Scandanavia to Azerbaijan

Scandinavian peace pilgrimage journey

1.5.15

After waking up I said hello and good morning to a wonderful woman who two days ago invited me back to her place and offered me shelter, food and washing. I was extremely grateful that the universe has connected me to her, and this morning she had another wonderful woman friend as her guest and everything was prepared on the table for them and I thanked them again and after eating some food then I said goodbye to both of them and I headed out walking towards another little town which was called Vordingborg. In there after waiting for couple of hours I got a connection from a wonderful man who was advocating Jehovas Vidner ( http://www.jw.org), and everything was about peace and I respected his point of view and after getting me to about 30km from Copenhagen, I said goodbye to him and thanked him for the lift, then here on the motorway another very kind man after waiting for about an hour gave me a lift into the capital, and it’s here that I stayed in and around the capital for more than a few hours before I got a lift from a kind Afghan man who asked me whether am I carrying any drugs and I said I am a peace pilgrim, so after my explanation he and his friend were happy to give me a lift to Malmo. I stayed in the town for about two hours before I got another connection, this time by a wonderful man from Serbia, and he very kindly took me to a little place which was called Arlov, where Arlov Park Hotel was located, a reception for the refugees from around the world. After speaking to a man in charge regarding if I could stay for the night or not?, he told me this is a government scheme and I cannot help you, and I thanked him and headed out again into a road directing me to further north but after about an hour wait and with no connection, as the time was approaching 10pm, I managed to find a place behind a car wash in a closed petrol station and I put my head down for the night after thanking everyone and the universe for all those connections throughout the day.

2.6.15

I woke up at about 5:30am at the back of a car wash by a petrol station near to a refugee centre in Arlov Park Hotel, then I headed on the road again and after about 2 hours of waiting a wonderful man originally from Lebanon, but living in Sweden since the 80s, very kindly gave me a lift to Helsingborg main junction, and in here in a petrol station he very kindly offered me some food and he has put some money in the food bag without my knowledge despite I did say I don’t accept any money apart from food and drink, but perhaps he was worried that Swedish people will not look after me, which I have to say here thanks for all his concerns but overall the Swedish weren’t that bad and not only I managed to survive but also I came across some wonderful ones as well!

Then another very kind man took me to the ferry area of the town and offered me some cookies then after saying goodbye to him and waiting for a while without any connection I decided to walk out of the port and headed to an over ground train station in Ramlosa then after speaking to a woman inspector, she very kindly helped me carry on with my peace journey further north into Hassleholm.

In the town I got in touch with the information place and I was provided with a map for the town and the region, and it’s here that I visited the town library which I have to say it’s very advanced compared to some other European nations, and after thanking the staff in the library and having something to eat using the kind man’s fund in the bag, I made my way further north this time to the town of Alvesta, with a kind woman inspector, then from here to Vaxjo, and after getting there just after 1am and as the station was very quiet so I have to wait till next day 6am before I could move on.

3.6.15

Today as I didn’t have any sleep all night I managed to head on further north with a local train with a help of another kind woman inspector to the town of Jonkoping. In the station I waited for a few hours before I headed out towards another little town, on my way out I visited a local church where I found some refreshments and then carried on walking to a bus station where I waited there for about an hour before I got a lift by a wonderful local woman from Jonkoping going to Huskvarna, from here after finding a bus stop and speaking to a local young boy he very kindly relayed my message to the bus driver, so I managed to get a lift with the kind driver of the bus to the town of Granna, and it’s here that I met a wonderful German woman who kindly did explain to the driver same as the boy and this time the bus driver was very happy to take me and even took a photo of me, so we arrived in another little place called Odeshog, and it’s here that she very kindly offered me some food from a store in there and then I went back to a retreat centre (the art of living: Vipassana Meditation by S. N. Gonna http://www.dhamma.org) to see whether I can stay for the night. After getting back there and speaking to the people who were running the place, I was told that I have to leave the centre as I haven’t arranged in advance, so I said goodbye and I started walking back again towards the main road, but after walking for about a few km I found a little shelter place to put my head down for the night.

So as I found this wonderful little shelter despite the weather being very windy at least it was not raining and I managed to put my head down at about 8pm for the night with the hope of more wonderful universe connection, as it’s been a great help so far to me. I said goodnight to everything around me and I slept as they say “like a baby log”.

4.6.15

After waking up and packing my stuff as the weather was less windy and the sun was shining I started walking towards the main road, which after a few km walking I got to a junction which was written Renstad, and it’s 3km from the Vipassana meditation centre.

So as I was waiting there in this little junction a van turned up and as I asked them for my destination direction they very kindly offered me a lift to the main dual carriageway, and in there as I thanked them and saying goodbye, there was a cafe which was called Lanthandel, so before I carried on with my journey I went in and I asked them if I could use the bathroom and they kindly helped me with that and some food and drink after I was explaining to them who I am and what I am doing. Then about 1400h earthy time I headed on the road and was waiting for my connection to the next little town of Mjolby, which after about half an hour couple of wonderful Swedish men stopped and offered me a lift to a main junction which was going to hopefully link me further north, so after saying thanks and goodbye to them and waiting for about half an hour I got another lift from a young Swedish man this time to a famous resort town of Motala, after engaging in conversation and knowing what I was doing he very kindly offered some food and drink and took me about 6km outside the town, then after exchange of media connectivity he said he’ll send out a message on his facebook to the locals so if anyone goes towards my direction to come forward and help me, which I thanked him for that and everything else and we said goodbye to one another.

So now I was just 42km to Linkoping and the earthy time was about 1540h, I waited there for about 2h and with no luck of connectivity with my next destination I started to move further and closer to the town, and I waited in another bus stop where I waited for less than an hour then a young driver man and another young man and woman in an old car stopped and they told me jump on and I asked them where to? And they said, to my next destination, which I was puzzled about? But they told me they have seen me on facebook as my last wonderful connection has sent out a message and asked locals for helping me to connect with my next destination, and that’s how they knew about my peace pilgrimage journey and they wanted to help me to my next destination, which I thanked them and they very kindly took me all the way to Linkoping through a little and old village with a canal and hand locking system, which it’s here in this village that a young passenger male got off and he told me his dad was from East Anglia and now they are settled down in Sweden.

So after saying thanks and goodbye to the young Swedish man and a woman about 1850h I walked into the train station and waited there for about 2h before I go to a platform to make my way further north, and it’s here that I got in touch with a couple of young Swedish men who were puzzled by what I was doing, and at first they thought that I was someone related to the train station, but after talking to them and telling them about my peace pilgrimage journey, so they asked me if they could join me and I told them all they need to be truthful and peaceful and nonviolent, so they said okay and they came with me all the way to Stockholm central train station, first leaving Linkoping at about 2045h with help of a kind woman train inspector first through Norrkoping and then waiting there for another hour or so before a fast train comes to the station and after asking a nice man train inspector who initially said no but just before the train leaves he said jump on, and we’re over the moon.

Now I have to say at the Linkoping station where I met the two boys which they could speak good English, they told me who they are and if I could accept them despite their pasts, and I said to them as long as you’re truthful and kind while you’re with me and don’t do anything to harm yourself or others, your past is past and just forget about it and start a new and fresh life, so they were happy to do what I asked them while they’re with me, and I said to them that you are free to disengage and stop carrying on when you feel like and they were with me from 2030h to half midnight before they disappeared in the main central station, after I have heard that their friend can’t help us all to go to their place, and as I was waiting inside the station, and thinking what to do next, in terms of my connectivity to my next destination in Finland, and as they were smoking outside and suddenly as I looked outside they’re disappeared, so I didn’t even say to them goodbye yet, so I headed to a local Macdonald’s as it’s the only place which was open, and I asked them if I could use the bathroom which they kindly helped me with, and I stayed there till outside got brighter about 0230h, and it’s here that I spoke to a couple of young men from Stuttgard in Germany, who were studying in Stockholm, and one of them said he is doing a charity event this summer to raise some funds so if you want visit http://coolrunningsindia.de/eu site to find out more and they very kindly offered me some chips, then we said goodbye to one another.

I have to say that in the train station and the Macdonald’s there were some people with a lot of negative energy which overwhelmed my positive energy, and I had to move out as soon as I could from both places. It was getting brighter outside as I was trying to find these ports Frihammnen or Viking to Finland or Russia ferry connection, and as I was walking around the city I came across two men and a woman from England which James was one of them from Nottingham and he was recording his friends and as I arrived he swung his smart phone camera towards me and told the other two friends to pay attention to what I was saying, but I have to say they were a bit under the influence of alcohol, and the man was from London who was trying to jump into the river or canal and the woman from Brighton was I think trying to stop him, but as I entered into their equation they stopped what they were doing and we got into a conversation which I was invited to go back to James’ place to rest a bit before I carry on, and James very kindly sang me a poem and even later on sent it to me which he was quite happy for me to put it on my blog for others to see, so here we go, read it out for yourself.

The poem by James from Nottingham:

“Why then?

So that I might, just

Not hopelessly hang

On these, reckless strings

If only, once struck

Then scratched out

When the vinyl needle catches

Every imperfection

All around and round

Flickering specs patter on the underlying silence, until every noted melody found

Its place, every spec

A staccato dot onto silence, why

Then we might atone

For entering and then leaving this existence – alone.”

I was offered to stay in James place till 5.6.15 about 2pm, before I say thanks for everything and his hospitality and saying goodbye to head further north.

5.6.15

Yesterday as I met these three wonderful people on my way looking for a port to connect me with Russia or Finland, and they were more or less drunk but we could have a conversation about few different topics especially with James the person who offered me to stay in his place and rest for the night, and I managed to get some rest and about 1pm I was offered to have a shower and then about 1430h as they’re heading out towards their direction I did so as well, and we said goodbye to one another after leaving the house.

I started walking towards the first ferry terminal the Viking, though after a long walk when I got there I was told there’s no manager available for me to speak to and I was told that I have to get in touch through the internet as they can’t help me or call their head office, this was after speaking to a woman who was issuing tickets (Tamara), and she told me she got in touch with her office manager (Tula), and she has told her I have to get in touch through internet (http://www.vikingline.com), and as it’s Friday @1710h, and everyone else has gone home she wouldn’t have time to come and speak to me, and after saying goodbye to her I went to another office to enquire more and I was given a number to call on (4524000 08:30-1700) on Monday as for today and the rest of the weekend there would be no one for me to speak to and make a decision, so as I sat down in the port, observing and thinking about what to do next? A security woman came to me and asked me to leave the port and that I couldn’t show my board, and I said ok if the board is going to make her unhappy I’ll go outside and it’s there that I felt everything has been put a price on it and humanity and human to human interaction has lost its value, so I moved out and after a bit of rest outside I headed to the next two port terminals about 6pm, and on my way I visited a couple of hostels which they were on an old ship, and I asked if I could rest for the night but I was told due to the weekend they were busy and they don’t have any empty place for me to put my head down for the night, also on the second one as the manager has left the hostel and the receptionist couldn’t make a decision, and she tried to call her but with no answer, so I had to say thanks and move on and start walking towards the other ferry companies. After a long walk I got there at about 2130h which by this time both were closed, and I had a feeling that I had to wait till Monday before I could get any answers from both companies, so after resting and eating some of the remaining food from the wonderful German woman which she got for me before we go to the retreat centre, then I started walking again back towards the city centre and the main central station which took me more than two hours.

So I managed to get back to the station and there was a place which I could use internet to update my circumstances, and use a toilet before they closed after midnight, then I made my way to the same place in the local Macdonald, where I could stay there till early in the morning, about 3am before I made my way back to James’ place as he’s finishing work after that time in the morning, so for the duration I was in the Macdonald I connected with just one man who very kindly helped me to communicate with James’ phone through a texting way, and then after thanking him I made my way towards his place where after getting back for about half an hour and waiting there for about 1h, James turned up and we got back into the house, so after almost 25km walk, I needed very much to lay down and rest till about 1pm on 6.6.15, so I thanked James for all his kindness and hospitality, and I made my way further north this time towards a famous universty town of Uppsala where I knew someone who I said to myself I could go to his place and rest a bit before I make my next move.

6.6.15

So as I said goodbye to James after he kindly offered me some bread and water, I started walking towards a place called Sundbyberg from the Hornsberg island where I was staying in James’ place, and then again walking to Solna and beyond to Huvudsta but as I walked for about 10km and approaching the motorway I couldn’t walk, so I have to walk back to the Solna train station and in there after asking a woman at the gate she kindly let me through the barriers, and as I got into the station I managed to find my way to the Uppsala central train station and after passing through Ulricksdal, Helenelund, Sollentuna, Haggvik, Norrviken, Rotebro, and Upplands Vasby stops, then a train change through Arlanda central, finally I arrived about close to midnight in Uppsala central train station, so after a long walk and couple of train connections the universe very kindly connected me to my destination for the day.

Now that also it’s a bit late but I tried to get in touch with my peace brother, through some locals but with no luck I headed out of the station and I was trying to find a place to put my head down for the night, but after trying few places with no luck I have seen that there should be a camp area which was called Fyrishov, but after a long walk I couldn’t find the place and I put my head down outside a place called Aldreboende Karl-johansgarden Norrgarden a+b kosmo till about 0730h next day.

7.6.15

After waking up and packing finally I managed to find the Fyrishov camp site and I was told I wouldn’t be able to camp without funds, so I asked to use their bathroom and she was happy for me to use it and then I headed out again towards couple of more place where she told me they might be able to help, so now I tried to get in touch with my peace brother through a petrol station and after getting in touch with him I was told they have arranged to go to Turkey for holiday and they are on their way, so I couldn’t see him, then I made my way towards next hostel to see if they could offer me a place for the night but after getting there and writing a message to the manager, the receptionist told me they’re fully booked and I should try other places, so on my way back towards the main train station I tried to find another place but with no luck to find the place I arrived at the train station, and it’s here that I updated my circumstances on internet to say I’m now in a situation whether I should head further north or east to try to connect with Finland?

As I was waiting and watching the departure trains on the board a wonderful local woman with an American accent approached me and asked me where to Now? and I said I would love to connect with a town in the east and she said to me there’s no trains going there but there’s a bus or coach station which I might be able to get a connection so she very kindly tried to find out if the place is still the same or it’s been changed, and as she couldn’t find any information she said to me we could walk there and we’ll find out there, so I said let’s go, then we walked for a bit and after getting there the place was still there and as she wanted to find out the latest time schedule, so she told me she’ll go back to her home where it’s not very far and she’ll find out and will come with some food as well, so as I was waiting a coach went and a coach came which none of them was going to my destination, and then as the third coach turned up I asked the driver, and explained who I am and if he could kindly help me to get there and he straight away said no problem, so now with my connection to my next destination secured, I was just waiting for the wonderful local Uppsala woman to come back with some food and here we go she turned up just 2min before the coach was to leave and my food was provided as well, so after a heart to heart hug and leaving one of my internet connection cards with her, I thanked her so much for having shown after all it’s not all Swedes who are busy and don’t have time to even show you a direction!

Now that the universe has connected me with my next destination and my food has been provided as well I thanked the universe and all those wonderful brothers and sisters across my peace pilgrimage journey throughout Sweden especially to the wonderful local woman from Uppsala who has made me handmade avocado, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and all other stuff least to mention specially the chopped watermelon which was incredible for I was craving it, and all the other stuff, to last me days, and also for coming back just on time before the bus goes.

So after goodbye to her we headed to my last eastern Swedish town at about 1210h, and said goodbye to the city of Uppsala as well.

After almost 2h of coach driving we arrived safely in a little port town of Kappolskar and after speaking to the manager of the Viking ferry she very kindly helped me with a connection to an island between Sweden and Finland (Aland islands).

So after about 4h of sailing we arrived in the island at about 6pm, now as I was waiting to connect with my next destination at the main port of Aland islands in (Mariehamn) Suomenlinna (Jomala), so I waited there till about 1900h to find out about my connection to the mainland Finland, but after asking one of the Viking staff she told me they can’t make a decision and I have to wait till Monday before I could use their ferry to cross to the mainland Finland, but she told me I can come back to the port and ask another sea line which is called Silja line, so I headed out to the town to explore it and find out the office for the Viking line and other sea lines, and also I spoke to some young locals from the town and most of them were speaking Swedish and not Finnish, and they’re saying in the island almost more than half speaking Swedish and the rest Finnish, and then I walked to the marina where I met a couple who were preparing their yacht for a race in the region and they told me they’re making yacht as well, so if you are interested to check them go to http://www.finnflyer.fi as I told them about my peace pilgrimage journey and I gave them one of my communication cards and they took a photo of me, then I said goodbye to them and I headed back towards the port.

I waited there till about 11pm when the Silja line ferry staff turned up and I spoke to a wonderful and very kind woman at the reception who arranged and organised everything for me – it was so surprising to me that I was almost speechless as how to thank her and their ferry line for all their kindness, then after 1130pm everything was sorted and I was given a cabin and breakfast on their managerial discretion, so I have to thank her and the Silja ferry line and their manager for their kind help towards my peace pilgrimage journey around the world.

So just before midnight we got boarded on the Silja Symphony mighty ferry and after some writing, shower and some rest I woke up next day and as for the breakfast I didn’t know what to eat as so many options were on the table, so I managed to eat as much as I could, as I didn’t know for how long I am going without not seeing so much food again, and also I had a bed but due to a lot of writing up I slept just a few hours on the wonderful bed, then we arrived in Helsinki the capital of Finland at about 10am their local time (about 10h of ferry sail).

8.6.15

So after our arrival I headed out of the port and started walking towards St Petersburg in Russia, and after walking for about 5km I came across an ice cream van and I did ask a young boy who was inside and I explained who I was and what I was doing and he very kindly offered my first and best ice cream ever on this peace pilgrimage journey and the irony was as soon as I tried to eat it the rain started and I have to shelter under my umbrella to eat it, so I saw the real spring rain here in Helsinki, as about 10min later it got sunny again, then after some walk again I arrived in a petrol station where I rested a bit and I asked people in there if I could use the bathroom and later to ask for some cellotape as I was repairing and preparing my board to write on my next destination, and it’s here that I came across two young man who were having their coffee break, and I asked them if they’re going towards my direction and if they could connect me, and one of them said yes and that’s how I got my first Finnish car connection, the young men were electrical engineers and they were just finishing their day after not a busy day.

So after about 1h drive in very stormy weather we got to the town of Porvoo, after thanking the local engineer for his kind lift, I waited about half an hour in a bus stop and then I went to the office of the bus station and I explained to a woman who was looking after the office and I told her about my story and she very kindly provided me with a bus ticket to my next destination the town of Kotka.

So after about 2h of bus driving we arrived there about 5pm, and now after finding out the coach or bus station has not got an office here I went and I asked a woman bus driver and she couldn’t help me, so I went to a close by petrol station, and I got a map of the town and my direction to my next town of Hamina, then I headed out and started walking towards the next town which after about 10km walk I came to a point where I was told at the petrol station that I’d have more chance of a connection to the Hamina.

So it’s here in the main stadium or sporting centre of the town of Kotka that I got in contact with a wonderful Finnish family who were going back to Hamina after a sporting event for their son, and I was shown the real hospitality of the Finnish nation and after taking me to the town and showing me the old and historic place in the town of Hamina then they offered me a shelter for the night and they took me back to their home and after a very good evening meal and drink, I was offered a Finnish sauna as well, so after a long day of about 20km walk, and washing my clothes and sleeping in a wonderful bed where I slept like a baby log, I have to appreciate their kindness and hospitality here.

9.6.15

After waking up about 9am I started to pack and after a great breakfast and taking some photos I said goodbye to the wonderful family and the wonderful husband of the family offered me a lift from the village or the community to the main road towards the last town of Finland called Vaalimaa, before I enter into Russia, so I said goodbye to him as well and I thanked him and all the family again for all their kindness from the bottom of my heart.

So after saying goodbye to everyone in the wonderful Finnish family, I started walking from the main road towards my Last Town of Vaalimaa. I stopped to rest after about a few km walk and it’s here that I got my second connection of the day by a wonderful local farmer to the town and he very kindly took me all the way to a last petrol station, where I thanked him and I said goodbye, then I started walking towards the so-called border for about half a km, before I got stopped and I was asked by two armed border guards that I have to go to a passport control building before I go towards Russia, then as I entered the building, there was a number of people waiting, and I sat there until I was called and as I approached I showed them my Earthian ID and then they asked for my passport which they told me I don’t have a Russian visa so they can’t let me go unless I go and get one from a Russian embassy or consulate and I said to them I haven’t gone to any embassy to get a visa throughout my peace pilgrimage journey, and usually they help me with it, and as part of my peace pilgrimage I have visited most of the embassies in London back in 2013, and they should help me with what’s needed as part of my round the world pilgrimage, so after some talk I was told that they can take me to a closer town to seek Russian visa in a Russian consulate.

So I said if you are very kindly helping me to get there to solve this issue of visa I’ll appreciate that, and I don’t mind to ask them again to help me, so after about 2h of waiting and checking everything that I had with me a couple of officers came and took me all the way to the town of Lappenranta about 60km from there and we chatted about the current circumstances so after getting there I was told it’s too late and it’s closed now and I have to go back tomorrow after 9am, so the officers took me to a local hostel before we said goodbye to one another.

After going into the reception, and asking if I could put my head down for the night I was told I have to have funds even if I wanted to put up my tent, so I waited there for about an hour to see if I can make a human connection, but with no connection, then I tried another local hostel but with a same result, then I started walking back to the town centre, where I tried another hotel and I was told they were fully booked, so I stayed around the town centre for about an hour where some locals showed some interest in what I was doing, and the result was a wonderful vegetarian pizza and some orange juice then another local family very kindly offered me a shelter for the night, and I thanked all the people who helped me and the universe who connected me with them, so I put my head down for the night and I said goodnight to everyone.

10.5.15

Today I woke up at about 6am and after a nice cup of tea and some yogurt, which was offered to me by the wonderful Finnish family who I was staying with last night, and then after packing, I said goodbye to the wife of the house and with the husband of the house we headed out to a place where we could get some food without using money. After getting to the place there was a lot of other people waiting in there, and then someone came out after about 15min waiting and he’s giving out some tickets and as I asked for one I wasn’t given one but at least the husband of the house got one and after waiting for another 10min he got some free food and he kindly offered me some juice and I said to him thank you, and you take it back to the house, as the wife might be waiting for you now, and after finding an agency who were dealing with visas was close by I stayed there for 9am so I could speak to them to see if they could help me, and I said goodbye to the kind husband of the house where I was staying last night, and I thanked him for all his kindness, and especially for putting their TV on a channel which was showing some English dramas, and trying to teach me Finnish as well, like hello=terve, and how are you? = kuinka voit, and so on.

Then just after 9am the agency for the visa issuing did open and I explained about my circumstances and they told me my best place would be the consulate and they might be able to help me, as through the agency I would need a long list of stuff, so I thanked them and headed towards the consulate office and after getting there I was told that they are on holiday till 1st of July, and if I need anything with Russian visa I have to go to Helsinki, so I made my way to the train station and after some waiting and speaking to the train inspector bound to Helsinki, he told me he wouldn’t be able to help, so I made my way to the coach station and it’s here that I spoke to the driver and he very kindly offered me a lift all the way to the capital, which took us about 4hours of earthy journey time.

Back in the main and amazing coach station in Helsinki and I asked a wonderful woman in the ticket office and she very kindly on the map highlighted the Russian embassy and how to get there, so I started walking again and finally I found the Russian embassy and as it’s close then I was looking for a place to put my head down and a local cathedral very kindly offered me some food, drink and a shelter for the night, which I have to thank them here for their hospitality, and I will see what the universe is going to connect me with here in the capital tomorrow.

11.6.15

So after waking up about 7am in the reception area of the cathedral I packed, and shaved, and had a cup of tea before I make my way to the Russian embassy and from there I went to the consulate, at which I was told to go to the embassy, and from there I was told to go to the consulate, and I got tired of the ping pong game, then I was given a number to call, so hopefully they might be able to help with my entry to Russia, so after more than an hour I headed back to my resting place, and I asked father Mario if he could kindly call them so I could speak to them and find out exactly what do I need, so after speaking to a woman I found out it’s more complicated than I have ever thought, so I totally crossed out trying to get a visa to Russia, and tried to find a way to get in without one. The woman on the line, all she knew was no visa no Russia, and she said to me I had to be at least in Finland for three months before even I could apply for one.

So after thanking father Mario and asking him to photocopy some of my communication cards, and thanking him and everyone else, I headed out towards the east port to find out about going visa-free to St Petersburg via a shipping line called St Peter line, and after getting there I was told I have to go to the west port where I could have a connection to Russia, but first I was told I can try a local agency which I did go there but a woman at the counter told me she cannot make a decision like that, and I have to get in touch with the main office at the west port.

So on my way I met an Italian man who wanted to walk with me and help me in any way he could, so he very kindly stayed with me for about 2h before we say goodbye to one another, he very kindly offered me some water and wanted to contribute towards my connection with Russia, but as he has to go and I couldn’t see the manager to find out whether they can help me or I should ask public for help before he goes back to the city, because I had to wait to see the manager and he has to go, so he couldn’t help much, and we have to finally say goodbye to one another.

As later on in the afternoon finally I spoke to the port manager from the St Peter line and she told me they can’t help me as the fund is too much for the company to help me with to get me to St Petersburg, so I thanked her for talking to me and I send out a message through the social media that the only ferry line to Russia can’t help me and if there’s someone out there would like to help I’d very much appreciated their help, as I wanted so dearly to get to St Petersburg, as part of my peace pilgrimage journey on this episode from London to St Petersburg.

So I got some positive responses and people were willing to help but to arrange and facilitate all of that was a bit difficult, so I managed to stay around the port till about 2am next day and I came across some wonderful locals as well who helped me with some food and drink.

12.6.15

As the port was going to be closed after 2am so I have to find somewhere else to rest, then I was told that there is a 24h service place where I could stay inside but I couldn’t sleep, then I went there and I meditate till today about 5am before I head back to the port as it’s going to be open after 0530h.

So I spoke to some wonderful people back in the west port, and specially a man who was from California, and he has come back from St Petersburg and told me all about the city and his experience from visiting there, and he was saying that Russia has got to do a lot internally before they interfere with outside world, so we spoke for a little bit more before we say goodbye to one another as they were heading bound to London, and I felt I have already been in St Petersburg so called visa-free because he has told me all about it.

So now just after 9am I found out that there’s a main office and a manager for the St Peter line in the city and I got the details and just before midday I headed out to the city to see if I could find out about this main manager and see he could help me, so after going to the city centre and fetching some food from a place where I was given a card to get some fruit and vegetables, then I managed to get into the store and eat some food and as I was coming out I met a wonderful Irish man who kindly helped me to call the main manager.

I spoke to him and he told me that the difficulty is that the Russians they don’t want me in St Petersburg without having a Russian visa, and this is despite that anyone can go with a cruise ship to St Petersburg for 72h without needing for any visa, but merely as I have turned up in their border earlier, and asking them to let me go without a visa and now trying to get to St Petersburg without one, and also turning up in another town to see the consulate and back here in Helsinki going to the Russian embassy, this has made the case so strong that they don’t want to deal with me at all, as I wasn’t a simple tourist going to St Petersburg to have some fun and splash some money out in the city and come out again, and as the Finnish border guard were asking “am I going there to discuss the issues about Syrian conflict?” as I had the web log address for the Syrian peace and justice group on my communication card they’re thinking I’m going there for a political reason, but I did not know about all of this until a later date after I raised some funds and then at the ticket office I was told they can’t issue me a ticket as the Russians don’t want me in the city.

So after coming back to the port in the afternoon in a hope of getting a connection with the city of St Petersburg and waiting till about 1830h without any connection, I got in touch with a woman from far east who has missed her ferry to St Petersburg and we talked for a bit and exchanged our communication details and I said goodbye to her and I waited in the main hall as usual as people were coming back from Estonia, so I could speak to them and explain about my circumstances in a hope of finding a solution, and also it’s today that I sent out the details of the manager through an email to my peace brother back in England, in a hope he could help and get in touch with them and see if they can help at all, but later on I found out none of the communication has taken place and I was almost going around a circle, so I stayed in the main hall till about 11pm and then as the last ferry coming from Estonia was delayed till 2am, then I made my way out to see I can find a place to put my head down for the night. On my way to the city I came across a kind Finnish man who was coming back from hospital after birth of a second child and he wanted dearly to find me a shelter for the night but after almost an hour calling different places with no luck I said goodbye to him and headed back to the city in the hope of finding a place to put my head down.

But after jumping on a tram to the city and finding out almost everyone was drunk I made my way towards the east port where I found a church and I put my head down for the night at about 2am besides its main entrance.

13.6.15

Today I woke up and I made my way towards the east port which wasn’t far from the church, and after using the bathroom and refreshing myself at the port terminal, I waited for the passengers of the mighty ship which brought me to Helsinki a few days ago, and hoped to connect with some people if they could help me towards my St Petersburg connection, so as people were coming in and out of the port I managed to speak to some and they very kindly donated some funds towards my connection, so over all I had conversation with some people at the port for the duration of 10am to 5pm and then I headed out to the city centre in order to connect with some more people and it’s here very close to the city centre park that I came across a wonderful couple with their young child and I spoke to them and the man from Spain was very sympathetic towards my cause and the Finnish wife was supportive as well, and after over an hour being together and talking about different things they very kindly offered me some drink and some funds towards my peace pilgrimage journey to St Petersburg, so after talking to a few more local people and saying goodbye to them all I headed back to the west port where I connected to some more wonderful people and I stayed around the port and the 24h place till about 4am. It’s here that I met two men from Germany who have missed their ferry and we talked to one another till early hours and then as it’s Sunday today I headed back to the town to get back to the cathedral for their English mass service about 10am.

14.6.15

I said goodbye to the Germans and the 24h place and I headed back towards the city about 4am and on my way I collected about over 100 empty glass, plastic bottles and cans to raise some funds towards my ticket, which by the time I got back to the cathedral it’s about 6am and just close to 0630h I met father Marco again and I explained my circumstances and I said I am back here as I said before if I’m around by this Sunday I’d like to make it for the mass and if it’s okay with you after the mass if I can explain my circumstances to the congregation of the cathedral so hopefully they can help me with some funds towards my connection to St Petersburg, and he said it’s okay, so as it’s raining I sheltered at the entrance of the cathedral and waited till about 0930h, where a group of people went by a bus on pilgrimage to another town, and after they left the mass started in the cathedral till about 11am and then father Marco mentioned about tea and refreshments and fund raising for a peace pilgrim.

So as the mass finished and everyone was having their food and drink a member of the congregation introduced me and then I spoke to the congregation and explained a bit about my journey and why I was appealing to them for a help, then some very kindly did donate towards my journey and I managed to raise about half of the fund needed for the journey (which I found out only later at the port was too late to raise enough funds to get the ticket because Russian authorities didn’t want me to go). I thanked everyone and stayed around till a bit later and I helped out with other members of the congregation, and also I went out to exchange the collected empty plastic and glass bottles and cans but I found out apart from the glasses in the found suitcase everything has been taken from the shed of the cathedral, so I took the remaining glasses and they fetched only a little funds compared with if I had all of the stuff I had found. After coming back with the empty suitcase which I wanted to leave it in the cathedral and a member of the congregation asked if she could use it and I said she can have it, then I was offered to go for a ride on a Helsinki wheel near to the east port, so after thanking everyone in the cathedral and the congregation, I walked while I was talking to a support engineer for American embassy, who was at the congregation, and then I enjoyed the ride and we took some photos then I headed back to the west port in a hope with the collected funds I could connect with St Petersburg.

So about 1430h I turned up at the port and I spoke to a member of the St Peter line and she counted the funds and I was told there is some funds short and she can’t issue me a ticket so I waited there in a hope I could raise some more funds towards the tickets but I couldn’t manage to do so, and another ferry left without me being on board to the city of St Petersburg, which I sent out a message on the social media, and waited in a hope of a connection.

15.6.15

So after another long waiting day again at the west port with no connection and not much interaction with people, I walked back to the 24h place (https://m.verkkokauppa.com), which reminds me of a film called Casablanca, where different people from different places meet up, so as I was heading there it’s reminding me of there as and when I was going back after the port closure, and I have to thank the people in there who let me to be at least inside despite we couldn’t sleep but at least warmer, and it was here that I met a wonderful man from Estonia, who was coming back from Norway and he has missed his ferry connection to Tallinn the capital of Estonia, and we started talking about my journey and his one till early hours in the morning, and he very kindly donated more than enough funds for me to get my connection to St Petersburg, but I had to wait till next day as the ferry goes every other day and not everyday.

So after saying goodbye to him and thanking him from bottom of my heart for all his kindness, I went back to the port and then to the city to sort out and put all the funds together as to be ready for tomorrow final day before I connect with St Petersburg, so I got back to the city and sorted out some food and drink and exchange of the different funds, then I headed back to the cathedral to update my circumstances with the wonderful people over there and ask them if I could stay for another night in their hall, and it’s about 6pm I got there and I attended another mas this time in Finnish, then I spoke to the father Mario and he very kindly said okay, so after exploring the area and the city centre I came back just after 9pm and I updated my circumstances and later about 10pm I was offered some food and drink by father Matthew, and we chatted till close to midnight before I say goodbye to him, and put my head down after more than two days without much sleep.

16.6.15

So I woke up after a long sleep as I didn’t have much for the past two days then after packing and eating something I got in touch with father Mario and he very kindly helped me to connect with the main manager of St Peter line again and he told me that they are quite happy for me to go to St Petersburg, but their Russian counterparts in St Petersburg don’t want to have me there, and he said he’ll speak to their office again in St Petersburg, and let me know, so I thanked father Mario and Matthew for all their help and their congregations’, and I left there heading back to the west port in a hope to connect with the city of St Petersburg.

So after getting back to the west port about midday I went to one of the St Peter line staff and she very kindly booked me a place but she told me I have to wait till about 2pm earthy time for confirmation from their St Petersburg office, so I waited there till after that time and as I went back to her she told me sadly she has got bad news for me and that their St Petersburg office has confirmed that they don’t want me to go there.

Baltic, and eastern Europe peace pilgrimage journey

So that’s how my long waiting to get to St Petersburg in Finland and the capital Helsinki has come to an end. After the sad news I couldn’t even talk to anyone and I straight went to the second floor where you could get to Baltic region (Estonia, Tallinn) via a ferry connection called Tallink and I got a ticket to get there using the collected funds.

After some delays we arrived at about 7pm in the capital with a powerful super star ferry, from there after walking through the city I found my way to the coach station and in there I found a connection to Vilnius the capital of Lithuania through Riga the capital of Latvia for 9pm to arrive for next day using the same funds I had with me.

So I have to say here that my connection with Russia has made me so feeling down that I couldn’t speak with people almost until I arrived in Poland and Ukraine.

17.6.5

I arrived in the capital of Lithuania at about 6am and after finding out I couldn’t get to Ukraine through Belarus, then I have to find a connection to Poland, and then I was hoping to connect with Ukraine. I managed to find a ticket for after 2pm, to get to Warsaw the capital about 10pm, now I had some time to explore the capital Vilnius before my 2pm to Poland connection, so I walked and looked around the old part of the city and I managed to find a wifi connection to update my position, and then I came across a Hare Krishna group (www.harinammandir.com), who were walking, playing drums, chanting, and giving away sweets (roasted coconuts), so I joined them and walked with them for some time and I got into a conversation with one of them, and then I said goodbye to them and slowly headed back to the bus station to catch my coach to Poland.

So on my way to Poland I got into a conversation with another young Lithuanian from Vilnius who was going to Berlin to find a place to retreat from the busy life he had there, and after saying goodbye to him I stayed in the Warsaw central station till next day, and one thing I noticed was a couple of security men looking like police officers with batons were coming around and waking up anyone who was asleep, so you couldn’t sleep at all.

18.6.5

I stayed in the main station till about 8am and then I tried to make my way to a coach station where I could have a Ukrainean connection but I found it difficult to find people to speak in English but somehow I managed to find my way there before midday.

After getting there I spoke to a woman in the counter and I was told I have to wait till about 6pm and then I have to speak to the driver about my journey to Ukraine.

So I waited there till about after 6pm and then I spoke to some of the drivers and they told me it’s very difficult to get to Odessa from here so I decided to go to Lviv the nearest Ukrainan town from Poland, so just after 8pm I managed to speak to a reasonable driver and after using some of the remaining Helsinki funds he kindly helped me to get on board.

After a long drive journey to the so called Polish-Ukraine border and waiting there for almost more than two hours we headed towards the old town of Lviv. One thing I noticed was a mother and her son who were speaking in loud Russian language just before we leave the Polish so called territories – they started to whisper to one another as we’re entering the so called Ukrainean territories, which I believe it’s due to the recent conflict in the east of Ukraine, and the fact that Lviv is one of the nationalistic town in Ukraine and pro European as I was told by a local Ukrainean.

Another very obvious observation was that as I arrived in Ukraine and the town of Lviv I felt I have travelled back in time almost half century, or I felt I was back in Egypt, as for the building layout and the whole environment was totally different with so called western world, and there were a lot of old tower blocks which I couldn’t see people in or around them, but when I arrived at a massive train station I realised why it’s looking like that, as almost everyone was at the station trying to leave or arriving, and figuring out where to go, and also it’s early morning about 6am, so slowly I adapted to the situation with a little bit of patience and no time to rush.

19.6.15

So I moved in to the train station and in there I found a place to charge my phone while I was waiting on my universe connection to the south of Ukraine the town of Odessa.

As announcements were made in Ukrainean and English I could find out if there’s any train going towards my destination.

As I was waiting a couple of station police officers came around and they asked me, as I believe in their language, what am I doing here. I spoke in English with them and they couldn’t understand so they went and brought a young boy to translate, and I explained to them and they were happy, but as I was explaining to them a woman was trying to take my small bag and as she was pulling and I was holding and there was a challenge for me as to why the woman wanted my bag – this was a first time ever I have seen something like this, and it’s at a time even when two police officers were present and an interpreter was standing by, and even they were saying to her go away but she wasn’t going anywhere, and finally after some challenging and showing seriousness on my behalf and the police officers saying to her go! she decided to give up on my bag, and all the police officers were saying to me was that she was a crazy Russian and on drugs, but later on I found out she was with some men in army uniform and probably it’s a business for her to choose her prey when they are questioned by police as they might be a good victim for them – that’s just my observation, it might be something else going on. I was told later on that corruption is almost as bad here as in Afghanistan if not worse.

So after that challenging and happy ending event I came across a wonderful couple who were visiting the town and the man very kindly asked me after he has read my board how he can help me? and I explained who I was and what I was doing and I was hoping to get to my next destination, so he very kindly helped me to get a ticket to Odessa with some of the remaining funds from Finland and some of his help as well.

So after securing a train connection with a coupa (bed) to sleep for about 1am next day and having plenty of time to explore this old and historic town and they had time till 5pm, so we used a little more of the Helsinki funds for our food and drink and walking around the town with the wonderful universe connection to these local Ukrainean guides to the town who have been there twice already, and now for the third time all together, so we explored the wonderful and historic town and had very delicious food and drink and took some photos and then headed back to the train station for their 5pm departure, I have to say we left our heavy bags at a storage place in the train station, then after they got their baggage and their train which I said thank you very much to them with my heart to heart hug and they headed towards Kiev, where I stayed in the station and I charged my phone again.

It was here that I came across a man who told me he has seen me in Odessa yesterday and I said to him it might have been my other dimension as physically I haven’t been there, but I have a vision to get there tomorrow, and after a very little conversation, he did a cross sign on his body and he took a photo of me and he said he’s going back to Holland, then after saying goodbye to him I met some other wonderful people who helped me with some funds for a tomato and a cucumber, then I headed out of the station to explore a bit more around the station area and after finding a place to eat some food then I headed back to the station and after waiting again for some time to charge my phone I got a connection with another young Ukrainean man who after checking my blog he came to me and asked me about my blog and my peace journey, and before he says goodbye offered me a banana and an apple which I thanked him for my daily fruit allowance for the last few days, then after making sure my train will come to the right platform and on time, I went to the storage place and I got my rucksack back, and headed to the right platform.

It was about half past midnight that an old 12 carriage train turned up and finally after almost 10min I found my place on the train and just after 1am after speaking to the train staff and my coupe or room man with his family who could speak English, I managed to put my head down on a bed and saying thanks to the universe and everyone else around me.

20.6.15

So we arrived just about 1pm in the scorching heat of the afternoon in the south sea town of Odessa, and after saying goodbye to the Russian speaking Ukrainean family I waited and observed the train station for a bit before some train police officers approach me again and asked about what am I doing and I spoke in English and they, including an information woman, couldn’t speak a word of English, so they left me after saying some words like Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal … and as I was waiting a young man approached and asked me what I was doing and after telling him about my journey and asking him to ask the information desk for a map of Odessa so I can make my way towards the port, and he kindly asked, but he was told to go somewhere else which he did, and then he was coming back to me and saying why do you need a map? I can take you there it’s not far about half an hour walk, so I thanked him and we started walking towards the port.

So after some walking in the heat of the day through the town and some very touristic part of the town we finally arrived into the port which was very much empty apart from an old cruise ship and a few other boats, but on the cargo area it was busy, so he kindly spoke to someone in a little booth and he’s told there’s no ferry leaving here neither to Georgia nor to Turkey, but after calling a phone number he was told there’s another port in a little town of Illichivsk about 30km away from here and the wonderful Ukrainean man from Odessa told me he has to go but if I’m still there within 2h he’ll be back and he’ll help me to get there, so I thanked him and we said goodbye to one another, so as I was waiting and thinking of what to do next a young sea cadet who we met on our way to the port came back and asked me how is everything and I explained to him, and after speaking to one another for a bit more he very kindly helped me with using a bathroom and then I said goodbye to him as well, making my way to the cargo port of Odessa which wasn’t far from there and after getting there I was told I can’t get in and I have to make my way to the next town, if not to the port where I was coming, so after saying goodbye and thanks to the port guards I made my way to the next little town.

Now after some rest and asking a few people I started to walk towards the next port and after getting help with a trolley bus and a mini bus then a local taxi in Illichivsk I arrived in the port but this was a heavily guarded cargo port and after some difficulty talking to the guards and a few other people, finally a wonderful employee of the port could speak a bit of English and he very kindly with his wife and kid took me to the right side of the port but it’s closed, and we’re told tomorrow the ferry will come and I have to get a ticket from a ticket office, which he very kindly took me to the front of that office and after seeing couple of Georgians were waiting for tickets as well, I thanked the driver and the family who very kindly helped me to connect with the right port and ticket office.

So after saying goodbye to the Ukrainean family, and saying hello to two very kind Georgian men who were waiting to get their ticket next day as well, and they’re waiting impatiently till next day, and I told them all about my peace pilgrimage journey and explained to them how I usually ask people at the ports and ticket offices and they usually help me, then I prepared a place to put my head down for the night and gave them a sleeping bag if they decided to sleep, but they said they wouldn’t sleep and also before I put my head down I updated my circumstances as there was a wifi availability, and then I said goodnight to them.

21.6.15

Today I woke up at about 6am and my wonderful Georgian brothers were awake and they told me that they haven’t slept at all as it’s too cold and despite I left a sleeping bag for them to use in case it’s needed, but they said they didn’t need it to use as they didn’t want to sleep, so I noticed that they’re almost shivering as the temperature has fallen from over 25°c to almost 10 if not less, so as they’ve worn their warm clothes they felt better and I have noticed that there were a few more people in the place and they’re waiting to get their tickets as well, so after saying hello and good morning to everyone and after asking some people in the ticket office I managed to use the bathroom, and then as the sun was coming up and the temperature was rising I was seeing most of the people and my Georgian brothers taking their warm clothes off and they’re getting ready to get into the ticket office to sort out their tickets.

So it’s just after 9am where a security man came and opened the door and asked for women and children first, then a bit later those who were in front of the office for quite a long time, which meant us and later everyone else came into the office to get their tickets.

So as everyone got their tickets I managed to speak to a woman who was issuing tickets and I explained my circumstances to her and she said to me wait she will try to contact another person who might be able to help, but after a phone conversation and I spoke to another person on the phone, the phone cut off and I thought he’d call back and hear more from me, but I never spoke to that person again and there was another person in the same office and he came to me and said the headquarters office is closed as today is Sunday and we can’t help you, and unless you raise the funds you won’t be able to get a ticket, so I said okay just give me some time I’ll try my best to sort out something, so my search for completing a funds for the ticket started by asking the wonderful Georgian brother to see how much funds have I got left since I have left Helsinki the capital of Finland, so he very kindly counted it and told me how much more is needed, and I started my search by asking people in and around the ticket office and the port which finally with the help of the two Georgian brothers who played a vital role, and more than 15 other brothers and sisters from different places, I managed to raise the funds and secure my next sea connection this time to Georgia the last western frontier of the continent of Asia, and an important bridge to Europe.

So after a long waiting and almost more than 8h of fund raising for my peace pilgrimage journey towards Georgia and going through the security and so called border control I said goodbye to Ukraine, and hello to the mighty Ukrainean cargo and passenger vessel, and after a very short travel with an old bus we boarded the ship and after a short waiting on deck 7 information deck we (the two Georgians, another man from Georgia and myself ) we got a cabin with 4 beds.

So after having a shower and refreshing myself since my last proper refreshing in Finland, I rested a bit and started my writing for the backlog of the blog, and it’s not long before they called us for our dinner.

I have to say throughout my peace pilgrimage journey this was the first time, apart from Turkey to Egypt cargo and passenger ferry, that I come across a commercial ship which offered three meals a day in a restaurant as part of the journey, and comparing to the west with all the shopping and advertising here was very down to earth and basic way of looking at the things, which I believe it goes back to the Soviet era, and working and sharing for one another, which I liked it very much.

Then after our wonderful dinner coming back to the cabin, it’s announced that we are going to start moving in 5 to 10 minutes, which I wanted to go out on the deck and take some photos but as I lay down on my bed I have gone to sleep and I couldn’t catch the moment which by the time I woke up the ship was already on the move and the town and city were all far behind us, but on the top deck I could clearly see the little town which we departed from, and Odessa from far and on the clear sky the crescent moon and the North Pole stars and other planets and many other stars were very visible, then I come back down to the cabin and washed my teeth, and I said goodnight to everyone around me and the very kind universe with all the connectivities which was made in order for me to be on board of this mighty ship.

Far eastern frontier of Europe and into the Asia peace pilgrimage journey

22.6.15 to 23.6.15

I woke up about 6am and started to write a bit more for the blog before they call us for breakfast (a small omelette, a sausage and some bread with tea) about 7am, then going up to the top deck with my Georgian brothers to have some breath of fresh air and then coming back to the cabin and catching up with my days of writing. We will be called for our lunch (some soup pasta and some meat, same bread and tea and a banana) about between one and two pm, then same going for some fresh air and back to the cabin for some more writing or talking to my Georgian brothers if they’re around, or some sleep if after eating you couldn’t concentrate to do any activities.

Then our dinner will be called at about 7-8pm and the food was around the same thing with some extra salad and a fruit a day usually in the evening, so same back to the top deck for some fresh air and then back to the cabin for some other activities, which was in my case writing and talking and then sleeping, but others were playing games and watching TV and going out and smoking as well.

So this was our routine for two days before we get very close to the town of Batumi where everyone almost came out about 4pm to see the city and take photos and I had an interview with a very young Ukrainean girl who was fascinated to speak to someone

coming from London England and doing a peace pilgrimage journey without using money, so I have left my contact with her if she wanted to connect in the future to know how am I’m getting on with my journey. Then as we’re waiting for a pilot to come and take the ship to anchor in the right place we got delayed and finally at about 7pm we anchored and slowly after going through a security control I was welcomed to Georgia and after staying in Butomi for few hours I was offered a lift by a Georgian lorry drive to a place very close to Tbilisi.

24.6.15

After almost 3am the lorry driver David from the near town of Telavi in Georgia who I met in the ferry offered me a lift, we linked up about 11pm in a petrol station, and I rested in his truck from 3-7am also he very kindly offered me some food, funds and shelter and at about 11am we said goodbye to one another and I headed towards the capital where after some walk and rest I ended up in a local church just before you enter the city by a kind van driver and his colleagues who were on their way to work.

I had a very warm welcome from the church priest with some food and drinks, and then I was told there’s a university of agriculture in Georgia very close to there, which I got in contact with the information desk and I was offered to use internet to update my circumstances, and then after speaking to head of security and a biology lecturer I was given a wonderful tour around the university with it’s museum and library and after being offered some water and a great welcome I said goodbye to the university and back to the church where I was offered some more food and drink and I met the main father who was looking after the church and getting in contact with David again, so after thanking them I said goodbye to them as well and after getting in communication with a university student I managed to link up through a bus then a metro and finally a local taxi to the town of Telavi the hometown of David and got there about 10pm, where I was welcomed by David and his children and the neighbours’ children.

So after a great hospitality and meeting his wife and two kids, and some locals and talking a bit more of my journey back to his place and his journey back to his home, and after talking to his kids in English and looking at their English book, I said goodnight and put my head down in their home.

25.6.15

After waking up at about 7am and saying good morning to David he showed me around a local historic church close to their place and a local factory which was making a lot of dust which was harm to their community and he told me he has gone through a lot of channels to sort it out but still they don’t get a filter to solve their problem and as a result the community suffers very much and he hoped someone will do something about it as it was damaging the environment and the locals and I said I’ll mention it on my blog, hoping for the attention of the world environmental organisations.

Then after having a wonderful breakfast and showing me around the historic town of Telavi, he very kindly arranged a bus connection for me to my next destination very close to the Azerbaijan crossing, so after visiting some local bazaars and a hair dresser, who cut his hair and very kindly trimmed back of my neck as well, then I thanked him very much for all his kindness and his hospitality and after my usual heart to heart hug, we said goodbye to one another.

So after a long bus journey to a town of Tsnori and waiting there for about 3h I got a connection through a very young taxi driver all the way to the crossing and after saying goodbye to the Georgian guards I walked through a bridge and soon I said hello to the Azerbaijan border police and they looked at me and they started asking me questions from few directions and after they got some of their answers, they told me I don’t have permission to get into Azerbaijan and they can’t issue me a permission as they’re just guarding the so called borders and I have to ask their embassy back in Tbilisi which was about 180km away from where I was between the Caucasian mountain in Russia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, so I walked back to no man’s land on a bridge between Georgia and Azerbaijan and I waited there and as people were passing I was explaining to them my circumstances between the hard place and a rock, so after getting in touch with some wonderful people they helped me with some funds and a wonderful Georgian named George offered me a lift back to Tbilisi and to the Azerbaijan embassy, so I could ask them if they could help me with my Baku connection.

