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Day 5 Operation Refugee

Art class

Today, June 20th, is World Refugee Day and the last day of Operation Refugee. It has been a really interesting experience eating these refugee rations. I am stoked we have been able to raise so much money for refugees… together our sponsors have donated $2395. My individual total is the highest at the moment, being $1759 but I’d love to see it get to $2000. People can donate for another month so it’s not too late! Click here if you want to support Syrian […]

Day 4 Operation Refugee

Day 4 Lunch

Our first night in the tent went without a hitch… the forecast rain was very light and came around 6.45am after Antony was already up and inside. It wasn’t too cold outside, about 3 degrees the low. I was toasty warm in my sleeping bag with a long sleeve merino top, PJ pants and a warm hat. Antony had just boxers on but was warm enough – such a hottie 😉 We both slept fine. Frost and minus 1 forecast tonight though! Usually on […]

Day 3 Operation Refugee

Making roasted chickpea snacks

Day 3, Sunday June 18 dawned and the first thing I did was grab my phone and check the total amount we’d raised in Operation Refugee. $2000 exactly! Thanks to some clever exchange rate calculations, my Scottish friend was the one to get the total to that exact amount. I looked outside to a very white lawn and frozen garden and thought… oh boy, we’ll be sleeping there tonight. A little bit crazy! This morning Antony stacked the load of firewood that had arrived, then […]

Operation Refugee Day 2

Making Flatbread

Day 2 of eating refugee rations was a lovely sunny Saturday… Conveniently my 9am web-meeting was cancelled so I stayed in bed until 10, reading and catching up with friends’ news and their videos of travel adventures etc. So lovely not to be rushing off anywhere. We had a late breakfast, same thing as yesterday but not quite as tasty. Rice with cinnamon. It overflowed – again- you have to be quite observant cooking rice, beans etc. This is now the third pot of […]

Operation Refugee Day 1

Not terribly impressed with our Refugee Kit

Antony and I are eating refugee rations for 5 days. Today we began. It is going to be a huge challenge for me as I just love food and cooking delicious meals. What we have to work with is not very exciting!! One of my friends did it last year and I sponsored her.. this year I thought I’d give it a go myself. I asked Antony to join me as it would be easier than doing it alone. Seeing him eating fruit and […]

Learning Persian in Iran

Persian Flashcards & Notebook

The Persian language or Farsi as it is called in Persian, is for me the most beautiful language in the world! I don’t know why I love it so much but I do. When I first heard Iranian friends in Denmark speak it back in 2000, I just fell in love with the sound of it. Now I’m discovering it is not just a beautiful sounding language but very poetical. For example a common way to say thank you is ‘Daast e shoma dard […]

Learning languages…online?

Languages are wonderful – right up there on the list of my favourite things 🙂 I’m drafting this email (Oct, 2016) in Georgia – the country in the Caucuses not the US State, where I am putting my Russian skills to good use on a daily basis. Although tensions are tight between Georgia and Russia (understandably given recent history), many people speak Russian here, especially our age and older. One of the perks of traveling in the former Soviet block is that Russian is […]