Frances H. Burnett
How many times as I start a new blog post do I say to myself, “well, do I write about this that happened? Or do I go this direction and write about this experience? Knowing full well that either direction I go I cannot fully give you, my readers, anything but a small glimpse of the amazing life experiences that we are having here in Croatia and Bosnia. I realize that if I attempted to tell you everything, it would be a book, and cease to be a simple blog. So with that being said, my decision of the day is to post as many pictures as blogger would let me and try to give you an idea of what we have been up to the last few weeks. A picture is worth a thousand words, not sure where that came from, but I'm pretty sure it's true!
|In August we had our short term water specialist came from Arizona. We visited our little Muslim Village to check on how the water project was going an this is some of the activity that we saw going on.|
|We bought the pipe to get the project moving, it had been in limbo for about 3 years for lack of funds. The largest city close to this village agreed to supply the labor and equipment if we would get the materials.|
|This pipe will hook up the villiage to the city water supply which is clean and tested on a regular basis. In the background you can see a Muslim cemetary and Mosque.|
|It's very important to do two things while engaged in a water project. 1. Stand out in the middle of the street with city officials and discuss important issues. And....|
|2. Look into and inspect what is down in man holes.|
|I found a place to swing in shade. See how much I contribute to this mission??|
|This is the school that is closed when it rains. |
As a side note, when we questioned the school principle what would be done with the field that the leach lines are on if the project was approved we got the following response: “We would make a play area/park for the children that would be a memorial park that would commemorate the 52 children that were killed from our school during WW2. During that war, the Nazi’s allied with our government. One day they came into our school, separated the Jewish, Roma, Muslim and Croatian children from the other Bosnian children. They took them to another part of the school and bludgeoned and stabbed them while the other children heard the terrified screams for help. A total of 52 children never returned to their parents that day. It is a sad part of our schools history, one that we would like to remember with honor the lives that were lost.” We were struck by his sincerity and awed that after over 60 years the pain of that day was evident in his face.
|We took a preparation day and went to the coast of Croatia, Pula with our short term specialists.|
This is on the Adriatic Sea.
|They were building a ship. Pretty cool.|
|We went on a boat ride that included lunch. It looked pretty yucky, but if you got over the eyes staring at you, it was really very tasty.|
|A still functional light house.|
|It was really pretty amazing. They said it was in use during the time of Christ.|
|Our water specialist, from Arizona, Elder and Sister Petersen|
|Underneath the coliseum floor there was this huge cave dug out. This was a press of some kind. I can't remember what for, Olives?|
|Pottery that they have reclaimed, they said they were for olive oil. That's why I wondered if the press was for olives?|