So as we continue to work on language we recently purchased a large dry erase board and have it in our kitchen (which is also my office). Denny felt impressed that we should have a "word of the day" put on the board to help us learn a few words each week, so I'm going to try to include a few in this post. Yesterday we had an interesting culmination to a very zauzet (busy) couple of weeks. We went to church in our little branch and upon our arrival home it was apparent someone had been in our apartment while we were gone. As we walked into our somewhat cold apartment several windows and a door to the balcony were open. We knew we hadn't left them open. It didn't appear that anything was missing so we weren't sure what was going on. We have three apartments in our building, the top apartment is empty, we live in the middle and below us are two brothers who act as managers for the owners. Shortly after we got home, one of the guys from downstairs came up with our Carbon Monoxide detector in his hand. Between our poor Bosanksi and his limited English and a little help from Google Translate, we determined that the detector had been going off. Since he knew we weren't home (because we didn't turn it off) he came into the apartment, took the detector from our bedroom and opened windows to air things out. He assured us that the detector was broken so we had no need to worry. About an hour later the second detector located in the living room started beeping. That had us a bit concerned, but we decided to wait a bit before taking action. We put the carbon monoxide detector outside on the balcony and it stopped beeping. We waited about thirty minutes then brought it back into the house and put it near the bathroom that contains the gas water heating system. Within 20 minutes it started beeping again. That had us concerned! I tried to call the gas company, but no one spoke English of course. So I called our (well he does work for the church anyway) super cool attorney and asked him if he could call the gas company and ask them to come and check things out. Within about 15 minutes we had a house full of people. The neighbor from downstairs came up, our attorney was here and the gas company had two people walking through the apartment with all kinds of gadgets. It seriously looked like a scene from Ghostbusters! I didn't get a picture with both of them in action, but this will give you an idea of what the scene looked like.
|How many Bosnians does it take to schedule a vent cleaning?|
|Who ya gonna call?.... Gasbusters!|
Lud zauzet! Crazy busy the past couple of weeks. We are nearing the end of the budget year and are trying to spend the remaining budget wisely. As part of our work here, we meet with potential partners to determine if they are a good fit for our humanitarian work. All these meetings took us on quite a road trip. First, we drove about 3 1/2 hours to Banja Luka. While there we met with the head of therapy for the rehabilitation hospital to discuss a project they are currently working on that they would like LDS Charities to collaborate on, the head of their finance department to discuss options for importing wheelchairs into Bosnia and then a speech therapist to discuss technology use in speech therapy. Following the three meetings at the rehab facility, we had a wonderful, relaxing lunch with Elder and Sister Bradford, the Senior Couple currently serving in Banja Luka. It was uplifting to talk to another woman in a similar situation. Neither of us really have the opportunity to chat with other women in our current situations so it was a nice opportunity. The Bradfords lived in Ashburn, VA prior to their mission so they know alot of our friends from the area, even though they lived there about 5 years after we left. It really is a small world. That evening we meet with the chairperson for an organization that is trying to raise awareness and accessibility for individuals with disabilities. She is quite a remarkable lady and we admire her efforts, which are much needed in this country.
|Professor Miroslav Vrankic in Rijeka|
I had the pleasure of teaching two riding lessons at Riders of Hope on Saturday and remembered why I love what I do so much. I feel blessed to be able to spend time at Riders of Hope while I am here in Sarajevo. It helps keep me sane!
|Our road trip... Rijeka is way off the map to the northwest.|