After almost more than 3h of driving and having a break on our way and he very kindly offered me some local cheese and bread and some sweet and plenty of water with a local saying on top of the place where you get water to say something like this “a local host welcomes a cheerful guest”, so after having plenty of local water we said goodbye and we arrived back in the capital close to midnight and I put my head down on a local park bench till next day, and it’s here that I sent an update to say about my circumstances.

Then I headed to the embassy, and I found out they’re off till Monday 29.6.15, so I had three days to look around in Tbilisi and beyond.

26.6.15

So after waking up and finishing the last piece of bread and the cheese from last night and finding out about my waiting, I started going around the capital and I got in touch with some more wonderful people from here in Tbilisi’s old churches and from neighbouring Azerbaijan and from Russia, in Freedom Square and also by a park close to a peace bridge, and it’s here that a man called me to come and sit down and he was talking to me as if Russians have done everything you see on earth and they’re very clever and all western world has done wasn’t good things to humanity, but anyway this is David who is a development director of Riki Travel (www.rikitravel.ge) and he was claiming that Russians are much more superior than the west think, so if you want to get in touch with him, you can check him out and get in touch with him, and he very kindly knew some locals and got me in touch with a local river guard and I asked them if they very kindly would let me shelter by their unused area and they did help me to shelter just minutes from a heavy rain fall and they very kindly offered me some food and water as well, just before I put my head down for the night, and saying goodnight to them all and the kind universe for providing all the connectivity.

27.6.15

Today after waking up and talking to the river guards and having some food one of them who is doing private tours to an old capital of Georgia recommended me while I am waiting, that I should go and visit there if I have a chance, and I did start walking towards the old town and after some miles of walking finally at a petrol station I stopped and tried to see if I can get a connection to the old town of Mtskheta, and in less than 10min of waiting I got a connection through a wonderful local of Tbilisi who was going out and he very kindly offered me a sandwich and a drink in a local market, on his way out and he also very kindly connected me with his wifi so I did a quick update about my circumstances, and least to mention he remarkably took me all the way to the highest monastery around the area and waited and explained a bit about the two different rivers one from Turkey and one from the Caucasian mountains that they meet in this old capital and let me take some photos before offering me a lift back to the main road where I thanked them very much with his friend and I said goodbye to them.

Then I started walking towards the town but due to dangerous road drivers I couldn’t walk much and wasn’t long before I got my second connection of the day towards the old capital which another wonderful man very kindly dropped me in the town and in there I met some more wonderful people and got some local fruits as well and I visited a main local church then a closed nan monastery and then a smaller church but very busy with tourists. Then I was bound back to Tbilisi which on my way back a kind local to the capital offered me a lift back after some walk through the old town, but after a little conversation with him, found out he’s a wine distributor and wasn’t happy about old president Sakhashfily, and he was accusing him of taking a lot of innocent lives, but after I thanked him with his fine Mercedes car for the lift to the Freedom Square I said goodbye to him and made my way back to my resting place which after getting back and having some conversation and eating some food I said goodbye to the guards and thanked them and the universe for the kind connectivity of the day, then I put my head down for the night.

28.6.15

After waking up and eating something I started my day at my resting place under a scorching heat of the day doing most of the remaining writing up for the blog as I didn’t know what tomorrow will bring me, and later in the evening I got in touch with the river guards and after finishing some of the food from last night and a cup of tea from remaining Finnish one I charged my phone for a bit and I listened to a group of 8 river guards who were on and off from their duty and it’s very difficult to listen to them without understanding what they’re talking about, and then about 9pm I said goodbye to them and I came back to my resting place to put my head down for the third night, with the hope of more universe connectivity to wonderful and good people .

29.6.15

At about 8am I woke up and I ate a little bread and then I headed straight to the Representative of the people of Azerbaijan here in Tbilisi (their embassy), and after waiting for about an hour, and talking about my peace pilgrimage journey with some people in there, then I got into the building, also for the security reason I wasn’t allowed to take my bag, board and umbrella in and I was asked to leave them outside, then after going through another checking by another guard finally I was allowed to get to the people behind a glass window, and I was asked to fill a form, get a photocopy, a photo, and some funds and I didn’t have all of these, so I had to come out and tried to sort those and as I spoke to a local place (visa arrange travel agency by Giorgi Gogorishvili the director he very kindly sorted my photo, and photocopy), and as I got to the funds I was short and I had to try sort this out through talking to different people, so I stayed around the city and visited few places where people from different parts of the world and the locals will come and visit them like Freedom Square, and one of their famous parks on a highest place in the capital where there’s a TV tower, and I call it the “Tbilisi’s Eiffel Tower”, so I did enjoy walking around those places and meeting wonderful locals and people from other parts of the planet, especially a couple from England who were doing a bicycle journey and I met them earlier in the embassy and then coincidentally near the Freedom Square and they very briefly interviewed me for their blog, and I talked very briefly about my peace pilgrimage journey, and my difficulties on my journey to them, then I came across many other wonderful people throughout the day, then I rested for couple of hours in a river guard’s car as my resting place was too dangerous to stay till next day.

30.6.15

So as the dawn broke the river guards, fire, and emergency services were out there and still busy and they’re hunting for three missing bodies from earlier in the month when the river was overflowing and flooding and there was a zoo disaster and catastrophe. I thanked them for what they’re doing and even they’re asking me about how in England and what will the emergency services do if they have still missing people, and for how long will we search before you call off from the search? and I said maybe for about a month, and they’re into their third weeks and after recovering about 19 bodies as I was told still were searching for the three remaining missing, and I was hoping they could find them and put the minds of those missing members of the families in some kind of ease.

So I made my way to another busy place here in the capital with tourists from all over the world and I met a local woodcrafter named George, and I stayed with him and explained about my circumstances and he very kindly helped me a lot and with the help of some other kind locals and a Russian tourist family my fund was completed and I managed to complete so called the requirements to visit the people of Azerbaijan, and as it’s late in the evening I left my visit to the embassy for the next day, so I have to thanks everyone and the universe for all the connectivity throughout my day, and I headed back to near peace bridge – my resting place for almost a week.

As I got back there the emergency services were still there and searching and they’re hoping to find more people, but with no sign of anybody to be found they called off the searches for the night and I put my head down on another platform the “River Tour” platform which was run by a river guard employee as the abandoned one which I was using originally was too far to reach and very dangerous, so I put my head down for another night near to the peace bridge on the river bank.

1.7.15

After waking up about 6am and saying hello to the river guards, I ate some bread and made my way towards the embassy and as I was early I got in touch with those locals who I knew from the first visit and they very kindly helped me with some drinks and vegetables and they gave me some tips and advices on my remaining peace journey, and then after 10am I handed in all the so called necessary documents to get a permission to visit people of Azerbaijan, and I was told to call or come back after three days for the answer, and after saying goodbye to them and people from outside I made my way towards the bath area of the old town, and it’s here that I met another wonderful Georgian family, who did invite me into their house to eat and drink with them, and after speaking to a member of the family who could speak English and she was translating our conversation with the rest of the family, and she very kindly connected me to their internet, so I could very quickly update my circumstances on social media, but if you visit Tbilisi you can get in touch with her via her “Econom Travel” nanuka188@gmail.com, then after thanking them all I made my way further and closer to the bath area of the town were I was told earlier to go back after midday so hopefully the manager by that time can make a decision, whether I can use the bath or not? So as I got there first I was told no!, but after I was trying to get in touch with another one I was allowed to have a bath, so I have to say the bath for me was just a shower as I didn’t have a wash for more than a week so it’s very refreshing, and I thanked them and I said to them I’ll mention them on my blog, so if you wanted to go and see them for yourself visit “Georgian Spa/bath no.11 Grishashvili street”, I think the building was almost over 200 years old and it reminded me of almost stepping back in time almost half a century.

Then I got in touch with some more wonderful people in the afternoon and as I was looking for a place to use a bathroom I came across a wonderful man from Art Hostel just behind an old church, and I was offered a place to rest and refresh, where I found out more about Georgian hospitality as he’s preparing for a friend’s birthday and I really enjoyed being with them, so I wanted to thank them here and please visit them when you’re here as they are fantastic.

2.7.15

I woke up after a very good night’s sleep, and all day I stayed indoors to finally put everything down in a very short version of all my encounters throughout almost ten different nations where I passed through them on this episode of my peace pilgrimage journey around the world, and hopefully you would have time to read and leave your comments. I’m hoping if I could have a voice recording so I’ll be free from writing in the future, but it all depends on the size and the capacity of the blog, and I might go through other channels if it’s needed, as I have found it very difficult to catching up with all this writing as I go along my route.

Today at about 2am the Art Hostel had a couple of young men visitors from Ukraine, and as I introduced myself to them and later on we chatted a bit about what brought us both here and they’re quite happy to see me and even they asked me if they could take a photo with me next day, which I was quite happy to do, and at about 4am finally we put our head down, and we said goodnight to one another.

3.7.15

Today as it’s the day that I could find out about my connection with the people of Azerbaijan through their representative here in Tbilisi, so I had to wake up and go to their embassy, so after taking a shower and shave, I made my way towards there, and after getting there about 1030am I was told I have to go back in the afternoon about 4pm, so after saying hello and goodbye to everyone who I knew there, I made my way back to the Art Hostel as I promised the young Ukrainean men I’ll be back before they go for a photo shoot, so as I arrived back they’re still asleep, so I packed and prepared myself just in case if I might move on today, as it’s a make or break day.

So after they woke up and got ready to go we took some photos and I said goodbye to them, and after that I made my way back to the embassy and as I got there and waited for about half an hour, finally after almost a week of waiting and preparation, I managed to get their satisfying positive result for me to go and visit the nation of Azerbaijan.

I wanted to say here that, this was the first time ever I have applied for any so called “visa” throughout my peace pilgrimage journey since 2012 that I started in London, and I have to say I was quite happy to get a Russian one more than any other one, but as Russians were very hard and didn’t want even to talk to me, or communicate through any channel, therefore I decided to try the so called ex-Soviet block, as I found myself between a hard place and a rock, and in order for me to move on with my pilgrimage journey to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, this is the way I decided to go, in hope I can communicate with Chinese and Japanese towards my final frontier in Pacific Ocean.

Just as I came out of the embassy everyone was congratulating me for getting my connection with Azerbaijan, and as I came back to the Art Hostel they’re very happy for me that finally I could start my peace pilgrimage journey again tomorrow towards Baku, with a hope of connecting to Kazakhstan through there, so wish me luck and keep in touch everyone as I need your support through there, China, and Japan.

This evening after getting in touch through Instagram I got to see a wonderful couple from Ukraine who I met on the board of the mighty Ukrainean ferry as I was coming to Georgia on, and they’re in Tbilisi as well, so they very kindly came to the Art Hostel to visit me and after a nice cup of tea and some caching up, we headed out in a hope we could find a place to eat some food, but after going around all the touristic places full of restaurants, we couldn’t find a place or get connected with a manager to help us to eat, so finally we used some funds from our magic box to get some food for me as they didn’t want to eat and after all they’re more curious to see how I communicate with people and survive this way, but on this occasion it didn’t happen, and as I told them this thing needs a lot of patience, and waiting, so after saying to them “thank you very much for all their kindness”, we said goodbye and good night to one another, and I headed back to my resting place, and after eating the lovely Georgian food, I did write this final lines to you all, as I didn’t know when will I be able to find an opportunity to write to you more again.

One love

Your humbled Earthian brother

From Tbilisi The Art Hostel one of the most hospitable places and nations throughout this episode of my peace pilgrimage journey around the world.

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Harwich to Hook of Holland & beyond

21.5.15

Finally after staying in London for another two days with the hospitality of a wonderful peace brother managed to catch up with some updates, and sorting few other things then I managed to head out in the morning of 21st May, after saying a big thanks to my wonderful peace brother for all his kindness, and great hospitality while I was his guest, then I headed Eastwards towards the old town of Harwich home to mayflower and 1620 pilgrims fathers (www.harwichmayflower.com)(@mayflower2020), which I visited their latest project next day and I learned more about it.

But first before I get to the town this was how I got connect at the first place, first I walked out of my peace brother’s resting place at about 10:45 then walked to shadwell DLR and from there I got a train to poplar then I changed to Stratford, and it’s here that I got 11:38 train to Norwich, then I spoke to the train inspector, and he very kindly directed me to where I was going, and allowed me to stay on the train for the duration of me connection, then I changed the train at Manningtree after 12:30 pm. After waiting for about half an hour through Mistley, and Wrabness I got my next connection to Harwich international port.

It’s here that took me almost less than a week to convince the port authority and management of Stenaline ferry company to help me cross to the Hook of Holland.

First I asked a man at the reception of the ferry office, if I could speak to a manager but I was told he’s busy and what’s regards? then I explained to him but he was not sure what to do?, and he finally called the manager, and he told me his manager has said no we can’t help, so I started my alternative channels and I stayed in the port until the ferry left after 22:30 with no chance of any connection, also I was offered a nice cup of tea, couple of mashmelon, and a diet coke from two employees of the RNLI, I have to thanked them here as they’re very kind to me.

Then as I was told to leave the port due to closing, so I made my way to the old town of Harwich after 23:17, and stayed around the town till next day 7am before I make my way back to the port and stayed there to see another ferry goes by and I had no connection, then I made my way back to the town again, and it’s today that I visited the mayflower project and I knew the people around the region have got goodness in their heart and the commodity of modern life has changed their outside appearance but deep inside they have the thinking of Christopher Jones the captain and the Explorer of the mayflower whom embarked on a challenge of crossing the Atlantic without knowing who are on the other side of the Atlantic waiting for them!? So after all I knew deep down these people have the gene of exploration and finding new thing in their mind so I wasn’t going to give up on me being persistent so all I needed was to wait and be patient before I could tune into their deeper conscious mind, and that’s how I managed to get through the mind and kindness of the management of Holandica and Britanica.

So I expand my horizon search to the harbour master who was on holiday and the office for the mayor to see him, but he was out as well, so after leaving my messages to them I headed back to the port in the hope to connect with someone who might be able to help, but from 3 to about 11pm with no luck again at the port I headed back through the local places of food and after getting some, I managed to put my head down by the sea in a sitting shelter in Dovercourt for the night after thanking everyone and the universe around me which helped me throughout the day.

23.5.15

After waking up and using a wonderful local bathrooms in a park by the see I managed to connect with the old town of harwich and a foot ferry very kindly connected me to the Shutly marina, where then I walked almost all day before I get to any human interaction near to a famous local pub (the butt and oyster) in the shutly peninsula, where I met a wonderful couple who very kindly offered me some food and drink after having a good conversation about my peace journey and why I was there, then I started walking towards another marina (the royal harwich), and it’s here that I met my wonderful human being and another universal peace brother called “Joe”, who was busy trying to get his wonderful wife somewhere with his dingy boat, and I asked him if he could cross me through the river to the other side, but the universe didn’t connect us immediately but later on as I was trying to get to Felixstowe on the road, who appeared out of nowhere and very kindly offered me a lift and then a memorable Italian dish in another local pub “The ship” for my evening meal, which reminded me of one of my wonderful meal back in South of Cyprus.

So after some good conversation and as he’s trying to find a way to connect me with the main land Europe, and some advice I said goodbye to him and I made my way towards another local marina, this time Suffolk yacht harbour so after some walk and a short lift I arrived in the harbour and I tried to get in touch with the harbour master who I met after talking to some other locals, and I found him very friendly and helpful, and he very kindly explained few things to me and showed me on the map where I can put up my peace tent and rest for the night, but before I rest for the nigh I visited a red light boat club and I met the manager and he also explained all about activities around the marina for the foreseeable future, then I visited a Dutch sailor and asked him about the possibility of my connection to mainland Europe, and he told me he wouldn’t be able to help.

Overall after speaking to some locals and walking for about 15km I said goodnight to the universe and everyone else around me in my peace tent in Levington harbour.

24.5.15

Today after waking up and speaking to another Dutch woman in the harbour where I was told she and her friend cannot help me to go with them and speaking to the harbour master again I felt I may not connect from there, so I started walking towards the port of Felixstowe and on my way I met a wonderful young walker who after sitting down and talking to each other, he very kindly offered me some energy food and after thanking him we said goodbye to one another and on my way I visited some wild life preservation area with some hidden points to watch some birds and then walking in the area and having some fresh spring food, I met another man from the port of Felixstowe and after some conversation I got some water from him then I walked towards a second gate to the biggest cargo port in the UK, so after talking to the security of the gate and then the port police and Thames Valley Police, I was told I cannot walk into the port to speak to some cargo ship company to see if they can help me, so I was given a contact number and I was told they can escort me if I get a positive response from them, and after about over one hour conversation with them I was recommend a place for me to rest for the night and I said goodbye to them and made my way towards the place but wrongly I ended up in a care home place, where I was told they cannot help me so on my way I finally found a 24h macdonald where the manager after saying it’s okay for me to stay there just might be a bit busy and a lot of drunk people might be around so I have to be careful due to a long weekend holiday, but it’s not long before he very kindly offered me some food and drink, and later on I got in touch with my wonderful brother Joe who very kindly came and took me to their place and offered me a bed for the night.

25.5.15

I slept in a place for the first time in my life which a wonderful rescued dog called Alfie was sharing a place with me and he’s very friendly, but unfortunately he was losing a lots of hair, so his hair was almost everywhere on the floor, but his kindness was compensating for his losing hairs.

So after waking up and having something to eat my wonderful brother Joe tried to connect me with as much as people as it’s possible so my message will reach more and hopefully someone out there will come forward and help, as part of their kind effort with his wife they tried their best and even we put together a profile through crew finder and sailing network (www.sailingnetworks.com) to put out my need to connect to the mainland Europe.

As part of this effort I got connected with a local photographer who was in touch with Guardian newspaper, and his wife was running a Facebook page for about 2000 locals, so he made some photo shots in the shutly marina, and then we had an interview with BBC radio Suffolk Jon Wright @Journojon (Jon.wright2@bbc.co.uk) which you can get in touch and ask for the podcast of the interview, or watch out here for a link soon,

Then in the afternoon while we’re having our wonderful medditaranian meal I was recorded by Joe’s wonderful friend, and I briefly explained as much as I could and remembered from my peace pilgrimage journey back to middle east, over an hour so hopefully with the photos and the audio and video he’ll put something together to send to Guardian newspaper in the near future, and in the afternoon after we made a new crew finder profile and print out some copies we visited most of the local marina and we left a copy for their attention, and again we spoke to some more locals and some were quite happy to help in any way they could then all three of us were busy till late then we said goodbye to our photographer brother, and in the evening we had a wonderfully made and delicious dish by Joe’s wife, and for the second night I was offered to stay and after a long day I said goodnight to everyone and the universe around me.

26.5.15

Today after waking up I was offered a nice cup of organic detox aniseed, fennel, and coriander tea, by my wonderful brother Joe, and he very kindly asked me if I could make a short video to thanks their community and ask if still anyone out there would like to help me get connect to the main land Europe and then he made some more phone connection and after a while it resulted in a wonderful offer of a ferry connection to the main land and we were over joyed, and also would like take this opportunity here to thanks all those who did help through this connection.

Later on I said goodbye and thanked the family who were going out and my wonderful brother Joe helped me to connect back to Felixstowe port and after thanking him from bottom of my heart for all his efforts and connectivity we said goodbye to one another as well, and I waited at the foot ferry crossing place back to the old town of harwich.

In the afternoon a foot ferry turned up and after asking the captain, he very kindly offered me a connection back to harwich, which here I’d like to thank him and if you ever come across support them on http://www.harwichharbourferry.com or follow the @footferry.

Now back to the harwich town and it was here in the harbour area where I met some wonderful locals and a woman from Colchester who very kindly after talking for a bit and explaining what I was doing kindly offered me an ice cream and some water, then after thanking them and saying goodbye to them I walked all the way to the main port to thank those who very kindly helped me and also I wrote a letter before I come back to harwich to thanks the mayor and the manager of the ferry in case if I couldn’t make it to thank them in person and I asked my wonderful brother Joe to email it to them, so as I thought I might be late, and that did actually happen and all I could do was to get in touch with a duty manager of a local food place and after talking about my peace journey he very kindly offered me some food and all I needed was a shelter for the night before tomorrow for my ferry crossing, so in search of a shelter I visited about five places in the area, but all of them in one way or another couldn’t help, so I managed to find another sea side place in an old low lighthouse museum and I put my head down for the night, and I said goodnight to the universe, everyone and everything around me, and another night passed by on my peace pilgrim journey around the world.

27.5.15

So I woke up early and after packing I walked towards a place where I have used before in a park in Dovercourt refreshing myself before I head towards the port, and as I got there I had a reference number and with that everything went well, and thanked all I could see, and I got on the ferry bound to Hook of Holland.

After about 7 hours of sailing I touched down on the ground of a little port town and it was here that I met a writer and an explorer who after some talking very kindly offered me a train connection to Rotterdam initially, then as we were deep in conversation, he very kindly offered me to get me as far as end of Holland, so that’s how after another change in Gouda, our final destination came to Enschede, and after speaking to some local I was told about a salvation army place which could offer us a place to stay and as we found out and I was asked to wait a bit longer for the night shift to turn up, my wonderful new peace brother Simon said goodbye and I thanked him for all his kindness, and said to him may the universe connect our pass again.

As the night shift turned up and they got in touch with their manager, they very kindly offered me a place to put my head down and rest for the night.

28.5.15

I woke up about 7am and I thanked people at the place that I was staying and I started my walking towards another town in Germany called Gronau, and after some walk and a lift from a wonderful local woman, I arrived in the little town and it wasn’t very long before I get my next connection to the town of munster, with a young man who was heading towards there and he told me yesterday at the same place he has seen another hitch hiker, but he could stop to pick him up, and today he has seen me and he has told himself today is my turn and there’s no car behind me like yesterday, so that was his little story about how we got connected and he kindly put some music he has made and he told me he was a Web designer and developer, so we said goodbye and I left my communication card with him.

In munster I waited for about an hour before I get my third connection of the day with another young man who was also technical support man and told me just before sees me he thought to himself where are they all those hitch hikers and the universe interconnect us just by our thoughts, and not a telepathy, so he very kindly offered me a lift to Osuabruck initially and then a meal and some drink with a man from Bristol and his friend, and after having a good conversation, we said goodbye to them and then he very kindly offered me another lift this time to a historic town of Bremen and then we said goodbye after thanking him for all his kindness and I gave my communication card for our future connection.

In the town I walked around for about two hours before I make my way to another town of Verden, then Nienburg (waser), as here a woman train inspector prevented me from carry on to Hannover, but later on a man inspector Let me to connect, so I arrive in Hannover and stayed there for few hours where a wonderful woman offered me some food and drink at the train station, then as I felt I should move on I got a connection first to Celle, then Uelzen, where I stayed for the night in the train station as I couldn’t carry on to Berlin, due to a man ticket inspector asked me to leave the train, so I put my head down for the night and thanked the universe for all the wonderful connectivities that I was provided for the whole day.

29.5.15

I woke up about 8am and talked to some locals and I tried a local bus station to a different direction, so I headed towards north east, so after thanking the bus driver he very kindly connected me to the town of Dannenberg, and then from there as I spoke to a local for a direction to my next destination which was Domitz he very kindly said he is going back towards there and he’ll take me if I wait a bit, and I was happy to do so and that’s how I got my second connection, and after thanking him I said goodbye to him, and after asking for a direction from another man I started walking towards my next destination (Ludwigsiust), which after walking for some miles, I got tired and as I was sitting by the road side a wonderful local man just pulled aside the road and asked me who am I and what am I doing and as for his disbelieve, he very kindly took me to my next destination by his car for about an hour drive, and then at the train station as I asked for the manager to see if they can help me to get to Rostock, and as he was waiting on my next connection, he and I heard that a woman in the station reception and ticket office told me the manager is not here and she can’t make a decision, so as he heard the reply he very kindly offered me the connection and got me some food and drink as well before I say goodbye to him and given him a heart to heart hug, and getting on a bus to my next train station.

So from Ludwigsiust to Schwerin train station by bus and then waited there for over an hour before I get on board of a train to Rostock. It’s here that I found out that I can get connection to Scandinavian nation, so after asking some wonderful young girls student from Lubeck as the station information woman was saying to me no english, so they helped me to get to the port with a help of a local woman bus driver as well.

As I got to the port and I asked three major ferry companies in the port, they all told me they can’t help and their manager will come back next week, so I stayed in the port for two days before I manage to cross to Denmark.

I have to say it’s a wonderful port and I managed to talk to so many wonderful people at the port and explain to so many of them about my peace journey, in particular I met a group from Munchen, who were going to Sweden for a week visit and they very kindly offered me some food and drink and I gave them my contact details, then some more wonderful people, before I meet a peace walker (www.peacewalker.at) from Austria, who was very kindly offered me the connection to my next destination to Gedser in Denmark.

30.5.15

After I got on the board of the ferry I met him and his friends again, and we talked in length and I managed to speak to his friends as well, about their cycling trip to Iceland and told them all about there and how they can get about without a lot of difficulties, then his wonderful friend offered me some food as well and we said goodbye to one another before we got off of the ferry, then on my way to Copenhagen I came across a wonderful woman who tried to just give me a lift a little closer to my next destination, but at the end after about an hour drive she very kindly offered me a shelter for the night in her place, which I told her I’m in no hurry to get to the capital and after getting back to her place I met her wonderful son who has been studying very hard for one of his exam, and assignment, as I have been trying to write up about ten days of catching up for the blog, I did notice his hard efforts for his success, and may he be happy as he puts a lot of effort for a better future.

31.5.15

As I mentioned earlier all day today I was trying to write all about my peace pilgrimage journey East bound, and mention all the kindness from people across different nations so far as I move through them, and as I have been offered to stay here and rest to catch up with my blog I want to say thank you to this wonderful Danish family and my the universe provide them with all the goodness in the world as they have opened their heart and mind without prejudice to me and welcomed me into their home right at the entrance to the nation, and hope to see more of their hospitality as move further north.

I am hoping and visioning to go further north within next few days, through Sweden and Baltic nations before I arrive to St Petersberg in Russia, so please watch and follow the blog and read more from the hospitality of all the nations I come across throughout my peace pilgrimage journey around the globe.

On this note I’ll leave you in the capable hands of the universe, so may the force be with us all in making a better world for humanity and many other specious on the planet.

One love

Your humbled Earthian brother, from Nyrad

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Goodbye to London

Dear brothers and sisters, I am writing here in the heart of London for this blog, I’m about to embark on my sixth episode of my peace pilgrimage journey around the world starting from Monday 18.5.15, so just to let you know please watch, and follow the blog as well as my twitter (@earthiankvn), and facebook (Earthian Kvn), as I need your moral support and your writing feedback will be my engine force to my world peace advocacy at this crucial time of conflicts, almost everywhere around the globe, so please keep your posting and get in touch with me as and when you can.

As for my past weeks of activities, I was mainly concentrating on the peace picket (@peacepicket) #peacepicket at Parliament Square and our open day at the inhabiting empty space in an old school in Bethnal Green.

On Monday 27.4.15 I managed to attend a round table which was organised by Kai-Oi Joyce Yung (www.jayyung.wordpress.com, www.vimeo.com/kjyung), her twitter (KJY888), I have to say it’s a good opportunity for those who had first hand experience of the conflict in today’s Syria, and it’s very good for an artist to put these in a context that others can learn about the harsh reality of every conflict in today’s world. About 15 people were present, but just handful had the bitter taste of the reality on the ground over there, so the event I think went well, also we had to go through a lot of formalities, in order for the event to go ahead, but it would be great if you find some free time to check on her blog and video links to see it for yourself.

On Tuesday 28.4.15 I managed to get back to my resting place from the peace picket to rest and recuperate for the rest of the week, I had an interview with Kalev a student of Anthropology from the university of Copenhagen about his research on why and how do we live in empty spaces like this one that I, and more than 30 other people inhabiting here in London, so he has taken photos and will write all about it, as and when he finishes his project, so feel free to contact him and ask for the outcome at Kalevaasmae@gmail.com.

Our Peace and Justice for Syria group ( www.syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com) event on Wednesday 29.4.15 was cancelled due to low turn out, so I went back to Parliament Square to support the peace picket by our peace sister Maria http://www.peacestrike.org.uk/, so you can follow on @peacepicket, #peacepicket or facebook PeacePicket, and I’d like to ask you if you would like to put out your positive peace message for the world to see, get in touch with peace sister Maria and discuss your ideas and thoughts to help our plea for world peace by 2018 if not earlier, and many other issues and topics which matters to you and many others around the globe.

First of May was and still is a turning point to many workers (wage slave of capitalism system), and in their support to help to break their chains, I marched and listened to some speeches at Trafalgar Square, which here I have to say I support the confederation, and freedom for Rojava, which was dominating the march by the disciplined people from the region who have been migrated in most of Europe, specially here in London, so you can find out about it on the web. “May 2015 London”, then I head back to our peace picket and Occupy Democracy event at the Parliament Square.

Rest of the week I helped out with the peace picket and some time Occupy Democracy, but not as much as I could have done back in St. Paul’s Occupy camp, as I now believe there are other ways to bring peace to the world than an occupation, so I stayed in the square as part of the peace picket and supported any peaceful way of dealing with our concerns till 10th May.

On the election day at the Square I had an interview with Bournemouth University (http://www.yourelection15.co.uk/), and I spoke to many passers-by.

The rest of the remaining days from 11.5.15 to 15.5.15 I helped and tried my best to advocate a peaceful way of living together in a little community for our open day at Bethnal Green, which was part of my final effort to let the whole world know the intention of inhabiting an empty space isn’t always the destruction of a building and moving to the next one, before I say goodbye to London, and I was hoping to see as much as people as I could see to come and see the space for themselves. It’s a wonderful day visioned with interactions full of talks, poems, spoken words, arts, music, food and drink, but as we all know the spring was out there and wonderful people were busy and planned their vision in advance so the centre and community didn’t get as much visitors as we could have expected, but never mind there always will be one more hopefully in the near future after I leave the community for good. Just to see the event program lay out was as follows:

“You are warmly invited to our open day at our community in St Judes Road, Bethnal Green on Friday 15th May, and a games day at the same venue on Saturday 16th May.

The community is located at a new venue very close to the Museum of Childhood, in a school with a swimming pool, acoustic hall and a rainbow room.

Please get in touch if you decide to come and visit us, on: 07466838320.

We will have a day full of activities on Friday, including:

1. Gardening and woodcraft as part of Green Go community project, by Ela and Mark.

2. My talk on my “contemporary peace pilgrimage journey and Earthian embassy idea.”

3. Tim Flitcroft’s talk on “the contemporary commons for grassroots organizations – a new politics.”

4. Zee’s talk on “Holistic Ergonomic Framework for Urban Regeneration.”

5. Spoken word by Anthony, Arthur, Zee, Nana and others.

6. Arts, free clothes, music and educational film show by some wonderful people from the community and beyond.

7. Soft drinks, and vegetarian food prepared by you and dedicated people from the community.

And on Saturday, we will have gaming activities with over hundred types, physical and mental shake up. Please let us know by your e-mail or phone text what would be your favorite game – I hope we have it or will be able to arrange to accommodate it for you; and if you would like to stay for dinner between 6 and 7pm, please let me know by 1pm on Friday.

One love, and may peace prevail in the heart and mind of all of humanity.

Your humbled Earthian brother

p.s. looking forward to seeing you all before I say goodbye to London on Monday 19th May on my route to my sixth episode of my peace pilgrimage journey around the world without using money and advocating a world without borders.”

A few wonderful brothers turned up and Tim did a great talk about the Commons and he recommended many websites which will help us to enhance our vision on how we could live more freely from corporate power, just a few website to mention are (www.schoolofcommoning.com, www.otherworldsarepossible.org, www.kosmosjournal.org, www.criticalcollective.org, www.transitionnetwork.org, www.letslinkuk.net, least to mention, and many more like this, so please feel free to get in touch with them and get involved.

Our second guest was an artist who very kindly helped the community very much from the kitchen to his artistic banner making, you can get in touch with him through his blog http://thefreakydoodlesorussmcp.blogspot.co.uk, the third wonderful guest was Alan who brought joy and happiness to us all and left some of his booklet about “making it real” you can read all about their little mobile community on www.makingitreal.wix.com/home, our final guest was an old wonderful friend from the time of OLSX, and Finsbury Square who has turned up with his gorgeous son and we enjoyed chatting and catching up a bit more about our thoughts of the world around us, also I have to say there were some other guests who weren’t known to me and as the programme didn’t go ahead as I visioned then I didn’t have a chance to catch up with them, but you are always welcome to go around and see the community for yourself.

On 12.5.15 I visited LCW (www.londoncatholicworker.org) for a talk by Kathy Kelly who I was told is a renowned US-based peace activist, pacifist and author. She is one of the founding members of Voices in the Wilderness, and currently a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. As part of peace teamwork in several countries, she has travelled to Iraq twenty-six times, notably remaining in combat zones during the early days of both US-Iraq wars. Her recent travel has focused on Afghanistan and Gaza, along with domestic protests against U.S. drone policy. She has been arrested more than sixty times at home and abroad, and written of her experiences among targets of U.S. military bombardment and inmates of U.S. prisons.

It’s a wonderful event with a good turn up, but I have to say her voice and the video wasn’t very clear to me and I couldn’t help to solve the concern, so all I can say many best wishes and my love and peace on every good input and influence she has on humanity.

Last Saturday and Sunday was a little preparation and gathering of few wonderful people, who kindly cooked and we ate together, and visited a few local places including a Buddhist centre on their open day, (www.lbc.org.uk) which was a little comfort to me before I start this episode of my peace pilgrimage journey around the world.

On Monday after saying goodbye to the Bethnal Green community, and visiting another peace brother, I went back for the last time to the peace picket in Parliament Square, to see peace sister Maria, and show my support also to say goodbye after leaving a banner asking for “support confederation and freedom in Rojava” and my rainbow peace, blue planet, and white “round the world march for peace and nonviolence” flags on one of the display board.

On this note I’ll leave you all in the capable hands of the universe and till our next path connection may love and peace be upon you all wherever you are on the planet.

One love, and may peace prevail in the heart and mind of all of humanity

your humbled Earthian brother

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Peace Picket

Last month, from 26.3.15 towards the end of the month, I stayed in our old community back in Bow, and I helped out with some preparation and moving some stuff from Bow to our new community not far from the old one in Bethnal Green (very close to the museum of childhood: http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/). I have also attended a gathering which was organised by the Brick Lane Debates which was called “This Changes Everything” (http://thischangeseverything.org/) @TCEuk, which provided good and constructive debates on the issue of climate change, empahasising that we have all to be aware of it, and help to have a more sustainable planet and way of life.

Now in April I helped out with some inner community help and we had two gathering in the new community space, so I have to say thank you to everyone who was participating, and who helped the gatherings go very smoothly. We have discussed some inner and outer community issues, and here I have to say that the community is far from perfect, but at least up till now it’s been in harmony and some collaboration with one another.

I also managed to link with some wonderful brothers and sisters and introduce them into the community to expand our sense of interconnectivity, and for the future events and open days so we can visit one another more, and learn from each other. It’s at the beginning of this month that I sat in an inner group gathering which call themselves “green go community”, which I have noticed hasn’t yet brought together everyone in Bethnal Green community to support their project, but some major issues were discussed and individuals were asked to do more, so hopefully we could bring the whole community under the umbrella of that community and reach out to more outer communities in the area and beyond.

I have to say here that one of the difficulties I have noticed in these type of communities that I’m staying with is that they don’t have any sort of structure or foundation, and the only thing that helps the group of people keep going is purely by chance and things being done with the effort of those who feel that without a foundation the structure will collapse. I have to thank those who keep doing and reminding us all of these basic foundations, and hopefully time will help the rest to be more aware of what life is all about, before we lose our blue and green planet!

On 13.4.15 I attended a CND (www.cnduk.org) peace vigil in front of the MoD (Ministry of Defence), which was attended by London Catholic Workers (www.londoncatholicworker.org), and many other organisations and individuals, which was full of talk and live music and entertainment, and it was a good reminder to all of us not to help with those type of destructive devices.

On 14.4.15 I attended another event, this time a debate about Rojava (West part of today’s Kurdistan) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rojava) which was organised by a group calling themselves the Brick Lane Debates (@BrickLDebates) in a community in north London which is called “Halkevi”, a place where Kurdish and Turkish live side by side and in harmony together (http://www.younghackney.org/organisations/all/halkevi–kurdish-and-turkish-community-centre.php).

The debate title was, “Why does the Rojava Revolution matter?” and looked at whether it will be possible to bring and implement here what’s happening back in western Kurdistan (Rojava) in the three recently (2014) declared Cantons of Afrin, Jazira, and Kobani. I would say it would be very easy to implement what’s happening there in EU, if and a big IF, we come together and disengage ourselves with the current monetary based economic system, which everything in the system depends on it, specially here in the City of London.

You might have seen or have heard about the struggles of men, women, and children of Kobani for many months last year, and the fact that everyone has to come forward and help equally in their local council gatherings and decision making bodies and participate in every aspect of their daily lives, so when it comes to the national or international level, everyone would have been represented equally, therefore things will go smoothly… but I have to say that one thing which was again in question was whether the economic dependency on the Syrian government will make the current way of life much more difficult if it’s been lifted, as would be over here in London with too much money involved in the City, so as much as we would like to be seeing it as a very good coexistence of communities functioning very well together, but if we take the economic factor in our mind, we have to have further debate on the issue.

I’ll say here for those who are not familiar with the region please read this article which I have found online and it’s a written account of a journalist to Rojava, and the unfolding events over there:

(https://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening/evangelos-aretaios/rojava-revolution)

On 14.4.15 I attended another peace vigil in Trafalgar Square and this time it’s organised by our Peace and Justice for Syria group (https://syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com/), which was about remembering those who have lost their lives in Al-Mabojah, Kawju in Mount Sinjar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinjar_Mountains), and all the other towns and villages across the region by the IS (Islamic State) and other destructive forces in the region. Many wonderful brothers and sisters attended the vigil and we had support from public and people who were passing by the area.

For the next few days I helped out our community where I’m staying with some gardening and other activities and also our second house gathering, which was positive and good and I thank all those who helped out with the gathering, and I also arranged to help out with a peace sister in preparation for the Peace Picket launch at Parliament Square.

On Sunday 19.4.15 at about 13:45 we launched the start of a Peace Picket at Parliament Square with the support of some wonderful and active human beings from the following groups:

Peace Strike (www.peacestrike.org.uk), London Catholic Workers (www.londoncatholicworker.org), London Guantanamo Campaign, (http://londonguantanamocampaign.blogspot.co.uk/), Peace and Justice for Syria group (https://syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com/).

A few other individuals were present and we initially started a 48 hours peace vigil concentrating on the conflict in today’s Syria and talking about the number of displaced people and refugees in the region and across the world, and how the world can come together to stop what’s happaning there, and how to help to solve this human catastrophy.

On 21.4.15 London Catholic Workers did a peace vigil in front of the Foreign Office which I joined them in remembrance of all those who has lost their lives in the current Mediterranean sea as a result of conflict which was created by the West in search for a solution in Middle East and Africa, and now in front of our eyes we have seen drowning of hundreds if not thousands of migrants at sea. Then the group brought the vigil to Parliament Square and they were present till late in the evening, we had a wonderful peace picnic on Parliament Square during the warm afternoon, and everyone enjoyed the vigil despite the sadness of the drowning.

On 22.4.15 we had another wonderful day back in the Square and I had couple of interviews, one was with Tarpaulin Simon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1-eXFcXsAs), and the second one was with a freelance journalist Millena Mihova, and a freelance photo reporter both Bulgarian (www.hristorusevphotography.blogspot.com), so overall another good day at the Square.

On 23.4.15 I met some more wonderful people and I met Obi a bambuser live streamer for Occupy London (www.occupylondon.org.uk) and Occupy News Network, and I very briefly talked to him about why I was there, and for how long.

On 24.4.15 we had to temporarily halt the Peace Picket due to a couple of events over the weekend – one was ANZAC Remembrance (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32460946), and secondly the London Marathon (https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/).

On Monday 27.4.15 the Peace Picket returns and on Tuesday ELAAF (East London Against Arms Fairs) (http://elaaf.org/#about) do their peace picket.

Also there’s a “platforms for exchange: Syrian voices in London, Roundtable” at room sw-1.07: Inigo rooms, King’s College London (Somerset House East Wing, Strand, WC2R 2LS) from 18:45 – 2200 hours, so please if you have time and you would like to come there contact Kai-Oi Joyce Yung (www.jayyung.wordpress.com, www.vimeo.com/kjyung or on twitter KJY888 to be part of the roundtable talk.

I am hoping to help out with an open day at our community at Bethnal Green, which will be in my final days back here in London and I am hoping to see as much as people as I can before the start of my next Peace Pilgrimage journey which will start on Monday 18.5.15 towards South West of England. So please if you have time and if you are in or around London come and join us for this wonderful day of interactions full of talks, poems, spoken words, arts, music, food and drink.

On this note I’ll leave you in the capable hands of the universe and till our next connection may love and peace be upon you all wherever you are on the planet.

your humbled Earthian brother

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Sail4Syria signing out. / Sail4Syria fin.

earthianblog:

It’s very difficult for me to hear that a peace brother and sister who were from the group, could not carry on with their peace mission to middle east through the water, but I hope one day soon that peace journey will be complete by other brothers and sisters. read on for yourself one love

Originally posted on Syria Peace & Justice:

Défiler vers le bas pour la traduction Française…

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It is with sadness that we announce that we will not be continuing with the Sail4Syria trip. Due to various reasons (including logistical and financial) we have decided that is not sensible for us to continue the trip.
We wish to say a big thank you to everyone who supported us on our journey. We could not have got anywhere without all the great help and support from so many different people.

Thanks also to all the people who donated to Syrian Eyes .

Syrian Eyes is a grassroots group made up of mostly young non-paid Syrian refugees based in the Beqaa valley in Lebanon who formed in October 2013 with the aim of identifying and providing for the needs of Syrian refugee families in Lebanon. Please check out their Facebook page here and like them to receive regular updates of their…

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Karl Marx, Stephen Hawking, and the Rise of the Robots

earthianblog:

It’s a wonderful article, so if you have time read it for yourself.
one love
Earthian a free citizen of the planet Earth currently from London England

Originally posted on ORAN RYAN:

One of the most common themes in Science Fiction movies, from Terminator flicks to the Cylons in Battlestar Galatica to the Matrix franchise, to the more thoughtful poetic philosophical Stanley Kubrickesque 2001, is the notion of the Earth being taken over by robots ( in the movie 2001, for a time the fate of the Earth hung in the Hands of Hal) The  word ‘robot’ is Czech for slave, and its very existence implies forced labour. Robots are intelligent nonhuman slaves, in other words, machines able to perform complex tasks automatically. The takeover of the machines is a paranoid fantasy of loss of control similar to the ‘red’ scare in movies like ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ or Zombie flicks where mindless forces take over our nature and threaten to destroy our humanity. But to move away from paranoid Hollywood movies and back to robots , what caught my eye…

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Visiting Communities; Supporting Actions for Peace

Since February 26 I have been supporting different communities around England and Wales.

February 27th 2015

I was staying and helping out my little community here in the heart of Bow in London, a place where I have been offered to stay since my return to London in January 2015.

February 28th 2015

I went out with a compassionate brother to support a Tower Hamlets community to save their health services, we helped with banner making and talking to some locals about the issue.  If you would like to support them you can go to www.38degrees.org.uk/nhs, and read more in detail about the community’s crisis. We then had a great time in the museum of childhood (http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/) with another passionate brother with his little son, then after having a great time together with his family, and some friends, we said goodbye to one another and we headed back to our local library before we went back to our little comunity in the heart of Bow to rest for the night.

March 1st 2015

Today I went with an inhabitant of our community to Tottenham Hale to connect with some peace brothers and sisters and after about an hour’s wait I said goodbye then we headed north to Reading in Berkshire for a two days of intense gathering and discussion and became more aware of what’s happening at AWE Burghfield (http://actionawe.org), and Trident (http://www.cnduk.org/campaigns/no-to-trident).

After arriving and resting for a bit we straightaway started with a little gathering about how we can know one another and hope to come together as a little group to do a direct action and this was one of the many other activities that we got involved in the preparation for the next day blockade at the AWE Burghfield site.

So next day we arrived at the site early in the morning, and after standing by the main north gate for a while then I decided to walk towards the south gate in solidarity with the people who have blockaded the main entrance, and I spoke on a loudspeaker about why I was there and why I felt to show my support for the cause, then I said goodbye to the people there and headed towards the construction gate and showed the same support there as well, then I headed back to the main north gate again, so I managed to do a peace pilgrimage around the site in a clockwise direction with an old occupier friend and talked about the past since 2011, and a bit later I did a peace walk again but this time in an anti clockwise direction, which it did helped me to know more people and talk about my peace journey and why I was there with more people, so after being there for about 8 hours with others, we headed back to our resting place in a Quaker Meeting place, and after eating and drinking, then we looked back at our reflection of the day, then later after 7pm headed back towards London, and I got back to my resting place in the heart of Bow close to midnight.

One thing I have to mention here is that the atmosphere of the place and the solidarity of the people who were there from many places across Europe was strong, all saying no to nuclear weapons and at our north gate earlier in the day the gate half blocked by very determined French people, and in the afternoon we held hands and sang the below song in Japanese and English:

Fukushima songs printed by Himawari jan uk www.januk.org and SOAS CND Society arranged by various artists based on a gospel song by Charles A. Tindley

we shall overcome

we shall overcome

we shall overcome someday

oh, deep in my heart

I do believe

we shall overcome someday

we’ll walk hand in hand

we’ll walk hand in hand

we’ll walk hand in hand someday

oh, deep in my heart

I do believe

we shall overcome someday

we shall all be free

we shall all be free

we shall all be free someday

oh, deep in my heart

I do believe

we shall overcome someday

we are not afraid …

we are not alone …

the whole wide world around …

we shall overcome …

On the 3rd of March after leaving my resting place and visiting a garden centre in number one Rochester Square for a rainbow family circle, I made my way about 6pm to UCL to attend another event about the same topic of nuclear issues, but this time at SOAS, and listening to two speakers (Bruce Kent, CND and Malcolm Bailey, Green Party), which was very informative and I met few more active and determined members of the human race who want to see a world without nuclear arms, so for more information you can visit: (www.enenews.com, www.fukushima-diary.com, www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk, and www.stopnuclearpoweruk.net/groups/kicknuclear).

For the next few days I helped out the little community of us, where I am staying, to create some space to do some different activities including: communication using a talking stick, mobile gardening, wood, and metal crafting, with the help of a rainbow peace brother, and a few other brothers and sisters in the community.

On the 7th of March I attended a March for Climate (www.timetoact2015.org), and Frack Free Planet (http://frackfreeworld.tumblr.com/), where I came across a few brothers and sisters who I knew, and a very kind Quaker sister who very kindly invited me for a soft drink and some chips in a place near Trafalgar Square, then after saying goodbye to her later in the evening I attended a regular monthly event organised by Occupy London (www.http://occupylondon.org.uk/) and Occupy Democracy group (http://occupydemocracy.org.uk/) and I met up with few more of the planet’s activists in the square before I said goodbye to them and headed back to my resting place for the night.

I stayed in the community again for the next few days and I helped out with some internal chores of the place, and invited some brothers and sisters to come and visit the community and see how we can utilise the space at its maximum potential while I was staying there, also I helped out with few different projects in the created space from the past weeks that I was staying in this little community at the heart of Bow.

I have to say here this activities were all done at a time that we have received a letter at the beginning of the month from people who claim that the space that we are inhabiting is belonging to them and we have to evacuate it by the end of this month (30th March), which here I’d like say if you feel you could come along and show support for us to stay and carry on inhabiting the place, you are very welcome to come along and show your full support, the address is 111-121 Fairfield Road London England.

On 12th March I started another peace journey westwards from London to south west of England and then Wales, so after leaving my resting place I went with another inhabitant from Bow’s little community for a short journey to Kentish Town West to meet up with a group of brothers and sisters from the Camden Garden Centre and a rainbow peace brother with his little daughter.

Then after saying goodbye to the brother from Bow, we headed towards Richmond, then Egham before we arrive in Runnymede eco-village about midday, then meeting some people there for about half an hour then we joined a peace sister who has traveled from south of England to take us to a community in Yeovil near the village of Norton-sub-Hamdon called “Tinkers Bubble” (http://naturalhomes.org/tinkersbubble.htm), where we arrived at about 17:30 and I stayed overnight there and I let them know about my intention for the visit and thanked them for their kindness and their sustainablity towards humanity and the planet, so the night went after a dinner at 6pm and some talk at 7pm by some member of the community debriefing us of what we were going to expect for the duration of four days where the new people will stay in the community, then saying goodnight and resting in our dedicated places for the night.

Next day on 13.3.15 after saying goodbye to the community I started walking towards the next community many miles away in the Forest of Dean, but after an hour of walk in the rain through the Norton sub Hamdon village the universe has connected me with two local electrical engineers and they very kindly helped me with an on road picnic area which was a good spot to connect me with Bristol. I have to say at the end of my journey with them for about 15 minutes from a place they kindly gave me a lift to the dropping place I noticed that I was videoed by the co driver with his Iphone, but as I didn’t have anything to concern about, or what I was doing, I let him to carry on and just said goodbye to them and not to bring up the issue, but this was first time throughout my peace journey that I have noticed someone was trying to record me without my knowledge, and thinking that I wouldn’t know, which I didn’t see as a positive move on their behalf. I would like to mention if you are reading this blog to make yourself clear to others why you would like to do such a thing without my full consensus.

