Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

thought for today

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. ~Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

2009 Christmas memories...













Enjoying the tree!

Reciting Christmas poems

Pastor Valodia and Lena

Spencer, Misha and Leeza


We had a party at church to celebrate as a large family and here are just a few shots from the evening. It is traditional for the little ones to dress in costumes and recite poetry.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

thought for today

A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away;
While quite unselfish, it grows small.

Eva K. Logue

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

today's sighting...

I saw a beautiful young blonde today taking out the trash. She was wearing a pair of high heeled knee high black leather boots and a fuzzy purple bathrobe!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Putin in the Olympics?

Putin may join Russian Olympic judo team

Published 20 December, 2009, 12:47

Edited 21 December, 2009, 16:16

The Russian Judo Olympic team may have a new member. It is none other than the Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Talking with the national team on Friday, he applauded the team’s successes.

Moreover, the Prime Minister has offered his services to help the national judo team's Olympic dream.

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“If you need hands-on assistance, you may enter me into the team,” Putin told the team’s coach.

The Russian Prime Minister advocates the development of judo in the country.

Vladimir Putin has a black belt in the martial art and competed at a high level in the USSR.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Praying for Polly

My friend Gillian's three year old daughter is having brain surgery today at 7:45 am CST in Chicago. She will be in surgery for about 3 hours... please join with me in lifting up this little one.


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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

thought for today

Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more."

~ Dr. Seuss (1904-1991), American author of children's books. From 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas'.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Visit to the Optometrist


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Spencer's glasses got broken so we had to take him to the optometrist to get new ones. We braved the snow and cold for a good cause. We were in and out with his new glasses in one hour!

Monday, December 14, 2009

First snow day!


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Our neighbors had their kids out on the playground in the snow... the little one on the sled was laughing pretty hard!

Friday, December 11, 2009

it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Here in Russia the big holiday is New Year. That is when Ded Moroz comes and presents are given to one another. This is the tree at Krasnaya Ploshad, one of the shopping malls here in town.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

thought for today

“Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.”


Oren Arnold

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

a little shopping at Metro

I went to Metro today with a my friend Katya. Metro is like Costco or Sam's. We didn't find the prices there to be cheaper than regular stores in town but there is a wider selection. And they have products imported from America that are not sold at other stores.

I picked up peanut butter, hot chocolate with marshmallows, Franks Hot Sauce and sweet potatoes. Now all I need is a recipe for Hot Wings and I will be a happy camper!

Monday, December 07, 2009

learning new expressions

Tom came home from Yakutia yesterday and we are so happy to have him home. He told us about an expression he heard there. If someone is totally irritating you and you have had it with their behavior to describe this situation you can say that the person is "sitting in your kidney."

Friday, December 04, 2009

Mops Craft time





Spencer worked for MOPS today. He helped the kids with the craft and kept them entertained while their parents met. Here are the fruits of his labor!
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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Where in the world is Tom?

This past week Tom has been in Yakutsk teaching on Codependency. He got there on Saturday and they have had him working each day since he arrived. He has been to the local rehab center, spoken to a group of youth and is teaching daily at one of the area churches.

Each day he sends us text messages to keep us updated on how things are going. Yesterday he told us that the day started off at -50 and warmed up to -47. Today he wrote to say that it was colder than yesterday but that he was afraid to know exactly what the temp was. Oh, by the way, the locals are telling him that it is not even winter yet.

If you Google "coldest city on earth" Yakutsk pops up... give it a try!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

thought for today

A fly cannot enter a closed mouth.
Russian Proverb

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Alida's Sweet Potato Pie

2 cups sweet potato, baked
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup fine granulated brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon sour cream
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 unbaked pie crust

1. Place baked sweet potato in bowl. Add butter, and mix well with mixer. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, sour cream, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour filling into an unbaked pie crust.

2. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 55 to 60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Pie will puff up like a souffle, and then will sink down as it cools.

