Michael on September 27th, 2014

In case anyone is interested, here is a map of our recent travel from Russia to Montenegro and back. The return trip took us through countries we’d never visited before: Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. We started the trip at dacha, about two hours south of St. Petersburg. We spent the first night in a motel […]

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Michael on February 24th, 2014

Olga’s sister, Alla, is part of a team that has created a travel website that specializes in Montenegro and the Balkans. It’s a great site, so I thought I’d share it here so folks can visit. There are a lot of interesting articles in both English and Russian. Visit the English-language site here and the  […]

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Michael on September 19th, 2013

So, what is my life like in my role at Stoneworks? Here’s a small look at recent events: In late August, my family and I drove from Russia to Montenegro. For ten days, I was with a team from the US looking at some land (at left) we hope to purchase for a camp; I’ll […]

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Michael on August 7th, 2012

I’ve just arrived in Russia after a whirl-wind trip. I left St. Petersburg, Russia on July 12 with Caroline Bennighof, a Stoneworks intern, in Estonia we picked up Kristjan Pold and Krystal Smith (another Stoneworks intern) and drove to Montenegro. We helped run a youth camp there for a few weeks and then drove all […]

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Michael on February 7th, 2011

The Government has issued a travel warning due to the bad winter weather. They suggest that anyone traveling in the current icy conditions should make sure they have the following: Shovel Blankets Or Sleeping Bag Extra Clothing, Including Hat And Gloves 24 Hours Worth Of Food De-Icer Rock Salt Flashlight With Spare Batteries Road Flares Or […]

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Michael on May 13th, 2009

Yesterday Olga and I arrived in Montenegro after driving from Russia. We covered 2500km in three days, and drove through the heart of Eastern Europe: Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro. It was a great trip, and now we’re getting ready to meet a team from the US that will help the church […]

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Michael on June 25th, 2008

It is that time of year again — This morning (VERY early) we put 34 children and their chaperons on their adventurous flight to the States. For the next five weeks they will be staying with host families in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, New York, and New Hampshire. […]

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Michael on January 1st, 2008

I thought I’d keep adding to a list of things I’m learning about how to prepare for travel here in Russia.  I hope it helps. When flying: drink lots of water; this dramatically helps my jet-jag recovery time.  Taking Melatonin at the start of the flight helps me, but it doesn’t have the same effect […]

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