Then after waiting in the area for about an hour, I got my second connection towards Bristol by a young man and a women local to Bruton and this time, they very kindly got me near a village close to Shepton Mallet so after exchanging my internet connection I thanked them and said goodbye to them, then after some walk I got my third connection of the day by a great man into Bristol, and he very kindly took me to a well known area in Bristol (Stokes Croft), and we arrived there about 14:30, so after saying goodbye to him and thanking him for the connection, I linked with the Hamilton House to enquire about the Feed Bristol Allotment Community (http://www.cfgn.org.uk/2015/02/statement-of-support-to-rising-up-bristol/), and then Yorkley Court Community Farm (https://yorkleycourt.wordpress.com/). After resting there till about 16:30 then I headed out towards the town bus station, as there wasn’t any bus connection to the little town near to the farm then I was offered a short inner city bus journey to the Bristol Temple Mead train station, and I managed to connect to Severn Tunnel junction, in there I got the next train at 19:40 to Cheltenham Spa, so I arrived to the little town of Lydney at 20:10, and after asking and talking to some locals finally after 5 miles of walk, I arrived in a well protected farm at about 21:30 and after some talking and introducing myself to the people at the well protected tower and telling them why I was there, then they opened the gate for me and I stayed there for the night in the community and meeting some new people and even an old friend from the time of OLSX, who were there to support the farm, and he was offering his idea to help to bring world peace in six months, which I welcomed his opinion and we exchanged our contact to help out on the world peace issue in the future together.

During the night and next day I helped out the farm as I could and then said goodbye to the people there, and headed back towards London.

Next day on 14.3.15 after a short connection by a kind local to the train station in Lydney, I got my next connection to Gloucester about 10am with a kind inspector’s help, then from there with the help of a very considerate manager of the station to Swindon, and from there to London Paddington so I was back in London just before 13:30, so I managed to make my way with the help of few kind people to connect to Westminster to attend the end of a march, and a little gathering and talk about Fukushima (www.fukushima2015.com). It was today that I met someone who was advocating caring for the working animals of the world ( www.spana.org), which drew my attention towards it, and after some talk to him and some others then I headed back to LARC with a peace brother for my evening peace talk.

I ended my day by thanking those who managed to turn up for the talk and thanks those who helped for the preparation of the evening and then made my way back to my resting place in Bow.

Next day I met my peace brother from west of England who was here in London and he visited our community and saw few others from the community which he hasn’t seen them since the time of OLSX.

For the next few days I was around our little community and I was preparing a space for a first communication in the community with the help of a talking stick.

On 19th of March I joined a group of Christian CND (www.ccnd.gn.apc.org) for a peace walk around some embassies in London to ask for their help at the April/May 2015 conference of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty to achieve the elimination of all nuclear arsenals, and ask the five nuclear weapon states to see how do they justify their keeping and replacing their nuclear weapons with their obligation to pursue in good faith negotiations leading to complete nuclear disarmament, and ask (some) of the rest of the world that how are they getting on with achieving a treaty to ban all nuclear weapons.

In the evening after the walk a peace sister, a brother and I went to 123 Pall Mall to visit the occupied building and see if we can get space for a future talk on world peace and a history of the world through a timeline using a galactic interconnection, and then after saying goodbye to the people in the building we said goodnight to one another as well and we all headed back to our resting place.

On 20th of March we had our first communication gathering using talking stick here in Bow community and the rainbow family, got consensus for spring council at Runnymede eco-village on Cooper’s Hill near Egham town next new moon, beginning April 18th, so please bring shelter, cup, bowl and spoon, food to share, musical instruments, something for the magic hat and your visions and energy.

Next day after a long day of helping out the community a wonderful inhabitant from our community did invite me to a sauna and I enjoyed another experience of the city’s way of getting rid of our body dirt, and this was my first sauna since my last one in the southern Ireland County Cork, transition town Kinsael (http://www.transitiontownkinsale.org/) offered to me by a peace sister.

On Sunday I visited a peace brother’s local church and met some great peace advocators in the community and then back to one of our peace brother for an excellent evening meal together.

On Monday 23rd March I attended a peace vigil on Millennium Bridge which was organised by English PEN (http://www.englishpen.org/about/), then I headed back to my resting place in Bow.

On Tuesday 24th I helped a peace sister (http://www.peacestrike.org.uk/) who is preparing a project for Parliament Square, in a space which we have create in our community in Bow to do some wood craft and she is hoping to make it ready by the end of the week and hopefully we’ll start the peace picket some time next month, so please come along and help us to show the world that we have the right and freedom of expression here in this WISE island.

Today I was writing up for the blog and I hope we can share more events and ideas together and to learn how can we bring peace to the world in a non-violent way, so if you have any idea like one of my peace brother who is visioning the world peace in six months or a peace sister by 2018, so please get in touch with me so we can arrange a panel of speakers to speak about the topic, and idea of coming together to bring world peace as soon as possible.

one love
your humbled Earthian brother

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Paul Mobbs’ Citizen’s Arrest of the UK Government!

earthianblog:

please read it for yourself and make your own judgement. one love citizen of the planet.

Originally posted on Hazel Hedge:

Today, at around 3pm, the inimitable Paul Mobbs attempted a Citizen’s Arrest of 4 key members of the UK Government at 10 Downing Street, for Misconduct in Public Office (in relation to fracking) and after about 3 hours was finally arrested.

He was carrying on his person two years’ worth of research that he has meticulously illustrated in a densely rich “Frackogram” infograph. The research contained in this image alone seems to point clearly at serious misconduct in office. And because it was on his person when he was arrested, it will automatically be admissible in court as evidence :-)

He wants everyone to share the information, and the Frackogram as widely as possible… so much so that it can’t be ignored. It is invaluable for the anti-fracking cause.

Download the Frackogram:
http://www.fraw.org.uk/mei/archive/fracktured_accountability/frackogram_2015-A3.pdf

Read the full story & see the pictures of him getting arrested…

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Around London

February 18th

After getting back to London and resting for a bit after my peace tour around England, I did visit some peace brothers and sisters, and through them I have heard about a new initiative from international alert (http://www.international-alert.org/media/launch-syrian-platform-peace) organisation that want to launch a new Syrian platform for peace and to find a quick solution to the present conflict, which I support their initiative and it’s a good start to bring together many small organisations and groups to help each other and make their efforts more effective in coming together to find peaceful solutions to todays conflict.

This week I also visited number one Rochester Square in Camden Town again, which it is a garden centre and some like minded people have come together to help out with different projects, and I recommend if you have some spare time in hand to go there and show your support, as I usually take some peace brothers and sisters there, whenever I can, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with them as and when you can.

February 23rd

I managed to get in touch with an old established organisation called “Quakers” in their headquarters in London Euston friends house, and I attended for the first time one of their regular meetings which is open to public and newcomers and the topic of the night was “Quakers and Truth” , so just to let you know that they have this regular meetings every Monday evening and I recommend you should try to attend one if you have time and observe it for yourself, in my opinion it’s a good way to explore peace in and around yourself for more information you can visit:

(www.quaker.org.uk or www.quakerquest.org and www.londonquakers.org.uk)

On February 24th I attended another small gathering about Sail 4 Syria again I visited some passionate brothers and sisters in the London Catholic Workers (http://www.londoncatholicworker.org/) a place in north London and I was there to see if I could be in any way a little help for the Sail 4 Syria project, which started last year in July, and a peace brother and sister managed to sail in a dinghy boat from London all the way to south of France, but due to winter weather in the Mediterranean sea, so they stopped their sail and were back to London, and now they asked me if I could be in any help to finish the project, as both of them won’t be able to carry on with the project, so I showed my interest to help out if we could get someone experienced at sea with a small boat, or another boat to help out with the dinghy boat, so if anyone out there would like to help with this little peace project please come forward before 21st March 2015 or 15th of May 2015 when my peace brother and sister will officially stop the project if no one comes forward, so please if you or knowing anyone who might be able to help me with this new project get in touch with myself or (www.syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com) and read any updates on “Sail 4 Syria”, so hopefully the project will start after it’s pause for winter again in the coming spring.

25th February

Our group Peace and Justice for Syria had its first 2015 meeting and for me it was after almost a year the first gathering of its kind and we discussed quite a few topics from the group’s agenda list and just to mention one here, it would be an event in Parliament Square which would be organised by a peace sister, who has been on a peace strike almost close to a decade (www.peacestrike.org.uk), so in support please get in touch with her latest initiative reflecting different topics in the heart of the city as we are getting closer to the election time.

Also as you might know Occupy Democracy (www.occupydemocracy.org.uk), and a few other organisations such as No Dash For Gas (www.nodashforgas.org.uk) /(www.timetoact2015.org)/ (www.campaigncc.org), will be holding their events this coming March, so if you are in or around London come and show your support to look after the only planet that we have to live in peacefulness and harmony with one another.

Lastly I have to say Peace and Justice for Syria group agreed for me to use the LARC (London Action Resource Centre) number 62 Fieldgate Street E1 1ST to hold an evening which will be an opportunity for me to talk about my peace pilgrimage journey around the world and also to say hello, and goodbye, to all those wonderful peace brothers and sisters who have helped me to carry on with my peace journey so far, so please put this date in your diary and tell everyone from your network about this event on Saturday 14th of March.

So on that note I’ll leave you with your thoughts about current climate, and if you can help those people who wholeheartedly are out there to prevent the planet from further deterioration and they want to do it through a real democracy, and not the one for the profit of few, so please help them to surprise the next so called government as it’s done in Greece.

One Love your humbled brother from London, England, blue and green planet Earth

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West, North West, Midlands… & back to London

We headed north from the west of England on 7.2.15 at about 7am. After a short break on our way, we arrived at our destination just after 10:30 am and we prepared ourselves for welcoming more wonderful brothers and sisters to an intense 2 day conference in a unique, sustainable venue for our gathering in “Bridge 5 Mill” near Manchester city football club, we started by familiarising ourselves with the venue and welcoming incoming people to the building.

If you would like to know more about the Reclaim the Power National Gathering in the past and the present you can visit (www.nodashforgas.org.uk), but I have to say in summary as a peace observer I felt many positive actions were agreed on by the majority of the people who were present in the gathering, and it was supportive of other groups and organisations who were seeking help. One of the organisations which had support in the gathering was “Earth First” (www.earthfirst.org.uk), which will have a gathering of 5 days of skill sharing in August 2015. The gathering was based on fracking updates from different regional groups and geared to preventing further fracking (www.frack-off.org.uk) from happening, as might be going to happen in Lancashire, as well as other issues related to climate change. The gathering ended by getting consensus on a few present issues and agreeing some upcoming events – please visit their website for the memos.

After the conference finished with the help of my wonderful sister from West Yorkshire I managed to get back to one of my many homes on the planet and after having a wonderful evening meal with the family, and observing and talking about some of the many changes around the building since I was there just over a year ago, then I put my head down in a new room this time the “Jumble Hole” for the night.

Next day everyone was very busy with different projects, so I headed out to the centre of the town in a famous St George’s Square, in the hope of meeting some wonderful people including a woman who has not been happy with what has gone on in the last summer and still going on in today’s Palestine. After sitting there and listening to a busker who was playing some guitar, and then singing in the square, then after I couldn’t see those who I was hoping to see, and trying to teach myself an Irish tin whistle, which I had it for years, but I never had a chance to play it, after that I made my way through famous Mytholmroyd, and Luddenden towards the original town of Halifax, and not the one in Nova Scotia in the turtle island (today’s Canada) which Canadian authorities didn’t let me to visit. After about 10 miles of walk and encountering many wonderful people on my way and not least to mention was a wonderful man from Pennine Signs ( http://www.penninesigns.co.uk), who helped me with a white board, but they couldn’t help me with the writing, as they were quite busy. When I got to the centre of the town I was offered some food and drink by a wonderful manager of a store, then had a good conversation with few young people in the town, before I made my way back to my resting place in Hebden Bridge, with a help of a wonderful man who was going on my direction.

Next day was another new dawn and another challenge ahead of me, so finally I managed to see the woman who is showing some photos and writing as a vigil in the square, and after introducing myself to her I did a peace vigil from midday to 3pm with her, so if you want to know more about her she’s on the local community website (www.hebdenbridge.co.uk) under the title of Christine Drake “One woman protest in the Square”. After saying goodbye to her and the square I made my way towards the Incredible Edible town of Todmorden, and on my way I managed to encounter some wonderful more people who helped on my peace walk route.

One of those was a wonderful person called Keith from Affordable Sign Co. very close to Todmorden, who has very kindly helped me with my sign, which I had to collect from him next day, and he very kindly helped with some chocolate as well – by the time I was writing this for the blog some days later, I was still eating from them!

The next wonderful people were Ali BABA’s takeaway in Todmorden town centre who helped me with as much food as I could eat, for me to carry on walking for many more miles, then after saying goodbye to them I made my way to the Incredible Farm in Walsden, but by the time I got there the farm was closed. I managed by getting in touch with a wonderful person from a train route to get back to my resting place for my third night, but when I arrived back we had a dear guest from York who used to live in the hostel, and he’s back for a visit, so we did spend some good quality time altogether by a brand spanking new fireplace, which I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the evening before we say goodbye, and good night to one another.

Today was another wonderful day full of connections with many more kind hearted people in West Yorkshire, so after eating something I made my way to the canal and at the beginning of it I got in touch with a wonderful person with his long boat, and after helping out with one of the locks he very kindly offered me a lift to the next lock, and I told him about my story as well.

Then I collected my sign from wonderful Keith, and I straight away headed back again towards the farm this time a wonderful local, after I was telling her and her grandsons about my story, she offered me some food and drinks very close to the Incredible Farm and after thanking them all, I carried on walking and as I got to the farm (www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk) it was closed again, so this time I left my message of support and I carried on walking through Walsden again, then Littleborough, Wardle, before I arrive in the town of Rochdale, part of the Greater Manchester.

On my way I came across many wonderful people and they werere all helpful, specially a place who very kindly helped me with some food and drink (Steakhouse Rochdale original Braai) (www.braaisteakhouse.co.uk) before the universe helped me through two connections to get a place to attend a performance by a New Yorker musician and storyteller, before I made my way to my resting place in the Hebden Bridge Hostel for my fourth night.

Today after meeting another wonderful woman from Leeds staying in the hostel, I was trying to go through some of the literature which I brought with me from Manchester’s conference venue, and writing up for the past week or so of my peace movements in the north, and slowly preparing myself to bound back towards Nottingham next day.

Then in the evening we had a wonderful meal together as a family again, and as it’s my last night my wonderful sister decided to have the fireplace going and as we’re talking about past, present and future I was so much carried away by the thought that I burned my left hand fingers with boiled hot water from the top of the wonderful burner, but I managed to reduce the pain as I followed my sister’s advice with some running cold water and then some lavender oil, and finally after finishing our drinks and talking some politics about Left Unity and the Green Party, as my peace brother was keen to know more about it, then we said goodnight to one another, as our final night up north together.

Today after having some food and preparing myself for a journey south, I said goodbye and a wonderful heart to heart hug with my sister, then my peace brother and I headed on the road just after midday.

After a short return and a brief stop on our way to the county of Robin Hood (Nottinghamshire), on our stop he very kindly topped up my lycamobile to enable me to communicate with many more wonderful people on the planet, then we had our dark chocolate, and it’s about this time that I got a phone call from peace brother Simon in regard to Sail for Syria project and our meet up back in London. Shortly after we arrived into the city of Robin Hood (Nottingham), and peace brother Dave introduced me to two more wonderful people who very kindly helped me with my stay for the night, after exchange of some stuff, we said goodbye to our peace brother, and I was taken from Sumac Centre (www.veggies.org.uk) to a housing co-op, where I helped out with some room decoration till late night before we get back to the Sumac Centre for an update, where I met some more wonderful people and I helped to share some of their concerns on a possible local fracking side, then we walked back to our resting place for the night.

Next day we headed out towards Bradford for a 2 days of Radical Routes (www.radicalroutes.org.uk) gathering, and I have to say it’s an interesting conference which I enjoyed being there for the first time and participate in listening to some of their workshops, and I am hoping to help some of my wonderful brothers and sisters to set up a co op centre somewhere in England with the help of Radical Routes (co-op housing), and those with peace in their heart and mind.

In the conference there were about 100 people from different co-op groups across WISE Islands who were there to report back from their progress and their difficulties and think about how they could find solutions for those difficulties, also there were some other new individuals like myself being there to learn and take in more experiences and maybe get involved in the future.

The group has organised two different venues, one for the gathering and one for the resting, which both places were very good and encouraging, also in terms of food and drinks, great vegetarian dishes were available to the people in the conference, so please if you would like to get involved you can read their literature through their websites.

At the end of the conference many were happy to exchange their final point of view from their working groups, or individuals like myself mentioning why I was there?, and then saying goodbye to one another. After leaving the conference venue I met up with some more wonderful people from Bradford near Shipley train station, and then I got a wonderful universe connection through couple of very kind and good hearted individuals from saying goodbye to Bradford, then hello to Leeds before I arrive back in Midlands (Birmingham) just before midnight, and when I got in the centre of the city I came across some wonderful people who they offered me to go back to their place to stay in a tent, but as I wasn’t sure of my visioned connection, I thanked them for their kindness, and said goodbye to them all as my intention was to stay with a family that I was with there before and I knew, nevertheless as I wasn’t able to do so, I managed to find a shelter by an abandoned building near their place and put my head down for the night.

So next day where I was staying wasn’t far from the family that I had a vision to visit and the universe this time connected me with them and after staying with them again for a half day, I headed to the city again with a member of the family and then after a wonderful stop in the bakery for saying hello, having some cake from a member’s birthday and some food and drink we headed towards a co-op Peace House in Coventry (http://coventrypeacehouse.wix.com/coventry-peace-house), which I had a vision of visiting there after knowing about it from the Bradford conference.

So at about 5pm I arrived there and I met a few wonderful, but I have to say a little bit stressed and exhausted people, but despite that I was offered some food and a drink and due to no space availability for the night I had to find my way en route to London as my final destination, which I managed to meet another wonderful supporter of peace and the universe, who helped me to get back in London at about 10pm, then after getting in touch with another peace brother, I had another amazing night before I say goodnight to my peace brother and the rest of the universe around me.

So on that note I’ll leave you all in the safe hand of our universe and may love, peace, joy, and hope be on your way everyday.

one love

your humbled Earthian brother back in London for more peace actions to come in a near future.

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To London Town – peace, squats & politics

week commencing 12.01.15

I was still in Birmingham and I helped out my wonderful family with a few little projects and especially in the Bakery.

Walking and going around the city and taking in more interaction with people there. I also had a short visit to the neighbouring town of Coventry, the home of black cabs in London.

Some preparation for my journey back to london as well, as I decided finally after a month staying in the city of Birmingham I have to say goodbye to my wonderful family over there and head back to the centre of power.

week commencing 19.01.15

Finally I got ready this week to head back down to London, so before that I made a few little arrangements one was a place to stay with a wonderful peace brother who I spent most of my last winter in his place, and he very kindly cooked us a welcoming home meal for us and while I was there I saw a few other wonderful people, who I was in touch with throughout my journey, also I attended a CND (http://www.cnduk.org/campaigns/no-to-trident) peaceful campaign in Whitehall, and I sang some songs while I was there, and one of the songs was as follows:

we like the flowers

Tune: Trad.English

Words: sourced from the nuclear power: no thanks

campaigners at torness, 1989

we like the flowers, we like the vegetables,

we don’t like reactors, and Trident missiles.

we want to live in a nuclear-free society,

with no plutonium, no plutonium, for five more times

we like the cows, we like the sheep and hens, we don’t like the bomb, why can’t we all be friends?

we want to live in a nuclear-free society, with no plutonium …

we like the earth, we like the human race, we like the smile on every baby’s face

we want to live in a nuclear-free society with no plutonium …

So that was just a wonderful poem from a collection of “Action AWE Songbook 2013-2016″ (www.actionawe.org), that I sang with a wonderful group of people in that CND gatharing, and I saw quite a number of wonderful people at the event including a wonderful peace sister from Peace News (www.peacenews.info) also some wonderful people from twelve tribes (www.twelvetribes.org), and then many more in Parliment Square, then after the final talk by the parliment we walked back to attend an Occupy Democracy gathering in Parliment Square (www.occupydemocracy.org.uk), and before we have an assembly there I was invited by a wonderful peace brother to have something to eat and drink as I was prepared to stay overnight, but the assembly finished just before 9pm and people decided not to stay overnight, so I managed to get in touch with a wonderful peace brother who did offer me to go back to an occupied building which I have been to and it was a derelict building at the time, just over a year ago, but before we go back there we walked our way to another new occupied building in Soho which is quite famous for being a music venue (known as 12 Bar in 26 Denmark Street) in solidarity with the people over there, and then we headed back towards a place which was going to be my main place of rest while I was staying in London, and hoping to have an event towards the end of February in there I met quite a number of old and new faces and a wonderful quarter was allocated to me to rest for the night, and for the duration of my stay in London.

One of the other arrangements was to speak to peace brother Dan from the peace and justice for syria group (https://syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com/) to go and give a talk in his north London base community (www.londoncatholicworker.com) about the latest on my peace pilgrimage journey around the world.

week commencing 26.1.15

It was this week that I got in touch with a rainbow peace brother and we visited the 12 Bar in 26 Denmark Street and as we got there I was asked to do a facilitation for a meeting about the number of positive and peaceful actions and then heading to a green house (a garden centre) in Camden town for a rainbow circle which didn’t go ahead as we didn’t have the key to the venue, and I spent a night in a tent there, and in the afternoon I headed on towards the place where I have arranged to talk about my peace pilgrimage journey for the evening.

So in the evening we had peace brother Simon and peace sister Maria who also did attend the event to talk about their mission “Sail 4 Syria”, then I did talk about my peace journey to about 30 people before most of us sat down and had a wonderful evening meal which was prepared by some wonderful volunteers in the centre, and we had some time to chat before and after the event before we all said goodnight to one another and the universe.

For the next few days I managed to attend a few more events with peace brother Dan including “Brent says #blacklivesmatter” where I met a member of the Green Party for Brent “Martin Francis” and, after seing a film and hearing voices of some of the speakers on a panel and from the audience, I managed to send out some positive energy by my presence in the venue before we head back to our resting place in Haringey.

On Sunday I attended another event, this time one so called soup kitchen for some 60 needy people in a church hall in the borough of Hackney, with the help of about 16 wonderful volunteers from the community where peace brother Dan was helping out as a wonderful cook, so please if you want to get in touch and help out make a connection and everyone in the community would like very much to hear from you.

I have to say I met a very active cat named (“Harakat” in Arabic which means movement) in the community and it reminded me of the “Kipper” from Yorkshire and “Miyaw” from a village in County Cork in Ireland.

Also I should say while I was there I watched a short film about Dorothy Day one of the founders of the community and another short film about a veteran from Vietnam conflict and the community has a wonderful newsletter called “the London Catholic Workers” full of good stories and articles which I had a chance to read some of them, and over all it was a great connection that I made through my wonderful peace brother Dan, and I did my best to help out with what I could for this wonderful community, and reach out to those wonderful people who are helping purely out of their hearts, and not for the financial gain, and helping people in need of help.

week commencing 2.2.15

This week I did try to see and talk to most of the occupiers in the building to find out what do they feel about if we could organise and arrange a talk in the occupied building just before I head on with my next peace pilgrimage journey, and also connecting with some more communities in and around London, including the Camden garden centre (http://phoenixrainbow23.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/camden-garden-centre-thurs-film-night.html) again for having a circle with a rainbow peace brother.

(The rainbow family has a gathering near Hay-on-Wye from June 16th new moon till July 16th which they will walk the river Wye and they start on May 18th from Ross on up to Hay, so if you are interested please get in touch with peace brother Teo, who has a circle every Wednesday after 4pm till 10pm in the Camden garden centre.)

Then we walked to Waterloo station before we made our way to an eco-village in west London called Runnymede, (https://diggers2012.wordpress.com/map/), and we met up again with some of the old and new wonderful people in the community for a day or so before I was making my way through Egham, Reading, then Swindon which the universe gave me an oppurtunity to meet more wonderful people in another community called Lower Shaw Farm (www.lowershawfarm.co.uk), After having a wonderful evening meal with some people present in the community and my peace brother from west England, we headed back home to our resting place and started catching up with our long absence from one another, and preparing ourselves for a weekend at Reclaim the Power national gathering in Manchester (http://www.nodashforgas.org.uk/news/national-gathering-sat-7-sun-8-february-2015-manchester/), and I am hoping to see many more wonderful people up there in Manchester and possibly my peace sister and brother in Yorkshire, before I head back to London for my final preparation to my next episode of my peace pilgrimage journey around the world.

So on this note I will leave you with a thought of the month and I hope I can get back to you when the universe allows me with more positive and good news for you.

Also as most of you might know so many of politicians are out there preparing themseves for May election. I always say we need technicians and engineers more then politicians, as all they do is make laws without really knowing the real consequences of the laws, as they are intent on lobbying for multinational companies to make more profit rather than looking after our planet and all the spices on it… but I have to admit that first time I have ever voted in my life was back in 2006/7 and I voted for the Green Party (http://greenparty.org.uk/values/), and now after almost 9 years they are all trying to make a change through the political system and if you feel what they are advocating is right to humanity and the planet and not the corporate businesses, let’s back them up, as I know many of them who are not only talk, but also they do things to really make a change, so it’s up to you how to challenge the corrupt politicians and bring them to account for their actions, and you can give them a final chance in this election, perhaps.

As most of you might know already, the latest research by a charity called Oxfam (http://www.oxfam.org.uk/blogs/2015/01/richest-1-per-cent-will-own-more-than-all-the-rest-by-2016) shows that by 2016 only 1% of the planet’s population will have the money wealth equivalent as all the rest of us on Earth… so it’s up to you make up your mind about your life and why you are living on this planet, and maybe to choose to try and make a difference.

so with much love,peace,joy and hope

from your humbled planetarian citizen on a dot on Earth

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Back in England

Week commencing 29.12.2014

I finally managed to finish the writing up of my peace pilgrimage journey westwards, and my blog got up-to-dated, then I had a few more enjoyable days with the close members of my Earthian families. Overall I was in a very good place to be looked after, after my peace journey was aborted – this time not by KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) but by the Canadian government – and I was a bit unhappy that after ten months of peace pilgrimage journey, I was forced to be flown back to England.

This week I did a good peace walk around Birmingham, and visited Rose Bakery in Stratford Road to find out if I can be of any help after staying in my cousin’s place for almost two weeks, and tried my best to help out with their kids studying, and also introducing a rainbow way of communication in the family, which was welcomed very warmly, but then the pressures of the outside world has made them think it’s a very slow way of communicating with one another, but it was a good way for some of the members of the family to talk freely.

Also it’s this week that I managed to see my nephew, and my wonderful peace brother and his partner, and it was an enjoyable and good couple of days with my nephew, and few hours with my peace brother and his partner. I visited the bakery with both of them and I mentioned to them “this is a place where I am going to help out so please help yourself with as much bread as you can eat”, and they were quite happy to help themselves.

It was this week that I managed to help out to organise with a storage place in the back garden of my cousin, which is an ongoing little task, before I head outbound to London to visit a few of my wonderful brothers and sisters, and specifically visit the Parliament Square in support of Occupy Democracy.

Week commencing 5.1.2015

I prepared and started my new year by stopping drinking tea and coffee, and also resolved no handshakes, only heart to heart hugs, as part of my new year resolutions. I started to help out in the bakery and there I met a few more wonderful people, who were kind enough to respect what I was doing, and they even helped me with some of the stuff which I needed for my next peace journey. I really enjoyed helping out amongst the people who had the same background as I had, but with a different point of view, and clearly I felt I was back in the middle east, as they still practice and speak what they have learned in their so-called homeland. I had a feeling that my contact with them was an inspiring move, so I offered my cousin if I can be in any help before the start of my next peace journey, and he very kindly noted my sincerity, and we have left it there for time being, as I am still here, and as part of my help I have visited one of their son’s six forum school and met a teacher who is his advisor, and I let the teacher knows about my peace journey as well.

So that was a very brief description of my just over two weeks of rest here back in England, and I have a vision of visiting London, West England and Reclaim the Power National Gathering in Manchester, which is hosted by “No Dash for Gas” next month, before I continue with my next episode of my peace pilgrimage journey around the planet Earth.

My thoughts of the week

As I have heard and read some of the news coming out from the mainstream media and other social media, I was saddened by it that human lives have been cut short again because of our differences in religious beliefs, and this time not in Raqqa or Mosul, but sadly here in the heart of Europe. Clearly this shows that we couldn’t tolerate our differences and point of view with a pencil, but with a weapon which has been made by us in the factories across the world with our hands, and until we realise that it isn’t the way forward we sadly might see more horrible scenes like this again and again. I will say here strongly with my heart that bringing back the penalty of taking another human being’s life won’t ever solve the problem, despite some see that as a solution and a deterrent to solve the problem, but this will not help – like our broken economic system.

As I always say and I will repeat here, our economic system is in turmoil and it needs a fundamental change, and many of those measures that has been taken by different governments to recover from it are temporary and will not solve our problems, as the current system puts profit and consumption first then the planet and its inhabitants needs behind, so please, I’m asking you from bottom of my heart, to stop supporting such a system as much as you can, as it’ll lead us to nowhere other than destruction of the planet, and more human misery.

So on this note I’ll leave you with a more thoughtful thinking for this brand new year and for everything that you do that will affect on our beautiful planet Earth and every species that is living on it, and if time allows you, read an article about “A blueprint for a new social structure – a world without money” (Contributionism or the natural order of things), by Michael Tellinger on his Facebook site as I have shared it.

So with much love, peace, joy, and hope for a brighter future far from the scenes of today’s middle east, Africa, and the rest of the planet.

Your humbled Earthian brother

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From city lock-up to deportation

Week commencing 1.12.2014

This week I am still in the mighty fishing boat and despite the difficulty from my resting place still helping the cook in the kitchen, and organising the freezer, fridge, and the dry storage area.

I have to say that I had a wonderful tour around the engine room and its surroundings, with the kind chief engineer.

It’s also this week that I have to move out of my resting place which was in the lounge (a place where I have to say I never had a good sleep due to it being the place where the crews will come and watch tv). For the last week or more, as the crew from the factory and deck area didn’t have much to do and were gambling and playing poker in the lounge, I was asked to clear the area that I was resting in, so I decided to move out to a busy and cold area of the boat somewhere outside the resting area and above the factory. It was a place where crew were coming and going up and down, I took my sleeping bag and slept out there, but even despite being out there, some of the crew who were not happy for me to be there were trying to disturb me, and were making even more noise than usual. Some others of the crew were showing their sympathy with what has happened, as they have heard about my moving out from the lounge, and they couldn’t do much, but when the co-captain heard the news he told me I can rest in his cabin when he is not using it, and also the cook has offered me his room again as well, which I welcomed and thanked both of them for their offer, so I managed to get some rest in the cook’s cabin – enough to keep me going all the way to a place called Bay Roberts, our final destination in the east of today’s Canada (Turtle Island).

So it was Sunday that we finally arrived in our destination, this place called Bay Roberts, about an hour’s drive from the oldest and famous town of St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland.

We arrived at about 1300 hours, and I was called by the CBSA officers for an interview and questioning about my peace journey and why I was there. I was in the captain’s lounge area for more than an hour, being grilled with two officers questioning me from two sides and four other officers looking and searching everywhere, including my initial place of rest in room 222 upper bed, where I was sleeping in a same cabin with an Inuit before I left for the lounge, and also where I kept my stuff in a room which was called an office, where an exercising bicycle was. The customs were looking through everything for stuff that might give a hint or lead them to something other than what I was telling them about why I was there! Finally after checking everything and finding out that I was not any threat to their security, and I am really a peace pilgrim, but one with no monetary capacity, they decided not to let me carry on doing as I have done for the last ten months during this episode of my peace journey, and as I have done now entering my third year since 2012.

They told me if I am happy, they can sent me back direct to London, but the captain has to pay and will be fined, and I said if you fine the captain 1 dollar or 1 trillion dollars to me it is not acceptable, and I would like to go through the hardest way of going back, as you are now going to be punishing a wonderful captain, who has trusted me with his heart and that is your reward to the goodness and kindness of people, a person with a good heart and intention?

Finally at about 4pm they handcuffed me for the first time in my life in real heavy metal handcuffs, and took me to a place which later on I found out was St. John’s city lock-up, and I tried to get in touch with my wonderful brothers and sisters back in England, but with no luck, so they took me to cell no. 8 to rest for the night.

Week commencing 8.12.2014

This week I was in the detention centre (St. John’s city lock-up), and I had a chance to get in touch with my wonderful peace brother Ben back in England, and as I couldn’t have access to social media, I asked him to update my circumstances and tell more brothers and sisters about my situation, in hope of someone coming forward to offer a place for me to stay, so that I could get released to carry on with my peace journey.

This week I was interviewed by an immigration judge from Montreal, and a representative of the CBSA from Halifax, and we (two CBSA officers and I) were in a room in St. John’s international airport, but due to the CBSA lawyer not being ready to put their case in front of the immigration judge, the hearing was postponed to next week. That was good news, to give some more time to explore any other avenues available out there by those who I knew, but because of the circumstances I was in it has made many of my brothers and sisters think twice before they approach the city lock-up.

The judge, because I didn’t have any place to go, he told me, “I can’t let you out into the streets of St. John’s”, so he decided to lock me up again in the lock-up till next week, and despite I wasn’t happy about it, I couldn’t do much about the situation.

My HMP cell number 8 was in a row of 10 cells and every day new people were brought in for their court day or any other reason for a short period of time, so during the time I was there I came across a number of people who were there for reasons like robbery, money laundering, credit card fraud, drugs, anything you name it but all related to the monetary system, and they couldn’t believe that I was there because I didn’t want to use that monetary system that has caused them so much suffering, so I have told them all about my other advocacy and the border issue as well, it was very interesting to some, but to some others it was irrelevant.

So I had a chance to talk to some of those inmates who were interested in my peace mission.

The state of the cell reminded me of few places like Egypt, Hungary, and few other places throughout my peace journey, where I have spent some time in their lock-ups.

In the cell I have seen silver fish, and bed bugs. The cell I was in was for a maximum of two people, I was with a young college boy who was in for drink driving for two days and nights out of my 11 days stay in the lock-up place. There was a practice of inmates passing different items to one another with a thread from a cotton blanket (a dove) sometimes about 10m long, I was sometimes helping them to pass food or books to other inmates in need of those items.

I managed to read some of the bible story, and a short story book about cults in the 60’s, and I was talking to other inmates and the new ones. We weren’t allowed to have pen and paper here, but we were offered a shower, and a collect call as well, and this week I managed to speak to my peace brother Ben three times, and to legal aid twice to speak to a solicitor to see if they could help me, and to some other local people who they did offer me their contact details when I was in Greenland, but I had no luck to see or get any help from them.

In terms of eating we were offered breakfast of reasonable food, lunch and dinner as well, most of the food was processed, and with lack of fresh fruit and vegetables, but as I was saying to the kind person who was serving us (himself was an inmate) it’s better than other prisons I have been before, and definitely better than Africa.

This week I did a system shut down to get used to the new environment, and that needed my body to go without food, drink, and speaking for more than 24 hours.

week commencing 15.12.2014

Again this week I managed to speak to my wonderful peace brother back in England and update my circumstances with him, and hear from him to see if anyone has come forward to help, with hope that I could get some help to get out, and carry on with my peace journey.

This week I also had my second hearing and this time I was interviewed by three people, the judge from Montreal, the CBSA representative from Halifax, and this time my solicitor from legal aid was questioning me as well in a telephone room in the St. John’s city lock-up where a female officer from CBSA was present as well. We were in this room for about an hour, and I told them everything about why I am doing this peace journey in this way, and even the solicitor despite she couldn’t find any case similar to mine, tried her best to convince the judge that I am not a student or a tourist which is what I was saying to them as well, and I tried to convince them I will incur minimum or nothing in terms of monetary needs, but the judge wasn’t convinced and on the probability of I might need money in the worse case scenario, and because I hadn’t made arrangements in advance for the duration for my peace journey, decided to make a decision in favour of the CBSA.

Also the judge extended my detention until January as I didn’t have any address to go to, and CBSA told me they will send me back as soon as they can through the air, and to make me happy the lady who was in the room told me she’ll try her best to make the flight as direct as possible so my CO2 footprint would be minimum.

So next day in a very high security van I was searched again and I was hand- and foot-cuffed and my hand was chained around my waist, so I saw myself like those in Guantanamo base prison only without the orange suit, and I have seen such circumstances just on some Hollywood films, but there I found myself being in the reality of a world of distrust and without love for one another, but anyway they transferred me to the St. John’s HMP, and that was second time for the last 11 days that I saw the outside world through the windows of the very high security van.

I was finally transferred to a reception area in the prison, but before I get in to the reception area of the prison I was stripped totally and a male guard looked at me naked front and back before they ask me to take a shower, and they offered me some clothes and washing material and a pair of slippers and second hand shoes, as I wasn’t allowed to take anything that I had including my boots as well.

I was given a piece of advice by a guard, not to speak to the other prisoners about my peace journey as they don’t understand why I am doing this peace mission, and if I don’t keep quiet I might get in trouble, so keeping quiet was an option offered to me, but I decided to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, as that was and always has been my guide to my peace mission throughout my peace journey.

So while I was in the reception area, I was asked to see a nurse and I saw him next day and he asked me some medical questions and took my blood pressure and weighed me, where I found myself 137 pounds, so luckily this time on my journey I have put weight on rather than losing it – this was good as I was going to a cold place, but our distrustful human beings have now put a stop to what the universe prepared me for.

I also had an interview with a lovely lady who tried to find a right unit in the prison to allocate me there, so finally I was transferred to the unit 4B room 418 with another inmate who was a young boy in his 20’s but with a mental capability of an eight year old.

So as soon as I arrived and I saw that the cell that I was in has become a place where other inmates are coming in and consuming a white powder through their nose, so I managed to put some boundaries and commandments which will make our cell a place of rest and a respected one, and I asked my cell mate to read it and if he’s happy with it, to put his name on it so we could put it up on the wall of our cell, but because my cell mate was influenced by some of the other inmates, who I could clearly see he was under a lot of pressure to give away some of his medication and swap it with others, and also his room was worse than a nightclub in terms of using substances which are even difficult to get them outside the prison let alone inside, but they could get it?! how? I didn’t know!.

So anyway this was the list of my suggested commandments, which he was happy to accept and put his name beside mine and was a public announcement, so every inmate when they were coming into our cell we were asking them to respect our new commandments and boundaries as follows:

19.12.2014 5pm Earthian and X commandments of our resting and place of comfort (our cell/room).

1 don’t worship any person except your creator

2 Sunday is our rest day, so please don’t disturb or disrespect us.

3 don’t want anything that belongs to someone else.

4 don’t lie, steal, hurt yourself or anyone else.

5 we are merciful and very patient to our kind and we show great love,and peace, so trust us, as we do in you.

6 don’t be sinful and rebellious, so be kind with us and share our love, peace, joy, and hope.

On Fridays we had some people who were acting like our guardian or rangers who were going around the cells and they were talking to the inmates in private, and later on in the evening there was a two hour meeting where concerns were brought up and discussed and put to a vote. Later on I did introduce the idea of a concensus decision making process similar to the OLSX (Occupy London) General Assembly, and some would love to see that, but it wasn’t an easy option for some to let it be that way, especially those who were in power.

So our commandments and a few other issues were discussed in the evening meeting and got a good reception, and I brought up few other concerns.

Soon I was a foreign adviser to those three people who were running the show, and some whose circumstances were about to change started to act not in favour but opposite to our good will, and I had to use all my knowledge to defuse the situation.

As an example, a person who was taking some of the medication from my cell mate, after seeing his position was untenable, he has told my cell mate that I am a threat to his life and so he moved out of the cell, but then the same day he moved back, as he was told by everyone else that he would never find another cell mate like me anywhere, so he became very friendly with me afterwards, and he knew very clearly that it was a tactic being used by the one who wanted his medication, the one who could no longer rock and roll in this cell like he did prior to my arrival.

When I was in the reception area there were 9 cells and I was in no.7, it’s located inbetween the main reception area, and the gym, a place where ceremonies e.g Xmas happen (while I was there I attended two of such ceremonies, where afterwards you’ll be given a little goody bag), and also inmates will use it 1 hour a day for exercising, so when I was in the reception area we could see people were coming and going and it was a time you could see anyone who you know from other units passing through there.

But then when I was transferred to the unit 4B cell/room 418 there were more people in this unit then any other place I was held before, the cells were starting from 416 to 432 some of the cells like ours for two people and some just one person, and the total number of people who were in the unit 4B were about 20 people, again most of the people who were held there in one way or another all were related to the monetary system, apart from my cell mate who didn’t have a stable mind.

Just to describe and mention a day e.g 19.12.2014 in our unit 4B cell 418 HMP:

As our daily routine we’re waking up at about 7-8 am, and as the toilet is in our room so we use it in turn, then after about 8am a meal for breakfast will be called by couple of guards, breakfast is in a container tray which contains 2x white eggs, small sachets of salt and pepper, a medium sized banana, 110ml of orange juice, 250ml of semi skimmed milk, a small portion of all bran cereal, plus a plastic knife, fork and a spoon, and you have option of a cup of coffee or tea. Then after 9am those who want to go to gym will be called for an hour, my favourite was cycling, and walking around the gym, and some play with metals, some basketball. I have been there a few times and the age of people in there was mostly from 20-40 years (about 15 people), and there were about 5 people age 40-60 years. Then we’ll be brought back, escorted by two guards in a marching way, and I have to say as you go out of your unit towards the gym you’ll have to go through a metal detector, to prevent inmates from problems in the playing area, and as you come back you can take a shower. I managed to read few newspaper articles for the duration that I was there, about the situation in middle East and involvement of Canadian military with ISIS, and preventing fracking in a few states in the US as the situation in oil production and its value has affected the fracking companies, and few other articles. I got the newspaper from the guards in the gym as they were finished reading it. And so, busy with all this, the time soon approaches to about 11am then your lunch (or as they call it over there – dinner) will arrive in a container by two different guards than those who took us to the gym, and the dinner today is spaghetti in a creamy yellow sauce plus some salad look-a-like with two slices of tomato, 250ml of semi skimmed milk again, and 110g of canned pear fruit. I didn’t finish my lunch. Then a guard will come around and lock your cell till 2pm, I call it inmate’s afternoon nap, so everyone goes quiet and every hour a guard will come along to check the inmates through small windows on the cell’s door. The intercom and the sound of the TV in the common area every now and then will disturb our concentration, or in case of other inmates their afternoon nap.

I used to love this time to read a book or write about the daily life in the prison, luckily unlike the city lock-up here in the prison I could have a pen and some paper. It was this pen which later on I found out was used by an inmate as a source of division between my cell mate and I, because this other inmate has told my cell mate I could hurt him with it, which is why he decided to move out (but came back again).

During the locked-in time, some will be let out to be given their methadone or different drugs. After 2pm you’ll be let out of your cell and people were all busy talking to one another, also watching TV is another source of making inmates busy, but apart from the real news (which the accuracy of it was even in doubt, as most of it was related to conflicts and wasn’t educational at all), I wasn’t watching TV much. As well, some were playing cards, chess, being on a phonecalls to the outside world through a monitored phone box in a timely manner planned on the wall by the phone, or cleaning your cell and the common area was another option. I have to say we had a few people with the problem of always they were cleaning things and complaining that other inmates aren’t clean and few other smiler issues like this were topics of the day.

Just before our dinner two inmates were going around and giving some brown bread, a few small sachets of jam and peanut butter, also some sugar, which I was hardly having, so most of it was going to my cell mate and other inmates as they were coming around and asking for it. By now the time was approching 4-5pm when we’re offered our dinner (or their supper) which was fish and chips, some milk and a dessert, which I couldn’t eat due to an inmate causing a problem.

So I had few more interactions with some of the inmates before I go back to my cell and prepare myself for my system shut down, till Monday morning, and that was due to Winter Solstice and I wanted to review a year since my last year’s visit to Stonehenge back in England. At about 11:30pm the guards came around and counted us up to lock us up till next day.

On Saturday 20.12.2014 I had my last meal about 4pm which was shepherd’s pie, 110ml of apple juice and a little piece of sweet, which after eating my food I made a cup of tea to have it with the sweet as my desert, then slowly I prepared myself for a 24 hours system shut down of my body, to prepare myself for an unknown time in the HMP cell, this shut down planned to start from midnight Saturday or Sunday morning, until midnight Sunday or Monday morning.

So I have to mentally and physically prepare myself for it, but I didn’t finish my tea break with the little sweet as my dessert, because I was called by a newly nominated person or so called vice president of a group of three inmates out of about 20 inmates, to discuss an issue which happened the day before. These three people were supposed to look after the concerns of all inmates and they go around and see the inmates, speak to them, and listen to their grievances, then later on the same day they will bring the concerned issues to the gathering of all the inmates and will try to solve the problems or concerns.

I managed to sit down in a room with a very bad smell because some of them have used the toilet in the cell, and four of us in the cell were trying to discuss and find out about an issue which has happened before and find the best solution to prevent such incidents from happening again.

Then they were asking questions about my past and why I am on this peace journey, so after some time I said goodbye to them and went back to my cell.

Then, as some of the inmates and guards has seen me with these people they were puzzled about how these inmates are approaching me very closely, and even one of the inmates asked the head of the inmates who is a prisoner himself about who am I and what is my role, and he answered I am his foreign relationship advisor. Later on a person who is no longer part of the counselling group, and from yesterday was no longer vice president as someone else took his place, he came to our cell (my cell mate and I), and he was trying to show me some paper design art where he’s been shown by others in the prison before, so as we were busy with that some were coming and going in and out of our cell, and I could notice there’s something going on, but I was trying to concentrate on what our neighbouring cell mate (ex vice president) was telling me, and finally the head of the inmates came to me with my cell mate, and another neighbouring cell mate to tell me that my cell mate was going to move out. As I understood it they were asking me to move out and I said “I am not going to move out” and I said to them “it has to be discussed”, so not very long after that they came and very quickly they moved out my cell mate’s bedding and his stuff and I asked them “what’s going on, I thought no one is going to move out until we discuss things, but why so rapid?”, and finally I was told that my cell mate is paranoid, that he has been told by another cell mate I might hurt him during the night with a pen, and he’s escaping to prevent that from happening, and I said “I was looking at him like my son, and he needs someone to look after him as he’s doing things that a child wouldn’t do, so whatever has been told him isn’t true, and he shouldn’t do things like this”, and then we discussed the matter further, and we found out that my cell mate has some medication which another prisoner used to swap their medication with, and this has been affected by me coming into the cell and so he has told him that I am going to hurt him and my cell mate has believed him. Later on, after everyone were assuring him that he has done a mistake and he would never find another cell mate like me, he came back to the cell but now to the top bunk bed and not the bottom one as I had moved down by that time, and he apologised, then I discussed the matter a bit more with some other inmates especially with the group who I had a conversation earlier in one of their cells, and I told them about my next day meditation.

So not very long before midnight I said goodbye to them and my returned cell mate, ready for a long body shut down. (My body shut down including not eating, drinking, and speaking for 24 hours or more).

Then I managed to get some sleep and went the whole Sunday without those things and also managed to review my peace journey and what would be my vision for my next move.

So I managed to pass my breakfast, lunch (dinner), and dinner (supper) without a problem, and during the period a few times I was shaken and even moved by some of the guards and some of the inmates and they tried to talk to me to see I was okay. Then when it was still evening some of the inmates came and told me they have been told by the guards that they will come and take me in an hour and they’ll deport me back, so having heard that my whole body went through an emergency recovery and a quick preparation, and what to do!?

It’s not very long that some guards came and they tried to drag me out of my bottom bed and I quickly took what I thought might be needed, and with my sign of love and peace said goodbye to everyone, then I was searched again and taken through seven sets of doors and gates before I saw the outside world again from the prison, then I was handcuffed and taken back to the St. John’s international airport. I was told if I behave they will take my handcuffs off, and they took it off as they were preparing my stuff for check in and after a thorough check up, photo and fingerprints taken, also I was told I can’t go back for a duration of one year.

So from the time I was taken out of my cell bed to my seat on the plane has taken almost two hours (10pm-midnight). The people from CBSA  provided me very kindly with some drink and sandwiches, as the guards from the prison has told them that I haven’t eaten anything, and then I could speak to them just a few minutes before I say goodbye to them after Sunday midnight, and it is Monday morning and I thanked them, and I told them I have left my board which was meant to be for here, for ‘Turtle Island’ as I know it, and later I realised I forgot my umbrella from their storage as well, and a few tshirts from my prison cell, but it’s too late and after everything has been explained to the captain and the crew of the airline I was escorted to the airplane, and headed back this time unwillingly bound to London on air, which I have avoided throughout my peace journey.

week commencing 22.12.2014

So, a long peace journey through England, Wales, southern and northern Ireland, then into Scotland, Shetland, Orkney, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, and finally Turtle Island or today’s Canada, which has taken me over ten months, was ended when Canadian authorities decided peace wasn’t something that was needed over there. As I have seen it for myself in their prison cells, money and materialistic world was something that resonated with them, and they can use it to control us and until we open that chain we will not be free. I have noticed it very clearly there was four states over there – so called today’s US, Canada, Mexico, and on top of it so-called UN – and they are all run and interconnected with each other, and they rock and roll across most of today’s America, also most of the world as we see it today, and it’s very sad to see that they are really provoking a lot of wonderful people to become rebellious, so they can then pass a lot of legislations against the citizens of the planet, and as long as we sleep and participate in everything that they plan for us, we will be the slaves of the system and the top elites will take advantage of us.

This peace journey has made me much stronger and more determined to carry on and advocate the alternatives to the current corrupted system, and has put the question to a lot of people who I have come across about how we can build that alternative system.

Most of this week I was resting and reflecting on my past year, and building up a vision that I hope future generations will live in a better planet and they will think beyond today’s politics, conflicts and poverty, that has crippled many generations from thinking critically, and I hope my vision will enlighten many to come to build on that vision.

So I hope that you had a wonderful break time at this time of the year, also a chance to reflect on future generations to come.

As I am having a good time with friends and families, and brothers and sisters, I hope you’ll do the same thing, and in advance happy new year to you all wherever you are on the planet Earth.

So let me say here, that I am looking forward to seeing and greeting more of you in the coming new year, so with much love, peace, joy, and hope.

