Frankfurt, Germany

Just made it to Frankfurt, Germany.  Sitting here grabbing a McDonalds burger in the airport. 

It seems weird being in a different culture again, even if I’m only seeing Germany from the airport.  Being yanked from one culture to the next is rattling.

Walked outside and it’s cold.  They had snow here yesterday.  Where I was this morning in Kenya it was quite hot.

Here people speak as if they have marbles in their mouths, so it seems to me.

Little things are surprising.  Like here at McDonald’s the drinks are self-serve, but that’s the first time I’ve had a self-serve drink in probably five months.  And everything disposable is surprising.  I’m used to always using real plates and silverware.

Last night I ate in a small Mom and Pop’s shop in South Nairobi close by my guest house.  It was dark and rainy when I walked down there, and electricity was out across that area of the city so they had the tables lit by candlelight.  Not having electricity didn’t stop anything, they were used to it.  My chicken shish-kebab with spices was hot off the grill.  And they don’t use a cash register, just write up a receipt by hand and pull cash from an old wooden drawer. 

Where I am now is a far cry from that: in the center of polished veneer of modern German civilization: marble floors, rich upholstery, well lighted interior, everything ship shape Bristol fashion.

On to Venice!

Not Enough Time (energy?) to Blog Correctly

Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My.

Sorry for the dearth of content recently.  It’s not because things aren’t happening, they are.  So many things, yet not enough time to write them. 

I have a mental list going of things I want to write about (like part of a cows tail that got disconnected from the other part of its’ tail), but either due to laziness or what have you, my blogging is getting “back-burner-ized.”  Oh well.

This upcoming weekend (tomorrow through Sunday) I’m planning to go tent camping with my friend Tomasz around the town of En Gedi (by the Dead Sea).  It should be fun, particularly if the weather cooperates.  Right now the weather-men (women?) are predicting cold temps with rain possible – yet this wouldn’t be the first campout I’ve been on with rain.

The conference last weekend (by Emmaus) was great. 

I did get to tour around the ancient ruins of the Emmaus area, but can’t post pictures because the sign at the ruins said not to without permission.  I think the sign also said something about food and beverages, but I did mange to “break bread” (ok, a cracker) at the site and chased it down with a spot of wine (ok, water) in commemoration of the Lord breaking bread in Emmaus with his two disciples after resurrecting.  I might have also crawled into a 1st century Jewish tomb (which may or may not have been kosher). 

The tomb was perhaps the coolest thing I’ve seen in Israel so far.  I felt like Indiana Jones (except there were no bodies anymore, just pools of water the size of humans).

Ducks & Geese

I got a new camera so decided to walk around my apartment complex and snap pictures.  I’d never noticed how many ducks and geese we have.  They pose pretty well for pictures I found…

I was struck at how pretty they were… it seems God has given every animal a beauty of its own.

Was just reading something Jesus said about birds from Luke chapter 12:

“They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!”

Three in a RowMallad Duck

Here We Go

Looking for FoodFall Colors