Notes:
white sugar works well too
instead of cinnamon and nutmeg you can substitute 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
This is my favorite Holiday Pie...but, if you don't like sweet potatoes you can substitute them with cooked pumpkin!

Joann, let me know if you try it!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Expat survey: Hard Life, Many Friends

The Moscow Times
Expats Have a Hard Life, Many Friends

Expats Have a Hard Life, Many Friends

A recent survey reveals that Russia ranks 24th in terms of quality of life for foreigners among the 26 countries surveyed, but it places fourth in terms of making new friends, especially among locals.




Expats Have a Hard Life, Many Friends
26 November 2009
By Alex Anishyuk

Maintaining a comfortable lifestyle while working in Russia is difficult for many foreigners, but the ease of making new friends among the locals could sweeten the pill for many.

According to HSBC’s expat experience report, Russia ranks two points from the bottom in terms of quality of life among the 26 countries surveyed, but it places fourth in terms of making new friends, especially among locals.

The survey rated 26 countries on 25 day-to-day factors, such as accommodation, food, social life, the ease of organizing finances and accommodation.

Russia ranked 24th in terms of overall quality of life, placing dead last in terms of ease of setting up financing and enrolling children in school, and was also ranked poorly for its quality of healthcare (25) and commute (23).

Canada, Australia and Thailand placed among the top three globally, while India and Qatar trailed the rest, ranking 25th and 26th, respectively.

Russia’s weak points also include a difficulty in setting up utilities (25) and finding an apartment to live in (23), but the country ranks stronger in terms of entertainment (9) and social life (7).

Russia’s people, however, may be its most valuable asset, as many expats found it comparatively easier to make friends while living here.

“While making friends is easy for most expats, there is a preference for making friends within the expat community rather than the local community,” the report said. “An exception to this is Brazil, which ranks highest for local community integration (94 percent of expats making local friends easily). This was closely followed by Canada and South Africa (both 91 percent), India and Russia (both 90 percent).”

While foreigners living here may be having a hard time of it, Russians working abroad are among those most likely to stay away for a long time.

“The countries that produce the ‘expat-lifers’ include those originally from Thailand, Bahrain (81 percent), South Africa (73 percent), Russia and the United States (both 70 percent),” the report said.

HSBC issued the first survey in its series in June reporting on the economic experiences of expats. According to that report, one-third of all expats living in Russia — the highest proportion in the world — make more than $250,000 per year, with almost half reporting an income of $200,000 per year or more.

Almost 60 percent said they had $4,000 or more every month in disposable income, the second-highest proportion in the world, while 70 percent earn enough to be able to employ at least one person as domestic staff, significantly higher than the global average of 48 percent.

The surveys was commissioned by HSBC Bank International and conducted by research company FreshMinds. More than 3,100 expats were questioned between February and April 2009.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Boot Season!


















It is that time of year again... when all of the boots come out of the closet and into the streets. These gold heels caught my eye and I am thankful for the camera on my cellphone!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Celebrating American holidays when you live abroad can be tricky. This year the price of turkey is unreal. It would have been cheaper to buy duck. And I remember when I thought duck was a delicacy.

I ended up buying 4 turkey breasts to go with my homemade stuffing. (no Stove Top here)I wish you could have seen the smile on my face when I discovered the celery that I needed for the stuffing at the supermarket! Spencer and I even splurged on two cans of Dr. Pepper (6$)

I found sweet potatoes in the supermarket this summer so I baked and froze them so that we could have them for sweet potato pie today.

Our menu today is simple... turkey with stuffing, peas, corn and butterhorn rolls. For dessert we have a cherry pie and a sweet potato pie.

Our challenges this year have been many, but, our blessings have outweighed them all. We are truly grateful for our life here and the work that we are able to do. We are thankful that we had the opportunity to celebrate last night with our teammates (Russian and American) and happy today is a quiet family time before Tom leaves for Yakutia tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

thought for today

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. ~E.P. Powell

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

more English graffitti



I saw this tag the other day and it struck me as being humorous. I mean, people my age talk about something being Old School... but I have yet to see anyone my age tagging a garage.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thankful

Last week was a tough one. It was filled with difficult meetings and
consultations. We are grateful to have made it through and are looking
forward to having a peaceful week before Tom leaves for Yakutsk.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

We have a new bakery!