Your humbled Earthian brother a free citizen of the planet Earth, from Birmingham England

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Request for support in Canada

Peace pilgrim Earthian was taken to an admission hearing at the airport in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada on Tuesday.
There was a phone link with the immigration judge about whether Earthian can be let into the country, because he “has no money or means of support”.
The hearing has been re-scheduled for Tuesday the 16th, so that the judge could hear from anyone who is in Canada who will be able to say that they will give Earthian shelter and support.
He would like anyone who is able to offer this support, to contact Mr Pope at the Inland Enforcement CBSA on 709 772 5544 [edited to correct number, sorry for previous error] to make the arrangements. The name you will need to use for Earthian is Fouad Payami as this is his ‘legal’ name at present.
It would have to be someone who is in Canada.
The meeting on the 16th will be held in the Recording Room at St’s John’s airport (time not yet known).
Earthian will continue to be held at the St. John’s City Lock Up until that time. He can only make outgoing collect calls, with no possibility of incoming calls.
It also appears that the trawler captain is being threatened with a $20,000 fine for bringing Earthian in.
He would like the above information broadcast as widely as possible.
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post-script: detained in prison in St John’s

Having arrived in St. John’s, capital city of Newfoundland (the Easternmost province of Canada), by the kind help of a fishing trawler crew from Greenland, Earthian has been detained in HMP prison in St. John’s, because the authorities are not happy with travel without money, and wish to deport him back to London.
Earthian will see an immigration judge tomorrow and hopes to explain the reasons for his peace journey, and why he travels with no money. Anyone with contacts in St. John’s who could give him moral support he would be very grateful.
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At Sea

Week commencing 3.11.14

I prepared myself to start another peace journey, West or North whichever the universe was going to connect me to!? this time after staying in the little town of Sisimiut for over a month. At the weekend I found out that the Canadian fishing boats will start coming back from next week.

So as I knew that Canadian fishing vessels are starting to come back from the beginning of this week, then I was prepared just in case any of them might offer me help to connect me to my next destination.

I headed back to the harbour, which has become my routine for the last month or so, to enquire about the shipping schedule, and possibly speak to a captain of a boat or a trawler.

It was Monday 3.11.14 that the first Canadian fishing boat was back and it was my favourite one, the one that when I first spoke to him, I was told he’ll help me to get to St. John’s when he’s finished fishing. Unfortunately one of his crew, “an observer”, who was supposed to fly back now has to go back with them on the boat, so they would not have space to take me. But he told me that he would speak to the captain of other fishing boats and hopefully they can help me to connect with my destination, also he said they were not going back to Canada yet as they have to go back to the sea till they finish their quota, and they’ll be back some time next week, and so still there was a hope if the observer’s company agreed to fly him back, that I could go on the boat. I spoke to the observer himself and he told me fingers crossed his company might change their mind, and then I had to say goodbye to them.

Next I tried to get in touch with a manager of a company which unloads fishing boat and trawler cargo. I have spoken to him before to see if I can help them to unload and in return if they can get me a device for updating my circumstances of my peace journey, after I have lost the one that I was using across my peace journey since London because it went missing in front of the Icelandic parliament after a candlelit peace vigil. He told me to come and help next day and he’ll do his best to help me.

Next day I helped them with unloading a big fishing trawler for almost 24 hours, myself and another 15 to 20 more people to unload about more than 400 tons of prawns.

So after 2 days of intense unloading I managed to rest in my resting place and then I got in touch with some other wonderful people, and I went out to help some people from the same company polar enterprise, and one of them very kindly invited me to his home and he kindly cooked us some food, and then we headed back out again and near their workplace I met another wonderful person from West and he happened to be a mobile phone engineer as well as a carpenter, and he was working for the same company which I have helped them in the harbour. I didn’t mention anything to him when I met him, but in the weekend I sent him an email and explained my circumstances, and left the matter there.

This week I also went to see one of the very kind managers of the technical college where I was sheltering to update her and let them know about my most recent situation, but she was off sick and I was told by a member of the maintenance department to go and speak to the main manager to get an extension for my stay for another week, so I did so and I went to the main college and explained my circumstances to him and I have to say here, he was one of the best and most understanding person I have ever came across in the whole of Greenland for the duration I was there, and I’ll never forget the kindness in his face without even saying anything to me in detail, so it’s a matter of his heart, and I want to thank him here from bottom of my heart for keeping me alive in the cold harsh environment of the town of Sisimiut.

So despite getting an extension for another week, but still I had to be prepared again just in case any of the boats was going to offer me a lift to West or worse case scenario heading north, in either case I was ready for the journey. I also used the town and the college library to communicate with others to do a quick update and tried to read one of my favourite books since last year, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams, and two others, which I never had a chance to finish, and the whole weekend I was busy reading, and I managed to finish one book and a few chapters from the second book as well, and I was helping in the harbour as well.

It was on Sunday when I was helping out in the harbour, with a company that I have already helped before, and this time it’s a Canadian fishing boat and I have spoken to the captain before and he already told me that he wouldn’t be able to help me, but I was still helping the people who were unloading and I had a bond with the crew already from earlier in the week when I was helping for about two days.

It was today that the wonderful person I told you about before who was a mobile phone repairer turned up and as I saw him I had a good feeling of good news, and as I tried to ask him if he has received my email about my phone story, he broke the news and he told me he is actually here to help me with a Samsung smartphone and even a Samsung tablet with an extra 8GB of micro SD memory, so I was over the moon, because after almost more than 2 months, finally I could connect and update myself anywhere with wifi access point! He even offered me some clothes as well. After thanking him for all his kindness and getting his web details, as I had given mine to him first time I met him few days before, and after some conversation, we said goodbye to one another. Then I carried on helping the group until they finished the boat, and even I stayed till they headed back and the next Canadian fishing boat turned up, and I even helped with their mooring as there wasn’t anyone in the harbour to help them with it, and I met the captain and some of the crew from their last trip, so I told the captain the situation, and he told me, “come back tomorrow and I will find out and let you know, if I can help you”, so I was very happy to head back to my resting place after a long, and busy day at the harbour, and the two good news.

Week commencing 10.11.14

So this week I started my week by packing everything again and took some of my stuff and about 6 am on Monday morning I headed back to the harbour and as I got to there, I was called by someone from board of the Canadian fishing boat to come on board, so I got in and I talked to the chief engineer, and two other crews and they were listening to some music, which I told them the music reminds me of Ireland, and they told me listen this is the music of our place “Newfoundland” and I liked it very much as it was a good memory and a reminder of my almost two months of good peace journey, despite its occasional difficulties, in Ireland and especially Southern Ireland.

Anyway I was there for about an hour, and before they go for rest and sleep they kindly offered me a bed to sleep till a bit later as the captain was asleep, so I could later speak to him, and I gladly accepted and later when I woke up the son of the captain was there, which later I was told by the cook who was another nice person on board.

So later on I managed to speak to the captain and he told me he will send my details to his company and if they said okay, he wouldn’t have any problem taking me with them, so I started helping out as I was waiting on a reply, and that reply later came but it’s not positive, but the captain offered me to stay on board till next day in case their company change their mind at the last minute, and I stayed overnight and even next day I helped out till about midday, as both the captain and the chief engineer were quite happy to take me, but with no luck this time I had to say goodbye to them and even to another fishing boat who I hoped the captain could help.

Within a period of two days I meet three small fishing vessels going back without any offer on board of any of them, and it was quite hard and a difficult time for me, at those moments, because it’s more than a month I was looking forward to seeing these boats come back for their last trip, but they couldn’t take me, despite the positive vibe that I got at the beginning, when I meet especially two of them.

So anyway I have to say here that I told both the captains, that despite I’m not coming with you, I feel as though you have taken me there, as I feel your kindness and your offer was from your heart, but due to circumstances you couldn’t help. I have to say I enjoyed been on board of both vessels, especially the one which the chief engineer very kindly offered me a good red visible winter jacket and he wanted on behalf of the boat to pay me some money and I said to them thank you for the offer, but I don’t accept any money and I didn’t help on board for money. Later the chief engineer told me he’d asked the manager of the “Blue Water”, a Danish agency for Canadian vessels, to get me a gift on their behalf and I told him the best gift would be if I get across the “Davis strait or Labrador sea”, which will be my best gift, and next day when I saw the manager of the Blue Water after they have all gone, then I told him don’t worry about any gift, just fingers crossed for the last Canadian trawler which will be here next day, that it will hopefully help to connect with my next destination.

So it’s Thursday, that when I came to the harbour, here we go the mighty fishing trawler was there, and with much respect and caution I approached the captain again by asking a kind Danish engineer, who’s going on board, and he connected me to the captain. I met this captain on their last visit to the harbour, and I had a good conversation with him, and I told him that I met his brother, a manager for “Nuuk Transport”, which acts like Polar Enterprise here in Sisimiut for unloading fishing vessels, back in September in Nuuk, and I told him about my peace journey across Faroe Islands and many other wonderful people throughout my peace journey, and I have to say here they were the most helpful nation ever throughout this episode of my peace pilgrimage.

So anyway to cut the long story short, after two days of intense conversation, the decision was all in his hands, and that of his first mate, who I met a few times and we spoke on a few occasions about why I am doing this peace journey, and I think his influence on the captain and reassurance from him to the captain, helped. Also my wonderful supporters on social media helped, and by this time the devices that I got a few days back were proven to be very important to send out my messages asking for support, so all these things were reassuring him I wouldn’t be causing any problems, and finally the most wonderful captain’s first mate broke the good news of – I can sail with them on Friday 14.11.14 at 4 pm, and it’s the most beautiful gift I could ever get after such a long waiting time, so I headed back to my resting place and thanked everyone over there, got my gear and walked straight back to the board of the mighty fishing vessel for the start of a long peace journey at sea.

It was about ten past midnight before I said goodbye to the wonderful little town of Sisimiut, and it took more than half an hour to get disappeared completely, and by now it’s Saturday morning and we were on full steaming towards Hudson Strait through Davis Strait and by next day on Sunday we were near a little island called “Resolution”, (an island which has been occupied and contaminated by the US military after second world war, and the devastation of it was known to people there after 1990s).

Week commencing 17.11.14

So I have to say last weekend I was introduced to the new cook by the captain, to say if I can be in any help, and I offered my help as an extra pair of hands to the cook, as he was a new cook on board, and first time to cook for more than 26 people, as he has done cooking for half of a crew like this on a smaller boat, so things were new to him as much as it’s with me, so I started a plan of action as the state of the freezer, fridge, and dry storage was very scary and he couldn’t find things as he wanted and in a way it was very frustrating to him to plan ahead his daily, let alone his weekly cooking, so I felt it was a good idea to organise things in those places especially the freezer which hasn’t been done for the last five years or more, so I started my plan of action as I did back in 2011 with Occupy LSX (www.occupylondon.org.uk) camp’s tents, and sheltering.

So in a way I was acting like a heatsink (a cooling device for a transistor under a lot of heat), and there was pressure in his case, so I could cool him down, and say to him calm down everything is going to be okay, and sometimes telling him some funny stuff, which sometimes he was laughing a few minutes after my jokes, so I managed finally to help him get used to things, and now almost after two weeks, he can be relaxed and things has become second nature to him. I can imagine that the amount of pressure and stress he was going to go through would have been more if I was taken out of the equation, but now things are going quite well and everyone is happy, certainly the cook with no doubt. Maybe not some of the crew, whom I think maybe were seeing me as a threat to their chaotic disorder, and it was a reminder to them of a strict cook which they had before, and in his time no one could get even into the kitchen, let alone the galley, and the freezer room definitely not… whereas right now they are all going all the way to the end of the freezer room, even sometimes with their work clothes from around the ship. I found this all out later on, and understood some of them were liking the chaos and disorder, and even later on when I tried to introduce a recycling station they rebelled hard as they were not prepared for it. The only difference I found between recycling on board of this boat, and the cargo boat from Turkey to Egypt, was a plastic teaspoon, which here we are using a stainless steel teaspoon to stir the tea or coffee, and aluminium cans which we save to sell. The idea is that we are supposed to collect all the rubbish, and take it back to the land, and hopefully there it will be recycled, but it’s far from that yet. I was also told don’t turn the lights off, as it would be better to leave them on, by the first engineer. I am used to saving resources so this was difficult.

So anyway, let me go into the details of some of my circumstances that I am in at the moment! so you would have a better picture in your mind about my peace pilgrimage life on the board of this mighty fishing trawler, which I have heard recently some of the Russian and German ones are even much more bigger and they are huge, but I have not seen them yet!

As you come on board there are two ways to get to the bridge (a place I call it the brain of her mighty) – one is from outside through two sets of stairs, and the second through the inside main crew resting place, again through two sets of stairs, to a place where the captain and his first mate spend most of their working hours. It’s one of my favourite places as well, but due their busyness I can’t spend much time over there, and all you can see are electrical things, electronics, and computer equipments, so you will never get bored of looking at things, as there will never be a moment similar to the last, and even they have a TV box with hundreds of channels to entertain those who are looking after the place. From here you can see and check the most important activities of the boat, so you don’t have to run up and down all the time, also I have to say in the bridge you have about 30 life-saving suits just in case of an emergency for every crew member, just in case you end up in the water it’ll extended your life to about 10 hours.

When I settled in the boat, I was given by a wonderful crew member a brief introduction to her majesty’s inside tour to understand where are all the fire extinguishers and other important equipment, and at the end I have to wear this special suit so I’ll be familiar with it in less than a minute or two.

As you come down through the first set of stairs from inside to the next floor you will come to the captain, his first mate, chief engineer, and second engineer’s resting place, they have an office, a lounge, and a clothes washing room as well, as far as I know I have never been in their lounge.

As you come down through the next set of stairs, it will bring you to the main crew resting place, and as far as I know 13 people are resting here, including the first engineer in the medic room, the factory manager, the cook, myself in the main lounge, and 10 more people who are helping in the main deck and the factory, we have a nice dining place to accommodate 16 people at the same time, the kitchen where the crew can serve themselves after the cook has called through a sound system (ALL call dial 84 then hold M) just close to the kitchen entrance, and three meals a day (breakfast 05:45, lunch 11:45, and dinner at 17:45, the crews will help themselves at 23:45 as well, with what’s left and theirs favourites from the dry store, fridge, and the freezer room with plenty of different cans and about 20 different types of biscuits, and remains of the day’s food with about 20 different types of sauces, and their favourite ice cream from the freezer, (which I have to say some just have once a week ice cream on Sundays, and some almost every day), so they have plenty to manoeuvre with in their spare time.

We have two showers and toilets on this floor including a nice dry sauna, which some are using it every now and then, but I have not been able to do so, as my activities are not as intense as some of the other crew’s.

As you step down to the third floor from top of the ship to the bottom you come to the main factory and it’s worker’s floor, which are about 8 of them at the moment, but the capacity of the rooms are 10 people, 2 person in each room, there are six young men, and two a bit older. All of them are from north of today’s Canada, and they all speak Inuit. The day after I came on board I was allocated a bed in a room with one of the Inuit, but finally I abandoned going back there as the person was too difficult for me to get on well with, and was smoking a lot, so I went back to the main crew lounge.

After an electrical short in the main satellite box, the satellite /TV and video room are quiet for me to rest also. I always get an interruption by someone almost everyday, and the cook kindly has offered his bed, when he is not there, but so far I have used it just once to rest for four hours of uninterrupted sleep. In the lounge I wouldn’t get that much, or hadn’t got it prior to the satellite box breaking down.

So to just finish mentioning where the rest of the crew on board are coming from, many different parts of the planet earth: as I already mentioned 8 Inuit, also 14 Canadian, 3 Russian, 1 Ukraine, 1 Danish, 1 Faroe Islands, and an Earthian. I hope they won’t be offended by these old labellings.

The factory area starts from the clothes changing rooms and hand washing place for the factory personnel, deck and netting area, and the factory area next floor then the last is the main engine room.

As the prawns and/or fishes are coming in, they will be processed and frozen immediately 15 to 20 minutes after their arrival through a net and into a tank storage, through a different conveyor belt, and they get boxed, or in a bag after frozen and finally will be sent down to the main cargo hall with a capacity of maximum of a megaton for storage till their destination.

For the last three weeks I have been helping the cook to sort things out in the main freezer, galley, and dry storage room, also helping out with washing dishes. In my spare time I have managed to help other crew, like in the factory area making boxes, and in the bridge trying to learn how things are functioning in a very quiet time of the night, also watching news and science on the satellite box before it got broke, and checking on the internet and trying to write about my experiences here on board of the mighty fishing boat.

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Some of the photos before and after reorganisation of the allocated areas related to the kitchen.

So as some say “basically” that’s a brief description of my circumstances here on board, and I have to mention a few more things, which might help to reflect on your own circumstances wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Firstly, one day I was called to help out with washing a bird (a duck), by a crew from the deck of the ship (a place where four factory crew help to look after the net and connect and disconnect the two main doors at the back of the boat every time they send it to the bottom of the sea a distance varying from 300m to 1000m). I was in the kitchen with the cook, he was happy for me to go and help, so I went down and after almost an hour trying to wash the poor duck which somehow got covered with thick black oil, then I left it in a place on the crew’s recommendation until it got dry then we could release it next day, but the following day I was told off by the head of the factory, saying why have I done this and I have to get rid of it as soon as possible, so despite the duck wasn’t dry and wasn’t ready to be released, I have to take him to the deck and release him, but later I found out he has lost his life from cold, and that indeed saddened me, and this will bring me to the second incident.

Second thing. When I was helping with cleaning the bird, there’s a person who was working on the deck with others and he has never spoken to me, but during the duck cleaning he was keep talking to me about the bird, and the next day I found out he had mentioned to cook that he had a pain around his chest, and I have heard he was about 63 and he’s worked on the deck for about forty years. I have seen to be one of the deck crew you must have very good health and be fit and well, so when we went to near a village in North East of Quebec with only 309 people, to pick up a part for a cooking machine in the factory, we left him there. We couldn’t go to the village due to shallow water so some of the crew took him with a little boat that we have on the board of the mighty, and then I have heard he has been airlifted to Montreal for treatment, and I very recently when I asked about him I was told that he has got better and now he is at his home. It’s very sad to me to see this incident happened to him, so my heart and thoughts will be with him and his family and may he recover very well soon, and hopefully he wouldn’t come back here, but to enjoy the rest of his remaining life wherever he lives.

Thirdly, since I have arrived on board we have some crew especially three of the Inuit and a Canadian one who are not very happy with what I am doing or advocating and I have noticed they are doing everything to upset me or make me unhappy, or angry. Whether it is a deliberate act, or out of lack of knowledge, despite all the experience in my hand, I have found it quite difficult to deal with them. For those who are familiar with the OLSX camp, they are those type of people which we had there, people who – as I was sorting out tents and making them ready for people who needed them to rest – would just take a tent without any consensus, and after using it, would even trash it beyond being useful again. I can see those types of personality here, but I am just a guest and not part of any “working group” as in Occupy camp, and there is no General Assembly to discuss these matters, and I don’t want to involve the captain or the first mate, so I hope my patience will get me through, and I hope I will come up with a communication tool to ease the matter before I leave the mighty ship, and then hopefully that might even have a fundamental effect afterwards. I have to say one of them has the desire to be making a lot of money, almost wants to become a second Bill Gates. I have seen and come across many young people throughout my peace journey, but I have never seen or come across one quite like him, so for whatsoeverreason, I hope we come to an amicable solution!

The fourth thing. There is an observer on board, who checks the position of the boat when the boat sends the net to the bottom of the sea and when it’s pulled out, so he’ll check the sample of the catches, and notify his company. He is a heavy smoker (almost 45 cigarettes a day) but one of the most approachable and interesting people on board to talk to after the first mate (who I believe if it wasn’t for his support I would not be here at tall, so I have to thank him especially, and the captain as well, but the first mate definitely had an influence on the busy captain). With the observer I told him “as soon as I come to talk to you and you are about to smoke, I’ll come back later”, and now sometimes he’s not smoking and will talk to me instead, so we talk about what he’s doing, and the politics of today’s Canada, and the world as well.

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A few photo of a net we’re using and some catchs we are getting!?

Also I wanted to say the chief engineer (who is a wonderful and open minded person from Ukraine), and obviously the cook (who has done a computer course as well, and as soon as he mentioned it to the captain he was asked to see he can fix a printing problem and together we managed to fix it) are the people who I spend some of my spare time.

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Few photos of me and the kind chief engineer as he gave me a tour around the engine room and the factory 3.12.14

The crews are working very hard on a 6 hours rotation in 24 hours.

So that’ll bring me to say when I was still in Greenland, I sent out a Facebook message, to say I’m back on line after I got the devices, and can communicate with the www through them, and the message was I compared myself to Mr Ford Prefect from Betelgeuse planet got stranded on planet Earth for 15 years, and that was I believe 5 intergalactic minutes, so Greenland to me was like I was on another planet, and my two months stranded was like two years, or maybe two galactic minutes, but anyway the point was for me to ask those wonderful people who have more spare time and exploring the web more in depth, to find out and let me know, how I can get to download some books, so I could read them on a tablet or smartphone, as I didn’t want or I couldn’t carry books. I got some wonderful replies and downloaded some of those wonderful books, and I’m reading them in my spare time here. I haven’t yet had any reply to see how I can put the information on my blog into those types of files so people can download it and read it, without need for internet, in their leisure time, so if any one out there can help me with this little project I would much appreciate it.

I want the title for my memo, story, essay, or book – whatever you call it – to be “The story of a peace pilgrim across the planet Earth”, so more people can access it, and share my personal encounters throughout my peace journey, across half of the planet so far, and hope it’ll reach more people before I start my other remaining half. So if anyone is up for it please let me know through my email address (earthiankvn@gmail.com).

So as I’m writing for this part of my peace journey at sea, we are still fishing or catching prawns, for possibly another day or two, and then we will head on and be steaming towards a place further south about 1000 km near a town of St. John’s called Bay Roberts, so hopefully if everything goes well we’ll get there 8/9th December, and possibly I’ll spend my festive season in Newfoundland, Quebec or Ontario, so wait and see where the universe is going to connect me to!?

On this note I’ll leave you with much thought, and your dedication towards a better world far beyond politics, poverty and conflicts, and once more here I want to thank everyone on the board of the mighty fishing trawler, and thank them for taking me out of my stranded place, and praise their dedication towards bringing a fair amount of food to everyone’s home, with their harsh reality of life on board of the mighty.

So with much love and peace and living light still on board of the mighty fishing trawler in Davis Strait near Resolution Island.

Earthian

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Land of the Inuit #2

Week commencing 13.10.14

 

This week I tried to get in touch with more wonderful people and organisations to see and find out about my possible sea connection with the west from this snowy island, and also trying to arrange to talk about my peace journey north, with those who were interested in my peace pilgrimage.

 

As a result I got in touch with the harbour, and agencies who were helping out in the harbour when a ship comes, and I was informed that this coming weekend  and next week we’ll have some Canadian fishing boats, so all I have to do is to get in touch with them and try to find out whether they are going back this time or not? and if they do, would they kindly be able to help me to connect with my next destination?

 

I also managed to meet the mayor of the town, and he very kindly allocated some of his time to listen to me and hear about my peace journey.

 

I also met a wonderful teacher from Ottawa in the technical college mining division, while he was teaching his students about the formation of our planet, and a geological lesson on the planet, and here I recommend that everyone should see a film about “The story of Planet Earth” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQm6N60bneo), so you can see the scientific side of the planet earth story, then I spoke to him about my peace journey during and after his lesson, and later in the week he very kindly offered me some excellent winter boots and some warm clothes towards my journey further west of this icy island.

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My new look in front of the technical college

I also attended a funeral in the town where I felt I should share my sadness for a loss of any life, and in a way to say- if we leave this planet in our natural way of living and then reconnect back to the nature, it is a good and positive way forward despite its difficulties for the close relative of the person who is gone, and all of us will take the same journey more or less one day, but how it is depends on our activities on the planet, which will show our footprint that we leave behind for our future generations.

 

In the weekend I met the captain of a Canadian fishing boat who more than two weeks ago I met very briefly, and I told him about my story and this time he very kindly took me on board and offered me some food, drinks and even some dessert, also I had a chance to speak to some of the crew as well, and he told me if and when they come back next and if I’m still around, they’ll help me to connect with my next destination. I was so happy to hear that, then I said goodbye to him and most of the crew and I headed back to the town, also I have to say I met another captain and I told him and some of the crew about my peace journey and he said the same thing, so I’m hoping the universe with the help of these wonderful captains hopefully will connect me to my next destination in November.

 

Here in the town there is a place which is called “cultural house” and it has been a place that I visit every now and then and I try to meet new people, this weekend I met some people from “Reve Boheme” www.reve.dk which they were playing jazz and it was a close reminder of London and the West End.

 

Here I would like to thank all my wonderful Occupy family who some of them have been my encouragement to carry on with my peace journey since the first anniversary of OLSX camp, also I would like to say happy anniversary to the Occupy family and I hope and wish everything down there will go well during a week of talks about different issues in Parliament Square, where it has been a place of that sort of discussion for many of years in the past and I missed being there to show my full support, but my heart and thoughts are with you all the time and I will speak of it throughout my peace journey now and in the future to say how important and crucial it is to have a good public services and especially now having a basic income initiative which will lead us to a better and more prosperous society.

 

 

week commencing 20.10.2014

 

This week was a very special week to me and my peace journey’s anniversary, as I started my peace journey back on 23.10.12 and I have been advocating world peace through my walk for peace and nonviolent resolution to our conflicts all over the world. I was so happy to manage to connect with so many wonderful people and try to keep in touch with them, and as I look back their wonderful support has been a motor engine for my peace pilgrimage, and I hope with their support and help I can finish my peace journey around the world.

 

This week I got in touch with the harbour and a few more people to establish my connection and a link further west, I also spoke to some other Canadian fishing boats and their crews, and it seems their fishing season will finish close to the middle of November, so all I have to do is to wait and do all my best here in this little town and help out in any way that I can to let as many people as possible to know that why I’m on this journey. I am hoping people over here don’t feel world peace has got nothing to do with them, while the rest of mainland Europe is preparing or involving themselves in many different conflicts all across the planet and least to mention is today’s Middle East.

 

At the weekend I was invited by a wonderful teacher to his home for an evening of food and drink and informal talks as they call it in Danish a “Hygge”, and I met some more wonderful teachers and other members of the family, and I enjoyed the evening and would like to thank them all here, I also have to say I was offered hospitality of a Canadian fishing trawler, who the captain was from Faroe Islands, and I enjoyed the evening on board, and I’d like to thank him and all the crew.

 

week commencing 27.10.2014

 

This week I mainly concentrated on my final peace walk around the town as it has been my way of getting around in the town, which overall it exceeds over 20 km, so in a hope I can interact with those I haven’t come in contact, and specially I love to speak to those students in the town’s college, a place where has given me a shelter.

I managed to arrange some lessons with the English and other teachers to talk about my peace journey and some of the other main global issues which is facing us today.

 

In some of my talk I managed to speak about issues like poverty, conflicts, peace, climate change, and some more issues like public services which has been one of the engine force of Occupy movement throughout the world, and I think if we want to see a world beyond poverty, politics and conflicts, we have to think of a system which money is not it’s engine force, and our limited resources on the planet should be our base for planning and managing our future coexistence together and in harmony with one another.

 

As I am writing for the blog, I also prepare myself for another peace journey on the sea as I have a feeling my time here in this wonderful town of Sisimiut has come to an end, and I have to say goodbye to this wonderful and peaceful Inuit, and I hope we all come together to solve many challenges we face and ahead of us, so on this note I’ll leave you with a thought about how we can all come together and based on the consensus decision making way, how we can solve our global challenges in front of us?

 

with much love and peace and living light

your humbled Earthian brother

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From the Land of the Inuit

As I am writing this update for this episode of my peace journey across the planet, I have to say a lot is going on right now, there are many events which are coming to our minds and we feel  we can’t do much about them and are powerless, but I want to say right here that we are the most powerful species on this planet; we have already used that power to unfortunately cause some irreversible effects on this beautiful planet, which a lot of us are aware of, but do nothing except being busy with our daily activities – which in a way is just a repetition of things which are not helping humanity as a whole to be better off or more in harmony with nature – or we aren’t yet  communicating with one another to prevent these events from occurring, so through this blog or media, which is just another tool, I hope that we can bring our thoughts a bit closer to one another.

Here in this the biggest Island on the planet that I’m living at the moment people are getting ready and studying and waiting for an effect of what we have caused since the beginning of the last industrial revolution in the eighteenth century, and it is the melting of the glaciers. Now they hope that they can reach all those minerals which were inaccessible, and hope that the nation will get as rich as mainland Europe did.

Just for your information, the population of this island is just under 58 thousand people and by me coming here might have just made it to that round number, but despite such a small population, there are some who I have come across who are so narrow minded, including those who are controlling the so called “borders” who were thinking that by me not carrying money it is costing the government money and they have to know whether I am a so-called legal or illegal migrant to this land – this is a battle of who has got what and is doing what over here!?

We have got so much to learn from our past history to present day that even I can’t imagine from where we have to start, but a little example wouldn’t harm anyone, a book which I have found in the library of this technical college which I could borrow with a help of a wonderful teacher, which is called “climate change, what it means for us, our children, and our grandchildren”, and I don’t know that if anyone here has ever read it, already some of the data will be out of date, if you look at this recent event on the climate (http://www.climateoutreach.org.uk/past-events/). I don’t know what will happen by the end of this century, where people here in the land of Inuit are waiting to make money out of resources which will become available to them, while on the other side of the planet in Bangladesh every year more than five times the population of this nation here will lose their lives because of flooding and global warming, and probably by the end of this century when all the glaciers in this land of Inuit melts and all those minerals become available to this little nation, then in Bangladesh and all around the planet’s coastal and river lines we’ll lose more than 100 times the population of here, so what are we going to do with all that so-called money we made!? “reinvest!? to make our lives better” – well why not make our life better right now and not wait for that long in the future, when most of us might never make it.

A nation that has suffered so much throughout history that can’t see what’s going to happen, will just make me to be silent, just a response to those police officers here that were telling me that, “you can’t be here in this land without using money”. The question should be, ‘by Denmark getting those F16 with the name of helping NATO, how is that a solution to world peace?’, and not ‘a peace pilgrim can’t be here without using money’!?

It’s very obvious to me that our priorities aren’t right, and I hope that we can help each other to put them right.

Look at today in the middle east there’s a conflict which it hasn’t seen one like this since the creation of new borders and countries across the region, so to those who think by selling oil they make their so-called countries prosper, they haven’t got their priorities right either, as you might know a simple example over there will be the news headlines for a town called “Kobane”, similar to Gaza, but a bit smaller, which has been on the news in the recent days and weeks. This town has become a symbol of people holding up their civilised values to prevent IS (Islamic State) forces entering the town and beheading all those are not following their way of life!?, and after all these forces were the creation and result of the whole conflict which has its roots decades if not centuries back, and it’s been supported till recently by the west and some of the gulf nations, and now there is bitter conflict between innocent people and them, and now the west thinks by aerial bombing they will prevent that from happening, which is far-fetched at least, and those oil-rich nations can’t help, because their rich oil contracts might not be signed, so the irony is we all got our priorities misplaced due to “money”, which we created it to be a media of exchange thousands of years ago, but now whoever has got more of it has got more power and influence over the others!?

Across Europe and north America, people are struggling with many issues, very recent ones being banking crisis and austerity measures, fracking, and the conflict in eastern Europe, and these issues are really taking all our energy and affecting our daily life despite the bitter busyness of our daily struggle to survive. It isn’t very easy to handle all of these issues as the system has all the so-called military forces behind them to prevent us from doing good for all, so my message here to the world would be to stop getting involved with anything that has got to do with military forces and all the forces above people, including: army, navy, police forces, and even factories where they produce weapons – so anything related to things which is producing conflicts in today’s world, and this is just to start, with re-education the next step, with a mind clear from struggles and conflicts.

To my brothers and sisters across the planet we should rise up and listen to our hearts and occupy where we think our hearts should be. Today I have seen people of Hong Kong, tomorrow people of London and New York, so come together and create a new system far from the rotten foundation of what we have now, then we wouldn’t see the suffering of people in Africa, middle east and Asia.

Week commencing Monday 1st September,

Last week and the rest of weekend I managed to write and bring the blog up to date with my Iceland’s peace journey and events episode, and tried to prepare myself for a long sea journey towards Greenland as I had a feeling at the beginning of this week I’ll take that voyage further north so, I made some of my last walks between the harbour, town and the Reykjavik camp.

The weather was very windy and rainy for the last few days, but it did start to ease and become calmer since yesterday, so I did most of my preparation, packing everything and tried my best to be ready by the end of Wednesday night, as I was told by the fishing boat managers and the captain I should be ready by Thursday, so I can move out of the Reykjavik camp, which as I already said it has been my home for almost two months, and here I’d like to take this opportunity and thank everyone in the camp and the hostel for all their kindness and dedication towards what they were doing there.

It was on my last day in the camp that finally David (who was helping out in the camp), and I managed to find some time and have a short interview, and he very kindly dedicated some time towards the preparation and filming in and around the camp to put together this video which you can see here if you can find some spare time to watch (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My_Q_Orp67I).

On Thursday morning I headed out from the camp towards the old harbour and I managed to speak to the captain of the mighty fishing boat, and he very kindly said, “yes he’ll take me, but when they’ll go is not known yet, and it might be weekend”, so I said I have told goodbye to the camp and everyone there, so I’ll stay here in the harbour until we go, but in the evening one of the very kind crew of the ship who was from Faroe Island came and spoke to me and he very kindly took me into the ship and showed me a wonderful cabin (room 21), where I was going to stay for the duration of the voyage further towards west and north, so that’s how I made my way into the fishing boat which became my home for almost two weeks.

So for the next few days I was sleeping on board of the mighty fishing boat, in the old harbour, and having evening meal with the crew of the fishing boat, also I tried my best to help out as much as I could, meanwhile as I was waiting on our departure I got in touch with some wonderful people in the town and also I tried to print some of my internet communication cards and source a device for my online connection but both of those didn’t happen, so I decided not to try further and just use the library as I was in the old harbour and close to the town centre and the library.

Week commencing 8th September

Finally after 5 days of waiting in the old harbour on Tuesday 9th of September at about 2am we left the town of Reykjavik with a lot of memories in my mind towards further west and then north destination, or shall I say the land of indigenous people from the arctic north (the land of Inuit “Kalaallit Nunaat”, it has to be said that here the land is more Icer than Iceland, so the word Greenland wouldn’t correspond to the land and the land of Inuit is much more appropriate).

So for almost a week on the board of the mighty fishing ship I was running up and down and tried to escape from sea sick, but due to the smallness of the boat I had to vomit close to ten times, so eating was quite difficult for me while for sure I knew I have to bring it up from my stomach.

Despite a wonderful cook from Iceland cooking everyday for us I couldn’t eat just anything, but slowly my body got used to it and by the end of our voyage I managed to eat quite well, apart from some shark meat offered by the cook, which I couldn’t eat.

Slowly on the board of the ship I was helping the engineer and we were sorting out some of the equipment which has been used to repair the boat while it was in Reykjavik old harbour, and by the time I wanted to say goodbye to the people on the board specially the engineer I was offered to help out if I ever wanted to stay around the land of Inuit, which I was happy to thank them all and have that in mind.

Anyway after sailing on the sea for almost five days we arrived on Saturday 13th September at about 12pm in a little southern town of Nanortalik, which I was told it means a place where icebergs are meeting in the land of Inuit.

After staying there for another day and unload some stuff and bring on board some locals for their next fishing trip, then we headed further north to the next town of Qaqortoq where we arrived at about 5am on Sunday 14th September, and then after further unloading and sorting out few things I got in touch with the local harbour master and a few other people in order to find out about my next peace journey further north or west!?

Week commencing 15th September

As I didn’t have anywhere to go to and I had in my mind to put up my peace tent, it was here that the manager of the Icelandic fishing boat very kindly offered me a place to stay indoors, until I find out where am I heading to next, so that was very nice and kind from them, and as I was waiting on my departure further north, I found out there isn’t any boat going to west of this Island, so I had to go further north to the capital of the land of Inuit , “Nuuk”, when I found out that there’s a ferry coming down every Wednesday and then going back to north. I managed to speak to the captain of the Sarfaq Ittuk ferry from Arctic Umiaq Line (http://www.aul.gl/kl.html), and he very kindly got in touch with the management and they very kindly arranged and helped me to connect with the capital, which here I’d like to thanks everyone in the company.

On board the ferry I came across some wonderful people and also people from the ferry helped me with some food and drink as well.

After staying in Qaqortoq for about 4 days in the hospitality of the Icelandic fishing factory (Arctic Prime Fisheries ApS) on Wednesday evening I said goodbye to south town of Qaqortoq, and after couple of days on the sea on Friday 19th September in the morning at about 6am I put my foot down in the capital Nuuk.

I managed to get in touch with harbour master and a few other wonderful people who kindly got me in touch with Nuuk TV as well and later on I had a short interview which you can watch here (http://www.nuuktv.gl/nyhed/earthian/) if you have time, this was after police turned up in the harbour and took me to the town and wanted to find out how did I arrive? and where I should put up my peace tent which wasn’t going to cause any problem to anyone.

Week commencing 22nd September

This week I mainly explored the capital and got in touch with as many people as possible so I could make my mind up whether to stay here in the capital or head further north in hope to connect with west as and when it’ll become possible. Some wonderful people very kindly helped and advised me on my next move, and even I was told by people from blue water (an agent for shipping connectivity) (http://www.bluewatershipping.com/), that someone else earlier this year was doing a round the world journey but went back to Denmark because he couldn’t get a link to west (http://www.onceuponasaga.dk), but as always when it comes to the final decision making time, I have to do it myself, so after connecting with some wonderful locals in the town, the library, and the harbour, finally I made my mind up and I managed to get a connection to the second biggest town (Sisimiut) in north through a wonderful manager of a traveling company called Tupilak Travel (www.tupilak.gl), which here I would like to thank him and all the other wonderful people in the agency.

Also during my stay in Nuuk I had my peace tent behind the big sport centre, which was built for the Arctic winter games 2000 (http://www.arcticwintergames.org/), and here I would like to thank the person who was looking after the centre, who was very kind and helpful during my stay there, also a big thanks goes to the manager and all the staff of the Igaffik restaurant from the Nuuk Transport, who were very kindly helped me with food and drink during my stay in the capital near the main harbour.

So after packing my peace tent from the capital on Thursday and staying indoors for the night with the kindness of a person, next day I headed back to the harbour where I did arrive a week ago, and after spending a day in and around the town and the harbour with some wonderful people who I came to know through my peace journey north from Qaqortoq, we started a tour around the old town again, then ate together and later on I said goodbye to them and walked back to the harbour to board the wonderful ferry which brought me to the capital a week ago, and I told them about my peace journey further north and they very kindly welcomed me back.

On board of the ferry I met some more wonderful people and one of them very kindly helped me with some food and drink after she has seen me on the Nuuk TV news, also people from the ferry offered me some more food and drink, and after being guest of their ferry for another 2 days I arrived on Saturday 27th September at about 18:30 in the town of Sisimiut.

In the town I managed to get in touch with some wonderful locals who very kindly helped me with a shelter for a couple of days before I could find somewhere more permanent, until I find out from the harbour when can I get a connection to my next destination.

While I was looking around the town during the weekend I came across a place which is called cultural house and in there they were showing a film called Sume (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sume_(band), which a kind person in the centre helped me to watch it next day, which had an English subtitle and so I could understand what was about, and what has happened in the 60s and 70s. It was a very good film to explain why they wanted to sing in their native language, and still to this day it resonates with people’s minds.

Week commencing 29th September,

At the beginning of this week I managed to get in touch with some wonderful people in a technical college (http://kti.gl/da/Uddannelser), and they very kindly provided me with a shelter which to me was a first and immediate need even more so than food and drink, because here staying and sleeping outside in a summer tent and not having a proper sleeping bag would be risking a life, as I know from when I tried further down in Nuuk and sometimes at about 2 to 3 am I could feel the coldness severely, so as I had a lot of dry food still from Iceland, it wasn’t an immediate need for food, and water here is no problem, but to have a shelter here is very important so that’s why here I’d like to thank those who are supporting my peace journey and allowing me to survive and carrying on with my peace mission, and I hope their contribution will help us to make a differences in people’s minds towards all the conflicts across the planet.

Also this week I managed to get in touch with all those people who might be able to help me to cross the last sea frontier before this episode of my peace journey comes to an end, and another one starts.

At the weekend I also visited a polar fish 2014 exhibition (www.polarfish.net) , and got in touch with some wonderful people, across the Scandinavian nations, with the help of the exhibition manager, who allowed me to connect with the fair, and also come in contact with some wonderful locals who were appreciating what I was doing towards world peace.

Week commencing 6th October

This week I managed to exchange some of the camping gas canisters, which I was carrying since Iceland from Reykjavik camp for a warm pair of winter socks and a top, in a camping place here in Sisimiut, also I helped out with the Royal Arctic Line (RAL) crew in the harbour with some special deliveries from the airport to the town, and despite RAL didn’t help me to get to the land of Inuit from Iceland, because, “I wasn’t helping their business to thrive or I wasn’t profitable to their activities”, as they commented through e-mail, I found people who are working for the company are very helpful and peaceful, despite the management sees things differently, but here in the harbour I can get on with these people quite well.

Also this week I managed to get in touch with a classroom in the technical college and speak to some of the students who are studying different subjects about my peace journey and I found some of the students and teachers are very helpful and encouraging. Also I have to mention I have come across some who are telling me I should take my peace journey back to middle east and specially today’s Syria, and my answer to them, has been to say, I have been there; and explain that what I do is merely about awareness and in this case now, a reminder that neither Denmark, nor so called “Greenland”, I call it “the land of Inuit”, would be any safer or more peaceful if they get even more F16s, and the world doesn’t need these devices to bring peace to it. I have to say here this is just an example to the people of this land, all across the world there are many conflicts which their solution wouldn’t be to get more ammunitions, and such counter actions won’t help us to solve our conflicts.

Anyway, I have come across such people even back in the middle east and very close to my birth place, back in 2012, and they were even asking me to go to the middle of where there were almost two armies opposite to each other and in the brink of a conflict, and they were asking me to go there and to take my peace journey to the middle and try to stop the conflict from starting, so imagine that?! My answer to them then was if I don’t know the cause of a conflict how am I going to stop it and prevent it from happening, it needs more in depth investigation before I go there and try to stop it, or I would be gone with all my peacefulness with a strike of a bolt. But it isn’t unusual to hear comments like this here and in other so called peaceful nations as well.

A similar incident is the issue of my rainbow peace flag, which in the middle east was offensive as they were thinking I am advocating gay rights, and now here people think that I’m a greenpeace campaigner and some don’t want to make an effort to even talk to me, so similarity and differences are everywhere, and may the universe bring all the answers to my mind to explain why I am on the peace journey through this land.

Finally here I’d like to thank the head of the technical school, IT department and many other wonderful teachers and students, who have kindly helped me to be able to write up what I think is right in my heart and far from bias and prejudice, to write it up to you – my wonderful peace loving family across the planet.

with much love and peace, and living light across the planet
your humbled Earthian brother from the town of Sisimiut here in the land of Inuit

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Iceland (the Land of Ice, Volcano, Aurora and Thermal Heat)

The time that I am preparing for this episode of the blog has been one of the most difficult period on this part of my peace journey so far, and I have to say despite its difficulties I’ll carry on and even face greater challenges ahead of me, probably by the time you read this I might have already said goodbye to Iceland after almost close to two months of staying here and enjoying communicating with wonderful people all across this very much alive island in mid atlantic, but also I have to remind you that their police forces weren’t much different with those I came across in middle east, and the rest of europe.

one of my main concern in which caused police interference was my candle peace vigil and a Syrian refugee camp in front of their parliament here in Reykjavik, and my action despite support of local was so intolerable to them, that they even didn’t give me a chance of respectfully finish my peace vigil and say goodbye to those people who were there and supporting my action.

I don’t want to go into details of why I felt it should be done and why here? in Iceland, to me it was simply my heart felt that I should do it and also it was to say to these peaceful people here that a massacre has occurred and we all should know and help to bring those people who are responsible to justice, and to show the suffering of innocent children in those refugee camps must be dealt with, and as a whole the entire middle east is in turmoil and what are we going to do about?, so I could engage with as many people as it was possible and merely do an awareness than anything else, but seems to me my action was so offensive to the police forces here that if they were in middle east perhaps I wasn’t writing about it right now!?.

The crisis in middle east, Africa, far east and even close to europe are all in my mind unnecessary and waste of human and the planet resources, but how can we stop them?, to me nonviolence and peaceful action of each and everyone of us would be the answer, if we don’t participate in actions where some so called government creating them for us we don’t have to suffer the consequences of them.

so my brothers and sisters all across the planet, I have to say here that all we need to do is to follow our heart and I don’t believe that our heart will simply let us down, just listen to your heart and mind and do what you think it’s really making sense and you happy, and please don’t follow orders of others, so called our superiors, and only follow your good heart and mind, and I say we can have a much brighter society and much healthy planet, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t listen to one another, in fact collaboration and cooperation and everyone consensus are the only way forward to a healthier society, and environment.

so let us all come together and discuss things in a way that we all happy on what we are going to do in the very near future, which make all of us happier for a betterment of us and the planet.

week commencing 14.7.14

The place of this update was between the two harbour and I was looking out towards further north specifically Greenland and into the town and around, the weather was cloudy and a bit windy as well.

so as you know I put my foot down on Tuesday morning on 15.7.14 at 9am on this very new land to me, and after a short lift out of the main new, I walked along side of the sea front and I was trying to get in touch with everyone I was coming across to tell them about my journey and why I was ended up here in Iceland.

So after walking for about 5km, and connecting with some wonderful people along my way on the seafront I managed to connect with three places before I think about where I should put my head down for the night.

first was a new building in the old harbour, which is called Harpa (http://www.harpa.is/), and it is a centre for connecting people together in the capital and across the Iceland, specially summer time, booming with tourists, so after resting there for a bit and taking some photos, then I headed towards my second place and it was the port office in the old harbour (http://www.faxafloahafnir.is/wp-content/uploads/Port-information-quide-okt%C3%B3ber-2013.pdf), and I was trying to connect with the harbour master, which I was told he isn’t around and for me to connect with my next destination which was “GreenLand” I would have to see the mayor of the Reykjavik, as I told the people at the port office, why I was there!?.

So I headed out towards my third place “city hall” (http://www.visitreykjavik.is/reykjavik-city-hall) to connect with the mayor, but later I found out it wasn’t so easy as the faroes mayor and I came to the term to abounden seing him after all, and I might never be able to see him anyway, and it was clearly reminded me of the bureaucracy of the middle east as I wanted to see someone from a government office.

at least here I managed to connect with Internet and update my position with a little smart phone device, which I was carrying with me since the start of my peace journey, (which I have to say now with regret that it has gone after the raid on my candle peace vigil camp in front of the parliament which you will read more about it further down), with the help of a kind receptionist.

So by now it was approaching evening time, so I headed out and was trying to find a place to put my head down for the night.

after walking and trying to connect with a few places and talking to the people in there finally I managed to speak to a very kind manager for a place which was called the Loft hostel (http://www.lofthostel.is/) in the main street of the Reykjavik, so I was offered a bed in a room with 7 more beds and in there I met couple of people from Germany, which later date I met one of them again, then I said goodnight to the universe and all around me, and I put my head down in a warm bed in Reykjavik for the first time in my life through my peace journey.

Next day I went back to the city hall again to see if I can see the mayor, but I was told I can see the mayor’s assistant for just 3 minutes and I said ok, so I told him why I was there, and if he could relay my message to the mayor, but haven’t heard anything ever since.

after I left there on my way I got connected with a wonderful local as I was looking for a salvation army day place as their guest house couldn’t help me, so he very kindly took me there and they told us they have closed the centre as people who were going there weren’t respecting the stuff at the centre and they have to close it, then after that he just mentioned that he has heard about a story of someone was brought here to Iceland free of charge by this famouse shipping company, which he didn’t know it was me, and I told him about it and I said it was me and then with and another friend were trying hard to help me to find a place for me to put my head down for the night, which we ended up in another hostel called Kex (http://www.kexhostel.is/), and after explaining to the people in there, they kindly offered me another bed for the night and this time in a room with ten people from all over the planet including: Europe, Asia, and America, and I shared my story with them and they were very nice and happy to hear, even two of them very kindly brought me back an icecream as well, after hearing my story about my craving for icecream on my last peace journey to the middle east, and we shared some food and drink together in the kitchen as well, it was here that I met Liam from Glasgow, who was there for a Celtic match with Iceland and he kindly offered me a Celtic shirt.

so last night after exchanging my details with most of those wonderful people, I said goodnight to the universe and everyone else around me and I slept like a baby log.

Today I managed to have something before I head out and it was here in the kitchen that I met Liam again, and he very kindly offered me some food and Irish and mix music CDs as well, and thanked me for what I was doing and then we said goodbye, then I headed out to see I can connect with a Greenlandic shipping company, which is called “The Royal Arctic Line” (http://www.royalarcticline.com/) to see if they can help me to connect with Greenland, and because they didn’t have any office here in Iceland, so I approached them through the wonderful people who helped me to come here from Faroe Islands, but at later date I found out they have said to me there is no benefit for them to take me to greenland, and they can’t help me with the connection, and also the ironey they have sugested to approach private yacht or fishing boat, as I wouldn’t know that would be my next available options.

so ever since almost every day I have been trying to connect with one, but with no luck, and on my third night in Reykjavik I managed to connect with a wonderful place called the Backpackers hostel (http://www.reykjavikbackpackers.is/), and they very kindly offered me a bed for the night in a 6 people room, so I appreciated the warm bed and after eating something in there free kitchen area, I put my head down for the night.

next day due to rain I had a chance to clear an alloy way just beside the hostel which was very dirty till late afternoon and I managed to connect with some people as well, while I was waiting there, and then I tried to connect with a peace house which was closed, so I left my details for the future connection through their letter box, then I tried to connect with this city hostel (http://www.hostel.is/Hostels/Reykjavikcity), and the Reykjavik camp (http://www.reykjavikcampsite.is/) since my second night in reykjavik which I never managed to get as far as there, but today after visiting another hostel near to the peace house and they told me they don’t have a place, I finally headed towards the place and it was on my way there, which I came across a wonderful and kind person from Czech republic, and as I told him where I was heading he knew the place and he came with me to the front of the place, and as I said goodbye to him then I managed to speak to the people at the reception and I was told the hostel hasn’t got any place but, I can go and stay in the campsite if I speak to the people in there, and at the campsite they kindly asked me to go and put up my peace tent anywhere that I can find an empty space that I like, which I did put up my famous KSA peace tent here in the Reykjavik camp, and I added another place to its story, and I didn’t know it’ll be taken away from me later date by the Icelandic police forces.

so on Friday and the weekend I managed to help out with some of the camp’s activities and connect with this wonderful person from Czech and we explored some place in the town and around the old harbour including visiting Samhjlp, a place where they help people in need with food and drink then the famous Reykjavik church (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallgr%C3%ADmskirkja), then the places of the Nuns and an Ice Cream place where he very kindly offered me one and then slowly we headed back to the camp where I managed to prepare something and we eat together before we say goodnight to one another, then I headed back to my peace tent for rest.

week commencing 21.7.14

This week again I mainly got involved with some of the camp’s activities, like helping out with the recycling and try to connect with as much as people as it was possible and also as I saw it was an international place to meet up with people from different part of the planet, I mentioned to few people who were there for a period of a month or more and some new people as well, about the idea of a “community” or a “foundation”, which I was calling it “Earthian Centre for peace and reconciliation of humanity on the planet earth foundation or community”,so I could ask people to come and discuss how and why we should have such a foundation or community and what’s the urgency of it? as I saw most of them were helping out and not to use monetary system was an ideal way to implement here as resources were abandoned in the camp a part from fruit and vegetable!?.

from the outside the camp I was trying to get connection with as many people as it was possible for me to manage to get my next destination connection, which was GreenLand, and that meant to connect with anyone who might be able to help me to do so, and even later on I put out a message on the board of the camp to say so, also I already had a message of if anyone doesn’t want their tent or few other stuff like a gas canister head, so we could use all the spare cartridges on the free shelf, so we could use them, rather than using electricity.

