5000 Views!!!

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As of the 29th August 2015, Almost 32 months after it first started, The Downings in Albania reached 5000 views. Those views have come from over 25 different countries. 24% of views are around 5pm on Tuesdays!¬†Anyway, thank you all for supporting us, and I look forward to many more posts…

From Jonathan Downing

C.E.O. at jonathandowning Industries

5000 Views!!!

O, Shqiperia

After an Odyssey worth telling if someone can be bothered to sit down and tell it, we are now back ‘home’, safe and sound. The kittens have grown up so much! Anyway, good to be back. I will service my bike tomorrow, and have a ‘welcome home’ cycle. Makes me realize just how lost we were two years ago, on Tuesday the 27th August! The tuesday part is today, but the 27th part isn’t until Thursday…

I still remember walking to Conad on our first full day in Tirana, and buying school supplies. Granted, they broke within the first month, but it was still one of our first adventures! That, and, of course, going to our local shop for bread and trying not to get given a newspaper instead…

p.s.Almost at 5000 views! Keep going…

O, Shqiperia

Back Home

I arrived back home late on Saturday, and I am very sad to be back :( However, Facebook messaging works great! First time I have been able to use it, as before I was not old enough. We had a great time, and I was able to download some photos from Facebook (long may it live) and take some of my own…

Group Photo
On Tuesday, we went to a Go-Ape style thing. Here is the photo…
Barbecue
Ron’s barbecuing skills were amazing! such great food…
Sleeping
Friday night, we did an All-Nighter. This was 5am in the morning!
Flaming toilet roll
Survival Skills with Ron-Alcohol is my new best friend! That’s rubbing alcohol, nothing else…
Swimming Pool
Swimming on Monday…
Back Home

Spain and Murder

Spain is awesome! I am loving being able to catch up with friends, and try great new foods (Grandpa will be pleased). One of the best parts is that dinner is at 20:30, and when we are finished, we sit on the sofa and floor and, with either Maarten, Rosie, or Ben on guitar, we pick random songs and sing them. Then, at 21:30, we play group games. Last night, we played a new one, called ‘Murder in the Dark’. To begin with, we get a pack of cards, and pick out one ace and eleven other random cards. They are shuffled, and passed out. the person who gets the ace is the ‘Killer’, and keeps it secret. Then, the lights go out, the creepy horror music goes on, and people move around. The killer tries to kill people by dragging his/her hand over other people’s necks. because it is dark, nobody can see the bodies on the floor, and everyone is very scared at the same time! When somebody finds a body, they yell ‘body! body!’ and the nearest person to the switches puts on the lights. Then, the remaining people alive try and find who the killer is, while the body goes to the ‘morgue’. the people alive vote on who they think the killer is, and then the person with the most votes is hung, and tells the people whether or not he/she is the killer. If he/she is the killer, the game resets. If not, the person is dead, and goes to the morgue. Meanwhile, everyone else does round two, and so on. It is so scary to be in the dark, seeing only vague silhouettes!

Spain and Murder