Home bound

All I can say is “Hey guys!” And hope you don’t know what I’m on about. Simply put, I’m not even going to try to explain what happened with my blog posts, (or the lack of them) for life sometimes happens and one can only do so much about it. But we’re getting there. Frequent and prompt posts are what we’re all about and we’re surely getting there. I once read some advice intended for woman that if a man says he is going to do something, he will do it. There’s no need to remind him every six months of it.

So I’m on my flight home and realised that Johannesburg International is not the only international service still charging for internet. I’m not at liberty to name the airline I use for my trip to Moscow, but I can tell you there are the letters E-T-I-H-A-D printed in gold on the side of the aircraft – and they to charge in dollar terms for the use of our lifeline. I suppose if one pays up to $12 for a coffee and some water at he airport, then the internet can be seen as a real bargain.

Now as opinionated as I am, so outspoken am I to about my current state of affairs. I really do not want to go home. I know some people have had some bad experiences in Russia, but she has been only good to me. Apart from the woman at the first Metro station I stopped to buy a ticket. I got the feeling that her lack of fondness of me rivals the conflict between the British and French.

Moscow has a vibe, a people and an energy like I have not experienced in a very long time. I am madly in love with her, and even though we don’t understand each other to well, we sort of went on a few late night dates. How many couples in love can truly say they understand each other anyway?

And we’ve hit it of quite well with her being sexy as ever. Slightly old fashioned but with style, and yes, sexy as ever.

You know when you’ve met someone and you know you are going to have to leave her for a while, and when you do, you get that empty feeling in your heart? Well that’s how you know there is something between you.

So, I can honestly say that I’m still on the plane and I’m missing her already. Yet, there is hope. There is no doubt in my mind that I’ll be visiting her again. I’ve made sure about that. (I’m resisting the urge to convert to text language by putting a smiley face)

So, heavy hearted as I might sound, I’m as happy as any young gentleman who has just fallen in love. And for now, for me, that’s enough.

Arrie warrie!!

J A S

Moscow 2

First working day in Moscow

All right then! Ample connectivity in the city of Muscovites drives me to todays post then… my life has been hectic to a degree that keeping up with a post a day will have to wait for… well a day I suppose. Where I’m sitting here in the coffee shop I honestly don’t have the faintest idea of how many posting days I skipped.
Nonetheless, my first day officially working in Moscow has been rather successful. I have a company sorting out one aspect of the business, with two other companies interested in our products. Only one more appointment tomorrow, a bit more browsing at the World Food Show and we’re in business!

I’ll be posting a lot more on my channel (which need to get going as well) but until then, may the blessing of God be upon you in tremendous quantities!

ps. Did I mention Moscow as love at first sight? (For those of you reading my posts with a one track mind, I am by no means referring to the woman)

Arrie warrie!!

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Internet trouble

An absent post yesterday? Dear me, that’s not on! Not at all tolerated. Unless the internet availability in Abu Dhabi equals that of most any place in South Africa. But here it is this morning, as timely as a late post can be.

First day out of the country (for a long time,) keeping a few things in mind, I did not have a bad day at all.

I first fixed an agreement with contacts from the USA, went to the Abu Dhabi hunting and equestrian exhibition, had a quick swim at the hotel and popped by the Marina Mall for dinner.

The thing that strikes me the most about the UAE is the separation between men and woman. I accidentally sat in the front part of the bus (intended for “ladies” only) before noticing the signs. It might be a certain culture’s way of living and if it works for them, by all means, keep going. In my mind I will, hopefully some day, get over the idea that a person is made to believe that she was created in the image of God, but has to cover up her face for some cultural reasons. Diplomatically stated of course, I have stronger language for that!!

Arrie Warrie!!

JAS

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Finally on my way!!

Last minute post I know, but the day has been hectic. Part of my plan was to start filming but with everything being done as a matter of last minute stuff, I just didn’t get to it.

On my defense, most frequent travelers only has their documentation to sort out, there by leaving ample time for plenty of what one may refer to as “jesting around with a camera.” But then again, These all sounds like a couple of excuses for not performing, so I’ll do what I do best, which in most cases comes down to moving with sprints as fast as a King Cheetah. In the world of business that is, running I’m rather on the slow side. Speaking of which, if I do not lift my rear, with the emphasis on speed rather than orderly fashion, I shall indeed be missing my plane.

Arrie wwarrie!

JAS

Blesbokkie and the Eastern Cape

Hello all ye lovely peoples!

I have indeed a special fondness for the outdoors, and indeed did I procure my share of fresh air the last couple of days. Round trip to the Eastern Cape and back, topped off with smoothies for a breakfast with a couple of wonderful swimming friends. The actual reason for me hopping into my red wagon was the transportation of a very very very valuable blesbuck, Top Deck (you can read more about it here) and I nearly fell into the technology trap of placing more importance on capturing the moment than just enjoying the moment. Actually moments. There were a lot of them.

Very randomly I would also like to promote a blog post that Erik Stoop wrote on God not being finished with us yet.

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At Minette Teessen for her mom’s birthday with Marie Avery (co-swimmer) on the right. And a very odd looking person eavesdropping…. Freaky!!

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On the way in Bloemfontein stopping over at Frantzeska Tyrannes for a quick coffee. Frantzeska has her own employment agency and loves animals with a passion unrivalled by many people. Without any doubt one of the Christian Friendship Community’s most valuable friends.

20140725_150103Our lovely Eastern Cape. There is just something about this place. Maybe the absence of shopping malls…

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20140725_092508And the blesbuck TopDeck, sold for an amount I struggle mentioning on this particular blog.

 

20140726_083644Back home again Minette reached her fundraising goal for clean water in India! She will be swimming the Thames (yes you got it, freezing Britain) next month but seems adamant that the peoples of South Africa should not the least stop donating now. A very good cause I tell ye!

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Now I know this blog is not about me but I found my self in a Dutch Reformed Church on Saturday afternoon (yes you might have guessed, a very traditional wedding) and that my dear friends doesn’t happen often. So do take note the rare occasions I find myself in one of these prehistoric buildings!

Well, that’s me for now so Arrie Warrie and as always, be blessed in abundance until another trip somewhere. (even if it is just to the swimming pool)

JAS