It was a great place to be in the camp and outside in the town, very peaceful and friendly people, and even people were showing their support by bringing their spare food and drink directly to front of my peace tent rather than putting it on the free shelf.

so it was this week that I tried to connect with some people from the banking system as well, and tried to speak to them about the economic turmoil of 2008 and how they can prevent the event of 2k8 and the collapse of the banking system here in Iceland to happen again, and as I remember from occupy london here in iceland they managed quite well to get out of the turmoil better than any other places in the rest of Europe and america, also I managed to speak to a manager of one of the main bank but all he was telling me was we are doing our best to prevent that event from happening again, and we want to rebuild our relationship and trust between our customers, and we want to have a peaceful way of dealing with it as well, and we don’t want trouble, as they thought i was there to create problem, and i reminded them that I am a peace pilgrim, so I tried to get in touch with few more, but I found very hard and it was almost like reaching the politician and the bureaucracy of mailing system and their ceo or managers are all on holiday, so I abandoned the idea of talking to them at all as I gave up trying to see the mayor or any other politicians here as well as I mentioned earlier.

week commencing 28.7.14

This week again I mainly concentrated on the camp, and the harbour and I even tried to connect to the Danish embassy to see if they can help me to ask the royal arctic line, and I was told they don’t have a good relationship with them and even Greenland as a whole, and they are quite independent, and I told them this building to me was the only Greenland connection that’s why I came here, so I have already asked some wonderful people to ask them on my behalf but they have not accepted their request, so it was after here I decided not to approach them again, and abandon the idea of asking more people about their help.

so it was this week that I managed to complete going around the whole town of Reykjavik wider one and not just the old town and see more of the newer build part of the town.

also it was this week that I came across some wonderful people in the old harbour and there was a hope that they might help me to connect with Greenland but they were telling me it will take about a week or 10 days to know whether if they can take me or not?, so as I knew I had a place in the camp and I could stay there for long I thanked them and I said I’ll wait no problem, and also i had in my mind to go out of the Reykjavik, and see and meet more Icelandic and locals from outside the capital, and not just from this very touristic town, so all I had to do was to wait and as in the camp I had collected enough dried food for a round trip on the ring road around Iceland then I managed to do that preparation to start a journey on the weekend and hoped to be back on time for my Greenland connection.

also again this week in the the camp and in the town I managed to connect with some wonderful people, and discuss my peace journey with them and why I am on this journey and how it can help me and other people I come in contact with will think about the reasoning of my journey.

as I said it was also this week that after finding out the fishing boat, which I was in touch to connect me with Greenland wasn’t going anywhere for a foreseeable future then I decided to go a head and do an Icelandic Exertion on my way of doing it, and visioning it.

also this week I found a new tent which after repairing it I called it peace tent number 2, so I could use this one as my second home and safe the peace tent number one which has gone through a lot and also survived a very heavy and windy night here in Reykjavik and many other places, so I rescued another one which I called it peace tent number 3, and someone very kindly donated number 4 as well, which needed a patch and some repair, but it was the lightest one, which I liked to take with me on my peace journey around the Iceland ring road, so I was well prepared to start that peace journey around the Iceland.

so on saturday morning 2.8.14 I headed out of the Reykjavik camp hoping to connect to any town in north or south, whichever the universe was going to connect me to first, and after few miles of walk I managed to get as far out as I could walk on the main road, so I could connect with anyone who was going to any direction, and turned out the north got it’s way first, then after some wonderful connections, those wonderful people know very well who they are out there, which they very kindly I got me as far north as a town called Akureyri, and it was here that I came across a person from Germany, who I met more than 2 weeks ago in the Loft hostel on my first night in Reykjavik and he was staying in a camp and then later on we went back to the camp and I managed to speak to the people who were running the camp and they kindly as they have heard about my peace journey story somehow, so they very kindly offered me a place for the night to rest before I head on further east, and also it was here that I managed to repair my peace tent number four, and have a nice cup of earl gray tea with wonderful Nike from Germany as well.

then next day I headed further east towards the lake myvatn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%BDvatn), and after two wonderful connections and about 6 miles of walk around the lake, which I was nearly eaten up alive by midges, which here I have to say I managed to survive the Walesh, Irish, and Scottish mosquito, but there was no match to these midges, luckily my big rainbow umbrella was acting like a protecting dish, so I managed to survive and after coming across some wonderful people from Norway and having some food with them and a couple from Israel later in the evening then I came across two wonderful people from germany again and they offered me to stay in the camp where they were staying for the night and for me to head further east next day, which I did so and after asking the manager of the camp as usual I was offered a place to put up my wonderful light peace tent number 4, and after spending and talking about my peace journey with these wonderful people, I said goodnight to them and everyone else around me.

week commencing 4.8.14

so after waking up earlier again and having something to eat at the camp kitchen beside the lake Myvatn, I headed fureter east, and after another couple of connections from Austria and Germaney I arrived a the bigest town in the east called “Egilsstadir” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egilssta%C3%B0ir), after staying in the town for couple of hours in the reception of the town’s camp and connceting with some wonderful people over there and managing to explore a bit of this very little town, then I managed to get a connection towards further south east through the east fjords (http://www.discover-the-world.co.uk/destinations/iceland-holidays/east-fjords), then further south despite a heavy rian and not to see a good views of the east fjords, but I enjoyed connecting with the locals and they were very kind and helpful.

so after 5 more connections today, I managed to get as far as the little town of Hofn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%B6fn), close to midnight, which I stayed in the reception of the campsite and as I was heading further west again back towards Reykjavik I didn’t want to put my peace tent just for a few hours.

next day I walked for a few miles again, and then I got to met a wonderful person from France who very kindly offered me a cup of coffee and some food before I connect with a local person who took me for a visit to a farm, which was hosting guest from different part of the world and showing them what they have in the farm and also touring them around the glaciers, so he very kindly took me further west again for some more miles, then after saying goodbye to him and waiting on my next connection, some how I got connected with these two wonderful people from London Camden town, and it was just refreshing my memory of London and how I missed it despite its business, but anyway they very kindly took me further west towards a place called Skaftafell (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skaftafell), and on our way we stopped by a bridge near to the main glacier, and I took some photos and then after a bit further west, they had to turn right towards a place where they were staying so we said goodbye and I thanked them again and they wished me luck.

it wasn’t very long before a wonderful German family very kindly took me all the way to a place which is called Vik (http://en.visitvik.is/VisitVik/), I shared a bit of my story with them for the duration we were togehter and they were quite happy to check and follow up on my peace journey further north and around the planet, then after almost couple of hours I said goodbye to them and after exploring the little place, I headed on the road again and this time I found it was very difficult to have a conncetion so I decided to head out of the place and immediately 5 meters outside the place I wasn’t waiting for even 5 minutes, which I got a final connection with these person from the town of Egilsstadir, and orgianlly from Poland, who could speak multi languages and being an Electrician as well, so we had a long conversation about the situation here in Iceland and the economic problem and so on, but I have to say he was swearing like there was no tomorrow, but I managed to coup, then he kindly droped me just outside the camp before 10pm.

so that was how I managed to get around the ring road of Iceland with 17 different connections, and four intense days covering over 1500 km in total, and back to Reykjavik in one piece, before even my connection to Greenland in the old harbour notice of such a move.

So after coming back to the camp and updating my current situation with people in the camp and then next day I visited a place of free food and drink with a person from the camp and also later on we participated in the Hiroshima event in the town (http://www.reykjavik.com/reykjavik-remembers-hiroshima-nagasaki/), and also I found out the fishing boat is still there and it might go this weekend, so I had to speak to the capitan or the manager of the boat, which I managed to speak to the main manager later date and I was told they can’t take me after all, because they aren’t going directly to Greenland and it’s going to a fishing ground, so I have to wait for another week or 10 more days before I would be able to see if I can sail with the next boat, also I have to say it was this week which I managed to run Reykjavik August 5k run and I got a medal and plenty of vitamin c (oranges), and I have taken some photos as well hope you can see them in the future, if I can get my phone back from Police!? (Read later on about the story),

also this week I handed over the world peace flame candle to Thomas a person who was volunteering in the camp as a present for his birthday as I was carrying it since Wales, and also the star constellation to another volunteering person in the camp as I was carrying it since summer small world festival 2013 from England, for the sign of their dedication to what they were doing was what their heart was telling them to do!?.

also it was this week that I visited the Videy (http://imaginepeacetower.com/light-house), Island to see the light tower and I tried to stay in the island but I wasn’t allowed, and I managed to finally visit and see a famous icelandic film director (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hrafn_Gunnlaugsson), which his meetup wasn’t impressed me and he was very pessimistic and was swearing a lot and not positive at all, which you could see the turmoil past he was carrying and causing all that griefs.

11.8.14

This week mainly I was trying to connect to people in the town and the old harbour and was trying to find out about my connection to Greenland and see whether is there really a possibility for me to connect with there or not?, also every day I was trying to find the captain of a new vessel in the old harbour, but I wasn’t able to find him and finally I found him and he said we don’t take passengers and they are just going out for fishing so I was told to wait for another vessel to come and hopefully this vessel will take me!?.

meanwhile I was trying to connect with more people again and share my story hopefully a connection will be made in it’s nice way, also there was couple of evening event in the city hall regarding to the world economic gathering with 33 nations were coming together and drinking champagne in the city hall to me was far from solving the environmental problems of the world within a corrupt system, which will do anything for profit!?, and even I managed to connect with someone from Brazil, to prove that its all waste of time, and bureaucracy and far from real solutions to be found and implemented.

It was this week that I managed to speak to some people from a solar light device, which I managed to get one to carry with me after I asked the people who were advocating it and also we took some photos, which I think after they shared it on their social media I had a hit on my blog!?.

this week on wednesday I did a yoga session with a person who was running it in the camp, and visiting a place in the town called Mengi (http://www.mengi.net/), where they were very friendly and kind to help me to share an evening with their music, then after exchanging some contact and taking some photos I headed back to the campsite.

also this week I was writing up most of the events for my blog about my peace journey in scotland.

18.8.14

It was today that I sent out a message on some social media to say if anyone is around for a candle peace vigil and a Syrian refugee camp in front of the parliament in reykjavik are welcome to join me, and I printed out some for around the campsite as well.

also this week finally after a month of waiting, I managed to see the director for the reykjavik port in his office after coming back from his holiday, so after explaining why I was there? he told me that the chance of getting to Greenland would be much higher if I connect with another port further south which is called Hafnarfjordur (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hafnarfj%C3%B6r%C3%B0ur), so I thanked him and I said I’ll find out and let you know how I get on?

Also I did ask at the harbour about the new fishing boat, and I was told to come back on Friday and hopefully by than they will know when the boat will sail?, and I also managed to get connected with few more places and sharing my story with them as well.

so on Thursday 21.8.14 a wonderful person from the camp helped me to get to the town of Hafnarfjordur as he was taking someone who I knew from the camp to the keflavik (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keflav%C3%ADk), airport so he very kindly took me to this town, which was on his way, then I manged to get in touch with the manger of the port and he told me, we do have some boats, which are registerd in Greenland, but they go out to near there and do fishing for a month or more then they come back here so they don’t go into Greenland, so they couldn’t help me as well, and they mentioned few options which I had already tried them like royal arctic line, and so on, which then I thanked them and I headed back towards reykjavik, which after few miles of walk I managed to connect to a wonderful mechanic from poland who was on his way home to Rejkjavik and he kindly brought me back all the way to the camp, also I offered him a cup of tea or coffee, but he told me his wife is waiting for him, so after saying goodbye to him I said hello to the camp and many other people around.

due to next day peace vigil I packed as I was going to camp out there in front of the parliament to highlight the urgency of the issues of the recent Yazidies massacre and also in solidarity with the people in London and many other places to highlight the importance of the issue of the Islamic State who are causing destruction across the middle east as specific, and to the world as a whole so for me to highlight that their brutalities has to be raised and should be solved all together, and to highlight the situation with refugee camps across the region, so as I had a support from some local grass root people to put up the camp as well, but as police turned up after midnight and asked to take it down, so I was happy to do so, but in a peaceful way and as they didn’t give me enough time to do so they acted with utter disrespect and almost trashed down the peace tent number 3, which I saved from the camp for today, this was while I had peace tent number 1 and my rock sack and many other stuff inside the tent, which it is a long list to mention all here, what I had with me on that terrible night as I was doing my peace vigil with some more local in the square!?.

so as they wanted to take everything and go, I told them they can’t take it as they belong to me and I’ll take care of them and as soon as the light of the candles will go off I will clear everything and go very peacefully, but this time they came back and wanted to know who am I and why I am there? and I told them but they weren’t believing in me and then they took me and as they took me I dropped my phone which I earlier recorded what they did to my peace tent? and they didn’t let me to take it so I was taken as I left with everything in the square the list of the stuff that has been taken are as follow:

  1. Samsung galaxy note N7000
  2. a famous peace tent number 1 black and red colour and peace tent number 2 blue colour with more than 30 pegs.
  3. A big rainbow Umbrella
  4. 2 x sleeping Matt, one blue and two black air mattress
  5. one foil blanket
  6. love and peace stick with 2 feathers
  7. one yellow lighter and a match
  8. a screw camping gas canister with its bottle.

9.two cooking camping container and 3x forks 1 set of camping cutlery and a special teaspoon “Ahmed tea London”.

  1. one 750ml blue drinking bottle
  2. a blue bowl for eating food.
  3. a stainless steel cup
  4. an aluminum container for boiling water
  5. a small container of washing up liquid and a foam.
  6. 100 of different tea bags and a jar of coffee
  7. 10 different types of dried food containers and noodles.
  8. a pair of white gardening gloves
  9. few different types of bungees and ropes for tighten things together.
  10. more than ten different types of candles for the vigil.
  11. more than 10 different types of card boards with our messages and peoples messages of support of what I was doing in the square in front of the parliament.
  12. about 10 copies of an article about the Yazidies massacre in Kurdistan
  13. about 10 copies of an article on the ISIS act of brutality in today’s Syria and Iraq, and more than five copies of Benjamin Ledus #LightForIrak which left with me to support his cause while I was there.
  14. my own two main peace pilgrimage board with my message on my journey.
  15. more than 10 different types of markers with different colours (black blue and red).
  16. a red pen and an black ink pen and a pencil with a note book with all people’s emails and details so I could get in touch with them for the future events from myself and our group.

all these stuff has gone missing between Friday night 22 and Saturday 23 August between 1am to 3pm.

  1. 2×3 meter green tarpaulin and 2 little green matt to sit on.

I urgently need my Galaxy note phone with all the data on it, including the filming of the police rampaging my peace tent on the night.

, so everything was left behind and as I said to them what about my stuff as two of them were drugging me to their van and then they took me to their police station and then held me for 14 hours without even offering a glass of water then the time that they asked I can go and I was told everything I left in the square should still be there and that was not true, don’t say they have already asked a private company to go and clear everything as rubbish, and as I later on spoke to the person from the collecting company he told me as he has heard the news about my arrest and the situation he has taken everything to the police station where I was held and they decided not to give me back everything, so that’s how I lost everything I had in the square, with a regret to their brutality and harsh treatment towards a human being and a peace pilgrim, I have to say possession is something that I shouldn’t worry about, but the way they entered my personal space and took everything was saddened me to this day that I write this and it just reminded me of the incident on my last peace journey to middle east in the Saudi Arabian forces.

also despite this weekend was a cultural festival on Saturday 23.8.14 the day that I was released from police prison cell so as I went back to the place of their brutality and see whether still my stuff were there or not?, because as I said at the police station they told me the rest of my stuff might be still there, while for sure they knew it wasn’t true, but not only there wasn’t anything I was shocked that they didn’t tell me the truth, so I have to start my first enquiry about what happened to the stuff by trying to use the library internet to connect with those people, who were there with me that eventful night and the local council cleaners, which they told me they have called to clear the square by a private company.

for me to come out of the sadness of what I went through in the past two days at the library I was trying to find out if they have anything so I can read and forget about the event and also i have to say people were partying outside as the festival was in a full swing, so I just found out there are just two books in english about peace a subject which I wanted to make myself busy to read all about it which one was Willy Brandt “peace”, and two “waging peace by Scott Ritter”, then I visited a museum about photography on sixth floor of the library (www.photomuseum.is), and all I was trying to do was to put behind what happened and forget all about the incident and it’s very hard indeed to forget all about it!?.

then coming back to the camp and facing talking to wonderful people here all about my incident, also I have to say this week I have done most of the writing for the Islands of my blog.

25.8.14

So as you might know most of this week I was trying to recover from the shock of last weekend event and tried to do most of the enquiries between the police station, and the collecting company, so the conclusion was that the police (a manager of the police station where I was held) was saying we didn’t have the stuff and the collecting company has got them, (which I have spoken to the person who has collected the stuff himself) and he was saying due to the valuable of the stuff I have taken everything to the police station where I was held!?.

I have to say here, that most of the people who I was speaking to at the campsite where I am staying weren’t happy about the incident and police behaviour and what they did towards me, and were suggesting that I should  get a lawyer and let the wider media know more about it so to sort out and get my stuff back and let them know that what they did wasn’t right and they have to reconsider their position and rethink about another incident like this in the future to prevent of occurring.

also I have to say the news of my departure with this fishing boat is still unknown, and I am still waiting in a camp, which has been a great home for me since the time of occupy London.

Also it was this week that I have finished the Islands update for my blog, and also started to write up all about my stay here in Iceland as you have read.

so that’s how my story of bringing my peace pilgrimage journey with at most joy to Iceland has ended and watch out for my polar bear stories in Greenland, and Turtles in the great continent of Abya Yela.

with much love and peace

your humbled Earthian brother

 

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The Islands

Shetland, Orkney, and Faroe Islands

week commencing 30.6.14

As you know I left Scotland, port of Aberdeen on Friday evening and after 2 hours of waiting and 12 hours of sailing and connecting with some wonderful people at the port and on the board of the ship which I got a bit sea sick after sitting in front of the ferry for long and with high waves and turbulence sea so I had to seek a quieter place to rest before I throw up, but anyway we arrived next day morning in a wonderful little town of Lerwick the new capital of Shetland Islands.

Afterwards I couldn’t speak to the captain, but I managed to say goodbye to some of the crew and headed out towards the town centre, on my way I managed to speak to the manager of a Co-op and he very kindly offered me to chose some food and drinks enough for few days,so after a lot of appreciation I said goodbye to them, and I headed further towards the town centre from the seafront, and it was here that I started asking people and companies to see if any of their fishing boat, yacht or ships go towards the Faroe Islands, but with no luck.

On my way towards the harbour office I got in touch with a local photographer and he had asked me few questions and taken some photos and then I got in touch with a local cultural centre as well and from there I enquired a bit more about other places which might connect me to the Faroe Islands, and then finally I got in touch with a controller from the port authority as the office was closed and he very kindly told me that the only chance will be a fishing boat or a private yacht, otherwise there isn’t any other way for me to get to my next destination from there.

So after I got that news I tried to get in touch with few private yachts and fishing boats but with no luck I headed towards another community cafe and then a local market in famous fort william which I managed to get in touch with a few more wonderful people and they all were kind and supportive and even I got in touch with a photographer for the local Shetland news as well, who knew the photographer which I met earlier as well.

Then I headed out towards a hostel in some other part of the town and after getting in touch with people who were looking after it I was told that they wouldn’t be able to help me to stay there for the night, so not far from there was a local funeral centre and I stayed there for a bit and I managed to speak to a local and he wasn’t happy about the town council and he was saying it is controlling everything and they are not very good at helping people, so after resting a bit there and eating some more of the wonderful food which I got earlier from the co op, then I made my way towards the harbour again a place which earlier in the afternoon I was there which was a music festival set up place, and by the time I got there everything was finished so I managed to speak to a person who knew about the scaffolding music stage and I told him about my story and I said I have asked a lot of B and B and guest house and even some hotels and they all do not have any place for me to stay so I’ll make this stage my peace stage for the night, and he was happy for me to do so.

I managed to speak to a lot of people and also I was offered a lot of fish and chips but by 3am the situation got a bit out of hand so I have to abandon the place to avoid any problem with people who were under the influence of alcohol, then I headed towards another quieter place in the harbour area.

So I managed to stay awake till next day monday morning and I tried to connect with some other part of the harbour and the marina area trying to find a way out to connect with Faroe Islands, but with no luck throughout all the area I tried to get back to the town centre and near to the main port authority area to see a yacht race back to Bergen in Norway on time, so it was here near to the marina area which I met this wonderful person and after explaining what I was doing, then she told me she will take me back to the race area and I thanked her after coming back to get me with her friend to be on time for the race, but when I got back to the town, there was these massive cruise ship, which drawn my attention towards it and I couldn’t see the race after all and I tried to get in touch with the captain of the ship through some of the people outside the ship at the pier, which some small boats were bringing people to the pier and taking them back to the ship from the harbour with these little boats, and it was a restricted area for me to go to see the captain with security people from the port and the ship, so I tried to do some meditation with my board and tried to send a message to the captain through the ship’s security but later on I got some apples and oranges and no sign of me getting in touch with the captain, and the ship security told me it’ll will be very difficult for me to get on board due to a lot of officiality and paper works, so I decided to abandon the idea and headed out to find other alternatives.

By now the time was about 5pm and I headed out towards the second largest town in the shetland islands and it is Scalloway, so on my way through the town towards there I came across a wonderful woman who has seen me from the night before in the town and wanted to know how she can help me, so I told her what I was going to do, and she very kindly connected me with the old capital’s harbour of Shetland (Scalloway), and by the time I got there the harbour was closed and I tried to get in touch with a community based place so I could put my head down for the night and I came across a floating ship in the harbour which was used to accommodate workers for an oil rig and I went there and tried to speak to the people over there and they told me they can’t provide me with a place for the night but they kindly helped me with some food and drinks and recommended few place for me to visit in the hope that I can put my head down for the night.

After asking and looking at few places finally I got in touch with a methodist church and the organisers very kindly helped me to stay in their hall (Leslie hall) for the night, and it was here that I came across a person who told me I should visit this town in a hope I might be able to get to my next destination, which it did help after he told the others in the congregation he has seen me in the ferry and I should visit here to see if the people here could help me, in terms of shelter and maybe sailing connection.

But anyway I managed to put my head down for the night and then next day I managed to get in touch with the port authority which the day before I couldn’t see anyone due to closure.

After waking up and having something I managed to head out towards the harbour and in there I managed to speak to two wonderful people in the office and they very kindly gave me some contact details in the town and some other harbours around the islands, and also told me to come back next day to see two more people who might have more contact details which I did and I thanked them and even next day despite getting in touch with other two people but they didn’t have much information, anyway I managed to go and explore the little town including the shetland bus memorial and the marina collage and few other people, and more of the old capital for a bit more and get in touch with some more wonderful people and then back to my resting place for the night.

Next day as I said I got in touch with the other two people from the harbour but with no further information, I tried to make my way back towards the Lerwick and it was today that I saw the torch for commonwealth were here in the old capital and earlier I came across some people by the museum and the castle, which were coming from norway and I spoke to them about my journey, and then I headed out.

On my way after some walk a wonderful couple who knew me from the day before at the church stopped and kindly connected me back to the town and when I got back there I saw another cruise ship which was in the harbour so I tried to get in touch with the captain but again the security people in the harbour which they knew me from before told me not to approach and I was told to get in touch with the people who might be able to help me to speak to the captain.

So it was today that I wanted to know how and what’s the best way to get in touch with the people so called the agents who provide security for the cruise ship and those who make all the arrangements? so I started by walking towards their office and after some miles I managed to get in touch with them but they told me they can’t get in touch with the captain and they gave me a list of companies and people for me to contact to see if they might be able to help me to connect with the Faroe Islands.

They kindly brought me back to the main harbour area and I got in touch with the first company and they told me they don’t have any connection with the Faroe Islands so I started to walk back towards the town and on my way I spoke to the second person from another agent and he told me that they don’t have any connection either, but if he finds any will let me know, so it was today that I decided to go and speak to the manager at the harbour office which since my arrival day haven’t managed to speak to them at the port authority, so after some walk again I got in touch with them in the town, and he told me he wouldn’t be able to help and they don’t have much connection either and the chance from the mainland would be much better than here, unless a private yacht, which is very difficult to get hold of them as well.

It was here that I headed back towards the harbour area where I came in and on my way I came across this wonderful person who gave me a lift to the town few days back and she told me to let her know if I didn’t made it out of the Island, so I could stay in her place.

I got back in touch with the north link and I told them my situation and I said to them I wanted to get back to the mainland Scotland in Scrabster and they said to me that they don’t have it for today but tomorrow night they have one to Orkney and then next day to mainland, which I appreciated them and I accepted it and then said goodbye to them and tried to get in touch with this person who offered me a shelter for the night earlier in the town, but with no luck with her, and no luck with the north harbours connection as well, so I managed to meditated till next day around the town in a container at the back of coop, and then got back to the ferry office next day and they very kindly offered me the connection to the Orkney and then Scotland the following day, which I was happy to get out of an Island, which I thought I´ll be able to get closer to Faroese and found out it was the most difficult to connect with the islands.

So after going around the town again for the last time and specially in a shopping area to connect with some more local people before I head out of the town, I managed to speak to some people and then get in touch with a wonderful person who offered me a shelter for the night but it never finalized and she again asked me if she could help in any way, and I asked her to get me a fish and chips as my last meal of the shetland Island if it is ok, and she very kindly made her way by cycling and bringing one at the last minute before the ferry leaves the islands at about 5pm, so after thanking her and saying goodbye to her and the islands I headed on to the board of the ferry and I had my wonderful fish and chips on the board of the ship and waited on board till about 11pm where I have to say goodbye and it was the end of my rocky sea journey here in Kirkwall in Orkney and I have to wait for a bus till about 11:30pm, which then after speaking to the driver he very kindly helped me to get to Stromness the capital, so I can connect back to the mainland scotland next day.

When I got there I had a very short walk from the harbour to the town and I went to a local  restaurant and inn and they kindly offered me some dried food and drinks, and they told me they haven’t got any place to offer me, but they told me about a hostel not far from there and I said goodbye to them and headed towards the hostel (http://www.brownsorkney.co.uk/), which finally I managed to find and through a wonderful Australian woman I got connected to another wonderful woman who was looking after the place, and she very kindly offered me a place for the night to put my head down, after I explained what I was doing, and why I was there?

Next day I managed to take a shower and headed towards the port and the ferry was waiting for me and at about 11am we start another sail back to the mainland scotland and after about an hour and half of sail we were in Scrabster, on board of the north link ship I managed to connect to some wonderful people including a cyclist from switzerland, then at the port I asked for the harbour master and port office which was in a walking distance and I managed to connect with him and he very kindly told me to get in touch with ASCO office (http://www.ascoworld.com/) and I managed to get connected with them and they very kindly helped me to contact Faroese office on my behalf and arrange with them if they could help me to connect me with Faroe Islands, so after five days of waiting and connceting with so many wonderful people from Scrabster, Thurso and some other parts of the scotland, which they were one of the most helpful people I had come across, I can’t name everyone but they all know who they are far, around the port and Thurso, but list to mention are specially the manager of the port Gorden and everyone else at the port, Colin from fishermen’s mission (www.fishermenmission.org.uk), all the staff from the ASCO office and everyone at the fish market at the harbour specially Darren, and all the other fishing crews who they have all contributed towards my stay and continuation of my peace journey north, and here as well I would like to thank all the wonderful crew and the captains of the cargo ship of fresh link Silver Fjord (http://www.freshlink.fo/), for all their kindness and dedication towards my peace journey.

 

week coming 7.7.14

Finally after 28 hours on the board of Silver Fjord I put my foot down on a Faroe Islands in a little town of Runavik, and after connecting with the harbour office they very kindly helped me to put my head down for the night.

Next day close to the mid day I headed out towards the capital Torshavn, but I came across a wonderful local DIY man in the the town, who very kindly offered me a visit to another fishing town in the north of the islands, before I head on towards the capital, then on my way towards Torshavn after some walking I got connected to some more wonderful people who helped me to get to the capital.

Here in the capital I managed to get in touch with the port office and a wonderful person who was a duty manager of the harbour very kindly tried to find out if they can help me to connect with Iceland but after speaking to his line manager he told me they can’t help and he was very upset and disappointed about it and instead he very kindly offered me to find a place for me to put my head down for the night, and he told me that was least he could helped me with and I very much appreciated and thanked him for the shelter for the night in a so called love hostel in the capital, also he advised me to get in touch with the mayor who might be a best person to be able help me to connect with my next destination “Iceland”.

Next day as a matter of priority I headed towards the mayors office and after some time of waiting in front of his office and trying to connect with the locals and other peoples around the area,I managed to arrange with his deputy to see the mayor for just about 5 minutes and that was enough for me to tell them all about my story and why I was there, and that meet up later was put by their journalist on the mayor’s office website (http://www.torshavn.fo/Default.aspx?pageid=37&NewsItemID=4974), and has made a headline in their website with a photo of me with him in front of the mayors building and it managed to clear a question mark over me and my board in a round about which someone has already put me in a newspaper a day before, so everything was now clear through the mayor’s office and the deputy mayor tried his best to link me with couple of connection and despite those connection weren’t available, but he very kindly did his best to help me to connect with Iceland, also I have to say I was offered a wonderful open buffet from their kitchen, and then some fruits and drink as well, and their anual bussness report magazine then I said goodbye and headed towards the office of a shipping company (http://eimskip.is/fo/Pages/default.aspx), which was famous for their connection with Iceland and when I got there, the manager a wonderful woman was there, while the deputy mayor was trying to get hold of her few time with no luck, but here we go she was in her office and she very kindly offered me to send my details to the Icelandic shipping company and she said she will wait for their response, and she told me she doesn’t guarantee they will take me, but I said if you ask them there would be no harm done, and she did very kindly also she offered me some famous mix english chocolate as well, then I said goodbye to her, and thanked her for all her support and now it was just matter of waiting for an answer.

As the day was coming to an end I have to find a place to put my head down and I have heard the day before from the harbour duty manager that there is a salvation army where they help people with no place to stay, so I did ask few wonderful local and I got in touch with them and their night shift people very kindly took me on board and offered me a place to put my head down for the night.

Today I managed to explore the town a bit more and then at about 5pm I came back to the place where I was resting last night and I spoke to some new wonderful people who were running the place and they very kindly offered me some wonderful fish food, and then I asked them if I can make a phone call to the manager of Faroe ship and they kindly helped me with that and it was here that the wonderful manager told me that the Icelandic shiping company ( http://eimskip.is/EN/export/default.html) has kindly accepted to take me to Iceland next day on Sunday 9pm, I was over the moon, and I broke the news to the people at the salvation army place (https://www.flickr.com/photos/redisch/5078007580/), that I was staying and they were quite happy for me and my connection also they very kindly offered me to wash my cloth as well, then I had a shower and watched some football again in a local Irish pub, then said goodnight to the universe and everyone else around me and rested for the night in the salvation army place.

Sunday 13.7.14 I woke up and had some wonderful food and headed out to explore another part of the wonderful capital torshavn before I say goodbye to Faroe Islands for the last time, then later on I connected with my resting place for another wonderful evening meal and then I thanked everyone in the salvation army and headed towards the Irish pub before I connect with the harbour.

After watching another episode of the world cup final, and connecting with some wonderful people local and from other part of the world at the pub I said goodbye to people over there and I headed towards the port and just about 9pm I got my connection with my mighty second cargo ship and this time towards Iceland, a mighty place, where a lot of people across my peace journey back in England, Wales, and even Ireland were asking me how am I going to get there? and my answer to them all was simple! I don’t have to worry about it now when I get to Scotland those people will help me how to get there! as they have had that connection for hundreds of years if not thousand! so here we go turned out was absolutely right just needed a little of patient and courage, for that to happen.

So after being on the sea for 36 hours and having a private cabin for the duration of my peace journey and enjoying talking to the crews and the captain, and eating food and drink on this mighty ship and very nice and friendly people, also I have to say the chief (cook) was wonderful, but as I was coming to have my meal I was not knowingly sitting on the captain table and he told me next day that that table is for the captain and his deputy so when I am here in the kitchen I should sit on the other tables and I said to him no problem Mr Cook.

I also managed to have a conversation with the captain about the whale situation in Iceland, as I had that conversation with the Faroes as well, because in Scotland some wonderful Scottish people told me be careful with the Faroes as you are going there, they are not treating whales very well, and I told them no problem I’ll have a word with them and will find out their side of the story, which I did and they had their own reason for why that is happening? (for the Faroes their ancestry has done that for generation and as long as they do it in a moderation will be a good balance, but with the Icelandic they were not happy that American are doing it and no one is telling them off, but for them everyone is complaining, which they weren’t happy about it, anyway I said I am not pro whale hunting at all unless a whale is about to lose their life and we can´t bring their life back in anyway, so I don’t have an argument with that,!? but overall I am more happy to be a vegetarian then meat eater, but due to circumstance I haven’t yet adopted it.

 

So my wonderful people across the planet earth that was how I got to touch down my foot on the land of Ice, volcano and aurora (northern light).

 

Watch out for more updates from this land and see how my dream of saying goodbye to this kind peaceful nation with a very good memories let them down by their forces, which they became forth in terms of showing a bad example across my peace journey from Saudis, Israelis, Hungarian and now Icelandic, who locked me in a cell fo 14 hours without offering me even a glass of free icelandic natural water, and also they have taken more than 100 items on my candle peace vigil night in front of their parliament and least to mention the most important one to me is my galexy note that I was able to update and sent photos out, and it has got the footage of how the rampaged the Syrian refugee camp look alike peace tent number 3 and my famous KSA peace tent number 1, and my super big rainbow umbrella, while Saudis offered me food and drinks also Israelis offered me a bottle of water, Icelandics matched their European counterpart Hungarian in not offering anything don’t you think why!?

Watch out for more stories as I go along through the footsteps of vikings here in Reykjavik and Iceland as a whole.

with much love and peace

your humbled Earthian brother

 

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Scotland (the land of hardship and kindness)

14.6.14

On this day after waking up in a wonderful Rev Adam Oellermann and his family’s place (www.milestonegirvan.org) I had a breakfast of porridge with them and after collecting my washed clothes from last night while they were still drying, which they very kindly offered me a shower,& also a replacement towel for the one I left in Cloughjordan village in county Tipperary in Ireland, and after thanking everyone in the family towards my stay in the place including 2 dogs and 2 wonderful cats, which I didn’t see them when I left and I hope the cat, who wasn’t well, will get well very soon, then the family wanted to go to the next town of Ayr to visit few places and they very kindly offered me a lift there, which I welcomed it.

Then on our way catching up and talking about few different things and when we got to the town as they did visit 2 places when I was with them I tried to connect to people with my board and also to see if anyone going towards my next Destination which was Glasgow, but apart from few little conversation with few people I couldn’t make a major connection, then after the wonderful family finished visiting those places (Lidl and B&Q), they very kindly took me to a first layby after a roundabout outside the town, and before I say goodbye and a heart to heart hug with all of the family they took a photo of me with their new vehicle and with Arran island behind us, also further away just opposite to the town of Girvan there was a very quite volcanic island of Ailsa Craig which drawn my attention as I was coming yesterday to the town, which I just left and I wanted to mention it as a place to visit for anyone going to Girvan then after saying goodbye to them they went to one direction towards their home destination and I stayed in the layby with the hope I can connect with some wonderful people towards Glasgow.

It wasn’t very long before wonderful Alex from Manchester turned up and after a brief conversation with him, he told me that he think he know a lot history about the region that I was born due to a connection he had with someone from that region in the past and he kindly gave me a lift to the second junction towards Glasgow, and after goodbye to him I stayed there for about an hour before another wonderful human being gave me a lift all the way to a walking distance to the city centre of Glasgow at about 2pm, he seemed to me he was very aware and well informed about what’s going on all around us and he also told me he saw me first when he passed me and he made a turn to the next junction to come back and pick me up with the hope of i’d still be there by the time he comes back, and indeed I was still there and it meant for us to connect, I have to say he was very kind and even after telling him that I was about to eat my mackerel which has been given to me by wonderful Alan from Ballycastle, and I told him I just had a feeling i’d have my eating in the middle of Glasgow, which it did truly happened, despite he very kindly offered me a cup of drink and even a meal, while he was looking on his smart phone for a place of community base cafe or a place to eat and he found something close to what I was looking for but it was a bit further away from where we were, and he wanted to take me there and offer me what he said earlier, but I told him I think you have contributed towards my world peace more than enough, and I hope we can connect again in the future and after a heart to heart hug and a good handshake he carried on towards his destination and I headed on towards the city centre which he pointed out to me and later I found out the central station of the city of Glasgow was there, and the busyness of it was reminding me of Oxford street, and after waiting there for almost an hour I couldn’t connect with even a single person, people were just coming and going and very busy with what they were out to do, people were looking but with no interaction at all, so I walked to a street (Buchanan street), which there was a place people could sit down and young boys were playing music and were busy as well.

So I managed to eat the food I was carrying since Ballycastle, which as I said wonderful and kind Alan, who I met on my way back from the island of Rathlin, and as I mentioned earlier I had a feeling that I am going to eat it in the centre of the city of Glasgow, which happened and meant to be for me not to carry that food anymore and connect with people of Scotland, but I have to say, so far apart from the road and the south African family in the town of Girvan, I haven’t interacted with this nation much.

After staying there for about few hours apart from another wonderful Alan a big issue magazine advocator I couldn’t connect with anyone, but he kindly told me about a few places to get food and drink after 8pm, and I thanked him and said goodbye to him as well.

Then I knew someone from the city and I got in touch, and he very kindly connected with me and offered shelter and plenty of food from a place which you could eat as much as you could in an international buffet, then after coming back and watching some world cup football I said goodnight to the universe and all around me, and hoped tomorrow will bring more goodness and connectivity with people’s of Scotland, who they’re at the moment thinking of two main issues one the commonwealth games and two the referendum, not to mention the world cup because scotland wasn’t in it!

week commencing 16.6.14

For the last few days staying in Glasgow I managed to rest a bit and enjoy my time with a wonderful friend who was staying in the town, and enjoyed resting, watching football, and finishing up all my updates from my peace visit to Ireland.

then my wonderful friend took my to a little town just outside Glasgow to a place where he was helping another friend in Clydebank, and they very kindly offered me to cut my hair, which I appreciated and then after saying goodbye to them I was in a walking distance to a local train station, from there I managed to get connected to the little town of Helensburgh, where the peace camp of Faslane isn’t far from there, and after getting in touch with someone very kind I got connected to the camp and I have heard there is peace vigil every wednesday and after a bit of walk I joined a group of peace vigil and we stayed there till about after 5pm, then we headed back to the camp.

I had in my mind since last year Alchemy festival where I came to know about the peace camp and I was told I should visit if I could, and ever since I had in my mind and finally I manage to visioned this connection. in there I managed to update my facebook and twitter with some photos of the vigil and the camp, and hope some will be available here as well in the future.

I had a wonderful time in there and met some wonderful new people and saw some others from time of Occupy London Stock Exchange occupylondon.org.uk and Balcombe anti-fracking protectors camp frackfreeworld.org and frack free planet earth.

Then next day I was connect to the next town of my destination by a kind person from the peace camp who cooked a wonderful but a hot and spicy indian food for us as well, so he very kindly offered me and another person all the way to the last town before crossing to the Isle of Mull, we did have a great time on our way we stopped in a few places and he showed us a bit of wild scotland, also we had some conversation about the coming referendum in scotland, which he was clearly pro yse to scotland and he was suggesting that I shouldn’t advocate unification as well, but as you might know I have my own say on uniting the whole planet and not just few places or nations together.

Anyway on our arrival in the wonderful town of Oban I made my way towards the harbour and I tried to do some inquiry about any connection to the Isle of Mull, which I was told, it would be very difficult for me to connect to the Island without using monetary system by the official at the port, so I tried, to find alternative and get connection through other means of connection.

By this time I have heard from the wonderful person who got me to the town that he has very kindly got me some food as well, so I got back to them and then we had the meal together and then we said goodbye to him and a wonderful person and I headed towards the port again, and in there after a bit she arranged her departure to outer hebrides and I waited in the port for few more hours, and I was trying to get a connection to the Isle of Mull, which very coincidentally I came across a wonderful fisherman at the fishing port area, and he very kindly offered me a ticket to the Isle of Mull, and this just happened before last ferry goes to the Isle of Mull at the evening, so that is how I got the connection, and the rest to the Isle of Iona was just as easy as drinking water.

On the Isle of Mull I walked for numbers of miles before the weather gets dark, and I sheltered in an building and a construction place till next day, and then next day headed towards west and Isle of Iona.

Again after some miles of walking and rest I got a connection to the last village before you cross to the Iona, in Fionnphort, it was here that I got in touch with the captain of the ferry and they very kindly crossed me and the distance wasn’t very much less than a mile, but I couldn’t swim so that is how I got into the Isle of Iona.

On the Isle of Iona I got connected with number of wonderful people and I enjoyed my  stay there, also I have to say the Isle has become a major tourist place but still has its own good energy around and it depends on individuals how to connect and harvest a positive energy.

I put up my peace tent at the back of the highest hill about 100m in the isle of Iona, on my west side of my peace tent on a good clear day could see other wonderful Isles like Tiree and Coll and even Castlebay in outer hebrides, I did a good walk all around the Island before I cross back to the main big Isle of Mull, on 21.6.14 the longest day of the summer (summer Solstice) before I cross back to the Isle of Mull, it was in the Isle of Iona which I have heard about a wonderful community in another little Island close to the Isle of Mull, and this wonderful community has a connection to a Findhorn foundation up in north near Inverness which I have heard about them when I was in Ireland at the Cloughjordan ecovillage, so I decided to visit this wonderful Island which is called “Erraid” (http://www.erraid.com/), and I have to say this connection to the Island was my shortest of all less than 5min in a dingy boat a wonderful person from the community crossed me and the people in the community offered me shelter and plenty of food, which some time when I am short of food I think of their wonderful organic food which they offered me at the time of my stay, so I walked around the Island and visited their Meditation, observatory and finally their sand beach and it was here that I was introduced to some wonderful people who were visiting the community as part of their summer period, which they were all wonderful and kind people.

week commencing 23.6.14

Today I woke up in this wonderful community of Erraid and after having some food we crossed the sea again to the main Isle of Mull and from there a wonderful person from the community was going to a little village and she offered me a lift to walking distance to next community which I was heading to go and visit Camas part of the Iona community centre (www.thecamasdiary.blogspot.com), so after saying goodbye and a heart to heart hug to all I started walking towards my third community, and after a mile and half of walk I got there and I introduced myself to the people over there and I knew some from the Isle of Iona few days back and they kindly offered me a cup of tea and I had some apple crumble from the Erraid community and after eating some of it I offered the rest to the community.

After spending less than an hour around the community which were quite busy with different activities so I said goodbye to those around and thanked them for their hospitality and headed back to the main road which I met another person from the community by the junction and we exchanged our details and then I got connected to a wonderful father and son which were traveling on a senary side of the Isle of Mull towards my next destination which they very kindly took me all the way to that port which you can cross again to get back to the mainland Scotland.

After thanking these wonderful people, and saying goodbye to them and waiting in the port of Fishnish I managed to speak to a couple from local area and then I asked the people who were running the ferry and I told them about my peace journey and they very kindly offered me a lift back to the mainland in Lochaline, they were part of the same Caledonian ferry (www.calmac.co.uk),which they helped me to cross to the Isle of Iona as well but not from Oban to the Isle of Mull.

Anyway cut the long story short after I got back to the mainland and managing in rain and shine connecting to six more wonderful people which even some of them very kindly after telling them about my peace story they offered me food and drink as well so after a long journey north managed to get connected to wonderful person name Connor and he very kindly offered me not only lift and food but also shelter for the night in the wonderful town of Inverness.

I have to tell you about Connor’s every year event to raise awareness about a chronic disease which if you are interested in getting in touch with him just let me know on my email (earthiankvn@gmail.com).

So I have to say here that last night I had a wonderful evening at the Connor’s resting place and I slept like a baby log, today we had to wake up earlier, so after having something to eat and doing some update we headed out towards the harbour, and it was here that I thanked Connor and I wished him a safe journey to Tain, and myself tried to get in touch with the people at the harbour office but someone from outside the office told me they can´t help and I should try the Marina, so I headed towards the Marina, and in there I was told nothing is going out towards north so it was here that I made my way towards the Findhorn Foundation (www.findhorn.org).

After number of miles of walk from Inverness outwards I managed to get in touch with a wonderful person who very kindly took me all the way to the foundation, and after thanking him and exchanging my web connection I said goodbye to him and said hello to wonderful Avalon at the foundation reception, so after explaining to her what I was doing and why I was there she very kindly explained a bit about the place and its history and then asked me to look around the foundation and get back to her later afternoon, so after looking around and exploring the inner foundation, I got back in touch with her and she told me that the foundation has not got a place for me to put my head down but I can camp in a wild or ask findhorn bay holiday park and they might be able to help, so after she made some couple of appointment for me for the next day I headed out to the place that I was told I might be able to put my head down for the night, which at this place after explaining to them the situation they very kindly offered me a bed in an environmentally friendly cabin, and after knowing I can put my head down for the night I headed out to explore the outer foundation ( the woodland and the turbine and ecovillage) area, throughout my walk I managed to connect to some more people in and around the foundation, then I walked back to my resting place for the night.

Next day I managed to get in touch with a wonderful person from the foundation who was a peace pilgrim himself and has down quite a lot of walking as well (Geof Dalgish https://sites.google.com/site/geoffpilgrim69/), and he very kindly invited me for a wonderful lunch at the centre’s kitchen, which I told him that my last real meal was at my last findhorn comunity related at the Erraid Island, and they looked after very well with food, then during and after the lunch we had a wonderful conversation and he very kindly took some photos to put out on his facebook and other connectivity that he had and then we said goodbye to oneanother.

It was here that I asked Geoff to thank Avalon for her kind offer of dinner, and also I told a new receptionist to thanks her as well, and after an enquiry about the wind turbine at the foundation I made my way out further east towards Aberdeen.

After some walking towards the village of Kinloss I got connected to wonderful Geoff again and he very kindly offered me a lift further east and it was here that he told me that he has updated his facebook and he’ll do connection with the foundation page tonight as well, and after thanking him for everything in a layby outside the town of Elgin not far from Fochabers I said goodbye and a heart to heart hug with wonderful Geoff, I was waiting on my next connection which the universe sent a wonderful local to Fochabers who very kindly took me all the way to the town of Buckie near to the harbour office.

It was here that I made some more enquiries about my connection to the north, which I was told that there isn’t any sea connection that far north, and then after speaking to some more people I started walking further east, which on a main junction outside the town I got a connection with a wonderful local van driver to Portsoy and he very kindly took me all the way to the next major port further  towards east name Macduff, and after thanking him and as I was looking around the harbour and the town some locals came around and wanted to know what I was doing and as I explained to them and told them about my story they couldn’t believe and out of disbelief they invited me to their place and they offered me food and drink and they were trying to tell their family about my story but it was a bit hard for them to digest, so close to the midnight I came back to the harbour and I was waiting and meditating in the harbour with the hope of next day I can speak to the captain of a boat which the local told me it is going to Orkney or shetland, and that was the reason I stayed over in that town to find out and despite earlier I was told by someone from the harbour there is no boat going out that far north, and they didn’t know about that particular boat that I was told will go north.

Anyway next day I managed to speak to someone from the boat and I was told it’ll go north but they don’t know when? so I got their contact details and I headed out further east in hunt for my north sea connection, so as I said goodbye to the wonderful people and town of Macduff I started walking towards outside of the town towards the next port of Fraserburgh, which I didn’t walk far that I got a connection with a wonderful local woman and as I told her about my story and that last night I mediated at the harbour till next day, she was very upset and she gave me her contact details and and very kindly took me all the way to the harbour office of the Fraserburgh and told me if I didn’t make any connection and needed help to contact her, which I appreciated and thanked her and then said goodbye to her as well.

At the town harbour office I made an enquiry and the harbour master told me about a possible connection but wasn’t sure so he asked me to go and find out for myself, and after making that inquiry I was told the boat is going back to Orkney but might be in a week or two? which I thanked the person and I went back to the harbour master and after thanking him and everyone else I said goodbye to the town as well and I made my way towards further east, this time Peterhead.

It wasn’t very long before I connect with a wonderful person local to a village not far from the town of Peterhead, and he very kindly took me all the way to the town port’s office and even he told me a bit about the Fraserburgh and Peterhead as local refering to and gave me a tour around the Peterhead as well, so after thanking him I managed to get in touch with the port master and after telling him about my story I was told Aberdeen will be my best place to connect with north, so after saying goodbye there I headed out to do some more investigation myself and find out by asking some more people in and around the town including the fisherman mission and cafe which due to a funeral no one was around, and a private fishing company told me they don’t have any boat going as far as Shetland in north, so I headed to the other side of the harbour towards the marina and oil ships, which at the marina there wasn’t anyone to ask so I headed into the oil port and started to ask people on the oil ships and people on the board of the ships were more worried about how I got in than whether they can help me to get to north so after got in touch with the main office they told me they don’t go as far as Shetland in north and also because I have breached the security they have to escort me out of the oil port, so they did and I ended up walking towards Aberdeen at the back of a famous Peterhead prison.

