It’s been so long since I’ve written in my blog that I couldn’t remember my password.  After (finally) recalling where I had written it down, I felt motivated to blog again.  The happy feeling of looking at photos from the business trip Jim and I recently took to Ukraine, England, and Germany was yet another motivation.  It’s fun to share our warm and wonderful memories through photos.  And, of course, when we use photos, we don’t need to use so many words.

There were a couple of things I liked about the subway trains in Kiev.

(1) In spite of the fact that they’re old, they’re cool.

(2) You can ride the subway for $.04!  Yep, that’s right – 4 cents.

One of the beautiful Cathedrals in Kiev.  We are pretty sure the gold on top is for real . . .

Even though most of the letters in the Cyrillic alphabet looked somewhat familiar, the language was still ‘Greek’ to us.

The publishing conference we worked/spoke at was held about 45 minutes outside of Kiev, in Irpin.  We walked down the street to the local grocery store to buy bottled water, paper products, and chocolate.  In spite of the fact that the grocery store was so small, they asked us (through sign language) to pay one lady for the water, a different lady for the paper, and yet another lady for the chocolate.   On the way out . . .

this lady would have been happy to sell us some of the Vodka that Ukraine is famous for . . . if we’d wanted it.

On the way back from the grocery store, this was a typical house along the way . . .

as well as a typical car.

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This is Jim and I with our interpreter, Nadiyka, a very bright young woman who is presently translating George W. Bush’s book, Decision Points, from English into Ukranian.

After Ukraine, we flew to Frankfurt, Germany, for the Frankfurt Book Fair.  Here at the Tyndale booth, Jim, myself, and two of our colleagues spent some very busy days meeting with delightful customers and publishing partners from around the world.

The day after Frankfurt Book Fair (Saturday), Jim and I drove up the Rhein towards Dusseldorf, where we had meetings the next week.  We stopped for several hours in Rudesheim, a lovely little city with lots of vineyards – and delightful cafes.

Rudesheim was so charming that we didn’t want to leave, but we needed to get up to Dusseldorf by Saturday evening.  Sundays in Germany everything closes down, which was good as we needed a day of rest.  On Sunday, we listened to a sermon from our Pastor, Josh Moody, via the internet, spent time reading, and took a long walk along the River.

Sunday evening, we went into Dusseldorf to have dinner.  After dinner, we stood on a bridge over the canal . . .

and captured this photo with my trusty little Coolpix camera.

All day Monday, we met with one of our German publishing partners, Hans-Werner from Haenssler in Witten, where they have now published more than 15,000 copies of Tyndale’s Life Application Study Bible in German.

Driving out of the town of Witten, Germany, this was a rather unusual-looking house we saw along the way.  Whoever lives inside must be very artistic.

There you have it, friends – not a lot of words, but an update on a few of the things we’ve been up to lately.

Blessings,

Ellen

 

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