End of June I went to stay at Hotel Mia Casa in Yerevan, a hotel which I can recomend to you very much. The shuttle service from the airport went well, the welcome at the reception very friendly, even though it was 3 o´clock in the night. From the outside it looks like visiting someone in a private home. And that´s maybe the idea of Mia Casa. Everything shall look like and feel like coming home, or coming to visit friends. That´s why the reception staff doesn´t wear uniform but casual clothing. The ceremony of breakfast feels like in a very friendly “Bed & Breakfast”, getting to know the always smiling kitchen staff. At first there was only instant coffee, which was a small shortage for coffee lovers. By asking about this, we were offered “Armenien coffee” immediately, and for the coming days without asking. When we experienced this, we noticed, that we could announce all our concerns. By talking about tours, we set the condition, that we would only go with an english speaking driver. So we ended up, making tours with Karen, the manager of the hotel. 2 filled days with many sightseeing around the country were on the agenda. We could ask many questions about the history and life today in Armenia. A big surprise was a coffee-picknick on a mountain road. Thank you Karen for this wonderful tours. When our flight to Tbilisi was canceled, again we found help at the hotel Mia Casa. So we realy can say that “Mia Casa in Yerevan is mia casa in Yerevan”. My house in Yerevan, that I hope to visit again soon.
The cleanliness of the rooms, the comfort and the equipment was well organized. When I needed onetime shavers, they had them at the reception, which a 5 Star hotel on the same trip did not have. I appreciatet the location of the hotel also with 10 points, because it is realy near the center. Only you have to be careful, from where you leave the center. The closest way is maybe from the Sayat Nova Avennue. We once made a mistake to walk from the Alek Manukyan Street, where there was lots of traffic, which would not have been necessary.
Hm, i did not take a photo from the hotel. Maybe because normaly I do not take fotos from my apartment too … Mia Casa 🙂
But I will add some photos from beautiful Armenia.
“I read the newspaper
to know what people are doing
and I read the bible
what people ought to be doing.”
John Henry Newman
(J. John in TEN, page 288)
“The God who made the world
and who gave us the Commandments
is still very much alive and active
in the world today.
This is still his world.”
(J. John in TEN, page 79)
“God´s call to us is
to love people and use things.
Covetousness inverts this disastrously
so that we end up
loving things and using people.”
(J. John in TEN, page 43)
The first e-mail to Germany came officially in 1984. For me personally the age of e-mails came in May 1996.
That time I was working as the fireman on MV Doulos and we were on the way from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu. On May 8th the young IT-team trained us how to write and send e-mails.
This happened in the Library, below the bridge. We had already 8 computers there to write letters and search in the just arriving Internet.
On May 08th 1996 I wrote my first e-mails. The very first went to Susan in New York, the next ones to Edwin, John and Gilgian. The next day, May 09th 1996 I wrote to Jutta and Colin, May 10th to Pedro. All of them were former colleagues and friends from the ships ministry.
The first answer by e-mail came from Susan on May 10th 1996, Pedro followed on May 15th and Colin on May 25th.
Today it seems incredible to keep record on every e-mail I write or receive. But 20 years ago it was something real special, on May 08th in 1996.
In 1986 the city of Aleppo was declared a world heritage site, today Aleppo consists of ruins. 2013 was the last time, that I met my 3 friends from Aleppo. Since that time I did not hear from them and sometimes I wonder and ask myself:
Where are they now?
Are they sitll alive?
Do the live in a refugee camp?
Did they flee to Europe?
Do they have to fight in any Army?
And i wonder, if I will see them again, one day in Aleppo, as we agreed.
Peoplegroups who are now known as Amish, Hutterites and Mennonites have their roots in the Anabaptist movement of the 16th century. This movement started about at the same time in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and many other countries in Europe.
Beside the reformation of Luther in Germany, Calvin and Zwingli in Switzerland, today we can call the Anabaptists as the “third branch of reformation”.
Because of persecution they had to move all over Europe to escape their hunters. For a short time in history they found a save place to stay in Southern Moravia. Leonard from Liechtenstein was the Count of Mikulov and invited the Anabaptists to his Land. After a few decades they had to leave again and move on to Slovakia, Romania and to the Ukraine. From there they left Europe for Northern America, Australia and New Zealand.
If you learn history in an European school, you might not get to know any of this Story. Only lately there is a group of people, who is doing resarch on this topic.
Mikulov Castle today
And, Mikulov seems to be again a place of great Information. In the castle of Mikulov, you hear the story of the Liechtenstein-Family, including their relation to the Anabaptist movement. Balthasar Hubmaier and Jacob Hutter where among the leading persons. To be a leader in the church ment in the 16th century to die in young age.
Museum for Anabaptism in Lower Austria
In Austria there is already a museum about Anabaptism and many more public sites are recognised to have connections to the “third branch of reformation”.
Habansky museum in Vel´ke Levare, Slovakia
In Slovakia there are at least 2 villages where you find original houses made by Hutterites.