So after few miles more of walking and couple more wonderful connection I managed to get to the port of Aberdeen, it was here that I made some inquiries from the port control office and they were very kind to me and then headed towards the main harbour and the town centre, which I stayed around till next day in a quiet area and I even got my very hot dinner from a wonderful Nepalese restaurant (www.gurkhakitchen.com) after explaining what I was doing, which earlier at the other side of the harbour just outside the harbour control office another very famous restaurant didn’t want to know anything about my peace journey and money was on top of their agenda.

After resting a bit last night in a shelter place near fishermen’s mission place, I headed out towards the harbour office and I tried to get in touch with the harbour master but people at the reception weren’t helpful at all, and they even couldn’t get me in touch with someone in replacement for the harbour master which I was told he was on holiday, so I headed out towards the office of northlink ferry which they have ferries to the Shetland and Orkney Islands, so I managed to get in touch with the manager and she very kindly accepted my card and she told me to get in touch after 3pm, so I respected her wish and I headed out towards the town and the so called a union square, and in there I was about to make my writing on the boards bolder and rewrite them, which the security at the square came to me and asked me to leave, so after I had some discussion with them, and even with their superior then I left the place during the time I was there I managed to connect with some wonderful people as well, before I say goodbye to the square then I got a connection with the seafarers centre which last night I couldn’t get hold of them for a shelter, but today I managed to get in touch with them, and they very kindly offered me some drinks and refreshment, and I managed to do some twitter and facebook update with their wifi as well, also I managed to finish up my boards writing which I couldn’t finish at the union square, so after about few hours of rest in there at about 16:00 I got back to the wonderful manager of the northlink ferry (www.northlinkferries.co.uk), and she very kindly offered me a seat to Shetland Islands.

So that was how I got to the top of the north sea, but to find out, how I have got further north, and even to the land of glaciers (Iceland), watch out for further updates in the near future, even with some photos as well, hopefully!

with much love and peace your humbled Earthian brother.

 

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Sail 4 Syria Update

Originally posted on Syria Peace & Justice:

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Maria, Simon and Rumi on shore

Paul, who also made the video of Maria and Simon’s departure which can be seen here https://vimeo.com/101240401, went down to Gravesend on Saturday 19th July and has kindly provided us with a short report (with photographs) about how they’ve been getting on:

“Maria and Simon spent the whole of last week at Gravesend Sailing Club.
The club’s hospitality and help was way beyond the call of duty. Maria
and Simon were allowed to sleep inside the club house and members of the
club repaired and configured the boat to make it fit for the journey.
Apparently, after hauling the boat out of the water, four holes in the
hull were discovered. The sailing club members made all of the necessary
repairs for free. There was also lots of advice on how to proceed with
their adventure in probably the most amazingly sociable and friendly

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Ireland Part III

22.5.14

Today I woke up at the back of once a famous hotel in Kenmare county Kerry, which is now abandoned even before the economic crash of 2008, which has been as sign of what to come next, which is all now boarded up and a lot of locals know about what the ‘Celtic tigers’ did in the past.

So I left my #earthianpeace tent in the hands of the universe and I made my way by walking back to the town after visiting the pier and through the back of the harbour I managed to find my way at the back of the stone circle into the town and visited the organic place again to see whether was there any more places for me to visit before I set off my journey to couple of places which I got from there yesterday, and after talking for a bit I said goodbye to the place and headed towards the two organic places, but before there I came across an art exhibition next to the main library and after that visited the library itself which wasn’t much use to me after I was asking them if I could use internet and they’re asking for a passport, so I left in a hope of finding my next border.

After walking for a few miles I made it to an organic farm which I was told from before that it is a family run and I wanted to visit this person as I was told he is a real organic farmer and as I found him after few more enquiries, I met the person himself close to his 60th year and very formal not speaking much, and after I was telling and showing my card to him about my story, he was much more reserved as I said to him if I help and see how you are doing real organic things and then I can pass the knowledge as I go along with my peace journey.

I could see he wasn’t happy with that and he also showed no indication of me even staying around there. I felt he is thinking I am there to take his organic business and as soon as I felt that I said goodbye and headed out to my next destination, which he was quite happy as soon as I said to him I am going to see such a person and he was in no hurry to tell me the direction, so I said goodbye to him and headed out of his so-called organic farm.

Then after another mile or so walking and asking again I got to the next organic farmer,  which he was much more younger and had some younger wwoofers around to help him and as I introduced myself to him, then he showed some interest in what I was doing unlike the last farmer, and I told him a bit about my story and he mentioned the moneyless man and was asking me for the name which I told him (Mark Boyle), and also I told him I am hoping to visit him, he was telling me a remark like  “he made a lot of money out of his book and then he bought land and now he is making a living with some of his friends”, and I told him “if he is creating an alternative to what we have I welcome what he is doing”.

Then to cut the long story short he told me he has a lot of wwoofers at the moment and after asking where I stay and I told him, he said I don’t have much in my garden but he offered me some wild rhubarbs, which himself couldn’t eat it and as I picked one and start eating it I said goodbye to him and started walking back to the town. On my way back I came across an old burial cemetery with a ruined tower, then into a place which shows a lot of racing and sports which I managed to charge my devices that I carry to update and take photos.

Then I headed back to my #earthianpeace tent which was safe and intact in its place, and after update of few days I said goodnight to the universe and all my surroundings.

 

23.5.14

Today after waking up and seeing the weather was permitting me to move on and as I was packing my wonderful #earthianpeace tent I got a phone call from Donald from radio Tarmore (www.radiotarmore.ie) to ask me if it is okay for him to call me tomorrow 10 am for their live Saturday show, and asking few questions in that regards, and then after packing and respecting my place of rest for the last 2 nights I headed back towards the town of Kenmare and on my way I came across a place (citizen information), which usually I visit to find information about places I go and this happened to be inside an adult learning centre, and as I got there it was about 1pm, so I didn’t check their time schedules and as I found a bathroom I said to myself let me shave and refreshing myself before I go in, but by the time I finished and checked their time tables I realised they close at 1:30pm, so I missed that and as put my devices to charge I did some enquiries and even at the time I was in the bathroom I got into a conversation with a wonderful person who gave me the name KAT (Kerry Alternative Technology), and it was because of this kind person I got connected with the place, and met a few other interesting people including a student who has seen me through the town yesterday as I have given out my card and has read my blog and she kindly brought me an orange my first fruit of the day contributed by this kind person, and as she was busy with her course studies we couldn’t talk much. I met another person from Devon England, who was living in Kenmare and was studying an art course which she showed me one of her fine art making of Tutemkhanem burial chamber and also telling me about a film about white feathers saying I was reminding her of the film, and I told her about six senses film. Then I got in touch with main office of the education centre to see whether I can connect to internet, and I came across a wonderful person called Michael who very kindly showed me the kitchen and making tea/ coffee facilities after asking for some water and also he connected me to their network and I managed to update my situation through there, and after thanking him again and by now time was about 4pm and sun was out and I told him this is my time to move on.

So after walking all the way to outside the town I found out I have gone to the wrong direction this known to me after a wonderful local pointed out to me that I am heading towards different directions and he kindly helped me to get back to the right direction,  after goodbye to him I walked for a bit more before I found a place so I could rest and as I was highlighting my board a wonderful person called Thomas from Czech Republic with his dog and some serious logs in his left handed steering wheel car turned up and as he kindly introduced himself and the dog to me I did so to both and guess what? He was going to the place that I was going, so we got into some conversation and then here we are in KAT and I introduced myself to this wonderful person called Bab who has been around since late 90s and he told me he should speak to his partner before make a decision and I respected that and it wasn’t long before he comes back with a positive news of I can put up my #earthianpeace tent in a field that he kindly showed and also invited me for the dinner with the family after me putting my tent up, so at about 7pm I went back to their place through a wonderful baking place and the wonderful smell to the kitchen and it was here that I met wonderful Eileen his partner and a table full of food from many varieties, which that my first hot meal since I have left the Long Island, and I was so happy I didn’t know how to thanks them, a bit afterwards Connor their wonderful son just joined us as he was in a birthday party he was a bit under the influence of some home made wine, but I have to say he was very nice and polite, so we all had our wonderful evening meal as Bob was talking about their travelling in an armed-lookalike vehicle in today’s Turkey in mid 90s, and some other stories and as I was telling them about some part of my peace journey as well.

As the time was approaching 9:30pm and they have to wake up early for the bakery I thanked them again for their wonderful hospitality and even I told them if they don’t mind I’ll mention them tomorrow on my live radio show interview, and they said they don’t mind, so I said goodbye and goodnight to them all and headed back to my wonderful #earthianpeace tent, to write about yesterday and today event.

So watch out for tomorrow’s event and updates. Out there is a windy night and hope my wonderful #earthianpeace tent will survive,  goodnight to the universe and everyone else around it.

24.5.14

Today after waking up I started to do a slug cleaning up operation after last night’s invasion of my #earthianpeace tent, socks and shoes (which I have to abundant in my socks) and then headed towards wonderful Bob and Eileen place to use the bathroom and then have a breakfast after Eileen kindly prepared something, and then I went back to my #earthianpeace tent to be ready for a live interview from radio TCR FM (www.tcrfm.ie), which while I was in my #earthianpeace tent after 10am I was called and I spoke to Donald the presenter of the show to many of his listeners and then as before the rain starts I put down my #earthianpeace tent and ready to say goodbye to the wonderful couples and they kindly prepared me a bag of flapjacks for my way, which it could make me going for days if not weeks, then after goodbye I headed towards my next destination which was a Dutch cheese maker near the village of  Sneem, which after a short lift by a wonderful local man from Sneem close to the cheese making place, so after about few miles walk I managed to connect to Harry who had a guest and as I arrived shortly after he left then Harry kindly took me to a special room full of different type of cheese in terms of age and very kindly gave me a sample of a year old and six month old cheese and as he said as it gets older it should taste better, then after taking some photos and thanking Harry for having me there I said goodbye to him and headed towards the village of Sneem, where there was a 30 and 50 miles walk events and I spoke to some of the people who has organised the event about my peace journey and they were so much busy with their event they were totally blanking me out and I stayed there till the first 50 miles walker came and I shook his hand then I said goodbye to Sneem and headed out of the village.

Then after walking for another few miles someone kindly stopped for me and he was going to Castlecove, but he was under influence of some alcohol, and later I realised his family were looking out for him in front of us and in the village they stopped and they took him somewhere to drink some coffee, before that I thanked him and I said goodbye to him.

Then just before I set off for the next village of Caherdaniel wonderful Branden gave me a lift there and as I told him about my story then he kindly offered me some milk and bread then we said goodbye after a heart to heart hug, and as I was walking towards my next little town of Waterville a wonderful couple very kindly offered me a lift.

In the little town I looked around and I found Dillon’s wonderful hostel where he kindly offered me a place to shelter for the night, which I managed to wash and be ready for next day journey, I managed to briefly update my current situation, and exchange one of my peace flags with the planet flag that he had.

25.5.14

Today I started my journey by walking towards outside the town after taking some photos from the place of my stay from last night.

After a bit of wait a wonderful person with 3 young people gave me a lift 10 kilometres closer to the next town of Cahersiveen, then after not a long time waiting a wonderful young man connected me with the town, and after walking towards outside of the town I managed to get connected to a local who was running back to his place who kindly offered me some drinks and then after a bit of wait I managed to get connected to a group of wonderful young people who were going back to Cork and they very kindly helped me to get connected to the town of Killarney.

It was here that as soon as I entered the town I saw signs of capitalism everywhere the sign of McDonald and burger king and many other sign of this system. Then after coming across few good people I came across few individuals who weren’t happy with what I was doing I have to say some were under the influence of alcohol.

But I managed to survive after apple and food were thrown at my peace tent last night.

On the other hand I got connected to couple of wonderful people from Centra market who helped me with some food and drink and next day breakfast as well.

26.5.14

Today I started my day by having an offer of breakfast by wonderful John owner of a local Centra market in a service station, then I started packing my peace tent after an eventful night and surviving from apple and food thrown at me inside my peace tent, then headed outside the town towards Dingle.

My first call of the day was from wonderful Paul a peacekeeping human being to Killorglin then after saying goodbye to him and taken some photo of the little town historic icon of a golden goat, then not far from there just after a roundabout I was offered a lift to the town of Tralee by a wonderful family from Pakistan, after arriving there and saying goodbye to them I managed to walk out of the town very close to a village of Blennerville, then my second wonderful Irish name Niamh kindly stopped for me and offered me a lift to a place called Camp, then she kindly gave me some connections which found useful, before she says goodbye to me.

Then after a bit of wait in this little place I got connected with the next village name Annascaul birth place of an explorer to south pole.

After walking to the outside of the village and near to a junction that connects R561 to N86 I got my final lift of the day by wonderful Billy to my final destination of little town of Dingle.

After saying goodbye to him and looking around the town I managed to get connected to the global village restaurant (www.globalvillagedingle.com) and after speaking to the management of the place about my journey they arranged some take away food for me and after thanking them I said goodbye to them and outside as the sun was shining I enjoyed the meal and for my drink I got a connection to another local market, before I head out towards the outside the town to find another place to see I can get a shelter for the night.

I got to the place which is called Camphill Dingle and after speaking to people in there they kindly offered me a piece of land to put up my peace tent on it and they kindly offered me meals for next day as well.

27.5.14

Today I couldn’t make my first meal call of the day but later after helping with putting up a marquee for an event I was offered a second meal of the day, which I managed to make it to this one, and then later I went to the town of Dingle again to find out about the boats to some islands which, if I can connect would love to see one, so hoping tomorrow will be a good start to carry on with my peace journey.

Later this evening I managed to connect with a music event without knowing about it but it was a good experience despite I wasn’t invited to it, and then coming back to my peace tent to rest for my second night in the Camphill community farm.

28.5.14

Today I started my wonderful sunny day by taking down my peace tent, and after having a cup of tea and saying goodbye to those wonderful people there I managed to head on towards Dingle, which as soon as I came out of the farm I was offered by couple of wonderful builders a lift to the town, and from there after saying goodbye to those wonderful people then I managed to walk outside the town and  from there I got connected with some wonderful people in a guest house and they kindly offered me a wonderful cup of tea and a scones with jam and butter, then after thanking them I said goodbye to them and walked further away from the town, then it was here by a service station which a kind German person helped me to connect halfway to Dunquin by a Celtic prehistoric museum.

Then after getting going a bit more a wonderful French couple helped me to connect to near Bally David village. Then after another 12 km walk finally after visiting St. Brendan pier and then the last village before the St. Brendan mountain, and after walking and looking and talking around my way for somewhere to put my head down I got connected with this wonderful human being called Dara, who very kindly offered me a piece of land to put up my peace tent, and also he offered me some food and drink, and after a heart to heart hug just in case I couldn’t see him tomorrow, and then after eating and writing for the blog the event of the day I said goodnight to everyone out there and the universe hope tomorrow will be another wonderful day full of sunshine.

29.5.14

I woke up by wonderful Dara, at about 8am to ask me if I’d like to use the bathroom and have a breakfast with them before they go out for the whole day of activities.

So I welcomed it and went to their place and he kindly introduced me to his wonderful family, and I had a wonderful breakfast with a nice cup of coffee, which after that I said goodbye to the whole family, and coming back to my peace tent, when I woke up this morning there’s a similar heavy fog like the the long island near Schull, but hoping that should clear soon before I bring down my peace tent and carry on a long peace journey walk over the Brandon mountain to the other side of the mountain near Brandon point before I head on back towards the town of Tralee and further north hoping to entering county Clare.

The fog never got cleared completely even after 10am so I slowly put down my peace tent as long as it wasn’t raining so I could more or less dry it, then I headed on the way and on my way I recognised Dara’s dad near his house and I told him to thank Dara and his family and thanking him for having such a wonderful son, then headed towards the mountain.

It took me more than 6 hours to cross it and then on the other side of the mountain I came across a wonderful gallery which was run by Mary and after a short chat as I got her card (www.teergallery.com), then I handed one of my cards to her as well and she kindly offered me some water and food and I have to say the hospitality of both sides of the mountain’s villages were absolutely wonderful, also on my way on top of the mountain I came in contact with 3 wonderful German speaking people which I told them about my story as well.

Then I said goodbye to Mary after a heart to heart hug and I headed on the road again. After some walk again I got my 1st lift of the day by a wonderful person to the next village of Clochan, then after a bit more walk, a wonderful local who has seen me coming down half way from the mountain very kindly offered me a lift to a junction that he hoped it might increases my chances of getting a lift back towards Tralee, so after thanking and saying goodbye to him, I waited there for a bit but with no chance of getting any lift and here midges almost were going to eat me alive so I had to move on and after few more kilometres of walk I managed to speak to a farm about 6 miles before Castlegregory village and he kindly offered me a field to put up my peace tent to rest for the night hope tomorrow the universe will connect me with county Clare.

30.5.14

Today I woke up with a wonderful sun hitting inside my tent and it was one of those night that I managed to sleep without waking up In the middle of the night due to a long and tiring day after yesterday’s mount Brandon climbing, then I put down my wonderful peace tent to get ready for another long day of events and connectivities.

By about 11am I was ready to get on the road again and after a bit of walk I got connected with a wonderful mini bus driver and he very kindly offered me a lift to Castlegregory, then after saying goodbye to him, I stayed in a junction just outside the village and it wasn’t very long before wonderful Pat did stop and offered me a lift back to the town of Tralee, which I passed on the side of it to Dingle few days ago.

Then as we’re talking I found out Pat is distributing a local newspaper called Kerry’s Eye (people’s power), and after I spoke to him about my peace journey, he told me it has been almost more than 6 years that he hasn’t picked up a hitchhiker, but there was something unusual about you and he has stopped and I told him about yesterday I came across a woman, who was going opposite direction, and she told me the same thing, so anyway he told me about few things in the town and name of a street which the newspaper was located, and he asked me if I have a chance I should speak to the editor so they might be interested in my story and somehow my way to the next town was through the same street and I did contact them, but back to wonderful Pat who very kindly crossed me through one of the oldest windmill in the Ireland in a village between Derrymore and Tralee where he kindly dropped me and I said goodbye to him.

Then walked through the town and stopped in a few place, which I found difficult to interact with people who were busy with their shopping and other activities across the town, and it was here near a busy main street that a wonderful human being came to me and asked about my peace sign and what I was doing which after some talk he very kindly offered me a wonderful drink and some lunch, which I enjoyed and then we said goodbye to one another and I headed on towards my next destination across a street where the Kerry’s Eye was located and then I got in touch with the wonderful editor who kindly came out to me and as we were walking and talking he did interview me and also took some photos which then we said goodbye to one another, and I carried on walking right to outside of the town and it wasn’t long before a wonderful person who I have met at my first connection to the town a few days back and he said to me he recognised me after that day and he wanted to help me to get closer to my next destination.

Then after saying goodbye to him I waited for not a long time before my 4th connection of the day arrives and he very kindly connected me with the town of Listowel, where he told me a festival of writers’ week is happening and he kindly offered me the programme and asked me if I am around for next day to visit, which I thanked him for everything and I said goodbye to him as well, and it wasn’t long before as I was walking came across a local tv station presenter came to me and interviewed me and then after a rest a bit I managed to head out of the town as I found out I couldn’t find a place to put my head down for the night.

So as I was walking towards my next destination I found difficult to connect or walk as the sun has set so I decided to try to ask some locals for the night of my shelter which soon I found out no one is willing to find such shelter, and finally a local recommended there was a big empty building which doesn’t belong to them, but I can camp in their garden, which I stayed there and I didn’t put up my peace tent as I didn’t know whether I could dry my peace tent next day or not which I decided try to sleep a bit out in the elements and so I didn’t sleep much and as I was keen to get out of the area and get closer to a port town of Tarbert.

31.5.14

After a rough night and without much sleep I headed on the road again as soon as the dawn came and after some good walking I stopped in a service station about 8 miles from the port town and after having something to eat, with this kind person offering me some hot water at the service station, I managed to keep up with the start of the day.

Then it wasn’t long before a wonderful person called Mossie came a long and he told me put everything in the car and I am taking you to the port, so later on he told me he has seen me around and he has promised himself if I am still there when he is not so busy he will take me where I wanted to go, so he very kindly dropped me at the port and as we got there the ferry left the port and as he took some photos another driver arrived who kindly took our photo and then as I said goodbye to one person, I said hello to the next, who was wonderful Yones, who took our photo, he kindly accepted to take me with his car across the mouth of the Shannon water, and also after some talk and taking some photos with him as well, he very kindly offered me some food and drink and further lift from next port village of Killmer to Kilrush before we said goodbye with my usual heart to heart hug.

It was here in this wonderful little market town that I came across a wonderful person who was in county Clare (www.clare.ie) for an international jazz music festival of Doonbeg, and after offer of a wonderful cup of coffee and couples of scones with jam and butter, he introduced me to this wonderful place, the B0oghill Centr,e which I am writing for the blog from here, then after goodbye to him I came across another French couple who were cycling and I met them before the ferry and they offered me some money which I told them about what I do and only food and drink which they kindly offered me some dried pasta in the ferry and after telling them I don’t carry any cooking equipment as well, so I saw them again in this town and I signed a souvenir bag for one of the couple which she asked me, before we say goodbye to one another and we went to a different direction.

Then I managed to walk to outside the town again and from there I got connected to a wonderful person called Michael who very kindly took me through few places due to a road closure and he very kindly let me walk around the next touristic town of Killkee before he kindly pick me up and dropping me by a village of Cross on my way to the Loop Head.

So after saying goodbye to Michael and walking and connecting to a local person to use a bathroom in the old school, he kindly offered me a map of the area with all the attraction, then after saying goodbye to him further down just after the village I got connected to wonderful Paddy Keating from Loop Head with his blue van and he kindly gave me a personal tour around the area as he was looking after his farm as well, so I really had a wonderful time with Paddy and he very kindly dropped me not far from the touristic town of Killkee again and I wasn’t waiting for long that I got connected to wonderful Eileen, who kindly dropped me in the town and after goodbye to her I walked towards the outside town which I got connected with a wonderful surfer who offered me my 6th lift of the day and he even kindly offered me my next destination if I am still in Doonbeg next day, so we said goodbye to one another and I explored the famous village of Doonbeg for its jazz festival and the music, but it was too loud for me and after speaking to a local pub manager he didn’t have any place for me to put my head down for the night but he kindly offered me a meal of fish and chips and after thanking them in the village I headed out to my next destination as I still had 2 more hours of daylight, so it wasn’t long before I got connected to a wonderful young lifeguard who very kindly connected me to the village of Spanish Point, then after a walk around the place and seeing a festival site there as well and not much to offer from the place in terms of putting my head down I headed out and soon I got connected with wonderful Jimi the barber who very kindly connected me to the town of Ennistymon, and finally after goodbye to him I got connected with wonderful Donal Hynes as my 9th lift of the day and he very kindly connected me with my final destination of my day the boghill centre (www.boghill.com), after an enquiry in the village of Kilfenora and asking someone look alike father Ted a comedy program which they were celebrating it in the village where the series has been made.

Then after goodbye to my wonderful person who took me to the centre I said hello to a group of woofers in the centre and they very kindly accepted me after telling them my story and very kindly provided me with a shelter for the night, and some food was offered to me well, so I thanked everyone and the universe and slept like a baby log for the night.

1.6.14

Today I woke up and I had a wonderful breakfast in the centre and then I went for a wonderful walk around the site and by the time I got back, it was about the lunch time and I had a wonderfully made lunch by Lora and help of some of the wwoofers in the centre, then I managed to do some clothes washing and also have a shower and a shave, then we had a wonderful dinner as well, then as the group went to watch a film I stayed in the place that I was resting and did some writing for the blog, and I said goodnight to everyone.

2.6.14

Today I woke up a bit late so all I had for the breakfast was a cup of coffee and then I handed in a catalogue of stone circles around county Cork and Kerry, as the centre had their stone circle and I thought that might be a good contribution towards people who are visiting the place and hope they’ll visit them, plus 3 stones which I found around the centre when I walked around the place yesterday, and then a postcard from Glencree Peace and Reconciliation centre, my web details and a resource based economy information leaflet and I gave these to wonderful Gella a Dutch person who has been in the centre for almost 7 years, and he knew where to put the information so visitors will make a note of them and it will be part of the centre.

Then as I said goodbye to most of the wwoofers and Lora a chef then they took some photos after my heart to heart hug and I left the centre towards the cliffs of Moher, on my way I came across a wonderful local who kindly offered me another cup of coffee and this time I had it with my last flapjack from wonderful Bob and Eileen in KAT.

Then I said goodbye to the local and walked again towards the Cliffs and after about 6 km walk I got my first lift of the day by wonderful David from county Clare to the visitors centre of the cliffs, then I visited and walked along the coastal side of the cliffs all the way very close to the village of Liscannor than wonderful Alan very kindly stopped for me and he brought me back to the centre and from there I tried to walk the opposite side of the cliffs this time towards Doolin, but as I got to the castle it was about to get dark and I put up my peace tent beside the castle and I hoped it’ll survivor the strong wind of the night and hoped the universe will be with me till next day, which I hope to connect with the Aran Islands and then Mark Boyle moneyless man before I head on towards county Galway.

3.6.14

Last night I have to move my peace tent because strong wind did collapse the tent and nearly tried to break it at about 1am and it did get worse after 2am, so I have to move it to a safer place and by the time I managed to put everything back together it was nearly 5am then at about 8am I was told by the security people at the cliffs that I have to move on before any tourists turn up, so I managed to put down my peace tent again and got ready to head on towards further west.

It was here in the cliffs which a wonderful person gave me a first lift of the day and it brought me closer to a little place named Doolin.

But before I get there I was enquiring the best way to get to the port see if I can visit one of the wonderful Aran islands, which as I was enquiring another wonderful person offered me the second lift of my day into Doolin.

It was here that I went to a ferry company called Bill O’Brien (www.obrienline.com), and he kindly arranged for me to cross to the smallest one at about 1330 hours, so I walked for about 2km to the port and then through the ferry into the Inisheer, then in there I heard for the first time locals were speaking to one another in Irish language, and the locals were very friendly, so I managed after speaking to some people of the island tried to get in touch with the eldest of the island to try to find and hear from them the history of the island, but with no luck, I came back to near the port, and in there was a local food place which after speaking to the manager she kindly arranged a meal for me so after almost 24 having nothing, then after thanking them I headed back to the port hoping I can cross to a port in Galway, but after speaking to a manager of last ferry to Galway at about 1630 hours and explaining what I was doing but they refused to cross me and they were telling me I have paid to Bill O’Brien ferry company and they can’t take me so I had to wait there and after asking another more manager to where I came from the mainland to get back there, but I was refused and I had to wait till 1730 hours last ferry back to the main island with same company after explaining what has happened. So anyway I managed to get back into the port of Doolin and walk another 2km to get back to the village and hoped I can connect to the moneyless man.

So after 7pm I tried to head further north into county Galway, and it was after 7pm that I got my third lift of the day towards the town of Lisdoonvarna famous for the matchmaking every year in September.

On our way this wonderful man who runs Doolin Cycling offered me a nice cup of tea and a cheese sandwich from his place before we say goodbye to one another a few kilometres outside the town.

Then after waiting for a bit I got connected to my fourth lift of the day by a wonderful person to the next village of Ballyvaughan, which after saying goodbye to one another and as I was walking through the village, a wonderful German speaking couple helped me to connect with Galway city.

In the city I found a place to put up my peace tent which about 11pm I found myself in a situation which I had to move from the place which has been someone’s driveway so at about midnight I have to walk towards the city centre and got connected to some wonderful young boys and they helped me with some food and I got connected with Savoy hostel in which he very kindly provided me with a bed for the night and breakfast next day, after explaining what I was doing.

So after saying goodnight to the wonderful people and the universe I slept like a baby log.

4.6.14

Today I woke up a bit early again and after having a breakfast and then quickly using the Savoy hostel’s internet, and having a shower then I said goodbye to the hostel people after thanking them again, and then headed out into the Galway city street and was looking for a place which I thought it might be interested to connect with, which I found out about it last night and it was called Galway’s people resource centre, but it turned out it’s a place for those people who want to find a job and you have to pay money as well to use internet, and I didn’t fancy to stay there a minute.

Before going to this centre I found a place where they very kindly helped me to produce hundreds of my new internet connection cards, so I can let people connect with me when I get connected to them. Last time I produced these cards were in Bantry, so I managed to even wait outside a charity place for the duration I was waiting for the cards to get ready, and I was reminded by one of the charity place to get in touch with the Nuns and after collecting my cards from the wonderful printing place in merchant rd. Then I headed towards the nuns (www.poorclares.ie)/(www.clarinibochta) on my way through the docks then I got connected to the wonderful nuns and after speaking with one of them I got connected to another wonderful sister from an NGO organisation called PLANT (Pernet Lay Associates Networking Together), then she kindly took me to her place and I had a wonderful lunch before she wrote something for their annual pamphlet, and took a photo of me for their next issue of the annual magazine, then she very kindly dropped me close to a way towards my next destination further west towards Clifden, then after goodbye and a heart to heart hug I walked for few kilometres before I got my second lift of the day by a wonderful person from Australia living in Cork city now to the next town of Oughterard, and then some more walk before my third lift of the day by wonderful Gerald to Maam Cross, then from here I got connected to a wonder and beauty of west of Ireland including a little island from time of the bronze age in a local lake then wonderful Joe dropped me at the Recess.

Then I waited here till about 2030 hours before I get connected to my last lift of the day by wonderful Brandon, and after some talk about the area and my peace journey and other talking before I get to my final destination town of Clifden.

Here in the town I managed to get connected to some wonderful people who helped me with amazing food (www.offthesquare.ie), and a bed for the night in a Clive’s B&B,  then I said goodnight to all and may tomorrow bring another  wonderful and beautiful day to us all.

5.6.14

today I started my wonderful day by having a breakfast from the lodge B&B of Clive who kindly helped me with some toast and butter, and some cornflakes and a nice cup of coffee, then I moved out and as I was taking in some vitamin d from the sun, which was shining out and started a good day, and it was here that a local journalist for Connemara area passed by and Clive mentioned my journey to him so he got my card and phone number and took a photo of Clive and I then after goodbye to him and then Clive I headed on the road towards westport.

So I walked almost outside the little town and waited there for a bit before a wonderful German couple Andi and Julia gave me a lift to the Connemara national park and after goodbye to them I walked through the village of Letterfrack and just outside it after a bit of  waiting a wonderful local Irish man gave me a lift to a junction towards Delphi, then from there I managed to walk and speak to some French young people and walked a bit more then I got my third lift of the day by wonderful person from Latvia close to a village of Louisburgh (Corrownisey), then after goodbye to him I walked for a few more kilometres before I was offered a lift by another wonderful local Irish person to the Louisburgh, and after some enquiries there I headed out of the village and then I was given my fifth lift of the day by another local engineer from Westport to the little village of Murrisk, and from here I went to a local community cafe and explained what I was doing and they kindly offered me some sandwich and a cup of tea, then after thanking them I left my gear in a local pub called Campbell’s and headed up to the peak of the mountain Creagh Patrick and after coming down I rested a bit in the pub which earlier I left on its ceiling my card with date and after getting my gear back I visited the memorial in a peace millennium park and then I headed towards the town of Westport and on my way towards the village of Murrisk I was given a lift by wonderful Brandon as my today last lift of the day, and as I was walking to the town I saw a super value market and I went to speak to the manager and he kindly helped me with some food and drink after explaining what I was doing, then I headed further into the town in a hope of getting a place to put my head down for the night and after going to few places including the Old Mill hostel and right now that I am writing this in front of the Abbey Wood hostel and none of them were able to help me with a bed for the night so now the time is close to midnight and with no place to go, hope I’ll get some rest before tomorrow next episode of my peace journey.

6.6.14

After midnight I tried couple of more hotels and B&B with no connection but on my third hotel what I was doing made open up human heart to heart connection, and wonderful Peter helped me to stay for the night and rest after a long day of connections and a climb to the holy mountain this place of rest just was on time and right. So I managed to write about my day update and my current place through Facebook and Twitter.

Then slept for a few hours before I wake up and shave then go for my wonderful breakfast.

I headed out of the Wyatt hotel at about midday towards Newport and after some walk and a bit of wait got connected by a wonderful local woman to Westport to Newport.

Then in Newport I walked for a bit and waited for a short time before I get connected to my second destination of Mulrany by another wonderful man local to Achill.

Then after another mile walk I got to a main junction towards Bangor, in there first I got a lift with another wonderful local for a few miles, then wonderful Vincent Browne (www.charliebyrne.com)/(@byrnesbooks) to Bangor.

In Bangor I walked outside and waited not for long that another wonderful Vincent turned up and he very kindly offered me a lift all the way to Ballina, and after goodbye to him I walked not very far that outside the town near a service station towards the town of Sligo, and as I wanted to approach the service station someone called me if I wanted to go to Sligo I can join him and I accepted with much respect, this wonderful person was Brian Kelly, and he very kindly offered me couples of banana after explaining what I was doing. Then at the entrance to the town we said goodbye to each other,  and I headed towards the town centre which on my way I came across a place of food and drink called Centra, and I went into the place and I tried to explain what I was doing and how people help me and despite the main manager wasn’t there wonderful people in there very kindly helped me with food and drink, and after thanking them I said goodbye to them and headed out to see I can now find a place to put my head down for the night.

After almost checking every hotel and a hostel in the area I found none of them were ready to offer, and I was told either they don’t have a bed or room or the main manager isn’t there, and the manager of the hostel told me we are a business and without money we can’t help.

Then I headed towards outside the town, which on my way I saw a sign for another hotel, and as I was looking for it I came across some local kids who were playing football and it was near a health centre, and as I asked them where about is the hostel? and they told me a direction and then as I was going to pick up my stuff and go there, but as it was raining I stopped and tried to shelter under my umbrella, but very soon the boys started to throw stones at me and I was surprised why they abandoned their game and throwing stones and as the direction was thorough the place they were there, then I felt I shouldn’t pass through there as they might do it again, and later I had a chance to speak to two of them and I was told they have done it for fun, and I told one of them, please tell them what I was doing and if they want to ask me a question would be great but why stone throwing it isn’t the way forward.

Then I said goodbye and headed further out and I was sitting in a  service station at the moment I was writing this and earlier couple of medical people turned up and after telling them my story they kindly helped me with a blanket, so hoping I can finish the night and tomorrow is another day which I hope to head on towards Donegal, and before there is a peace garden in a little village called Rosslugh and I hope I can connect with them.

7.6.14

Today as I couldn’t sleep all night, because of the position I was in this closed service station outside the town I wrote on a piece of paper my direction towards Donegal.

It wasn’t very long before wonderful David Mc Gowan a wonderful lorry turned up at about 7am and he offered me a lift straight to outside Donegal, and even he very kindly took me to the Nuns village of Rossonwlagh and I saw their monastery, but as David thought to leave me in the main village, but there wasn’t one so we missed it and I told him not to worry it meant to be this way and we carried on till outside Donegal, and in there I said goodbye to him and I left the blanket with him as a little gift and then goodbye to him.

As I walked towards the town on my way I came across a Lidl and after asking the manager she kindly helped me with some bread and water and some meat, then I carried on towards the town, and after a bit rest outside a Centra market place I ate some food which I was given and then headed towards the town centre, on my way I came across a famine burial site which I visited and then town centre.

It was here that I met another wonderful David (Davin), who very kindly offered me a worm drink and some homemade apple pie in a local cafe, and he very kindly introduced me to the editor of Donegal times who has seen me coming towards the town this morning, which later Margaret a journalist for the Times had an interview with me and taken some photo before I say goodbye to the town.

Then I headed out of the town and on my way out I saw an Irish wedding, and it was a nice feelings,  then as I headed out from the town and I waited by a service station outside the town and after a bit David turned up again and after a bit more chat and given my connection to him to get in touch when he sees the article on the Donegal Times and he’ll let me know, then after a good suggestion from him to say I should move a bit further we said goodbye and just a bit further up I got connected to wonderful Judith (www.network.ie), who very kindly offered to connect me with another fishing port of Killybegs, and after some good conversation she kindly offered me some strawberry, and some other connections before we say goodbye to one another.

After walking to outside of the town I got my third lift of the day by a wonderful German couple with their little child to a very close to a village of Carrick, and then a wonderful local woman with her wonderful children gave me my final lift of the day to the village.

But as I arrived in the village, I spoke to some local and they told me it’s too late to go and see the Slieve League cliffs, and also the the weather wasn’t very good as well, so I did enquire for a place to stay for a night and I ended up in a pub again and it reminded me of the village of Allihies down in county Kerry, where money was speaking and humanity was long forgotten due to so called economical recession or depression or you named so either you have to be a tourist there and have to spend money or you shouldn’t have entered the area, and that’s how the area has become and due to their local circumstance only summer they can make money in there and if you are there for any other reason will not be acceptable to locals mindset, and they were looking at me in a very different way and as soon as the news has gone around the village that why I was there, so that has made me after a long hours of spending time in the area and talking and listening to some including 2 musicians who were there from there neighbouring village of Ardara, who were playing not Irish music but more westernised music till about 1am next day, which I asked them if they can play “imagine” for me as they were keep asking any request?, but I was told they can’t do it!?

Anyway after a long conversation with a person who running the bar we were in a different point of view of looking at today’s world economy, and finally at 4am after my very cold reception of the local I had to abandon my visit to the cliffs and other place, and I headed out of the village in a hope to get to the next village of Ardara, which earlier the musicians couldn’t take me there with themselves.

 

8.6.14

So after a 5 km of walk I got to a fishing process factory and in there due to my tiredness and empty stomach for long hours I sat there and waited to see I can connect to places of people, which at about 9am a wonderful young man name Jonathan helped me to connect back to a bigger village of Kilcar,& from there after another mile of walk I got connected to another wonderful person who very kindly connected me back very close to the fishing town of Killybegs, and from there after waiting not for a long time I got connected with a very nice family of Rachel who very kindly offered me a lift to a little place called Glenties, where they were going for their Sunday mass and after speaking to them and telling them about my story I asked them if I can go with them, and they kindly welcomed me, so I joined them for my first ever mass in Ireland, which I was told throughout my peace journey that I should visit a wedding, funeral , and a mass while I am in Ireland, and yesterday I came across a wedding and now the only remaining items left for me is a funeral, which I was told they celebrate death and they’ll happy about it, but anyway after the mass I was invited for a nice cup of tea and cake and also a bowl of soup and an Easter scones, also my introduction to Rachel’s extended family and afterwards and a heart to heart hug, Rachel kindly dropped me off a place towards my next destination.

In there after waiting for a bit I got a connection by a wonderful couples who has been together for more than 40 years from a north county, to about 30km outside (Lifford) the famous town of Derry with it’s historic town wall.

Then at about 4pm I got a lift from a wonderful couple of police officers from the neighbouring county of Tyrone to the footsteps of old walls of Derry town.

Then after a walk on the wall I visited the new peace bridge and peace flame, then I went to the town bus station hoping to connect with my next peace centre of corrymeela in Ballycastle, but I was told they can connect me there, but they very kindly offered me to connect me to Coleraine, so I welcomed it and I was offered a bus connection to the train station and then from there by train to the town of Coleraine which I arrived at about 9pm, then at the station I was helped by a very helpful inspector to connect with a hostel to stay for the night, and in his office I came to know a local musician who kindly came with me to the hostel before we say goodbye to one another.

Then I introduced myself to very kind and helpful Ricki, who runs the hostel in this little town of Portstewart, where he very kindly introduced me to things to know in the hostel, then due to my tiredness of not sleeping for the last 60 hours, I said goodnight to the universe and everyone else around me.

9.6.14

Today after waking up and having some food I managed to catch up with writing some of my days which I haven’t had a chance to jot them down, and in the afternoon after cooking some spare food in the hostel, then I headed out to do a peace walk around the town of portstewart, and through my walk I spoke to some people and then headed back to my resting place and after having a shower and rest a bit I warmed the food I cooked earlier and doing some web update I started to prepare myself for the next day to head towards my next destination in Ballycastle to visit my second peace centre here in north of Ireland.

10.6.14

Today after waking up and having something to eat, I prepared myself and after leaving some peace related booklets with Rick and thanking him for his kind hospitality, I said goodbye to him and started walking towards my next peace centre and my destination in Ballycastle, about 25 miles away from Portstewart, so after a long walk of more than 10 miles almost half way to the peace centre I rested and put my head down in front of the giant’s causeway office as it was sheltered, after visiting many places and with no place for me to put my head down indoor for the night. so I hope tomorrow after a look at the causeway I can carry on towards my destination, but I have to say here what I have noticed here from north that people don’t want to stop and also they don’t want to talk to you overall, so despite I have tried very hard to connect here it is just I can’t resonate with an energy to connect, but also people who are looking after things and when I go to them and ask for help they try hard to help of course if they can, also it’s reminds me back in England which I found it’s difficult to connect on the road.

But I hope tomorrow will be another wonderful day and may universe connect me to where my vision is to be.

Today a few places after leaving Rick’s wonderful hostel have helped me with food and drink including wee cottage cafe by the dunluce castle, and the co operative place of food least to mention in the village of Bushmills, and that’s how I could walk for more than 10 miles with over 20 kilos on my back to carry.

11.6.14

Today after waking up in front of the Giants Causeway office I went back to the Causeway hotel to use the bathroom and I asked receptionist if I can speak to the manager of the hotel, so I managed to speak to him and explaining what I was doing, after last night where people in the reception of the hotel told me they can’t make a decision on my stay, and I decided to sleep outside the giant’s causeway, so the manager kindly offered me a wonderful breakfast so I started my wonderful sunny day with a stomach full of food, and then after goodbye to the hotel people, back to my place of rest since last night and by this time the office for the giant’s causeway has been opened and I spoke to the people in there to find out information about the place and then I started my walk around the site which was a beautiful place of historical happenings, and then I headed on the road again towards the town of Ballycastle.

It wasn’t long before a wonderful local man stopped and asked me if I wanted to be given 3 miles lift which I welcomed it and he told me my Earthian sign caught his eye and wanted to know more about my story so I did explain who am I and why I was on the road, and surprisingly he was the first person I have come across since the start of my journey, who was supporter of fracking and he was keep telling me it is an ssp operational and it is needed and he told me he has done oil drilling well in the number of 19 countries as he put it, and equivalent to number of nations I have visited.

So I told him about my opinion and people’s concerns about and how we can overcome it, then I said goodbye to him and in a junction closer to my destination, then again it wasn’t long before a wonderful woman police officer turned up and she kindly offered me a lift to my next destination and on our way I talked to her what I was doing and where I wanted to go and she very kindly dropped me off in front of the Corrymeela peace centre (www.corrymeela.org)/(@corrycentre)/(www.facebook.com/corrycommunity) building just outside the town of Ballycastle, and after thanking her and goodbye I said hello to the people in the centre, and a wonderful woman called Alison kindly gave me a tour around the site, and then offered me a wonderful cup of tea and some biscuits, then regarding to my quarries about my stay and see more of the center’s activities she very kindly connected me with another wonderful woman called Aileen and she did explain about 2 family groups with their children were there and doing different activities and they are quite sensitive about who they can interact with and also a group of Palestinian and Israeli students who studying in the city university in London were there, and I wanted to see them and hear their story, but after she kindly enquired about them I was told they were out to visit Derry, and then after she very kindly offered me some lunch and another cup of tea and some biscuits, while we were talking about our stories, and exchanging of our web details for future contact, I thanked them all and after a heart to heart hug said goodbye to them and the centre,  then started walking back to the town and in a hope of a connection to Scotland, so I can carry on with the rest of my peace journey, on my way I came across a wonderful woman who was interested in what I was doing and she has taken some photos and I have given my web details.

Then after arriving in the town I went to the harbour and enquired about my crossing journey to Scotland, and I was told by the people of the marina and fisherman, I should get in touch and they might let me know if anyone going there, so I left It there and for now it was the matter of waiting and hope to connect.

Meanwhile I have to say here people in the town are generally very helpful and friendly and they would love to help, as the sign of that a person who’s looking after the marina kindly provided me with a place for me to leave the stuff that I carry in a place which people from the marina using the facilities there, also I went to see if I can find a place in a local hostel to rest for the night and despite there wasn’t any vacancy in the place I was offered a bed in the house of the person who is running the backpackers hostel, which was very kind of them, so now that I am resting in this wonderful family’s place and hope tomorrow the universe will connect me to a world of possibilities.

12.6.14

Today I woke up after a good night sleep and after a wonderful breakfast of porridge with the family who I was staying I headed out towards the harbour to find out if there is any news on my departure from here to Scotland.

After enquiring around the area, there wasn’t any boat leaving the harbour to my destination, but I was told there is a boat which leaving here to Scotland at 2pm and has to be booked online, so by this time wonderful Brian has turned up (the person who I was staying in their place) and he was kindly made some phone calls and was coming with me to information centre to find a way for me to cross over to Scotland.

After exhaustion of many channels we were sitting down with john the senior harbour master and talking about my crossing and he said the best way is to contribute towards my crossing and sending me via the company which, the online booking has to be done, and he kindly contributed almost all of the fare to Brian towards my crossing so now that we knew I am going to cross and it is just matter of time and booking, so Brian very kindly made a phone call to the person who runs the mainland ballycastle to rathlin island and asked a wonderful person called Mary who he knew her and explained what I am doing and asked her if I can visit this last island of north of Ireland before my crossing to Scotland, and she very kindly agreed and everything was arranged for 12pm, so that’s how I got connected to the wonderful island of rathlin, and in there I managed to visit west and east side of the island, but there was no time for me to visit south which on each side they have lighthouse,  also during my stay I managed to talk to some local and visitors and tell them about my peace journey.

On my way back I came across a wonderful person called Alan who very kindly offered me a meal and bed for the night If I could go back to the island, and I thanked him and I told him by you offering it to me is like I have had it, which later on he very kindly provided some food for my way in the mainland.

As I came back to the mainland at about 6pm after more than 10 miles of walk in the island from the morning I had an offer of fish and chips from wonderful Morton’s fish and chips shop which runs by John senior who very kindly contributed towards my crossing to Scotland as well, so after having a wonderful fish and chips and thanking them for their kindness I headed back towards the backpackers hostel, which runs by Anne’s Mary and Brian wonderful people who have very kindly offered me a bed in their home, so I could use some internet and update on my immediate position to those wonderful people who are caring and watching out for my peace journey, while I was eating my wonderful fish and chips as my evening meal.

Then headed back to my resting place, and after watching the opening match between Brazil and Croatia with Brian with a wonderful cup of tea and then the news of middle east and a new turmoil specially close to Kurdistan a place of my birth and highlighting the place to Brian and talking about the situation, then we said goodnight to one another and we hoped tomorrow will bring more hope, love peace and joy.

13.6.14

Today after a wonderful breakfast in my resting place again, we checked the harbour for the final time and with no connection, and complication of booking system, I decided to welcome wonderful Brian’s offer of a lift to the town of Larne as he was heading south to a funeral  so after a wonderful heart to heart hug to Brian’s partner, we headed towards Larne (my next sea port connection to Scotland).

After about an hour of a beautiful glens, and coastal journey and talking about our past, present, and future I finally said goodbye and a heart to heart hug to my wonderful brother Brian near to the port of Larne, then I walked to towards the port and after a connection and a wonderful meal from the P&O ferry I managed to get connected to a port in Scotland (Cairnryan), and after some walk wonderful Matt Cross very kindly connected me to a little town of Girvan.

Then after another mile or two I got a connection to a wonderful family (www.milestonegirvan.org), which very kindly offered me a shelter for the night, and after a shower and washing of my clothes I said goodnight to universe, them and everyone else around me.

So here I’d like to say thank you for everyone who has very kindly contributed towards my world peace and made it possible for me to connect to my 20th nation across almost quarter of the planet and hope to carry on and with the help of more wonderful people to finish half of the planet by end of 2014 this is just a vision.

so may love and peace and harmonious way of life overcome conflicts and every negativity around us.


your humbled Earthian brother

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Ireland Part II

3.5.14

After my staying last night with these wonderful people, I asked them if it is ok for me to stay for another night, so I can explore the wonderful and historic town of Cork, and I was granted very kindly so today after waking up, and having something to eat I headed out to explore the town.

I first visited a wonderful local peace garden, and then headed on towards the historic Shandon Bells Tower (www.shandonbelss.ie), on my way I met a few wonderful people and they took some photos and directed me towards the site, then at the site I spoke to the people in there about my peace journey and they kindly let me visit the tower without using money, then downstairs there was a wonderful music event where I met few of the performers, and we became friends on Facebook as well, then I thanked the people in there and said goodbye to everyone in the Shandon.

Then I headed back towards the Irish market and I met some wonderful people who kindly offered me some food and drink including half a dozen organic eggs from a wonderful person in an organic place in the market, which I thought I might eat them raw or boil them later on in my resting place, then I headed to the English market, which as soon as I entered the market it was dominated with poultry and meat which wasn’t very attractive to me, it had some other stuff but it wasn’t as much as the dominant meat, then I came out and on the left hand side of the market there was an Italian pizza place and a bit further from it I stood out there and I tried to talk to people if anyone wanted to know what I was doing, and there’s a woman who was going into the pizza place and I asked her to kindly speak to the manager of the place to see if they can kindly boil my eggs, which I gave her my card and I didn’t hear anything from her for almost an hour and then I went in and I spoke to a cook and explained the situation and he said he doesn’t know anything about my story, and I asked the woman about if she has shown my card to him and she said she has thrown my card into a rubbish bin because there wasn’t a manager and as I explained the importance of the card then she said she will find the card and bring it back to me, so I have to explain everything again to the cook, and as I had my eggs in my hand and I asked him to kindly boil them for 7 minutes and he said no problem,  so I went out again and after that time I went back in to get the eggs and some salt to eat them, but the chief told me I have to pay 5 Euro for the boiling of the eggs, and I said I have explained to you at the beginning what I was doing and how I was doing it, so now how come you are asking for money, and he said that is the only way for me to get the eggs back, and I said to him please may I have my card back and I don’t want the eggs because as I told you I don’t carry any money, and he opened a drawer and he took out my card and gave it back to me, so I got my card back and went out of the place and as I came out immediately a wonderful person wanted to know what I was doing and I gave him my card which I had in my hand rescued from the pizza place and then I said goodbye to the place and walked to a few other different places in the city again and tried to talk to some more wonderful people before I headed back to my resting place. By now the time was after 7pm and I met wonderful Edwin and his friend Joey who has come from another area to explore Cork city as well, so after a wonderful introduction I told them about the pizza place story as the highlight of the day and then a few other stories as we headed back and for the night we had a wonderful meal together which Edwin kindly prepared for us and then another friend joined them and afterwards they went out, and I got busy with some internet connectivity for the night then later at night they came back and after a little more chatting we said goodnight to one another.

