Connection with the Harpers in Budapest
Trip Start Dec 16, 2007
28Trip End Jan 11, 2008
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In London we changed to a British Airways flight to Budapest. It was almost two hours late getting off the ground again because of bad weather. We finally arrived in Budapest and took the minibus to the Ibis Centrum Hotel right downtown. A note from Cindy Harper was awaiting us saying that they had already gone to eat at a restaurant a few doors down. We got checked in found the Dan and Cindy Harper at the Leroy Restaurant just as they had described in the note. They had been there just 15 minutes. Left aligned photo tag:
We really had a wonderful get-acquainted time with both of them and were favorably impressed how up to speed they were to working with others and with a lot of good information about Ukraine. I can tell that they will really do well in what we hope to do in Ukraine. They will live in France for the next four years and Ukraine is relatively close to them. Cindy has a Masters Degree in English and this will fit well with our proposed English as a Second Language or English as a Foreign Language Program for Ukraine. She already knew a lot of Ukrainian (not Russian) words and was very much caught up on our Vinogradov Street Children's Program that we had started in 2001. How time flies. We've been running it for seven years now!
Dan and Cindy have been looking to do something to help people in a realistic way that was practical and would leave an impact. In Ukraine we also have our LifeNets computer schools where Dan can be of help, but I'm beginning to think that Dan and Cindy working together with the Vinogradov kids may be the best bet. We'll see. As mentioned in an earlier post Cindy did a phenomenal job in the 2003 ABC Fundraiser for the LifeNets Developing Nations Scholarship Program.
We had a nice Hungarian meal and conversation was great. I can tell that this is all going to work well.
Our train on Tuesday morning leaves at 10:20 AM and we should arrive in Chop, Ukraine about 5:00 PM . We have a one hour time change when we cross over to Ukraine.
So far so good! Tomorrow (Tuesday) to Ukraine!!
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