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Jul 26, 2015 - Urutes Camp

We were completely out of Internet range while we were at the youth camp at lake Sevan, so consequently...no blog entries. Now, it seems impossible to write about this camp in the time we have back in Yerevan. We arrived as camp was getting started and jumped into a leadership meeting. The pastor told us each of us would be assigned to one of the four Jokarts (troups) of kids. He wanted us to interact with them and share the love of Christ in every way we could. They suggested a few places to put up our tent and when we chose one, the...

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Jul 19, 2015 - Golgotha Church in Yerevan

Sunday. We are staying at a guesthouse on the property of Golgotha Church. Golgotha is a small but very committed and passionate Armenian evangelical church. Last time I was here, I taught a Chrisitan education class here at the church for church leaders from Baptist and evangelical churches around the area. The church is involved in lots of great ministry. So, you would think they would be hesitant to ask some American to preach on Sunday. Hm. So, I decided to preach a character study on John Mark...the disciple who abandoned Paul and...

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Jul 18, 2015 - Arriving in Armenia

Yes, we arrived in Yerevan at 2 a.m. this morning. Actually, there is little to say here. Not a very eventful trip. Michael, Samari, and I met at LAX on Thursday afternoon, got checked in, and cleared security. I decided to search the airport for a universal electric adapter. (Not sure where I lost mine, but figured I'd need it.) That took up all of our time to explore LAX, but then again, who really wants to explore their own airport anyway. We were late boarding. Etihad was trying to help a person board who couldn't walk and couldn't...

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Jul 18, 2015 - Yerevan

After literally hours of sleep (like 3 or 4), we all woke about 9 a.m. feeling pretty refreshed. Didn't last, of course, but I'll take a welcome morning. We found fruit and cereal as well as Wendy's homemade banana bread for breakfast. We weren't too hungry, but good to have something to eat. Then, got a great icy-cold shower. Hot water is off for some reason. I was proud of Samari and Michael. Neither of them screamed like a little girl when they felt the cold water. Keith and Wendy picked us up with their awesome teenage son,...

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Jul 8, 2013 - Istanbul - Topkapi Palace

Got up early to arrive before the crowds at Topkapi Palace where we thought we would need the day to explore and we did. I took about 3000 photos of the wonderful ceramic tiles, palace rooms and gardens. We had a quick lunch stop in the cafe on site before going through the Harem and ended the day by browsing the Grand Bazaar. Now sitting with a beer in a restaurant around the corner from our hotel nad using their wonderful wifi. Will try to upload photos a bit later - but not 3000 of them. The end of a great holiday and goodbye to 38...

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Jul 7, 2013 - Istanbul

The taxi took a long time to locate the hotel when it did we were not too happy. You get in by a ‘turret’ of steps every upwards and had it not been for the two men who seem to run the place I would never have got my suitcase up to the room. The room is tiny and very basic. We knew the shower room was across the corridor – not a problem in itself, but the room where they keep reception is at the end of the corridor so slipping between bedroom and bathroom takes some planning. Jean this morning washed her nightdress then found she had...

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Jul 6, 2013 - Batumi to Istanbul

After a good night’s sleep in our little studio apartment we got up to bright sunshine, had a croissant and coffee at the boulangerie and walked in the other direction to yesterday along the sea front. The weather brought people out, also because it’s Saturday and the pebbly beach had lots of loungers and umbrellas out, ice cream vendors and other outlets. There are lots of restaurants along the front and within the gardens which fringe the promenade. The gardens are really well laid out with little statues and sculptures along the way....

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Jul 5, 2013 - train to Batumi

Well, conincidences certainly help in life. We had spoken to all the staff in the hotel about booking the taxi to the railway station, the time it would take, how much etc.... The taxi stood at the door when we got down at 6:40 am and off we sped. Certainly, at first, we headed in the right direction but later Ithought we were not I tapped the driver on the shoulder and confirmed we DID NOT want the airport!!! He turned around and was quite angry when I handed him half the stated fare (important to get out of the taxi and gather all your...

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Jul 4, 2013 - Train to Tbilisi and another day - our third in this town

WE found out quite quickly our departure platform and as we were waiting along came Balash, our Azerbaijan guide who was accompanying his Polish group to the train. They had also been staying in our hotel and we had met Balash at breakfast - he worked hard as he had already accompanied the remains of our group to the airport at 1:30 am! We had an officious but fairly sweet lady who played at being stewardess to the occupants of the tw0-berth compartments (these are the upmarket ones). She presented us with a pack which included a small...

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Jul 3, 2013 - Last day in Baku

We had arranged to meet up with Caroline for coffee in the Contemporary Arts Museum which, very conveniently, she lives above. The group had dwindled to just a few, all with departures during today and the evening but leaving Tuti alone until tomorrow so we invited her along with us. The gallery was magnificent, ultra modern in design with huge galleries and smaller ones leading off. It is full of light and hardly anyone was there apart from us. We firstly had an excellent cappuccino each in the little coffee shop, sitting on the balcony...

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Jul 2, 2013 - Day 3 - Free day roaming

Day 3 We got up in our own time as this was a free day and set off for the Carpet Museum. Having coffee on the way we spotted another Zara and found one of the dresses I had like in my size - my outfit for tonight's final goodbye dinner with the group. It was very windy (Baku is called the windy city) and great gusts pushed us along once we started along the promenade. We found the carpet museum - still under construction but a magnificent building resembling a roll of carpet with others lying in layers beside. Nearby was the National Art...

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Jul 1, 2013 - Day 2 - City Tour

Day 2 The following day we had a tour of the city with the 'russian' style, ex military guide. We went to the 'peak', a rather small hill with views of the town and sea and a good view of 'the largest flag stick in the world with a flag measuring 73 metres' - or something similar! There is a martyrs' cemetery up there for English soldiers killed in the first world war and good views of the three 'flames' buildings by the British Architect - Hughes; rather like little shards! Then we went to the old town inside it's old walls where we...

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