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4.5.14

I woke up at my resting place for the last 2 nights, courtesy of wonderful Edwin and his friends, and after having a wonderful tea, bread and butter & some coffee then an apple, we headed out from the place.

Then after walking towards a close junction in the area, which I was heading out towards a little town of Kinsale I said goodbye and gave a heart to heart hug to Edwin. I wanted to be somewhere by midday and so thanking him for all his kindness then same with Joey a bit after Edwin, then I started walking towards the little Transition Town of Kinsale. As I was walking towards there it was a local service station and immediately after there was a layby, so I wrote a big sign towards the town, and it wasn’t very long before the universe connected me with wonderful Ronan who somehow knew a person who is part of the transition town Kinsale (www.transitiontownkinsale.org)/(www.transitionculture.org), and he kindly exchanged his details of communication with me before we say goodbye and a heart to heart hug.

Then the town was busy as never before because of a famous May day match of Rugby Seven,  so as I was heading out from the town I came across some wonderful people and places and just before I leave the town and head towards my next destination I got caught by rain, so as I always say to my wonderful people I try my best not to walk at night, and when it is raining so after asking a wonderful person to call the person which Ronan kindly gave his number to me and he told me today he wouldn’t be able to see me, but tomorrow for an hour no problem, which I said if I am around I’ll connect with him and start walking back to the town, and I came across some wonderful people who were from Dublin and they were down in Kinsale for the match, they were quite happy to speak to me and asked me to talk about my journey before they headed on towards the match area, and they kindly offered me some food and drink and we exchanged our internet connections, then as I was looking for some other people from transition town after visiting few places finally I was directed to a place called Poet’s Corner cafe (http://poetscornerkinsale.com/), and people over there were very kind, and they tried their best to connect me with some other members of the group, and it was here and after 6pm, that I met a wonderful person called Rosie, who did kindly offer me a place to shelter for the night, then before we say goodbye to this wonderful person who was looking after the cafe, he very kindly offered me some warm and delicious scones with jam and cream, which was just on time and at the right moment, which I offered wonderful Rosie, and she said she had something before, and then we said goodbye after a heart to heart hug to the wonderful human beings from the cafe and Rosie and I headed back to a wonderful village of Belgooly not far from Kinsale.

After getting back to Rosie’s place I introduced myself as Earthian a peace pilgrim to a wonderful 7 year old cat which Rosie told me about on our way back, and his name is Myaw Myaw, also it was a bit strange for him to accept me with all the different smells that I had, but during this few days slowly he has come closer to me and even on the second day resting on my laps as I was having my porridge, then I managed to wash my clothes and have a shower and later on we cooked some wonderful food, then I was telling Rosie some of my peace pilgrimage journey, then we said goodnight to one another and to the universe around us, and I went to sleep on a wonderful bed, and I slept like a baby log till next day.

5.5.14

Today after waking up a bit late and having a wonderful porridge and later on another wonderful meal by Rosie, and later on a bit of DIY and plumbing, I was offered a swimming pool, sauna (dry and steam), and Jacuzzi by her, which I couldn’t refuse despite it’s an unusual offer throughout my peace journey, which I haven’t come acros,s and as I told her that during my peace pilgrimage journey around the festivals and gatherings back in England and Wales many wonderful people has offered me sauna and shower, but not all in one and indoors especially in a Carlton Hotel, so anyway I have to say it took me a bit of time to say yes, and I have to say here it was a great experience, just before we go to the swimming pool in the hotel Rosie kindly took me to a few place in which you could see the little town of Kinsale from different height and angles, also I met some other wonderful people, which she knew some of them, and after leaving the swimming pool hotel we headed back towards the town and on our way back we went to this wonderful place which the history of it goes back to the time of Spanish Armada. We managed to take some photos, & then we went to another hotel for another wonderful cup of cappuccino and a warm scone with jam and cream as well as internet connectivity to update my situation while Rosie joined some local Kinsale for watching a match of football, and later on we headed back to the wonderful village for another night full of food, drink, & entertainment till late night.

6.5.14

Today after having another wonderful porridge meal outside in the garden then slowly we prepared ourselves to head out to meet some wonderful people, as we have arranged from yesterday to finally meet up with a person called Klaus from transition town Kinsale (www.transitiontowns.org/kinsale), which he was introduced to me by wonderful Ronan since the day which I arrived in Kinsale, and I didn’t manage to meet him till today at about 12:30 in a wonderful cafe called “Lemon Leaf” for about an hour, which wonderful Rosie did take me there and she kindly joined us as well, and we managed to talk a bit about their group and also to connect with another peace project in the town which we didn’t know about it, and he kindly mentioned some other places to us before he said goodbye to us.

Then Rosie and myself visited this person, who was one of the main organisers of the peace project in Kinsale and after some talk in his place of activities, we managed to find some other connections for my peace journey towards west of Cork, then after an exchange of our internet connection, we said goodbye to him and we walked towards the town’s college which on our way we came across a sign to an old water well that we visited, and we took some photos before we went uphill towards the permaculture college to connect with more like minded people, and I managed to speak to a wonderful teacher which he kindly gave some more names of different centres in the west of Ireland, then we said goodbye and headed towards another 2 places of food before we go for a wonderful visit to Rosie’s close friend, which they have  kindly invited us for a late afternoon lunch, (which originally was going to be dinner, but because of circumstance it did change to late lunch), and I have to say here their kindness was just incredible, this family has sent me organic eggs since the first time I told Rosie about my organic egg story from Italian pizza place in Cork city, and without they know about the story they have sent me some organic egg on my first day, and today they kindly offered us some half a dozen more eggs, which later I found out one of them was broken and I tried to ask Myaw Myaw to eat it, but with no luck so I was told by Rosie that her neighbour’s dog which is like a compost it might eat it, but anyway we had a great time in Rosie’s wonderful friend’s place and we exchanged our internet details, and also they tried their best to connect me with some more wonderful people, and took some photos before we said goodbye and then a heart to heart hug, then headed back to the village and Rosie had some other arrangements and had to go out in the evening and I stayed indoors, and I managed to write up the events of the last few days.

7.5.14

Last night wonderful Rosie came back early hours of today, and as I was cooking those wonderful organic eggs which we were given yesterday by Rosie’s wonderful friend, which we were invited and I made a nice meal out of them and Rosie kindly made some salad as well, so that was our last meal with a wonderful mix of many different fruit drinks, then we said goodnight and goodbye, and a heart to heart hug as well, as she had to go early again today.

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So today I managed to pack and say goodbye to this wonderful place, which I was staying since Sunday night, and after a full respect to everything I headed out through the Belgooly village and I came across a wonderful woman who wanted to know what I was doing and after an explanation to what I was doing I said goodbye to her and another wonderful woman told me not far from the village there’s a car park, which I can try to see if anyone goes towards my destination and as I got there it wasn’t long before wonderful Tom and two of his angels in the back of his car arrived, and he kindly gave me a lift all the way to the town of Clonakilty and in there after a heart to heart hug I said goodbye to him, then I headed on the main street of the town first to a dentist and then an information centre, which I got some information about the town and some other places to visit, which I did, and I managed to connect to a few places and finally in a kitchen project I got connected to a wonderful west Cork sand circle, and all these connections was possible through a wonderful human being from the kitchen project, so I have to thank her here.

Then we headed towards this wonderful Atlantic beach of Inchydoney for drawing a magical sand circle and wonderful Istivan, who I am staying with tonight helped to create something wonderful for me as well, which you can see some photos of them, and then we headed back to the edges of the town and after having a wonderful cup of Indian tea with another wonderful family which they were on the beach and they helped with the magical sand circle, and then these wonderful family they gave me their stones circle booklet around west Cork and Kerry, and their contact in case I go anywhere around their area before they say goodbye to us, and heading back to their place.

Then Istvan and I headed to the town again for some internet updates, and he kindly offered me a nice cup of herbal tea in a local pub as well.

Then we headed back to our resting place before we say goodnight to each other and the universe, & I hope the universe will connect me with many peoples.

8.5.14

Today I woke up at the Istevan wonderful permaculture place, then we planted some wonderful seeds in a hope they will grow soon and he can use some and give some to others, then I headed towards the town, and on my way I went to a place which Istevan kindly told me about it last night,  which is called Clonakilty Lodge which is a place for a lot of different people from across the world and they are waiting for a decision to be made to stay in Ireland or leave, which in a way it was a fresh reminder to all those people would like to come to Europe in a hope of better life, so I managed to speak to a resident and then the deputy and the manager of the centre and I was there for about a good hour and the wonderful manager Michael kindly offered me some soup, bread and a meal which was my meal of the day since yesterday, and after thanking them for all what they do I said goodbye and a heart to heart hug with Michael, which was a bit difficult due to his height almost close to 2m.

Then slowly I walked down further closer to the town which in a car park I was told from yesterday at the time of my arrival about a Wellness Week, which I didn’t have a chance to visit, so I found it and it was called Clonakilty Wellness Week (www.clonwellnessweek.com/www.Facebook.Com/cumasu.ie), from 6th to 11th May 14 for the first time, then I managed to be there from about 2pm to 3pm for a talk about Diet and Nutrition, and speaking to some of the people there and then giving out my communication card, then I headed out and this time towards the main town church and in there I came across a journalist who was interested in what I was doing and he showed me a little card about someone called Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy dated back c.1455-1492 and I somehow picked the card earlier, and he asked me if he can take a photo, and I gave him one of my cards and he mentioned that he is a journalist and would like to write something about my story, which I welcomed it and also he asked me whether I need anything and I said nothing just check my blog and spread the word of love and peace.

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Then coming out and somehow I headed towards out of the town to find out about my routes towards the little ecovillage near a place called Enniskeane, (http://www.ruralnetworkni.org.uk/download/files/pub_futureproof(1).pdf)/ (http://thehollies.ie/), and on my way I came across some wonderful people who kindly tried to offer me some money, which I thanked them, and told them about my story and they didn’t have time to get me any food or drink, but I told them about my peace journey and check my blog.

Then I headed back towards the town after finding out about my next destination near a car park and a service station.

Yesterday in the town I managed to find a place which a French photographer (www.factoryii3.com), took some of my photos, when I arrived, and I was looking for an organic place to use some internet and then I have gone all the way around the little town before I headed back towards my resting place, which when I came I managed to see Istevan, who did go out this morning as well, but to a different destination, and he was back in our resting place and told me about his day as well and he had planted some more wonderful stuff, which he has brought from the ecovillage, which I was hoping to connect tomorrow, so he decided to go back to the town for his usual place and I said to him goodnight and I had a chance to write up today’s events, and I hope that tomorrow the universe will bring another wonderful day for us all.

9.5.14

I woke up and prepared myself to head on towards the Hollies a small eco village, but first we had a nice cup of tea then planted some potatoes with Istevan and then I said goodbye to his wonderful place where I was staying then we headed down towards a Friday market which every Friday different locals coming to the town of Clonakilty and display what they have and in the market there was a wonderful person named Ron, who has brought his specially made mobile oven for making pizza and as at the beginning of the market he was very busy, so I left the connection with him for the end, and I tried to talk to different people in the market and a lot of them were wonderful and were interested in talking to me and some of them kindly offered me food and drink, also I managed to speak to a wonderful person who knew about the Transition Town Clonakilty and Sustainable Clonakilty, which after our talk he kindly offered me a wonderfully made hazelnuts dark chocolate (www.clonakiltychocolate.com).

Then towards the end of the market I got in touch with Ron who was slowly packing and even when I went there and introduced myself he kindly made a pizza for me, which I shared it, then I said goodbye and a heart to heart hug to Istevan as he wanted to leave, and thanking him for everything he had kindly done specially offering me some walnuts and a special material which you burn it when you feel down a bit like an incentive for a smell.

Then after packing everything we headed towards a village called Ardfield to see someone and looking at a place in a garden of a house to build a Pompeii oven.

So in there already there were couple of local people who were helping with the construction and a person who has asked Ron to go to her place to see the the preparation for next day oven building course.

So I introduced myself to everyone and they were quite happy to see me then Ron looked at the situation and noted down what he needs for next day and after a wonderful cup of brew we said goodbye to them and headed back to the market place in Clonakilty to pick up the mobile oven and then headed towards the Hollies (a little ecovillage about 3 km north of Enniskeane).

As we arrived I met some of the locals, and then a brief introduction to the place, then Ron kindly took me to another wonderful member of the village who has been in the Hollies for a long time and I explained my situation to him and his partner and they very kindly welcomed me and even invited me for a dinner as well.

So after knowing some wonderful other members of the family, and helping out with the washing dishes, I said goodnight to them and the whole universe and went to sleep in a wonderful little cottage which they offered me earlier.

10.5.14

Today I woke up and I did connect to Ron and after eating something we did go back to the village of Ardfield and a wonderful woman’s place called Olga who we met yesterday, and today we had some different students who did come to learn how to make a Pompeii oven so we did different mixtures of material and at different time to build the oven, which there is a full details of how to make it on a pdf file which you can download from the Hollies website (http://thehollies.ie/).

I have to say, today I managed to speak to more wonderful people, who were there to learn about the practical side of how to make an oven.

Then we had a wonderful meal after midday, and we helped a bit more on the oven before we arranged a time for next day to meet up again to finish the oven then after a wonderful afternoon tea we said goodbye to one another and we headed back towards the Hollies.

There we had our evening meal together in Ron’s place and I had a quick update from the day using their internet connection for twitter and facebook, then we went for a walk around the Hollies and a woodland area before sun set, then I said goodnight to him and his family.

Now there’s a round house which those people who are helping with different projects in the Hollies gather there for their evening meal and chat, which I went and joined them for a quick introduction of myself and sharing a bit of my journey, due to their curiosity and questions, while I was having a cup of tea with them, then I said goodnight to them all and head back to my resting place.

11.5.14

Today I woke up and had something to eat and joined Ron and another person to go back to the house near to the village of Ardfield (high hill in Irish), so we can finish up what we have started a day ago, and after finishing the wonderful Pompeii oven we had another wonderful meal, and more locals were there, so I had an opportunity to speak to some of them again, then after those people who were there for the oven course said goodbye and left, Ron, another student from the Hollies and a local person from the village and I all explored the sea and coastal area whether it was Celtic sea or Atlantic ocean I don’t know, and we walked for a good couple of miles before we headed back to Olga’s place, which the oven was made for her so hopefully she’ll celebrate her 80th birthday of her life and the oven was a present to herself as she always wanted to have one which now she has got it, so she can cook in it.

Then after another wonderful afternoon tea and cake and seeing some more wonderful locals we said goodbye to everyone and headed back to the Hollies, and after getting back I had a wonderful shower and then straight went to see the wonderful family who kindly offered me a bed to put my head down for the duration that I was there in a wonderful hand made cottage, so I could find out whether if it is ok to stay for another day or so to explore the Hollies more before I say goodbye to the village and community.

So I managed to speak to them and they kindly found out for me, that I can stay for another day to explore the ecovillage with another member of the family, and after they kindly offered me some food then I said goodbye to them and headed towards the round house, which the people in there kindly invited me to eat something with them as well, and I welcomed it and stayed with them for a while before I say goodbye to them and head back to my resting place.

12.5.14

So today as I arranged from yesterday, after washing all the dishes from last night dinner and cleaning the round house table and the kitchen then having something to eat and drink I joined the group and I spoke to the family, who were managing the things around the place for the day and I managed to help with a few things here and there all around the Hollies and did another walk around the place. In the afternoon I met a wonderful person who was the son of the family who kindly offered me a place to stay, which I met him already in the Clonakilty food market, and I found out he is building a sauna house and as I saw him doing some activities around the house I asked him few questions about his project and the future involvement in the Hollies or outside, which was so wonderful for a person of his age doing things like that was a great encouraging to others who were in the Hollies to learn things and implementing them outside the ecovillage.

Then I had some more of the connection in the village to find out about other buildings and projects before I head back to my resting place for the night and say goodnight to everyone and the universe around me.

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13.5.14

Today I prepared myself to say goodbye to the wonderful people in the Hollies after waking up and having something to eat,  then I started to say goodbye and a heart to heart hug to my host family then to the people in the round house before they embark another day of activities with their host as well, which I caught them all while they were having their morning meal, and after a heart to heart hug to all I headed to wonderful Ron’s place, for a quick internet update, and final goodbye before I head on the road for another day of my peace pilgrimage journey around the south west of Ireland, and today was stone circle and standing stones in tbe county of Cork.

So I didn’t manage to see a family, who I was involved in some of my activities with them yesterday,  but I asked wonderful Ron to thanks them and give them a wonderful heart to heart hug on my behalf, before I stepped out of the Hollies heading towards few of my stone circles destinations.

So as I was walking for a few kilometres, just before my entrance to the little town of Enniskeane a wonderful human being which later introduced himself to me as Tom Fitzgerald offered me a lift to my next destination village of Ballineen, which wasn’t far from there, and then as I introduced myself to him and explained what I was doing he was more keen than me to find out some of those stone circles around the area, which we managed to find 3 out of more than 100 official stone circles in the county of Cork and Kerry.

I have to say here wonderful Tom offered me a wonderful ice cream and an afternoon sandwich meal and a tin of sliced peach for our late lunch, while we were feeding two different type of birds in a little town of Rosscarbery before we say goodbye to one another after almost 4 hours of walk, talk, and excitement of stone circle hunting, then a heart to heart hug.

After that I walked for a few more miles before wonderful Ger gave me a lift on a hilly area for about a mile to my 4th and famous Drombeg stone circle.

After resting there for about an hour I headed back on the road to the village of Glandore, which I went inside a local pub with some famous photos and historic events like the titanic sinking ship on the wall and Glendore mean time clock and an anti clockwise or reverse functioning clock, so after asking the person who was managing the place to see if it was ok for me to use the bathroom and he kindly said ok and showing me, then a bit rest, I asked them about the GMT (Glandore Mean Time), which he said it is a joke and the anti clockwise clock and he said it is more jokes.

So after telling him about my journey, he kindly told me about a famous church in the village which he said I should visit then a place that I might be able to pitch my peace tent, then I said goodbye and headed out towards my next place.

Then after visiting the places I managed to connect to a little town of Leap, which by this time it was getting dark and I found difficult to connect with a town of Skibbereen, and somehow the universe connected me with a place of retreat, which was called “myross wood retreat centre” (www.myrosswood.ie) it wasn’t far from Leap, and after asking people in there I managed to put up my peace tent there and rest for the night, which was a wonderful moon night and I thought of rainbow family full moon ceremony that they might have on their riverwalk in Wales, then after a goodnight to everyone and the universe around me, I went to sleep with a hope of better day next day.

14.5.14

Today as I woke up the weather wasn’t great in the morning and even till late afternoon then it did improve late afternoon and early evening and as I was think to go and see the person who was managing the centre and talk him about my stay for another night in my peace tent, there we go there was Michael was coming towards my peace tent, and after my explanation about the weather and my hope for tomorrow to be a better day so I can move on, and he very kindly was happy for me to do so, even he kindly helped me to get some dinner as well, and he was happy for me to stay then I went for a walk around the area, which after I came back I was offered some food and drink by Michael and another kind volunteer person, and later on this evening some clothes and a book (everyman’s wild flowers and trees), and some supplements by another kind person, then I said goodnight to the universe and everyone around it.

15.5.14

Today I woke up with a wonderful weather ahead of me and after last night a kind person which about 9pm offered me some clothes, a book on flowers and some supplements I chose some clothes and took the rest back to father Michael, and he asked me if I wanted some breakfast and I said to him thank you I can go without it for a while, so I thanked him for everything and slowly I packed everything and I was ready to say goodbye to the centre and headed out towards the town of Skibbereen.

I did walk for about few miles before a wonderful woman introduced herself to me later as Isabel stopped and offered me a lift to the town and I welcomed the offer.

After getting there she very kindly offered me a wonderful vegetarian lunch in a semi organic place and even she kindly offered me to an evening of art exhibition if I stayed in the town, which I welcomed it, then after a wonderful heart to heart hug I said goodbye to her while I was still in the cafe.

Then after moving to a river side cafe, which earlier I was told about it by her, then in there I managed to connect to few people, who were interested in my peace journey, then I spoke to the person who was running the place and she kindly gave a few names on my way to my next destination, and some water also a wonderful sweet loaf of bread, then I said goodbye to them as well and headed towards next town of Ballydehob, so after about couple of miles a wonderful person name Colum (which he said it means dove in Irish), kindly gave me a lift all the way to Ballydehob, and as we’re talking he introduced me to a wonderful cafe which after saying goodbye to him and introducing myself to the cafe’s people they were all wonderful and got in touch with few others and in the cafe I was offered a wonderful meal and also I was so happy about what they were doing, which I offered if I find a place to stay for the night, I would be quite happy to help the volunteers run the cafe, and a wonderful person called Harry found me a place and there was this wonderful family which they had their off grid place about 4km far from the cafe and after Harry’s kind introduction to the family they later on very kindly offered me their wonderful caravan bed for me to put my head down for the night.

Then after playing different games with their wonderful kids in the garden we had our dinner then wonderful Christian “Kiki” Seegers Life Guide & Gardener, which earlier Harry arranged with him for me to go to their place came back and we had some wonderful and interesting conversation and I used some internet to update my situation, Then we said goodnight to one another, and I said goodnight to the universe and a wonderful full moon and the stars before I go to bed.

16.5.14

Today I woke up a bit early and I did a bit of meditation with Kiki then we had a wonderful breakfast with the family before I say goodbye to the family then Kiki and I left the place first to an sanctoir (http://www.ansanctoir.ie/) a place of meditation, then after a quick visit and meeting another person from there we said goodbye and Kiki very kindly dropped me by Brown Envelope Seeds Farm (http://www.brownenvelopeseeds.com/) to meet a person called Madeline, so after goodbye to Kiki, Madeline very kindly despite she was preparing herself for a market, very kindly allocated some time to show me some of her growing stuff and even pick some to cook for our lunch then after saying goodbye to Madeline her partner, Michael, very kindly brought me to the main road and we said goodbye to each other.

Now here as I wanted to get to Bantry, but somehow my connection didn’t happen by 1pm and by this time wonderful Michael was coming back from Skibbereen, so he very kindly helped me again to connect and this time towards Ballydehob community cafe, and after goodbye to him I headed towards the cafe which yesterday they’re very kindly offered me some help and I said I’d like to offer some help for today and the universe has just connected me back to them on time.

Then after a tea break a wonderful volunteer from the cafe showed me around before she said goodbye, and then wonderful Sandra and I were helping to manage things in the cafe until wonderful Andy arrived, then I said goodbye to Sandra and Andy and I was sorting things out till about 5pm and after mending a wonderful map which was given to me by Thomas from the Hollies for me to find my way around the area which I was going to find some stone circles, which I found, it was very useful indeed, and before I was heading towards Schull I handed it over to Andy, who is hitch hiking from his place to the cafe and he said he will take care of it.

Then after saying goodbye to Andy, cafe Ballydehob place headed towards Schull and after some walk I got a lift from another wonderful human being to the little town.

So after some rest in there found it difficult to connect and headed out towards an island which was called the long island harbour, and after getting there just about 8pm I asked a wonderful islander who had a boat with his partner and were going back to the island, and I was told yes I could go with them and as I got there I met another person who’s doing some repairs on his boat and after his repair I was introduced to the island and coincidentally I met the eldest in the island as I was asking for him, he somehow showed up and I ended up put up my wonderful peace tent again in the long island and saying goodnight to everything.

17.5.14

I woke up in wonderful long island west land and between 8 to 9am it was a very heavy fog, which I couldn’t see few metres from my peace tent, but just after 0930 it got clearer as sun was shining and I slowly put my peace tent down and said goodbye to Westland of the island and I walked back to the Midland of the island, where the harbour was and I came across wonderful Morrison the person who kindly yesterday with his partner who brought me to the island and he said to me hopefully we go at about 1130 so I had enough time to visit the eastland of the island and I went all the way to the last house and back, which on my way back I came across Morrison again and we had a chance to speak a bit more about my journey as we were walking back from the eastland of the long island towards the main harbor, and he kindly offered me to go back to his place for a breakfast before we go back to the mainland Ireland.

As we were going towards his place we came across some people which I was told they were there to find some water well and later on I have heard they have found three sources coincide with my visit,  which was interested to hear, so anyway Morrison got busy with those people and he asked me to get in touch with his partner who was collecting stones from the close by beach and I went and I spoke to her a bit, which she was going back to the house with some stones as I got there and she told me she is going to come back and she kindly did and even this time she took me to their place which they were repairing it and she very kindly cooked a wonderful breakfast and and it was a great Irish hospitality from the long island not far from Schull.

Then after she kindly offered me some connection, fruits and cakes as well before I say goodbye to her and the island towards the harbour and by this time Morrison just got back and he kindly took me back to the mainland and I said goodbye to him as well and headed towards Mizen Head.

It was here that I heard the story about the wells from some locals in the main harbor and they also told me about a YouTube film about the long island people, which is called Black Paradise including some of those who I met in the long Island ( including Billy, Connie, and John ), so you can watch it for yourself on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI2ZNU_NCsk).

It wasn’t long before two wonderful people turned up and they kindly gave me a lift to outside a little place called Goolin, after I said goodbye to them then from a wonderful way through a sand beach I walked all the way to Mizen Head.

It was just before the head I came across a wonderful person which his house was the last house before the head, and he kindly told me I have just made it to the head, and I am just about 600 yards away and also he kindly told me if the cafe was closed let me know for a place for the night.

So as I got to the Mizen head there were few people, but the cafe was closed and I couldn’t connect with the people there before the place was becoming like a ghost place, so I walked back and I got in touch with this wonderful local which not only he and his partner kindly provided me with water and a lot of food, he also very kindly connected me to a little place called Crookhaven, then before I say goodbye, and as I was still in his van, I saw two wonderful familiar faces from Ballydehob wonderful cafe, which after a bit more talk they very kindly connected me with my next destination a place called Durris, and after saying goodbye and a heart to heart hug with them, teaching me a bit of Irish for love and peace (agrá somhsina), then I spoke to some locals and they kindly helped me with some food and a camping place on my way to Sheep’s Head for next day, so after saying goodbye to little village of Durris as well I headed out towards my tomorrow’s destination and not far outside the village  found a place to put up my peace tent and after speaking to a couple who were concerned about my presence there and after I introduced myself to them they were happy for me to put my head down for the night, and I said goodnight to the universe and everything around it, and I was looking forward for my next day peace journey.

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18.5.14

Today I just wanted to say that I have just completed a full month since my first arrival into Ireland from Dublin.

After waking up and packing everything and having something to eat I wasn’t far from the main road so I managed to connect with a wonderful human being who kindly in her van gave me a lift to the next village of Ahakista and by now the time was just after midway and sun was kindly shining, which after waiting and then a bit of walking and waiting again I got connected to another wonderful local who has just come back from Dublin and he kindly with his dad gave my second lift of the day to the next village of Kilcrohane, then in there I walked out of the village and headed towards the Sheep’s Head.

It wasn’t long before a wonderful local person who introduced himself as John and has just come back from US to visit his mum for her birthday, and another 3 brothers who were having farms all around the Sheep’s Head area so he kindly gave me a lift all the way to the car park of the amazing head and throughout the journey he told me all about the family and the story of the area as much as he knew, he even told me about the wonderful local lady who was running the cafe by the head, which she kindly after I said goodbye to John came to me and offered me some jam and scones and told me she knew John and even offered me a cup of tea as well, which I thanked her, and also John told me about Graham Norton last house of the sheep’s head which I didn’t know whether he still there or not? And some of other locals, as well, anyway I said goodbye to wonderful John and I got connected with some others which they kindly offered me some fruits and then I left my stuff in the cafe and walked all the way to the lighthouse and counting 110 steps down and up to the lighthouse and back again around a wonderful loop walk which was about good 5km long.

Then at the end here we go don’t say that the whole family and relatives of John and John himself has just showed up coming back from the lighthouse walk, & John kindly introduced me to his brothers and after a brief conversation he very kindly took me back to the village which he has brought from earlier in the day, and I have to say here he kindly given me his US (NY), and Ireland address and a number just in case I go around, so after another wonderful heart to heart hug I said goodbye to John which later on around 9pm I saw him again for the last time in the village pub, which he told me I should visit and listen to Irish music in the pub which I did and it was here that I got a great connection with a wonderful musician called Ritchie from a local Radio to county Waterford, who was playing Irish music in the local pub of the village of Reconhane, which after his show he kindly gave me a lift to the town of Bantry, and he asked me if get an Irish phone number I should let him know so he can connect me to his people’s radio show for an interview about my peace journey on radio Tarmore (www.radiotarmore.ie), and I told him I’ll try before I head out of the town and then we had nice wonderful conversation on our way to the town, and the time was about 2130 hours which as we were coming into the town I saw a ship that I haven’t seen one like it apart from Cathysarck in Greenwich and New Ross between Kilkenny and Waterford, then it was here that Richie said you know more about the things here in Ireland than I know, and later I found out it was a Danish ship which I found out next day coming back from a voyage from south America from Brazil and it’s heading back to Denmark, but anyway I said goodbye and goodnight to Richie and headed through the town and I ended up to put up my #earthianpeace tent in front of the town library in Bantry, which was going to be closed on Monday, and I said goodnight to the universe and all around it.

 

19.5.14

Today I woke up in my wonderful new home in front of the town’s main library so it has attracted already some attention and I got some food my Irish phone number and a postcard with an interview invitation and later on a wonderful meal from another wonderful local.

But before all these I visited a local GP to use the bathroom and a local printing place to print some more of my information cards, which both places very kindly helped me with my request for help.

Then trying to find out some places which I could connect to a peace, ecovillage, and organic centres, which had some good connection, but not much around the area that I was or I was heading towards but in an area and places which I have visited already.

Then in the afternoon I connected with some more places and a cafe to do some internet update but with no solid place to move from the front of the library, so as I came back and as I was having my hot water with some chocolate from a kind person from couple of days before I just got a visit from Garda as they were seeing me in front of the main library with my peace tent, so they came and after some questioning and taking some details they were happy to let me stay for the moment there till I find an alternative place as I explained to them this was my last resort to use and as I haven’t got any other place they offered me a number for WWOOF Ireland for me to contact and as I was visited by Garda a wonderful person from Schull has just come to see me with his wonderful son and bringing me some fruits and chocolate as well and later on I found out he has taken some photo of me at the time of my Garda questioning,  which I hope he’ll put them out there on the internet, so we can see them.

But after a wonderful time with this father and son which their friend has kindly put up my earlier photos on Facebook book, which has made Martin and his son to come and visit me and she just showed up again as well and we all had some more photos before we all say goodbye to one another.

Then I headed down to the town again to find out few more things including if there is a ferry to the nearest island of Whiddy and after walking and speaking to some locals, I was told the Ferries are operating between 8am and 6pm but the time was after 7pm, which I saw a ferry was coming to the harbour and after some people came off from the ferry then the ferry was about to go back to the island which I asked if I can go with them and they kindly told me yes and there is another ferry which is going to come back a little later so I jumped on the ferry and here we go I was on my 2nd island in less than a week.

On the board of the ferry I was told I should go to a local pub and after couple of hours there should be another ferry going back to the mainland.

So on the island I went to the pub and here we go there was a party I think a birthday one and I introduced myself to the people there and they all welcomed me and they very kindly offered me food and drink and there was plenty of music and singing also I have to say it wasn’t much of the traditional Irish music that I know, but it was a great atmosphere and I enjoyed it till about almost 10pm before we all with singing and dancing taking the last ferry of the night back towards the mainland.

After getting back to the mainland people were going to different places, which I couldn’t go and I headed back to my #earthianpeace tent and did write this little event which I hope you like it.

20.5.14

Today I woke up with good weather and went around to find a bathroom before 9am and I found it quite difficult but finally I did find a place then back to the library and packed my peace tent from there and just before an interview I went back to the cafe place for some internet update which I did then I got in touch with Eileen O’Leary, who has kindly arranged with me to do an interview which I went to her place and did the interview and after yesterday her wonderful postcard and some other donations I got a cup of coffee and I said goodbye to her, also she told me she is going to get in touch with few places to publish the story and then will notify me then after coming back to the library and saying thanks to the people there I set off my journey towards my next destination which was the Buddhist retreat centre further west.

I walked towards outside the town and from there I tried to connect with next little Alpian village of Glengarriff, which I got connected to a junction closer to the village by a wonderful person called Kevin and as I was telling my story to him I got a call from wonderful Martin who has been in touch by phone since my Bantry peace camp in front of the library and I told him where I was and guess what he has followed our route and immediately after I got off from Kevin’s car, he just parked behind us and as Kevin was telling me a long story about 3 Marrys and the Nans, Martin said to me he has got enough time to get me to Glengarriff, then I said goodbye to Kevin and joined Martin’s car to the next as he told me all about the Alpian village of Ireland with a population of Dutch inhabitants.

Then Martin very kindly offered me some more food & drink specially a wonderful delight made by her wife, then he told me be aware of a heavy rain forecast for the late afternoon and all the evening, which later on I realised it became very true and thanks to him I tried to shelter, but it never materialised a shelter that I was seeking.

Anyway I said goodbye to Martin and as I was eating his wonderful food that he offered me I saw him passing by towards my direction which he told me he has to get back to Bantry to pick up his son at a certain time and as I checked the road his route wasn’t going back to his destination, which it puzzled me a bit, I hope and wish he and the family are all well.

But anyway I almost finished my food and drink that two wonderful women later I found  from what they were telling me about their journey did stop for me as they were coming back from an art project in Bantry and were going back towards my next fishing town of Castletown Bearhaven, and as I was telling them about my peace journey story they were very kindly introducing me to the villages and the surrounding area we were passing through.

So as we got into the wonderful town I said goodbye to them and as I was walking by the harbour I ended up in an art gallery by Sarah called Walker Gallery, which herself wasn’t there but I introduced myself to a wonderful person called Simon Maxwell, and then I met Brennan, who I was told by Simon has been in the Buddhist centre.

So I got into a conversation with him and we ended up to have a cup of tea offered from him and the people who he was staying with and some wonderful cake which has been offered to me since the Mizen head from the last house before the head and it ended up to be eating by him and I in front of the town church before we go in for a look, and it was here that I got a phone call from Richie’s friend Donald from a local radio to Waterford, which I told him whereabouts I was and with whom, and after telling him about my weblog he said he’s going to call back another time and I should enjoy my cup of tea and the cake with Brennan.

Then after coming outside the church I said goodbye to wonderful Brennan, and headed out through the town towards my final destination, which I got caught by rain and I managed to shelter in a car repair garage, and as my stuff were in shelter of the garage with my wonderful rainbow umbrella on the main road I was trying to get a connection which it wasn’t very long before I got a lift with a wonderful person who’s going towards the retreat centre, so I thanked the garage people, & not long I was just less than a mile far from the Buddhist retreat centre, so after saying goodbye to my fifth lift of the day, I walked and reached the retreat centre just about 6pm.

So after introducing myself to a member of staff and given one of my cards to her she went to make some inquiries to the management of the centre and specially the hostel to see whether I can stay there or not, and after a few minutes she came back to say to me that the management has told her that they can’t help me, and even after mentioning I have a tent and if there’s a chance despite by now the ground were soaked with water and even if they’re offering me a place for me to put up my tent, I wasn’t going to do so, even so she told me I can’t put up my peace tent and I should get to a little village of Allihies which is about 6 miles away from there, and given the circumstance of the heavy rainfall and the time of the day I was very saddened that I was turned away from a place of a sanctuary to a place which has clearly become a more business than anything else in my eyes, and I’ll never forget the day and the night which followed from there onwards from my memory.

So after having a challenge of what to do next, I went to the information area and saw and read all the story about the place since its start, which while I was reading another member came around and she told me you can take as much as you want and I was telling myself not her that to take as much as leaflets wasn’t in my head and what was in my head was what to do for the night? assuming she knew I had to find a shelter for the night, but all she was offering me was to take plenty of pamphlets than anything else, anyway by now the time was about 1930 hours and still very heavy raining outside so I decided to try the hostel and around the area to find out for myself whether I can connect with someone hopefully will lead to a stay till next day, rather than heading out under that heavy rain, which despite people seeing me outside they weren’t opening the door for me and with a bit of regrets of my initial connection I left the centre very light as I left my main rucksack and the tent in a shelter place near a car park and walked out of the centre in search for a shelter for the night.

So I went almost a house to house and in search for a place to put my head down for the night and I walked for about few miles in a heavy rain and my hope was to find a local and I was trying to explain my circumstances with a hope of a connection, but that connection never materialised and finally a local kindly connected me to the village I was told in the Buddhist centre, I should have tried to go initially there, but by now the time was about close to 11pm.

So went to a few places which were open, and all of them refused to help, and even due to people being under influence of alcohol, but despite a person having some knowledge of the Middle East, I was insulted, by so called the intelligent person, so I ended up putting my head down in an outdoor abandoned smoking area with no door and very cold, by now the time was about 1am next day almost, which after I did ask a person who was running a B&B and a pub next to the smoke area for a blanket, I got couple of sheets and a pillow, which he told me that’s all he can get, and I thanked him for what he got me and as I put my head down due to coldness of the situation and the circumstances of the so called smoke room benches I couldn’t sleep,  then this kind person brought me a coffee and a kitkat, which I couldn’t drink or eat due to what I went through the night.

21.5.14

So as the rain has stopped almost after continuous 12 hours but still was drizzling at about 6am I headed out towards the island of Dursey.

I got my first lift of the day after walking out of the village by a wonderful women and I told her my story which she was a bit saddened but we said goodbye, after all she had to rush to make it on time for her work.

Then after some more walk 2nd lift of the day by a wonderful male newspaper distributor in his van, then after some more walk I got some how my 3rd and 4th and very short lift of my day before 8am by a wonderful local who was looking after his farm, then I walked my final kilometre before crossing to the island of Dursey, and I had to wait till after 9am which someone was coming to operate a cable car to the island.

After the operator came and I spoke to him about my journey and I asked him if he can get in touch with the management team, but he told me he can’t contact anyone and if I don’t pay he wouldn’t be able to let me cross,  so I thanked him and I headed back to the Buddhist centre to reunite with the rest of my stuff, and on my way back after a few more miles walk I got a connection with someone who I spoke to by the cable station area, and he kindly brought me back very close to the Buddhist centre, after thanking him I said goodbye and walked back the remaining distance to the centre and as my stuff were still in the place I got them and I headed out as soon as I could as I didn’t have a good memory from the centre since my arrival yesterday and the rest of the story as you have read since last night.

So after some time of waiting and an advice from a local postman regarding of my direction, rather than going back to a village which I didn’t want to see again (Allihies),as from my last night eventful challenge, but he told me if I am going to Kenmare I should go back to the famous fishing town of Castletownbere, which as soon as I changed my direction I got my sixth lift of the day by a wonderful women.

So as I arrived there I met wonderful Brennan again with two of his friends and as I said hello to them and having a little coffee and some sweet, I said goodbye to them and headed out of the town this time towards Kenmare.

It wasn’t long before I got my 7th lift of the day by a wonderful person to the next village of Eyerise, and from there after a bit of walk my 8th lift by another wonderful local man to Ardgooln, then I waited there for a bit longer than the rest of my lifts of the day.

Then just after 4pm I got a connection by wonderful Connor a local to Kenmare.

Which as he stopped he asked me jump in to Kenmare, and I said to him how do you know I am going to Kenmare and he said to me that is my destination that I go so that’s how I know where you’re heading to, anyway after my introduction and him telling me that the route between Castletownbere and Kenmare has been his Monday to Friday route for the past 15 years almost, and he very kindly showed me the stone circle of Kenmare and the Wednesday market before I say goodbye and a heart to heart hug to him as my 9th connection of the day, before my 10th and final lift of the day comes from Nick to visit Yan in the valley of Ballygriffin after I visited a co-op organic place by a wonderful woman.

Then after looking around the town and visiting few places including the stone circle which was a wonderful experience and I met someone who was the only person in the circle when I was there, and after I introduced myself to her and we spoke a bit I said goodbye to her as I told her I left all my stuff in the town and I have to find a place to put my head down for the night.

So as I went back I got my stuff and headed towards a direction which I was given a contact, and before I get connected after a bit of walk by Nick which I told you about it I put up my #earthianpeace tent at the back of a 5 acres of an abandoned hotel, so I knew I have somewhere to put my head down for the night, & I don’t have to worry about if the contact that I was given didn’t offer any place for the night.

So after Nick’s wonderful 10th lift of the day just before 9pm I got to Yan place as an organic farmer, and initially as he was surprised by me being there and not to want to be known but slowly he told me another extra place added to the list of other place which I got from the organic place in the town and he told me as he is expecting someone he wouldn’t be able to offer me a place to stay and I told him I have already put up my #earthianpeace tent and I am ok for the night and after getting some water from him, and leaving my Irish contact with him just in case he might remember someone, and something else, I said goodbye to him and walked back to my resting place for the night.

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Here I would like to say that the place that I am writing up this for the blog is in my #earthianpeace tent in my 200cm x100cm space while just outside my sleeping space and the tent is a massive hotel which has been abandoned since the 2008 crash if not earlier with about close to hundred rooms which you can put at least few of my tent in each room, but the state of the building is due to the neglect is beyond repair and has to be rebuilt.

Now this is just an example also the night before as I was looking for a place I could see many number of places which either there wasn’t anyone there or one person which due to our relationship with money and not to trust each other those buildings will going to be empty until someone offers so called the owners before becoming available to people who are in need of using them.

And the reason I can’t not afford not to carry a tent with me is due to this circumstance which unless someone don’t trust you can’t make a place available to you, all the mistrust and be scared of each other has been created and planted into our head to carry on with the way of life the system of consumerism and materialistic world has imposed on us, which isn’t needed and necessary.

As I always say if I leave one place and head towards another place I am vacating one place which makes it available to someone else, and I can guarantee that we have enough spaces or building all over the world for not to have anyone being outside at anytime, but due to an economic control like the rest of the other stuff housing has manipulated by the current economic system we have got and I’ll advocate to abandoned the current system for it to collapse so we can all rebuild one with human love and in harmony with nature and not money.

So I am going to sleep with this thought for the night in an ordinary tent (#earthianpeace) ,which has been with me for the last 3 years has been put up over 300 times and has seen more than 200 villages, towns, cities and capitals across more than 15 nations.

With much love and peace

Earthian

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Ireland Part I

So my last update was when I spent two nights courtesy of wonderful people at the World Peace Flame in north Wales, near to the town of Bethesda.

After waking up on the morning of 17.4.14, I packed everything and took them out of the room to the front of the main reception under a shelter there before any more confusing situation did occur, and I went to the morning food area and after having a wonderful morning food, I did speak to a wonderful person who has kindly accommodated my stay there, and from yesterday she asked me if I can help with cleaning the peace garden from twigs, so it will be easy to cut the grass, and I told her I’d like to finish the peace garden before I say thank you all for your hospitality, and I hope I have done a little contribution towards the centre.

Just after midday I managed to finalise everything with the help of a wonderful wheelbarrow, which she kindly provided me with to make it easier and quicker to do the clean-up operation of the peace garden.

So it’s about 1pm when I took some final photos, and also I had a chance to speak to one of the many cofounders of such centres across the world, and I told him that I’d love to create another centre like this at the end of my peace journey, which he was quite happy to hear, and I said to him I hope we can get in touch in the future. After giving a heart to heart hug to him, and to the wonderful woman who truly helped to facilitate my stay, then I left my details for the future connections. I also managed to speak to a few others at and around the centre during my time of helping at the peace garden, which resulted in one of them kindly giving me a lift towards my next destination, which was the little town of Caernarfon just after Bangor. He kindly took me to about 4km from the town, and he also kindly offered me a wonderful drink and a dark chocolate, then after a heart to heart hug I said goodbye to him, and started walking towards my next destination.

After about 3km walk I had a chance meeting with three wonderful cyclists who earlier I saw them when they were having their lunch break, and this time when I saw them it was close to the town, which I told them now its my rest time, and they stopped and spoke to me and one of them kindly made a phone call for me to get in touch with peace brother Mason’s farm friends. I was told they could see me for just two hours, and for me to get there was going to take more than two hours, so she has told the kind local (one of the cyclists) that I should not bother to go there, and I should head on to the Isle of Anglesey.

I thanked the locals and they kindly took a couple of photos with me and they said to me they will put it on Facebook to say they have seen me near to their town, and I thanked them and said goodbye to them as well, and it was here that they told me there is a local private boat place nearby. I went there, and saw a dinghy boat like the one peace sister Maria and peace brother Simon would like to sail to Mediterranean sea to raise awareness about the conflict in today’s Syria.

So after getting there and speaking to the people who were giving training, I was told I have to speak to the office manager and I went to the receptionist who kindly got in touch with the person in charge, but she has been told all the instructors were busy doing training and they can’t cross me to the island, so I thanked them. Also she kindly offered me a cup of tea, then I made my way back to the coast side of the Menai Strait where I left my stuff while I was making the inquiry, and was told I should go back to the main road and head back to the next harbour, in the village which earlier my wonderful human being from the world peace flame did drop me. Despite this advice, I took the shoreline of the Strait, and with singing and walking I made it back with a little help from the universe before I got vanished into the Strait. I managed to make it back to the harbour village, then after my next harbour inquiry didn’t get anywhere, I got wonderful directions from a wonderful person at the village harbour all the way towards the Isle of Anglesey.

After walking again for few more kilometres I got to a canal area and I did query about my crossing again and was told there isn’t anything available to cross with!? But they told me there is a hotel which has a connection between there and the island, and I did go there and they kindly helped me right to the main crossing bridge to the island.

It was here that after less than 15 minutes I got a lift all the way to Holyhead – a crossing port between Wales and the Republic of Ireland (Dublin).

By now the time was just about 7pm. I straight went to the offices and asked for the duty manger of the port, which after connecting through a few places, here we go the man himself appeared from nowhere, and told me he is the duty manager, and how he can help? I told him my story, showed him one of my information cards, and he told me “follow me”, so I did.

After some enquiry inside the main port ticket offices he came back to me and he said there is no places left for the early hours but there would be one for the early hours of next day. All I could say was to thank him and welcome the news.

Later I went back to the ticket office and this wonderful woman asked me for details and I showed my info card and she kindly produced my first Earthian ticket and later Earthian boarding card as well.

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So it was just close to 2am when the wonderful duty manager came to me and took me to the entrance to the boarding queues, and  labelled my main rucksack which went separate from me and I took the rest. This was after saying thanks again to all the people at the port, and especially the duty manager. After 10 minutes bus drive here we go, I found myself inside one of the biggest ships ever heading towards Dublin, and I arrived on 18.4.14 at about 06:30.

After reuniting with my rucksack and saying goodbye to the port of Dublin I came out of the port and started walking towards the town, it was a wonderful sunny day and after walking for few kilometres I stopped by a petrol and restaurant place. I slowly started talking to people and I got an Irish breakfast from a wonderful human being who was interested in what I was doing, and after waiting there for about an hour or so, and making some enquiries about my next destination, then I headed further towards the city. I was asking people how to get to a peace centre in County Wicklow, when I came across another wonderful kind person who helped me get to a train station, and he kindly got me a ticket towards the town of Bray.

After giving this wonderful person a heart to heart hug I said goodbye to him and Dublin, and headed towards the town of Bray. From there I didn’t stop but went further down the line, then I had to come back to Bray and again catch another train, this time to the town of Wicklow, after waiting for more than two hours in the Bray station.

Finally I got to Wicklow in late afternoon and after asking a few people there about the peace centre I found out the actual peace and reconciliation centre is in Glencree. I was told, it is not straightforward to get there, and some were saying I had to get back to Bray and then from there to Enniskerry, before I can get to Glencree, so before all this I decided to go and visit an organic farm in the town.

After getting there I found out I can’t stay there, and they told me about an old ruined castle by the harbour where I can put up my peace tent, so after saying goodbye to them I headed towards one of the main streets of the town which was close to the local council town hall, which was closed, and I sat there for about two hours before heading on towards the harbour and the ruined castle. When I was in the town I made a few connections and one of them resulted in a bottle of water and about ten mini muffin cakes, which I shared with a boy who kept asking me “What’s your name?” and then “May I have a cake?”, to which my answer to him was “Yes, you can have”, and at the end he took some for his friend as well, while his dad was keeping calling him. Anyway, there was a busy fish and chips shop there, where a person called Oran saw me before I headed out to the harbour and the ruined castle, and the next day Oran and I met at the organic farm event, which resulted in him writing an article – “The Earthian” – for his blog:  www.oranryan.wordpress.com.

After visiting the little harbour of the town and then the ruined castle, I managed to speak to a few more people before taking out my famous peace tent and my mat and sleeping bag to sleep under the stars, and one of the locals was quite amazed by what I was doing and has taken a photo of me to put on his Facebook, so I hope he can connect and send the photo, but anyway after seeing the sunset I said goodnight to everyone and the universe around me.

19.4.14

Today after waking up and packing my #earthianpeace tent I headed towards the organic farm where yesterday a member of the place told me about this event and I said if I am around, to go back there for the event… as I was around, I decided to go back there, and as I arrived a member of the organic farm place told me I can’t stand outside the place, I have to go outside the farm event area, so I did, but just before I headed out, a kind person offered me an organic one litre container of milk, so I thanked her and I walked towards the main gate.

It was here, outside the main gate, that I was greeting people as they were coming for the event, and I was telling them who I was and what I was doing, so in a way it was good for me to be outside in this way, it was just like going into a festival or being outside at the main gate to welcome people, which was often more effective for me. It was here that I met Oran and his girlfriend Ize and he wrote the article I mentioned above, and they kindly offered me wonderful Irish cheese and some pitta bread, and I gave them a heart to heart hug before I said goodbye to them and headed on towards my next destination, which was going to be Glencree.

