Lazy Days - Keeping Warm in Romania

Today is Saturday evening and since Wednesday afternoon I have been staying with the Marianciuc family in Siret, Romania.
I have been inside most of the time and done very little; sleeping, eating, watching movies, playing computer games, reading and crosswords. I've hardly been outside. So I just decided to head up to the shops to buy some bananas and ice-cream as a treat for dessert. I put on my hat and scarf and gloves and jacket, and was surprised at how cold I felt. When I got back, Jonny informed me that it was minus 9 degrees outside.
so I think I'll stay indoors.
I have eaten lots of fried pig fat and must say it tastes great.
maybe my holiday will get more exciting to write about later - but honestly, less exciting probably means less dramas and I can do without them right now.

Love Jono
Keep Looking Up

Jono Miller
Proverbs 3:5-6, Psalm 73:28

Back from Holidays

Well I’m back from holidays and with 101 things to do, I’m finally sitting down to answer my 71 emails. So I decided to cheat. I’m going to write this same paragraph to everyone. Hopefully you’ll get another sentence or two as well, but if not I’m sorry.

Hey let me tell you about today.

It is minus 6 now and I think it’s been about the same all day. The forecast is for minus 15-20 over the next few days.

So anyhow, I got up at 5:45, had a shower, dressed warmly and walked up the hill to Dan’s.

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Plans Schmans

I sit here in an internet cafe in Chernivtsi, a town on the border of Ukraine and Romania.
I spent a couple of days travelling to Rivne before Christmas, and then a couple of days eating lots of yummy food and playing 500 with Daniel.
Then another couple days driving here and yesterday i tried to cross the border to Romania to celebrate New Years with friends there and i was informed that i have a document missing. I had checked with Ben about all the documents he needed when he did the trip last year and i have all of those documents. But this is Ukraine! They have introduced a new law since then and i need to have another document.
Today i spent the morning running around trying to get that document to find out that i cannot get it here, i have to go back to Kyiv Region to get that document, and because it is New Year, no document processing place will be open until Tuesday.
So i have parked my van here in Chernivtsi. I will catch the train back to Kyiv, aim to get the document Tuesday morning and train back here and cross over to Romania next week.
Not the way i planned it - but hey - "that's life!" as they say.

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DIAMOND SMUGGLER!

I have a new international career.
I'm writing this BLOG sitting in a dingy little underground bar that's pumping out "we built this city on rock and roll". I'm eating something that is supposed to look like pizza and drinking lemon fanta.

My location - Xelm, Poland.

I'm here just a few hours before the next train back to Kyiv. It was necessary for me to exit Ukraine having been back here for 6 months already.

(INSERT: - I just bent my fork on the pizza - it could be a chore to eat it!)

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AND I WOULD WALK 500 MILES . . .

and I would walk 500 more, but to be the man who runs 5000 metres and comes dead last.

Yesterday I left home at 6:30 am. I walked to the bus station where 8 other members of the Rzhyshchiv Athletics Club and our trainer hopped on the slow bus to Kyiv. Four hours, 2 buses and a train trip later, plus a short break to buy food, and we arrived at the Brovary Sports Stadium.

This is the Kyiv State Athletics Championships. The winners will go to the Ukrainian Championships, and the winners of that will represent their country at the European Championships.

From Rzhyshchiv we have 2 entries in the 500 metres, 4 in the 1000 metres, 2 running 2000, and I am entered in the last race of the day which is the men's 5000 metres.

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Jono's Medical Advice 20/08/05

Don't get sick!!

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Sneaked Out for a Bit

I sneaked out of the hospital, ate a banana and bought two snickers bars to snack on later. Found an internet cafe and thought I'd drop you a line. They want me to stay a minimum of five days. They have me in the infectious disease hospital since they don't know what I got (I just call it Delhi Belly).

I'm going to try and get a translator later today to argue with them and let me go today or tomorrow at the latest. I could just run away but they have all my details.

After that I still have to get back to Rzh. I only have the clothes I am in. I haven't showered in 2 weeks, and have been in these clothes for 2 1/2 days. My pants are falling down so I guess I've lost weight.

But thanks for praying, also the community in Rzh has been amazing with phone calls, SMSs and care and concern.

Be back to normal soon.
Keep Looking Up (as my Gran would say)

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