Right next door to our local supermarket is a brand new bakery. This is exciting for us because we are lovers of fresh bread. We have tried a few different things there already. Whole grain bread, sandwich rolls, and my personal favorite croissants! Croissants are not new here in Krasnodar but to find them freshly made and not filled with chocolate or some type of cream is a rare treat.

Tom went in the other day and the person behind the counter had never seen an American. He asked Tom his nationality and wanted to take his picture. It is funny to us that after four years there are still people around us that have never an American in person. Spencer and I have gotten used to having our picture taken but this was a first for Tom!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

thought for today

A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.
Milton Berle

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

which path would you choose?















There are several superstitions here in Russia. One of them involves a setting like the one in the photo. On the right side of the photo there is a narrow path between the tree and the column or you could choose the wider path between the two columns. Superstition says that walking under that angled beam means walking through the devil's gate.

It is fascinating to me to watch a group of people walking this direction so that I can take note of which path they choose. Not being superstitious I always choose the wider path.

Which path would you choose?!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I finally learned how to post from my cellphone!

Friday, November 13, 2009

um... thanks?!

I am still taking Russian lessons. I speak well enough to translate for Tom when he has counseling appointments. However, there is always room for improvement as far as grammar and Russian expressions are concerned. Especially, when constructing sentences... I have a tendency slip into using English structure when speaking Russian quickly without thinking it through.

Today my teacher began working with me on improving my translating skills. She chose a short story and would read a sentence or two and I had to translate them as quickly as possible. I did fairly well. We both knew my what my weaknesses would be. There are a few constructions I tend to avoid using when I speak just because of how tricky they can be for me.

The positive feedback though was this... she was proud, pleased and shocked at how well I did and how long a passage of text I can remember. She was sincerely giving me a compliment when she compared my capacity to remember with hers. She even mentioned our age difference and how most people my age struggle with memory. I am 14 years her senior.

When I got home Tom asked me how my lesson went. My reply? I simply said "She thinks I have a good memory for an old lady."

Or at least that is how I chose to translate it!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Engagement...



















Olga and Arustam invited us to come to their church to celebrate the announcement of their engagement. It was an honor for us to be included in this event. This couple has been coming to Tom's Saturday teaching sessions and it has been great to watch them both as they grow and develope as individuals and now as a couple!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

thought for today

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
Mother Teresa

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kalishnikov Turns 90!

Gun inventor, 'happy man' Kalashnikov turns 90
By Alexander Osipovich (AFP)
















MOSCOW — Mikhail Kalashnikov, the Russian inventor of the globally popular AK-47 assault rifle, on Tuesday declared himself a "happy man" as he celebrated his 90th birthday with a burst of poetry.

Lavished with honours for designing the iconic rifle, Kalashnikov said he had never intended for it to become the preferred weapon in conflicts around the world.

"I created a weapon to defend the fatherland's borders. It's not my fault that it was sometimes used where it shouldn't have been. This is the fault of politicians," he said during an award ceremony at the Kremlin.

Kalashnikov was handed the prestigious Hero of Russia prize by President Dmitry Medvedev, who hailed the AK-47 as "a brilliant example of Russian weaponry" and "a national brand which evokes pride in each citizen."

The white-haired Kalashnikov -- who is an amateur poet and the author of six books, as well as a weapons designer -- also read aloud a brief patriotic poem that he penned himself.

"I wrote poetry in my youth, and people thought I would become a poet. But I didn't become one. There are many bad poets out there without me. I went along a different path," he told reporters at the Kremlin.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin praised Kalashnikov as a "truly legendary" figure while state television was filled with tributes to the 90-year-old inventor.

In one tribute, two Russian cosmonauts congratulated Kalashnikov by video link from the International Space Station (ISS).

