we are regularly part of their lives. For the parents…
This Christmas all of Mara’s siblings plus their families came and spent several days at her mum and dad’s house. It was loud, chaotic, crazy and wonderful. It was also the first time, Jaimee, my baby sister’s fiancé joined the gang. Welcome to the Freaks! Deutsch: Dieses Weihnachten haben…
Central America
Central America – When I told friends that I’d go on another trip before Christmas and this time to Central America (Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador) and the Caribbean (Dominican Republic) many of them joked about this not really being work but holiday. I wish. These are definitely nice…
Kenya
East Africa –  Drought: During the last months I’ve been to Eastern Africa three times staying up to three weeks in Kenya and Uganda to deal with the drought that has hit the horn of Africa. Food and water are the most desperate needs and therefore our local colleagues started…
London, UK
I’ve always liked busses and trains, and I’m really glad I’ve never had the necessity to own a car. But in London, my enthusiasm for public transport has faded somewhat, I have to admit. I’m always particularly glad when I can get off underground trains again. I don’t think…
London, UK
We are not the most settled people, that’s for sure. We keep moving around. For eight months we lived in Oxford due to my university course (no, I’m afraid I’m not done studying yet. However, the main lecture period is over and I won’t need to be there in…
London, UK
For the last 6 years I have been working with the Salvation Army Emergency Services dealing with disasters all around the world. I have visited wonderful places, met inspiring people, heard heart-breaking stories and I feel privileged by the opportunity to do this kind of work and assist people…
Deggingen, Germany
78 hours at the Nordalb site (incl. set up and tidy up), temperatures between 15 and 25°C, 304 guests from 17 different countries, 640 cups of coffee, 100 sunflowers, 78 delicious homemade cakes, 1000 soap bubbles, 1 trailerload of wood for the bonfire, 5463 bounces on the jumping castle;…