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bus to Belgrade

after a quiet morning with the Lord, I had coffee with my contact in Srebrenica and we headed for the bus…

I was loaded up and ready to head to the capital of Serbia, we pulled away five minutes early! at 10:55…

We drove by the memorial cemetery on the way out…

it took us 45 minutes to cross the border from Bosnia to Bratunac, Serbia and arrive at a bus station where the ticket man rushed me onto another bus which backed out right after I got on and we were on our way… we followed the Drina river for a couple of hours …

it was a long ride

the mountains have faded into the distance as we are headed northwest

no mountains, its just a plain

I spotted a bridge over the Sava River

finally arrived in Belgrade…

now, where’s the hotel?

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through the ice and snow

Monday was a travel day, at 0630 I boarded a bus which took me across southern Hungary from Szeged to Pecs. Along the way I saw that fresh snow had fallen and that there seem more ice in the Danube since I saw it in Budapest last Thursday…

In Pecs I had a couple of hours to drink coffee and process the trip so far… It was good to get caught up with God… a quiet pub in the railway station provide a chair, a table and warmth…

after a couple of hours, I headed outside to find my train…

it seems as I go further south, the snow is deeper…

finally, after about 9 hours by bus and train I arrived in Osijek and with coffee at hand started asking questions…

Kevin took and posted this shot of me in his and Alyssa’s office… Then I got some good home cooking… and called it a day… this morning, this was my view from my room… a beautiful view to begin the day indeed…

now, its time to go ask some more questions…

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February 14, 2012 · 10:25

just another ministry Sunday

After preaching in Szeged, I was fed lunch and driven to the border, I walked through passport control (think toll booth) and the walked about a km to the Serbia checkpoint (again think toll booth… before I got there I was welcomed to Serbia…

then we hung out and then I got my dinner… burek and yogurt!

then I spoke about the Gospel and discipleship…

and then after a bunch of great conversations, we were back in the car to the borders, a km through a light snow was a good cap to the day…

now, packing the backpack and preparing for a 0630 bus that will, hopefully, get me to Croatia tomorrow afternoon…

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200+ are dead from the cold

Freezing Siberian cold air has settled into Europe due to an unusual southerly track of the jet stream.* Over in Ukraine there have been 114 deaths, Poland reports 82, in Serbia the death toll is now 16,  11 in Bosnia, five in Slovakia, four in Montenegro, three in Croatia, two in Macedonia and one in Albania (from news reports).

Here in Szeged the low was -5f (-25c) and tomorrow morning is supposed to be a bit colder. I heard of one fellow who has no heat in his flat and a family on a farm whose pump has frozen and they are melting snow for water to use in the house.

This makes me think of the many people caught up in situations where they are outside for long periods of time… see previous post.

I’ll be heading into deeper snow in a few days as the further south I go, the deeper the snow… I’ve already had to change plans for my Serbia to Croatia leg. The snow is keeping buses from running so I will to return to Hungary on Sunday night after just a few hours in Serbia speaking to a group of churches and on Monday catch a bus across southern Hungary to a train south into Croatia. Hopefully, there will be no problems with this route.

Tonight I read that Hungary closed the Danube. One captain noted that he had not seen this much ice in the river since 1985. Here is what it looked like yesterday before I left Budapest…

I think this closes the Danube to shipping because of ice from Austria all the way to the Black Sea. Amazing.

Your prayers for people here will be appreciated… especially the homeless and sufferers of injustice.

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* The opposite was true back home where a northerly jet stream was keeping the cold at bay. When I left  last Friday there were buds on plants and fresh green leaves emerging on my roses. What a contrast.

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-5 f in Szeged this morning – frozen Tisza

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sights from around Budapest today

 

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