"Your name, like that of the first cosmonaut, Yury Gagarin, became a symbol of our country in the 20th century," ISS crew member Maxim Surayev said in the video message.

Kalashnikov is considered a national hero in Russia for designing the AK-47, a rifle whose name stands for "Kalashnikov's Automatic" and the year it was designed, 1947.

Also called the "Kalashnikov", the rifle and its variants are the weapons of choice for dozens of armies and guerrilla groups around the world.

More than 100 million Kalashnikov rifles have been sold worldwide and they are wielded by fighters in such far-flung conflict zones as Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.

But their inventor, a World War II veteran, has barely profited financially from them and lives modestly in Izhevsk, an industrial town 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) east of Moscow.

Part of the problem, according to Izhmash, is that "counterfeit" AK-47s are produced in Bulgaria, China, Poland and the United States, costing the company 360 million dollars (261 million euros) annually.

Kalashnikov himself has dismissed the importance of money, insisting that he has always been more motivated by service to his country.

"In my 90 years I feel myself to be a happy man," he said in a interview in the Russian government newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

"Of course, like anyone else, there are things to regret.... But I can say one thing: I would not have chosen to lead my life any other way if I had had the opportunity."

Born in a Siberian village on November 10, 1919, Kalashnikov had a tragic childhood during which his father was deported under Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in 1930.

Wounded during combat in 1941, Kalashnikov started working on his rifle in 1947, driven to design by Soviet defeats in the early years of World War II at the hands of far better armed German soldiers.

The rifle quickly became prized for its sturdy reliability in difficult field conditions.

Kalashnikov remains surprisingly healthy for his age, speaking regularly at conferences devoted to Russian weapons. He told Rossiiskaya Gazeta that he had slowed down recently, but still goes moose hunting once a year.

Monday, November 09, 2009

shopping at the Galleria

Spencer and I went shopping Saturday at Galleria Krasnodar. We didn't make any purchases... he is still adjusting to being back in Russia after his year abroad and wanted to see what had changed while he was away.

One of the stores that he enjoyed was Cropp Town. It is sort of like Hot Topic or Urban Outfitters in the sense that it is the kind of place the teens love to go for trendy clothes, sarcastic t-shirts or a great pair of jeans.

If you would like to check out their selection just click here: Cropp Town

Friday, November 06, 2009

press one for....

Our cellphone service provider is MTC. We have been pleased with their service for 4 1/2 years now. Today I had to call to get my cell phone working again. As I made the call I was confronted with one of my fears and one of my pet peeves while trying to solve my problem.

One of my pet peeves is automated phone directory service. You know the kind where you dial the company and rather than get a live person you get a machine giving you a list of choices and telling you which number to press that corresponds with your choice. One of my fears is speaking Russian on the phone... well, not the speaking part just the understanding what is being said to me when the other party is speaking really fast part.

The combination of the automated service with the menu of choices being presented to me in Russian was a mini nightmare! Thank goodness I remembered a trick that works with most of these types of services in America. Just press '0' for the operator. Once there was a live person on the phone to speak with the rest of the call went smoothly. Within 15 minutes of hanging up my cell phone was back in operation!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

some things are the same...

Here is a photo from McDonalds in Ternopil, Ukraine. We stopped there on our way to the airport the day we were flying back to Russia. McDonalds is pretty much the same all over the world... the most noticeable difference is the language on the menu!



One thing that was different and immediately stood out for us was seeing people wearing masks. I realize they face the public all day long but it was a little unnerving to see McDonalds staff in masks!
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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Thought for today

Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.

Italian Proverb

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Spencer is home!

We are so happy to have Spencer back with us!




















He spent the past year in Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia (the country) and Armenia. We are not sure how long he will be with us. But his return to Krasnodar is a joy for us right now. If Nathan were here this little family reunion of ours would be complete!



