Our remaining days in Belarus included celebrations of their second Christmas. On Christmas Eve (6th January) before we left Marina Gorka, we received two surprise visits to our flat from traditional Kolyedari people who go door-to-door singing Orthodox Christmas carols and asking for “hleb and kalbasa” (bread and sausage). We gave them sweets.
7th January we went to Brest Pentecostal Church, attended their second Christmas nativity service and were reunited with Vassily Kreydich and a few of the young people who came to Exeter through our charity “Exeter Children of Chernobyl” back in the 1990’s. It was a joyful and memorable occasion.
8th January Dave and I made our way back to the UK, leaving the snow behind, with stopovers at Warsaw, Hannover and Calais, and arrived home on the 11th January.