While having lunch I chatted with Khitam about her plans to learn English. They were not fully formed. I hijacked the guy who was interpreting for us, and got him to take us to the American University where, as chance would have it, the sister of my good friend teaches English. She soon sorted us out with course dates, and enrolled Khitam for a January start. We had a photograph in front of the Christmas tree; me, Khitam, Hoze, Najla and our driver for the day Zidan Khalaf. The difference between life in the camps and life at this university are profound. We are giving them a real chance for their lives to take a different path.
As red on the inside as the out, Hotel Leipzig was a special place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 24 Nov 2019
There were a lot of these deserted service stations and motels along the motorway in Serbia. This looked like it was still open, but it was deserted and I didn't try the door. There were no cars in the car park, and all the buildings around it were closed down. I guess modern services stations have killed business for these older places.