Monday, November 02, 2009

Ternopil 2009













Final day of class... DTS staff and students under quarantine in Ternopil! Fortunately, Tom and I were able to make it out of Ternopil to fly back to Russia. We are safe and healthy back in Krasnodar and are excited to have Spencer back with us again!!


Friday, October 30, 2009

Dinner at the Old Mill in Ternopil, Ukraine

Last night Tom and I were taken out to dinner by Sasha and his lovely wife, Luda. Sasha is the director of the school here in Ternopil. We were treated to an incredible meal in a Ukrainian restaurant. All of the decorations were antiques and the wait staff dresses in traditional Ukrainian attire.

Tom and I were issued a challenge right off the bat. The appetizer was sala with bread and garlic. We have both tried sala before so that was not new. The challenge from Sasha was: would we be willing to eat it again or face being put on Sasha's black list?! We both passed with flying colors. Sala is basically bacon fat. This particular restaurant melts it into a spread with various spices and all you have to do is put a layer of it on the fresh bread, top that layer with thinly sliced garlic and then enjoy!

After the appetizer of bread and sala we had green borsht:

Our green borscht was presented in the this freshly baked bread!

The yellow is just of bit of butter... once it was stirred it was sooo tasty!!

Take notice of the ceramic cup with no handles. That was our drinking glass. The small wicker container shaped like a shoe held the silverware. Tom had salmon steak with Ternopil potatoes and I had cabbage rolls. It was a great meal, very filling and beautifully presented.

And the time with Sasha and Luda... Priceless!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A quarantine in Ternopil

We just found out last night about this quarantine here in the city. We saw store clerks yesterday wearing masks and that was our first clue. Late last night we were told to close the windows due to the spraying that was going on. We were told that the buses and trains are no longer running in and out of the city. We are hoping that we will still make our plane on Saturday... keep us in your prayers!


УНІАН (www.unian.net)

28.10.2009 13:04
Flu is in Ukraine

In Ternopil a quarantine is prolonged because of high level of prevalence of flu and acute respiratory viral infection.

The press office of the city council disclosed to an UNIAN correspondent, the relevant decision was made today at the regular session of city extraordinary antiepidemic commission under chairmanship of deputy city chairman on social issues Roman Legkiy.

During the session the head state sanitary inspector of Ternopil Volodymyr Panichev said that as of October 27 level of prevalence of acute respiratory viral infection and diseases similar to flu in the city makes up 255.5 per 10 thousands of population.


УНІАН (www.unian.net)

29.10.2009 11:48
Educational institutions are closed in two Oblasts because of flu

The quarantine in educational institutions is announced in the Ternopil and Ivano-Frankovsk Oblasts because of spreading of flu.

The Propaganda Center of the Directorate of the Emergency Ministry disclosed to UNIAN that education is suspended in 10 universities, 11 vocational training colleges and colleges in the Ternopil Oblast of Ukraine and in Ternopil from October 28.

The relevant decrees were issued by heads of the educational institutional institutions because of growth of number of flu and ARD cases. As of 22.00 pm, October 28, 244.5 ill people per 10 thousands of population are registered.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

thought for today

You don't really see the world if you only look through your own window.
Ukrainian Proverb

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

check out the details...



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This little house is the dining hall... there are three houses on this property. I love the paint job on this one. Even though this is a university it has a "home" feel to it!

Monday, October 26, 2009

in the classroom...




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Here are a few shots from the classroom where Tom is teaching. The flags on the wall represent the nations of the 11 students attending the school. There are 3 students from Sacramento, California...they are all immigrants to the US from former Soviet Union countries and their English is much better than their Russian! The students range in age from 18-45.

Tom and I are here with 11 students, and 7 staff members in this 3 story house. Everyone seems to be in good spirits despite the fact that yesterday it was announced that the water would be turned off for two days here in this region for maintenance. Last night there was a mad dash to gather up as many buckets, tubs, large pitchers and bowls to hold water for cleaning up and even more important flushing the toilets! Some of the bathrooms have been made off limits to force people to use the outdoor toilet. Our bedroom has its own bathroom so we have a tub and a bucket filled with water. Just another ordinary day here in the former Soviet Union!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

UT Air
















Tom and I flew on UT Air for our Moscow, Russia to Lvov, Ukraine leg of our trip to Ternopil, Ukraine. We flew on an ATR-72 Twin-turboprop aircraft. It was the smallest plane we have ever been on for an international flight. It was noisy but the ride was smooth and it was less than a 3 hour flight!

