We’ve been away from Europe for over a year now. We miss her. We think about her daily. She’s often on our lips. With our recent move, there’s been a lot of explaining about the world we left behind. We get to talk contextual adaptations, cuisine, cross-cultural blunders, and language acquisition. It’s reminded us of… Read More Slavic Things
With “Sochi problems” trending around the world, the conversation about Russia (and by extension the Slavic world as there seems to be a misconception that all Slavic cultures are Russian-esque) hasn’t moved much beyond stereotypes. Admittedly, the number of athletes that have flown off alpine courses is alarming and the Ring of Steel is imposing,… Read More Why You Don’t Get Sochi
The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union “for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe”. Essentially, the EU got an award for not starting WWIII. It may seem as though Peace Prize standards are sliding, but when you look back on… Read More And the Nobel Peace Prize Goes to…..Really?
In just a few weeks, we will no longer call Europe home. We’ll not only have an address in Canada, but we’ll actually reside there – something we have not been able to say for the last 6 years. As with any transition, there are pluses and minuses. There are things that will leave a… Read More The Will / Won’t Miss List
There is something about finishing well that is very satisfying. This EMERGE conference in Alicante, Spain was my last, and I have to say that it was the best one yet. The woman I worked with in Spain is named Patricia and she is truly passionate about seeing the women in the Spanish church and… Read More EMERGE: Finishing More than Well
In the run-up to EURO 2012, host nations Poland and Ukraine have been working hard to put their best foot forward. There are several coats of fresh paint on everything in Warsaw and not a single skyscraper has been left naked as banners hang from towers around the downtown core. Meanwhile, the BBC has put… Read More Stadiums of Hate?
Over the Christmas break, like any reasonable Canadian, we packed-up and headed south to spend time with friends in Slovakia and Slovenia. Being south of the Tatra Mountains gave us a very welcome increase in temperature…by about 25 degrees. We celebrated Slovak Christmas, Canadian Christmas, Matthew’s birthday and New Years with great friends. There was… Read More It Looks Like a Disaster, but we Like to Call it Home
Stopping in Malenovice, Czech Republic on his way north from Slovakia, Matthew picked-up Amber (who walked out of the Team Debrief meeting for the EMERGE Conference and straight into the car) and we drove to Włocławek. We were able to grab a few hours of sleep before we were up and off to take cars,… Read More Eurasia Conference in ישראל
After months of planning the EMERGE Phase II conference in Malenovice, Czech Republic, it’s finished! Myself (Amber) along with Linda Howell and Vladen Lasotova had the privilege and responsibility of bringing all the details of the conference together. There was an incredible team of women that came to serve from the US and England and… Read More EMERGE Czech Republic
We leave Włocławek today and will rack up some mileage before we return. We’re heading to Czech Republic for their first EMERGE conference. Amber has been organizing this conference for months and it’s going to be a busy, but impactful weekend. Matthew is continuing on to Romania where there are some car papers to take… Read More Accumulating Mileage