I can't believe Spring Break is half-way over already.
Last Saturday was Radooga's youth conference here in Kyiv. They used the exact same theme that StudentLife used this year: LiveLove. As a matter of fact, a couple guys from Birmingham flew over for the weekend and I got to have dinner with them Saturday night after the conference.
The conference was great! I'd say it was everybit as technologically cutting edge as stuff back home; in fact, we even had a live feed connecting us with the StudentLife Conference in Atlanta- and that was pretty cool! And like the conferences back home- it wasn't the band, the lights or the drama-team that made the difference...it was the student leaders investing in the lives of their students and putting them in a place to be able to hear God. The conference was on the campus of the National Aviation University in Kyiv- home of Ukrainian Top Gun!
On Sunday evening I flew one of the regional low-cost airlines (WizzAir) to London where I stayed at the Globetrotter Inn Hostel. It's a turn-of-century hospital turned 370+ bed hostel. Some people live there- like my friend Becky from Gulfport- she's studying this semester in London. Groups as large as 100 stay there for a few days at a time while touring in London. It's a cool environment, with people from all over the world living there. A couple other friends- students from MC are also there this semester.
Of course- London is just a cool city. It's expensive (but not as much as it was a year ago!) but it's easy to get around in and there's so much to do and see. I attended plays at the National Theatre both Monday and Tuesday night. One play, "Burnt by the Sun" was set in post-revolution Russia...just as the "dream" was about to turn bad under Stalin. I really enjoyed it.
The rest of the short time there I spent in Museums. I just barely scratched the surface. My favorite was the Imperial War Museum. It was pretty awesome. I can fly there roundtrip for under $100.00 and the hostel is about $28.00 a night...so maybe I can go back and stay longer.
TOMMORROW: My World Race friend Jake arrives in the morning to take care of the final logistics in preparation for a World Race team of 51 set to arrive here Sunday afternoon.