Friday, October 23, 2009

on our way to Ternopil

Tom and I are traveling this weekend for him to teach at University of the Nations at the base in Ternopil, Ukraine. (up near the Polish border!)

We finished the first leg of our trip and are in Moscow. Tomorrow, bright and early, we fly to Lvov, Ukraine and then when we get there we will have to get on a bus to go to Ternopil.

Keep us in your thoughts and prayers!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

UN Report:

I found this article on the Russia Today website...

Russia becomes largest market for Afghan heroin

22 October, 2009, 13:02

Russia has become the biggest consumer of Afghan heroin with 21% of all the drug consumed in the world, as of the latest UN Office on Drugs and Crime report “Addiction, Crime and Insurgency” published on October 21.

According to the report, no less than 70 tons of heroin were trafficked to Russia in 2008 – that’s three times more than to the US and Canada together, and much more than previously estimated.

Russia's Federal Drug Control Service Head, Viktor Ivanov, stated that over 180 Afghan drug cartels were busy trafficking opiates to the Russian Federation. He pointed out that most of them are operating in Afghan provinces that are under the control of coalition forces in Afghanistan, and therefore lie in their zone of responsibility.

“About 2-2.5 million people [in Russia] are drug users… and 90% of drug-dependent people use Afghan opiates,” Ivanov told RT.

Over the last 10 years, the quantity of drug addicts in Russia skyrocketed tenfold, claiming 30,000-40,000 lives annually.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan remains the world leader in opiate production with 92% of all global opium poppy cultivation. This market is valued at $65 billion. It involves 15 million addicts, of which 100,000 people die every year.


An Afghan policeman shows six and a half tonnes of drugs to be set on fire during an anti-narcotics ceremony in the outskirts of Kabul (AFP Photo / Massoud Hossaini)
Widespread corruption and the lack of enforcement results in the interception of only 2% of the trafficked Afghan opiates, while in Colombia up to 36% is being seized.

The UNODC report estimates the main consumer markets in Europe consist of 3.1 million heroin users.

A decade ago, the Taliban earned $75-100 million annually by putting a tithe tax on opium poppy cultivation. Starting from 2005, the Taliban and terrorist groups in Afghanistan have boosted income up to $90-160 million per year from simply taxing opium production and trade.

The smuggling of Afghan opiates is fueling addiction and drug use along trafficking routes in Central Asia, as well as spreading diseases, the report says.

Though the production of opium in Afghanistan has fallen by some 10% in 2009, the opium in storage is enough to satisfy the worldwide demand fully for two years.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has named opiate production in Afghanistan the major threat to the national security of Russia and discussed the issue during the meetings with the US President Barack Obama and the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying the efforts of the West to counter drug trafficking in Afghanistan are insufficient.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

thought for today


When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

Lao Tzu

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

more photos from the conference

Here is Anya translating for Tom. She is a university student there in Novorossisk.


A glimpse of the attendees taking notes...

The buidling where the conference was held...

A small taste of the view that we had up there in the mountains. We were short on time and didn't get in any sight seeing this trip. Tom had to get back home to teach the final session on Words that Hurt Words that Heal. Maybe next time!



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Monday, October 19, 2009

Russian Mothers of Preschoolers Conference




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From the dining hall to the conference room everything was decorated for the event. It was held at a campsite not far from the city of Novorossisk.

The photo with the large ball was taken during the ice breaker game. The ball was tossed about the room and if you caught it then you had to answer the question your hand landed on!

We had a great time there... and hopefully as I get rested I will get some more photos up for you to enjoy.