I headed towards the train station and I was told the next one would be 8pm towards Bray again, and also I was told the next bus towards the town would be just after 4pm which meant I had just five minutes to get back to near the town again, which I managed to make it, but the bus was for Dublin. Just before the bus came I met a group of four people from South America, and they wanted to get back to Dublin but didn’t want to pay a lot of money as well, they were students and I told them what I was doing and they were amazed and almost were ready to try it, but didn’t have much motivation and they were asking me to find out things for them which showed it was going to be difficult for them to embark on such a journey even just to Dublin!? let alone anywhere else.

There was someone at the bus stop and as he was clearing the area and I asked him “How can I get to the peace centre?” and he waited for a bit and he said “It would be difficult to get there, but I’d like to get you there”, and I told him “No, I don’t want you to do it because of me” and he said “Listen to me, my wife has just died last Thursday, and I want to do it just to take away some of my thoughts about her, while I am spending some time with you”, and so I said to him “Sorry for your great loss, and in that case no problem”.

We went back to his place and after having a cup of tea and some cakes we headed on towards the “peace and reconciliation centre” in Glencree. By the time we got there everything was closed, the time was about 1730 hours and at the centre there was a cafe where we were told I should go back to a YHA centre further away from there. I told the wonderful person who took me there to go back, and I’ll stay in a German cemetery nearby, and that cemetery was my shelter for the duration of three nights, and I couldn’t get anywhere and I had to stay outside the centre every night due to the Easter holiday.

To cut the long story short, I managed to survive there and some wonderful people at the cafe and outside the centre were sympathetic but couldn’t do much, so I manged to use the cafe and updated my status, and also one day went to the highest mountain around Dublin, with an antenna on top of it, and it was Mount Kippure at 755m.

This was the day I came across some wonderful Baghdadi persons who were there to visit this mountain, and I told them my story and they couldn’t believe what I was doing but they offered me all their picnic food, because they didn’t want to go to the top of the mountain, they wanted to go back to Dublin, so by giving their food to me it was making sense to them. The husband kept asking “Do you need money?” and he was asking me what I was going to do for dinner, and where would I stay? These were questions the answers to which they couldn’t comprehend!?

I assured them that I would be ok, just like you didn’t expect me to have your picnic food and you go back to your place without it, so these things happen! Then after a usual heart to heart hug, I said goodbye to them and I started to walk to the top of the mountain after I’d had some food for my breakfast and dinner.

After coming back to the centre and after a quick update, I went back to my resting place.

During my stay I met Val, an admin assistant, who kindly explained some of the things they were doing and gave me some information about the peace centre.

Also I met the CEO for the centre – Will – who kindly spent about more than an hour of his time to explain about things that he knew and the very valuable experience that he had to share with me, which I won’t go into the details of here.

Also I have to thank the receptionist and another admin who did kindly help towards my peace journey.

One of the most amazing people I came across was someone called Pat, who kindly was very sympathetic towards my stay at the cemetery but he couldn’t do much about it, and he even brought some dinner to the cemetery. This was some Chinese food, and I think the smell of it has caused some mice to come to my bed area and leave some poo all around my sleeping area, which was difficult for me to comprehend – why they have come there and left their poo without any food being taken!? – but I think it was just the smell of the food has attracted them.

Anyway, finally after four days I said goodbye to Glencree and headed out this time to Enniskerry and then Bray to get to Greystones to visit my second organic centre in the area.

Bray did become my hub of crossing and one of the train station staff knew me from the first time I arrived there and he has been wonderful to me and even at the station people were giving their phone numbers for me to go and visit them if I was going their way – that is all I have to say about wonderful Irish hospitality since my arrival in Dublin.

I managed to connect to Greystones but the people who were running the organic centre weren’t there and I was told to go back next day.

So I made my way towards the harbour and on my route I came across a wonderful family centre, part of a church where they kindly tried their best to help me, and after a cup of tea and some biscuits they directed me towards another centre, and in there they kindly allowed me to put up my #earthianpeace tent for close to the 250th time – and it did manage to survive despite a heavy rain and wind from 4-8am.

The next day, 23.4.14, after packing everything in a wonderful sunny Greystones in the centre close to the harbour, the wonderful people there offered me some porridge and coffee and a wonderful shower and a shave, and after taking some photos I said goodbye to them, and headed towards the organic centre which was called the Happy Pear (www.thehappypear.ie). At the centre I managed to speak to Dave, who kindly offered me some soup and bread, and later I met a few other members of the organic place and they tried their best to connect me with other centres across Ireland. After this I said goodbye to them as well, and this time I was trying to head south towards Rosslare to find out what destinations will I be able to head on to next?

After getting permission from the manger of the Greystones train station, I got on a trian just before 6pm. After passing some stations I arrived in Rosslare after a little over an hour, and found out I can’t get anywhere further towards my destinations. Then I came across some wonderful people at the station who helped me with some food for the rest of my day, and a wonderful security woman who kindly found a quiet place for me to be after 9pm when the port closes, so that hopefully next day she’d be able to link me with connections to my next destination. It was in this quiet place where I found some charge to write this first episode of my Ireland peace journey.

24.4.14

Today I felt tired, and the security person at the port kindly took me to another room to rest there until next day, after I explained what I was doing, and I thanked her again for letting me be indoors, although I couldn’t rest or sleep well, due to the room circumstances.

Later I managed to get back to the harbour and found out about a 7am bus which was going to Waterford. Before this I came across a young boy who was telling me he was going to Spain with his mum and sister, and after I told him about my story he mentioned to me the name of two places which I thought were useful for me to know about on my journey when I visit the west of Ireland, and they were Irish Seed Savers Association (http://www.irishseedsavers.ie) in Scariff co. Clare, and the Ailwee Cave Centre in Ballyvaughan co. Clare (http://www.aillweecave.ie).

After saying goodbye to the boy I went out and there was an Irish coach and I went to speak to the driver and he kindly got in touch with the inspector, and I was told the inspector has told him he can’t do it due to insurance issues, so despite there being only three passengers on the coach, I started walking back towards the town of Wexford. After walking for some distance I got a lift from a wonderful Hungarian woman and she kindly helped me with some water and dropped me at her hotel. After some talking at the hotel I gave her a heart to heart hug and said goodbye to her. Now on the second part of my journey towards Waterford, after less than half an hour I got a wonderful lift from Damien, who kindly gave me a lift through the famous town of New Ross and an introduction to the historic icons in the town.

From there I got a caught in a bit of rain and then I got my third and final lift of the day by wonderful Eamon who kindly took me all the way to the Citizens’ Information Office, after asking few locals for directioons. All this happened just before 10am.

I told the office why I was there and they told me I have to wait till 10am. I was happy to wait in a waiting room and just after 10am a wonderful person came and called me, so I told them why I was there and they did manage to find some of the places that I was looking for, and even they kindly printed some out for me, despite having a problem with the toner of their printer.

After thanking them I said goodbye to them as well, and now I was heading for an information centre where they sent me to find out if I could find a place for the night to put my head down after last night’s event of not sleeping well, if at all. After almost an hour of walking around and going to a post office and then an information centre, I was given another centre’s name and this time it took me even longer to get there due to my stop at a library and a few other place to just ask for the place, but finally I managed to find it – the “Edmund Rice Chapel” -and in the end I managed to speak to the manager. After explaining what I was doing, this wonderful person “brother Phil” didn’t have any place for me to put my head down for the night, but he kindly arranged for me to go to another place not far from his place, called “the barley field guest house”, where I had the opportunity to use some charging to write this for the blog.

Throughout my journey I came across a few little things here and there, which I think I should mention to you all as well.

Things like:

-I went to an accessories and printing place in Waterford, where after speaking to the manager, she kindly printed another 10 information cards for me.

-I went to a cake making place because of a very strong smell coming out from the place; and with all day walking and travelling, during which I didn’t have chance to eat, my body just told me to go into the place and ask to speak to the manager, who happened to be making some cakes himself, and after explaning my circumstances he told me “without money you wouldn’t get anything”, and he didn’t offer any of his nice smelly cakes for me to taste, so I had to come out without having anything, which might have upset my body, but my mind was strong and will carry on going… this is just a little part of my challenges, so it was something which I thought worth mentioning, that here and there I get things like this; like the special sweet which I couldn’t get when I was in Budapest, and still it is on my mind that “why I couldn’t try that special sweet, because of so called ‘money’?” – and it is still in my head and does not go away.

But a lot to line up for tomorrow, hope things will go well, after all tomorrow is another day.

25.4.14

I started my day after having some wonderful cereal cornflakes and two buttered bread and a cup of coffee and later a cup of tea before I said goodbye to my resting place and thanked everyone for their kind contribution towards my peace journey and for a wonderful good night’s rest. Then I started walking towards my first destination. After about 1km or so and asking a few people about whether I am going to the right direction or not, then I came across a wonderful couple who kindly took me to the local Waterford Institute for Technology (WIT), with the hope they would have a link to the GIY (grow it yourself) at the Arclabs Carraiganore just 4/5km outside Waterford. After a nice little chat I said goodbye to my very first and very short lift of my day.

Then after going into the WIT centre and asking one of the porters about a connection to the other centre outside the town, I was told straightaway that they don’t have any connections and all their travelling has been made before 9am, and I thanked him but I stayed around and observed a few things in the centre, and after asking a few more people then I headed out to my next place outside the town. After some resting, asking and walking for a few more miles I came across another wonderful human being who happened to know a person’s name on a piece of paper I was carrying, and he called him and he gave him the directions. Despite that the wonderful driver had difficulty to find the place, but we finally found it and I thanked him and said goodbye to my second lift of the day.

After going into the GIY centre and asking for the people who were running the place I was told none of them were there, and the receptionist tried her best to connect me with someone appropriate and then I spoke to another nice lady but she really didn’t have much to offer,  apart from giving a bit of history and trying to connect me to some other organic centres. In the end I managed to stay there for less than 20 minutes. As we were having this conversation, two members of the WIT turned up in their van from the centre which I left earlier, where the porter told me that they don’t have any connection coming here during the day, but here these people were there to pick up some stuff from this centre, and they were interested in what I was doing and they were very kind and tried their best to be as helpful as possible, including kindly connecting me back to the coach station of Waterford town as the best option for me to connect with my next destination, the county of Tipperary in the north. They also kindly took a couple of photos for their Facebook and they offered me some money for my tea or coffee, which I thanked them and I told them about my acceptance of food and drink only, and they respected that, and after a wonderful heart to heart hug I said goodbye to my third lift of the day.

At the coach station I went to the office and tried to speak to the manager and I was told the manager isn’t available and they couldn’t help me, so after a bit of rest  and thinking what to do next, I headed towards the train station, this time not very far, and after getting there again I asked for the manager but I was told the manager has been here earlier and he might come back late afternoon. By now the time was just after 1pm, and weather outside was sunny spells.

So after a bit of wait and rest the controller of the train station came back to me and said the manager might not come back by afternoon and I explained to him what I was doing and what I was going to ask the manager, but he couldn’t help. I asked him for the right direction for me to start walking towards my next destination, and here we go I headed out from the train station towards Tipperary and I walked for another few miles and tried to connect via people who were going towards my destination but with no luck. For the first time I experienced a long waiting before I connect to anywhere and I noticed people around there were very busy and they couldn’t even wait for me to ask for directions and even the few cyclists were all rushing to get to their next destination and were telling me “sorry I don’t have time and I am in rush”, so I decided to move on from there and walked further towards outside the county of Waterford.

I ended up in a service station and I sat outside and I tried to rest there for a bit before heading on, also hoping I can connect with some people in there before I move on, and here we go a wonderful human being – who I later found out was the manager of the station – turned up and was trying to read my sign which had drawn his attention. I said to him hello, and we started a conversation which lasted almost an hour before I said goodbye to him, and he told me he is called Tom Jones  and he offered me a wonderful meal, coffee and later on an ice cream and a big bottle of water, and this was the highlight of my food journey so far. He very kindly gave me some other good connections for the area which I was telling him I would like to visit, and then before it got very late I gave him my special heart to heart hug and said goodbye to all the other wonderful people who were in the service station whom their help was wonderful towards me, so wonderful Tom came out and he directed me before he took a photo of me for his Facebook and letting all other friends of him to know I was on my way before I say final goodbye and hand shake.

I walked for another mile or two before I get to a very famous and ruined castle of Grannagh and as I was resting and waiting in a busy road, I spoke to a local and he told me about the wind and then heavy rain. He had two dogs, one wolf-like, and he told me he hoped I can get a lift  before the rain hits, and I thanked him for the advice and as I was thinking what to do next and where to shelter if it rained, and there was a wonderful driver stopped and I hadn’t noticed, as another driver pointed out to me and he came back and as I approached and asked him whether he is going towards my direction and he said yes and I quickly put everything into his car and here we go I got my 4th lift of the day and we headed towards Tipperary.

Later on the driver told me he thought I was Garda and then realised it was me and he thought he should give me a lift, and he was Ray an Irish peacekeeping person originally from Limerick and now was staying in Clonmel, and he briefly told me about places he has been on a peacekeeping mission and also a few other things. He very kindly connected me to outside the town closer to the next town of Cahir, and it was here I said goodbye to him and not long before I was connected to wonderful Joe my fifth and final lift of the day, who kindly connected me to Tipperary but we soon found out the place I was going to was right on the edge of the county of Tipperary, and I couldn’t get there for today, so I stayed with Joe and two of his wonderful friends who joined us in Tipperary and we headed towards Cashel and then a little place called Upper Church (Drumbane), for a wonderful night full of Irish dance and music in Drumbane Hall.

After arriving there just after 9pm wonderful Joe explained my circumstance to the organisers and one of them was a wonderful woman who came out and she said no problem I can put up my #earthianpeace tent there. They kindly later on offered me tea and sandwiches, and they even tried their best to teach me different Irish dancing. I enjoyed the night full of hospitality and wonderful singer and musician “Declan Aungier” has kindly announced, while he was singing to the audience of a good 60 to 70 people, about my peace journey from and for Syria. Later on he kindly came to me and took a photo of him and I for his Facebook, and I thanked him and given my web connection card to him as well to keep in touch and spread the word of love and peace across all his followers.

So I have to say here I had a wonderful night in Drumbane and they even kindly connected me to the WiFi and I could update my situation with all my friends through Facebook and Twitter that night and next day, so I said goodnight to everyone and despite they kindly offered me to take my peace tent into the hall, I thanked them all and slept in my wonderful peace tent for another rainy night and a bit of next day before I packed and tried to head towards my next destination of Cloughjordan ecovillage.

26.4.14

Today I woke up after a long wonderful night from Irish dance and music and after waiting for the rain to stop, then I went to a local place and I asked them if they kindly let me to use their bathroom which then I was offered with a nice cup of tea and couple of small jacket potatoes as well, so I have to say here the locals very nice and kind, and they liked my peace journey.

Then I came back to my #earthianpeace tent and as the weather was not bad at a time some time after midday then I put down the tent and I packed and was almost ready to head on towards my next destination, when one of the wonderful people from last night Irish dancing party named Mary came and asked me where am I going now?, and how am I going to get there? I told her Cloughjordan ecovillage and whichever way the universe connects me will be welcomed, and she kindly told me, last night there was a person called Johni who wanted to take me but wasn’t sure whether am I still here or not? And she told me whether am I still going to the Cloughjordan or not? And I said yes, I am still going and she said to me let me talk to Johni and see if he is still taking you there, and I said ok. While I was still packing, she kindly called Johni and Johni has told her he still would like to take me to the ecovillage and he is on his way towards us, so she kindly asked me to put everything in her car and she took me to the Ragg to meet Johni and after a bit waiting and as I was sorting some of my stuff, Johni has kindly arrived and after saying goodbye and a heart to heart hug to Mary I said hello and a handshake with Johni and I transferred my stuff into Johni’s car and way to go, now Johni kindly asked me whether I have eaten or not and I told him that I just had a cup of tea and two little potatoes earlier in the neighbouring house to the dancing hall, and he told me if I am not in rush he would like to get some food and then go back to his place in county Offaly to his little town and I said no problem, I have all the time in the world, and then way to go.

On our way to getting some food we met his wonderful sister and her friend as well and I said hello to them and then after Johni got his food we headed back to his place on his way back he showed me his old house with his coach parked there which I took a photo of to put it on my blog for those people who would like to get in touch with him if they would like to have a tour around Ireland with him, it’ll be a pleasure to meet him.

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Then we arrived at his wonderful place and after he kindly made some wonderful food and a nice cup of tea while my devices were on charge then he spoke about his love for singing and writing songs and also he kindly sung some Irish songs for me and played some from his CD as well as he was driving from the Ragg and to the Cloughjordan.

Then after our wonderful meal we headed towards the Cloughjordan through another county “Laois” and then through a village full of flags of so called USA, then finally we arrived at a little village of Cloughjordan then through the main street of the village into the ecovillage (the new village), then it was here that I gaveJjohni a wonderful heart to heart hug and thanked him for everything and we said till then to one another.

Now that I was just at the entrance of the ecovillage I spoke to some people who kindly put me in touch with some other kind people which happened to arrive there while we were talking about them, and these wonderful people invited me to the kitchen of the ecovillage hostel, and some other people were already there and they kindly offered me food and drink as well.

Then one of the organisers who kindly invited me into the ecovillage took me to an area known as the allotment area and in there introduced me to someone else who kindly told me where I can pitch my earthian peace tent which I put up and then later on there was a birthday party of one of the ecovillage members in a polytunnel. I went there at the beginning and there was a children’s Mexican game and later disco and dancing which at this time it was too much for me, and I headed back to the hostel to use some internet, and to tell all my friends about where I was, and then I headed back to the party area and I managed to speak to some more of the ecovillagers, then I said goodbye to everyone and headed back to my peace tent to rest for the night.

27.4.14

Today I managed to speak to some more of the ecovillage people and later about 3pm we had a tour around the village and the wonderful tour guide explained more about the ecovillage and she put us in a much clearer understanding of the ecovillage re how and when it came about. As we were touring around the allotment area of the ecovillage I told some of the people on the tour about my earthian peace tent and my peace journey so far, and then later on I met some more of the villagers and I spoke to them about their involvement and how do they think we can have more of this sort of villages across the planet and how we can do it.

Then later on a bit more of Facebook and Twitter update, and then rest for the night in my tent.

28.4.12

Today I managed to explore some more of the eco village and speak to some more of the villagers who I met from the party night and yesterday and we had some tea and chat and I heard their story about why they have got involved with the project, and some of the villagers kindly invited me for lunch and dinner for next day as well, also I have to say here that yesterday I came across a wonderful person from the old village as I was walking through the old village and he invited me into his place for a cup of tea and later after a long talk about the whole idea of the ecovillage being a recession development project and then later on we did a walk back to the ecovillage and the area that I had put up my tent, and I was telling him about my earthian peace tent and its preciousness due to the numbers of times I have put it up, and he kindly offered me to stay indoors in his place, even before I speak to him about my peace tent journey. Then after some more photo update for the Facebook and Twitter, then saying goodnight to the old village.

29.4.14

Today I had another wonderful great day by visiting the FabLab in the eco village, then the farm and then through the woodland and the baker of the ecovillage and finally two wonderful families, one for lunch and the second for the dinner, it was an absolutely great pleasure to meet these two wonderful families, who were committed to dedicate their time and skills towards a sustainable planet and environment. I had the pleasure of talking, helping and sharing food and drink with them, and I hope we all can dedicate most of our time towards this way of life rather than towards unsustainable and nonfunctional system with corruption and greed and the rest, you name it?

So later on I updated my Facebook and Twitter to tell all my friends how great and exciting it is to contribute towards such an environment.

30.4.14

Today I allocated my time towards meeting and greeting some people from the old village which I had a great day meeting them in a museum, gallery restaurant, cafe and book places also public houses and their place of meditation and the rest, and then coming back to my wonderful peace cousin’s place to eat and talk, wash and rest.

1.5.14

Today I started my wonderful day by preparing myself for a peace journey towards Cork, the second biggest city in the republic.  My journey to Limerick was already organised while I was in the ecovillage from the day wonderful Patrick invited me to their place for a great lunch.

So after packing, my wonderful peace cousin Dom has already painted the back side of the sign which  Patrick wonderful Partner already made my new sign, and now just needed to write the direction which was Cork and with an arrow so that was sorted and after a wonderful weetabix and a cup of tea I gave my communication card, and a stone which I was carrying it since the frack free planet Earth camp back in Carmarthenshire by a wonderful druid, so he was happy to have it on his kitchen table and then a heart to heart hug and I said to him hope to see him again and thanked him for a wonderful few nights sleeping indoors, then I headed towards the ecovillage.

When I got there, Ross sitting in the reception (the main receptionist) of the  ecovillage hostel and then someone else came in and he kindly introduced me to him to say what I was doing, and I have to say here that he has been talking to me every time I was going there to use internet or making a cup of tea. So since first time that I arrived at the ecovillage hostel I left one of my communication cards with him and he has told people about my story ever since, so it was good to have him there, and his dad was kind as well, and when I left today I thanked him and we had a heart to heart hug and I told him to thank his son as well for all his kindness,  then left the hostel towards Patrick’s place where we arranged to meet up at about 1pm, and as I got there he kindly offered me some more wonderful soup and then he kindly made me couple of jam and peanut butter sandwiches, which was great when I had them later on.

Then we headed towards Limerick, but first the town of Ninah where we stopped for about 20 minutes and during that time I had a bit of walk, and I managed to draw attention to a wonderful woman who was trying to give me some euros, which I told her about my story and she said but I feel guilty that I don’t have food to give you and I said please don’t feel that way and by just you coming and talking to me it is everything and you can spread my message amongst all your friends, then she went back to her car got her phone, came back and she took couple of photos of me for her Facebook friends while I was eating wonderful sandwiches which kind Patrick made them for me earlier.

Then we headed towards a place so he could get some stuff from there for his little daughter’s birthday at the weekend, then we headed towards Limerick, on our way throughout our journey we did discuss few things here and there and about my encounters of the old village from yesterday and other economic stuff, then here it was we were in Limerick, and I finally have to say “till then again” means we never know when we will meet up again, so not goodbye!? and a heart to heart hug to Patrick for all his kindness and his family’s hospitality then I headed towards the city centre.

In there I met some wonderful people again and then I couldn’t find a place to rest for the night, so I headed towards the train and bus stations, and in there I was told there are no managers around and the people there couldn’t help me to connect with Cork.

So I had to head on the road and by now it was about 7pm and the weather was sunny with patches of cloud. The whole day was wonderful since my start time, then I walked for a kilometre or so, before a wonderful local helped me to get to a main road towards the city of Cork, but don’t say it – the place was a motorway hard shoulder and no one was stopping for me, so as I was about to decide what to do? and how to get out of there?, here we go, I got my first encounter with the Garda, the Irish Republic police and they told me about my situation and I said to them it has been a mistake, and they told me we have to take you back to the town of Limerick. After I explained my situation to them they kindly took me towards a N20 road, ao I could walk towards Cork, and I thanked them both very much and I told them I’ll try my best that won’t happen again and I apologised for the inconvenience I have caused them, then we had a little chat, and questions, then they showed me the direction towards my destination, and I said goodbye to them and they went back and I carried on walking for a few more kilometres. When I got near to a farm house I asked a wonderful farmer and he kindly, after I explained what I was doing, offered me a place for me to pitch my earthian peace tent for the night. He kindly offered me some food and water as well, and I thanked him and I had a chance to write this update.

I hope the universe will bring a lot of wonderful things towards me and everyone else across the planet, so goodnight from my #earthianpeace tent near a N20 road towards Cork about 15 to 20 kilometers outside Limerick town.

2.5.14

Today as I woke up I saw some people were mending a roof on a farm building so I went to them and I introduced myself to them and I told them about my story and they kindly helped me with a few things. Then I managed to pack my peace tent and as I was packing the wonderful farmer brought me a cup of tea and a sandwich and I told him that the people were mending the building has kindly helped me with some food and drink as well, and then I thanked him and said goodbye to him. I tried to head towards Cork and before long wonderful Derek stopped and took me all the way to Mallow a wonderful town in the county of Cork, then after saying thanks to him I walked for few more kilometres before I got connected to wonderful Michael, who kindly took me all the way to the city of Cork. In the city I got connected to two other kind people who helped me with some food and drink, then I got connected to wonderful Edwin who kindly offered me a cup of coffee and some soup and bread which I shared with two more people who were saying to me we haven’t got anywhere to go or anything to eat, so I told them we can share this food but for place to stay I don’t have one myself and someone else kindly have offered me a coach, but I told them they should get in touch with citizen information they might be able to help you, so they did thank me and they went.

Then while I was waiting for wonderful Edwin to finish his time in the place where he was busy helping, I managed to connect to some more people in the town and then we walked back to his resting place where I met his wonderful friends in the house and they were all kind and very helpful towards what I am doing and it was here and his laptop that I could update most of what I have written before, so as he put it “I hope you will see more of Irish kindness as I head south west, west and north west of the republic”, then all I can say here is to thank you and everyone else so far and I hope to see more of Irish landscape’s beauty, peoples’ hospitality, and the Irish language.

For the time being, with much love and peace to everyone…

Earthian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Around the World for Peace

Today I am trying to write for the blog in a room which has been very kindly provided to me by the world peace flame organisers (www.worldpeaceflame.org) here in North Wales near to the town of Bethesda; I feel very humbled for all their kindness and their
hospitality, and I hope that one day soon we have these sort of centres all across the planet Earth and people freely can go and visit them when they are not in their local or regional communities.

So last time when I was in London I attended my last Peace and Justice for Syria group gathering at London Action Resource Centre (LARC). After a brief introduction, peace brother Simon did talk about an information night full with film and talk from speakers native to the Syrian region, also flyers and fundraising; then peace brother Dan talked about his feeling about recent actions and activities also an update and feedback from the LARC user group meeting, then his feeling about next meeting; after this two updates and a few others from the group talked about their feeling from the past events like 1st and 8th of March, and then about future activities. Then I briefly reported back about 1st of March and peace brother Dan about 8th of March. For more details please visit the group weblog (www.peaceandjustice.wordpress.com).

On 15.3.14 I visited a wonderful film show from Occupy Faith, which I was invited by a very good peace sister of mine @ Friends House, it was a nice film which was showing a group of people with different backgrounds coming together to do a peace pilgrimage walk from London to Canterbury, and it shows a brief communication between the pilgrims and their reflections on the event. I recommend that you watch the film if you got the time for it and get in touch on (http://occupyfaith.org.uk/). Then after a nice circle and some feedback towards the film I said goodbye to all my wonderful peace brothers and sisters in the place.

On the same day I walked down to the Conway Hall for a Z day event on my favourite subject  – how can we arrive at a resource based economy (RBE)? They had many different speakers to talk about different subjects including how to educate yourself without going to university from (xpuni.com) also visit (http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com/) for more details of the event and self-education on the RBE. At the end of the night I headed back to my resting place.

On 16.4.14 I did prepare myself for another episode of my peace journey, this time long way round the world. I made sure to contact all those wonderful people who knew and wanted to know about my new peace journey episode and even peace sister Maria got in touch and we managed to get a rainproof material to wear and for my rucksack as well, and she kindly topped up my
communication phone as well.

On 17.3.14 the day that finally I had to say goodbye to London arrived (St. Patrick’s Day) and at about 12pm finally I said goodbye to my wonderful friend’s place and started walking to St. Paul’s Cathedral. It was here that after 1pm those kind and wonderful brothers and sisters started to show up and about a dozen of them were there to say hello and goodbye to me. I had a wonderful time
there and we spoke about many things from rainbow family to the old Occupy camp and many more, then we ate together, and finally I said goodbye to them all and walked a bit more and some took some photos and then 3 of us headed towards Victoria coach station where my wonderful nephew did arrange for me to get connected to West England.

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Photos from St. Paul’s the day I said goodbye to London

I did arrive at Cirencester just about 7pm and I planned to walk to my brother’s place, but due to the darkness and his guests (my brother and sister from north England), which I wanted to see before they headed back, my wonderful brother kindly came and picked me up, which was very exceptional to the circumstances, so after arriving and spending couple of good hours and having a wonderful dinner together, which was prepared by our wonderful west brother, then we said goodbye to our wonderful northern brother and sister, and then my west brother and I had another wonderful cup of brew (tea) before we say goodnight to one another.

In the week starting 18.3.14: I had few more days in the Cotswold area before saying goodbye to my western brother on the coming New Year of Nawroz 2714 (spring equinox) on 21.3.14, so I did organise my days to sort few things out before I say my final goodbye to my brother and the area. I did some sorting out and a bit more preparation for my journey including my ID which my brother kindly spent some time to make something, so that in case of an emergency people will know who to contact to prevent another Hungarian saga, so hopefully this time no one will try to prevent me from entering anywhere on the planet Earth freely.

21.3.14: it was today that we ( my brother, Kate and I) arranged to go to the highest place around the area to observe the sunrise and have our first cup of tea in Nawroz 2714 on 21.3.14 spring equinox, so I have to say here that I really had a great time in wonderful Cotswolds area with my family before I say goodbye and head further west and this time into Bristol.

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A Photo from west England with my peace brother Ben

Week starting 24.3.14: I spent almost a week in Bristol and got in touch with Tony Gosling (http://www.awakenedstate.co.uk/tony-gosling/), who I came to know when I was at the Green Gathering festival last year, and I managed to speak to another wonderful human being called Jim, who has helped a lot of people in need for a place to stay, and he got me in contact with an occupied building place here in the wonderful city of sanctuary and open minded people.

Here despite the place was the coldest place ever and I was a peace keeper between Mary and Dee for almost a week, I managed to visit some wonderful places and meet some more wonderful people just before my peace brother Dan from London came and joined me for a few weeks on my peace journey.

Throughout my stay I visited the Arc centre where Jim is running a free clothes store to anyone in need and then I visited the Palestine embassy film and art show, and I have to thank everyone there for their kindness and dedication, also I did manage to get a bike from a local near the area where I was staying, and I donated it to James on (www.thebristolbikeproject.org). I also visited famous Clifton Suspension Bridge on top of the river Avon, which was designed by famous engineer Brunel, also I had an interview with Russian channel 1 TV about my peace journey and why I was staying in the occupied building in the new church in Cranbrook Road, Redland, in Bristol; the interview was arranged by Tony.

I did enjoy my stay in this cold place and those two wonderful human being were very kind and they told me about place where I could get food and drink to share together.

When my peace brother Dan joined me we managed to visit the Arc project again and a local place to get some healthy and good old organic seeds and meet more wonderful people. Also we got an inner city boat trip and on our way walking back we took some wonderful photos from the famous Brunel’s bridge, and few more around the city.

Then I have to say here that very coincidentally peace brother Dan has arrived in Bristol with another peace brother from Peace and Justice for Syria group and his brother happened to be studying in Bristol, and he invited us for an evening talk about “climate change from a Marxist perspective” part of the Bristol Marxist society at the Robin Hood public house on St. Michael’s Hill on 27.3.14 at 7pm, which we did attened and I loved it.

Then on the night of the event we managed to get in touch with the bus and coach station and after some investigation we managed to get a lift to the capital of Wales (Cardiff) without using any money or ID to enter and got in touch with another wonderful nation without any problem.

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Photos from Bristol and where I was staying.

28.3.14

As we arrived in the capital it was just after midnight so we had to look around to find a place to stay or camp, after peace brother Dan’s offer of a wonderful cup of brew and some chips then we rested for a bit and then we did some scouting around but with no luck of a suitable place to camp, but we managed to stay in a reception area of a residential building till next day about 6am.

After heading out of that resting place we started walking to find a place to have some breakfast and we managed to find Wetherspoon and we spent almost half a day in there.

I have to say here that as part of the Bristol event on climate change we had a good couple of hours of talk about RBE and finally peace brother Dan was happy to get in touch with those people, as he was concerned the project will affect on other species and wanted an answer on this issue, and I hope he will find out at some point that it won’t affect them more then the current capitalism system.

Then we had another nice walk about and finding some nice place to shelter and eat before we arrange and go to visit my nephew’s place. Finally we managed to link up, and after making a wonderful evening meal together then we rested very well.

Next day we did explore the area and did try to get some waterproof shoes which at the end I decided to carry on wearing the pair which I got from my brother in the west England, but peace brother Dan kindly got a 750ml water bottle, which was a bit bigger than my old one then we did walk to scout near to the Cardiff Bay for a possible peace camp.

So after couple of days rest in my nephew’s place finally we arranged to occupy and set up a peace camp in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in London in front of Westminster, so on Sunday night 30.3.14 peace brother Dan from London and peace brother Danny from Swindon and myself managed to set up the peace camp and by the time we finished set up and stopped talking
to the secuirty people near to the Welsh assembly it was already Monday morning 31.3.14.

Week coming 31.3.14

I have to say here the security people and police near to our peace camp “pierhead” part of the Welsh assembly were very kind and cooperative and they unofficially invited us to visit Y Senedd which we did before our last day and it was a good experience for me to be there. I did visit pierhead exhibition with peace brother Danny and I left a message of support and a poem from peace brother Danny in their visitors’ book.

We stayed in the camp for 4 nights and during that period we came across so many different people with different points of view but overall I had a great time talking to people in regards to our world peace message and today’s peace for Syria, Africa and the rest of the planet Earth.

It was a wonderful time to explore the capital and its surrounding with peace brother Danny and around the city and bay with peace brother Dan.

On our final day at the camp after packing we said goodbye to peace brother Danny as he wanted to head back to his off grid location in the afternoon, and peace brother Dan and I explored the new Wales Millennium Centre in a new building and later at night we headed back to my nephew’s place to rest.

The next day peace brother Dan and I walked for considerable number of miles to sort out my phone charger and charging device,  and we managed to make peace brother Dan pennyless after getting the devices I was looking for, and then some food and drinks, so after this we both could say we are travelling without any money (up to that point he was still carrying kings and queens heads), so we headed back to our resting place to cook some food and take a shower before saying goodbye to my nephew and the capital and heading to Swansea.

After having a wonderful time in the capital, in the early hours of Saturday 5.4.14 we left the capital on a train journey towards Swansea and we arrived after passing 14 different stations at about 06:55 in Swansea and we almost had some difficulties to get out but the universe was with us and we managed to connect to a group later about 11am after talking to some locals near to the bus station of the city.

In the centre of the town near to the famous Swansea castle by the main square a good 100 people were gathered to say no to inequality and yes to living side by side in harmony, and I had a chance to speak for a minute or two to the gathered crowd, and say why I was there as well, while peace brother Dan observed the situation.

Then later that day we connected to a local park and I put up my peace tent and while peace brother Dan and I were chatting a nice wonderful local woman send her son around to ask us if we would like a nice cup of tea and we welcomed it and then peace brother Dan didn’t feel to put up his tent there and he left for the river and the bay area, and we said goodnight to one another.

Next day as we had a difficulty to find the nice person who sent us the tea stuff I had to stay there for almost 2 hours talking to people who were going into the tower block before I make any connection with the person, and earlier peace brother Dan was quite happy to go and explore the Swansea bay and even going all the way to Mumbles.

In the afternoon I managed to slowly walk again towards the town and the bus and coach station and before I get there I did connect with two wonderful people who helped me with some food and drinks.

Later on as I knew that peace brother would like to explore Swansea more due to his connection at the time of his university, I told him to enjoy what he was doing and I will head on towards Carmarthenshire, and whenever he feels ready he can head towards there for the Morrigan encampment event for a Frack Free planet earth camp (www.warriorscall.org), which was in a wonderful parmaculture farm called Pengraig farm near Drefach.

So after almost 2 days in Swansea the universe connected me via a wonderful human being to the town of Carmarthen and I did put up my peace tent for the night by the river Towy and I couldn’t do much till next afternoon due to heavy rain, but as soon as the rain stopped I managed to pack and off to go again this time straight towards the farm.

Later Monday 7th April I did manage to connect to the farm via another wonderful person named Maggie, a singer who was quite into permaculture and she knew Helen from the farm and I connected to the farm via her and after some discussion with her and later with the organiser of the camp which I knew from winter solstice, everything went ok and I did put up my wonderful peace tent again, and started to help the preparation towards things which needs to be done.

After staying there for couple of days peace brother Dan managed to get there as well and they were happy to have him there as well, and he really contributed towards the sign making and kitchen of the camp and I was getting wood for sacred fire, compost and welcoming focaliser.

I did enjoy my time there greatly, also I tried to avoid the negative side of some of the activities but overall I did help to spread much positivity love and peace all around the camp. If you would like to get in touch with Frack Free England and Wales please visit (http://frack-off.org or www.frackfreewales.org); also for future events like this one get in touch with Hilde Liesens on
www.westacre.org.uk

A day after peace brother Dan joined me, a peace sister called Rosina, who he was going to get me in touch with, arrived at the camp and we had a good time talking about her and her dog Destiny’s walk to Devon with peace brother Dan.

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some Photos of peace brother Dan and I when we were together on the peace journey in Wales.

Then just before I say goodbye to the farm and the camp and go with peace sister Rosina to Wrexham in North Wales, things changed and peace brother Dan and Rosina got a lift towards London directions. After saying goodbye to them, I later on got a wonderful connection to a tipi making place in a Welsh valley near CAT, by Rob and his wonderful friend who was driving, and later she did kindly connect me with world peace flame in North Wales.

On our way in a little town of Machynelleth we got connected to a fish and chips place who were awarded for good quality food in 2004 and 2014 (www.hennighans.co.uk), which after wonderful Rob kindly got us some chips the person who was running the place offered us 3 nice warm drink and then we said goodbye and headed to this place which somehow as soon as we got there I thought “this is going to be my home for the night” and it was here that we met wonderful Zeb and after saying goodbye to Rob and the driver I stayed with Zeb for couple of nights in his great caravan, and I had a good time while I was there specially visiting the CAT (www.cat.org.uk) place and learning about tipi making (www.tipi.co.uk), and also meeting his wonderful and kind family before I say goodbye and head further north.

I have to say here I offered a peace book to Zeb so he can read and summarise for the blog.

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some Photos of me at the time I was in north Wales

Then after some wonderful walk I got connected to a couple of wonderful human beings from the Basque region of today’s Spain, and they kindly connected me to this great centre where I mistakenly ended up staying here for 2 nights – I hope haven’t caused major problem, I have to say I offered if I could be help in any way, and today I was told if I could collect some twigs in the peace garden which I did with pleasure and I hope the weather will allows me to do the rest of the garden tomorrow.

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some Photos from the centre.

I am hoping that the universe will connect me to peace brother Mason farm friend before I head towards Isle of Anglesey and then into Ireland or Isle of Man – whichever the universe connects me to is welcomed.

With much love and peace

Your humbled Earthian brother

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Walking & Talking for Peace

March 2014

Birmingham Visit

I had planned from January to go and visit some of my wonderful family, who have been very supportive of my peace journey, and I wanted to say goodbye to them before I set off on my next episode of my peace journey this time around the world.

So I went up there on Thursday 27th February and stayed with them till Saturday morning 1st March, before I headed back to London for a couple of important events. I have to say here that I had a great time there, and it was a refreshing time for me to see most of the Birmingham family. However, due to the weekend coming Occupy General Assembly, and the Peace and Justice for Syria vigil and walk, the visit was short and my return was very kindly arranged by a wonderful peace sister and very supportive occupier – so I managed to get back to the capital, and arrived at the Euston station at about 11:30 am, just on time to walk down to Trafalgar Square before the peace vigil.

Peace Vigil, walks, and talks on 01.03.14

So after arriving to the square in front of the national gallery for the vigil from 12:30 – 13:30, which by the time I got there it was a bit early to see any peace brothers or sisters around the area, so I found a spot and I tried to engage and talk to people, and it was here that I saw a few people who I hadn’t seen since OccupyLSX camp (http://occupylondon.org.uk/) back in 2012, and after a bit of catch up I also saw a few more people from other groups, then I saw my peace brother Dan with his famous rainbow peace flag, so I went and joined him at a place which earlier when I arrived was occupied by few jugglers or street performers. I have to say here that around the square it was all fenced up, ahead of a Russian event for the next day.

So about half a dozen peace brothers and sisters had turned up and we managed to talk to some people, who were interested to know why we were there, and also a lot of people were coming to the square and were asking us about another gathering in the square ahead of a walk from the square to the Ecuadorian embassy in solidarity with Julian Assange (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/10376799/Julian-Assange-my-life-in-the-embassy.html – a person who was a speaker in occupylsx in 2011), so I was making sure to direct them to the right place from the square, after letting them know about our peace vigil and then our walk to St. Paul’s to join an Occupy GA which was organised for the 2nd anniversary of the OccupyLSX camp eviction (http://occupylondon.org.uk/occupy-revival-2-years-after-olsx-eviction/), where I was scheduled to talk for about 5min.

After reaching consensus peace brother Russ and I had about 20min to walk around the square to talk to more people ahead of our walk to St Paul’s, and also we wanted to find out more about the second gathering on the south side of the square, where I came across some of the people who I knew. We spoke to some of those people on our way back to join the rest of our Peace and Justice for Syria group, to be ready for the walk, and at the square peace brother Russ has taken some photos which you can see below, from the peace vigil day at the Trafalgar Square.

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Also for more photos from the vigil, walk, and talk, which has been taken by our peace brother Dan, you can visit this link and share: https://picasaweb.google.com/vd2012.pics/SyriaPeaceJusticeVigilAndWalkToStPaulS

(Especially one which shows a hanging in the air Jedi at the square with me!)

For a different perspective of the day at the square, and more details of the group’s future events, you can visit the weblog http://syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com/

After saying goodbye to the Trafalgar Square and heading east to St. Paul’s, we stopped by the Australian house to show our support for the people over there which have been gathered there to show their concern about the life of dolphins in Australia, and also we told them about what we are doing, then started walking again and as we were walking by the royal courts of justice our peace sister Maria pointed out to us an invisible and strong foundation for a wall which was going to be built to protect the court, like what has been done near to the parliament; the reason I point this out is to say that fear of our citizens is something that has been created, and this system would like to see that more and more, due to its foundations, which need to be changed fundamentally – not just polishing on top.

For more photos you can see the same link:

https://picasaweb.google.com/vd2012.pics/SyriaPeaceJusticeVigilAndWalkToStPaulS

So finally we got to our destination at St. Paul’s Cathedral and waited there and talked to people until people were slowly coming for the Occupy GA, and we joined the anniversary of Occupy GA for about 2 hours, which for more details I would like to ask you if you have time please visit the Occupy London website on http://occupylondon.org.uk/occupy-revival-2-years-after-olsx-eviction/ for more details of the event.

Here also I would like to say I have found the livestream and the dropbox of my talk in the general assembly which you can listen to for more clarification:

https://bambuser.com/v/4404406

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pt8ufh9szzgn5wo/Earthian%20addresses%20Occupy%20GA%201-3-14.MOV?n=143626787

Photos for St. Paul’s are here as well: https://picasaweb.google.com/vd2012.pics/SyriaPeaceJusticeVigilAndWalkToStPaulS

Then at the end of the GA, we said goodbye to some and later on we gathered at a local pub for more individual talk and plans of action for the future, later that day I said goodbye to most of my wonderful brothers and sisters and I walked back to my resting place.

2.3.14

Today I visited an occupied place in Barnet (http://occupylondon.org.uk/occupy-barnet-meeting-minutes), where I met a few more wonderful occupiers and then sat in a Rainbow Gathering circle and we talked about a few different issues, including “fracking”, food sustainability, also future gatherings, then we headed back to another wonderful occupied building in Camden Town (http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/squatters-sect-move-into-camden-church-closed-for-maintenance-9172616.html), and we rested for the night there.

3/3/14

After our food circle we had another morning council and in the circle we reached consensus to gather for the next new moon at Glastonbury area for the exact date and location you can read as below from our rainbow brother Teo, who has wrote it down well:

“Hey rainbow family, we had new moon council in London again and the consensus was for next new moon council to be in Glastonbury. New moon is on Sunday 30th March, so the council will be on the following day. We will meet on Monday 31st at the memorial in the High St. and at some stage move to a comfortable place for council. There was also consensus for the rainbow walking caravan to begin at the new moon in April from Chepstow castle where the Wye enters the Severn estuary. The new moon in April is on the 29th, though there will be a seed camp presence some days before. The caravan should begin moving on the 30th. Check the W.I.S.E. Isles Rainbow family announcement page for updates. The vision as consensed last year is to walk up the Wye to the Rainbow Gathering of Tribes, somewhere on the Wye or its tributaries in June. Last year’s journey up the Thames and then across the Cotswolds to the Malvern Hills gathering was truly epic. We completed the journey in two months. This journey begins later in the year and will only last a month, but there may be a walking caravan back to London this year.  We will be walking through towns and villages with the spirit of the old troubadours.  Wheelbarrows are very useful going along large rivers as the going is pretty flat and they make good armchairs.  Please don’t think you cannot bring bikes and vehicles, it just makes the experience different. With vehicles you will have to find your own parking, but they can be great for fetching supplies, people and stuff.  Remember your cup, bowl and spoon and shelter, (though the weather should be warm enough to sleep by the fire if there is no rain).  Please pass on this info to friends and family and post on any rainbow networks you know of. One love from the Rainbow family to the Rainbow family.”

Later in the day I had a sound interview with a wonderful human being named Tom who was new to me and it was his first rainbow family gathering as well, also he told me he will upload our conversation into his website in the future on http://tendingthepathuntochange.org/about/

Then after that I had another interview with a Daily Mail journalist Sian Boyle “telling people stories” about my peace mission and my Occupy involvement.

Later today, I visited another two occupied buildings and I spoke to some old and new people about my old and new peace mission. Also, I was asked by a couple of people in one of the occupied buildings to do my best to help them by facilitating a meeting for the group of young boys and girls there, who were in a situation where it was difficult for them to decide which way was the right way to go; and we all together managed to reach a point, in which after a bit longer thinking, they could make their own minds up and make a decision on the issues… which was not straightforward to decide on at the beginning of the meeting.

Then after a long day I said goodbye to the group and started walking back to my resting place.

8.3.14

This time Peace and Justice for Syria group (http://syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com/) organised a peace walk then vigil to coincide with the International Women’s Day (http://www.millionwomenrise.com/), from Bond Street to Trafalgar Square. Despite being told by the organisers that we can’t join them for the walk, and we had to walk on the pavement, we managed to draw a lot of attention from the people present in the Women’s Day march, and from people on the route from Oxford Street and on the route to the Trafalgar Square, and while we were doing our peace vigil we interacted with more people, and I spoke to some wonderful people from Peace News who were advocating peace and international women’s issues (http://peacenews.info/node/7518/2566). Also I have to say here we were welcomed to have some food and fruit from Hare Krishna (http://harekrishna.com/col/philo/phi-what.html), who did march with us from the beginning to the square, and after we said goodbye to an almost empty square, at the end of Women’s Day event, they kindly offered us more cakes and bagels.

Then with a few peace brothers and a peace sister we went to a local pub and had an enjoyable time in there by having a wonderful drink everyone according to their need, and I was offered my favourite cappaccino very kindly by peace brother Dan, and then later outside I was offered my favourite orange juice with bits, and an oyster card to get me back to my resting place, by another wonderful and kind peace brother, and before I said goodbye to everyone our peace sister offered me travel passage on the same oyster to visit an old occupier friend, who is in the hospital in Tooting, which I was happy to go and see him next day on Sunday and it was after this that I gave a wonderful heart to heart hug to everyone and saying goodbye to them all, I headed back to my resting place in the east London.

Here are some more photos from the day which has been taken by peace brother Dan:

https://picasaweb.google.com/vd2012.pics/SyriaPeaceJusticeAtGlobalWomenRiseMarchLondon

9.3.14

I met a peace sister who offered me travel to south London yesterday at about 11:30 at the Tooting Broadway underground station and we walked to St. George’s hospital which wasn’t far from the station, and as we got to the hospital and in the right wing of the hospital and finding the right room, we found out that due to a wonderful sunshine and a good weather our occupier friend has gone out. so we went out and started the game of hide and seek to find him, and before we got bored from this game there he was – our occupier friend known as Catweazle (named after this tv series: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catweazle), and he was absorbing sunshine and taking in some vitamin D right near to a place which we entered earlier into the hospital.

By this time it was just after midday and a member of the hospital staff who was taking care of our friend asked us to go back to the ward with them and find out whether it is ok for us to go out with our friend for more sunshine and more into the nature.

After going back to the ward and finding out what was the necessary things to do, we headed out again to a very lovely local cemetery. We were wheeling our wonderful friend with a less than outdoor-friendly wheelchair, but we finally managed to get to a good area to rest – after a long vibration of our friend’s body and just before he gets dizzy – and we managed to settle down and rested there for a good hour. Our peace sister offered us to go and get our favourite drinks and as she said goodbye and went to a local cafe, Catweazle and I had a brief time talking about how he came to know us from different places of occupations. If you want to hear our audio conversation you can email me at earthiankvn@gmail.com

We were just about to finish our conversation when our sister came back with three wonderful drinks and we had them with some Krishna cakes from yesterday, and then slowly we headed out from the cemetery to a local cafe where Catweazle wished to go, but we were told it is closed as we entered the café, so we had to head back towards the local high street and by the time we got there into another local cafe it was about 3pm. I was offered another drink from our peace sister and our friend Catweazle did have his favourite food and drink as he was hungry by now, and it was here that our sister got a phone call from our friend Crazy Red Fox who was near the hospital, and she told him we were on our way back there, and as he had just time to stay with us till 4pm, we had to start wheeling our friend and walk back.

We managed to get back to the entrance of the hospital and saw our friend Crazy Red Fox and had a good chat and catch up before he said goodbye, and then our friend Catweazle asked us if we could wheel him back to his ward at about 16:30, then after saying goodbye to him we walked back to the station and from there I said goodbye to my peace sister, and headed back to my resting place.

12.3.14

Today we have an evening gathering for the Peace and Justice for Syria group, to plan further future events and bring peace closer to today’s Syria and Middle East in particular and the rest of the world as a whole too:

Wednesday 12 March – Syria Peace and Justice group planning meeting at London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate St, Whitechapel, 6.30pm for 7pm start, until approx. 9pm.

Then the following Wednesday will be the Peace and Justice for Syria info evening, with some wonderful Syrian peace sister(s) and brothers lined up to speak and answer all your questions:

Peace and Justice for Syria: How Can It Be Achieved?” An evening of talks from UK-based Syrians, short films and discussion concerning the current conflict in Syria, with an aim of providing some objective clarity on the situation and addressing practical steps we can take to help achieve a just peace in the country.  PLEASE JOIN THE GROUP IF YOU CAN, that’s on Wednesday 19th March 2014, 6.30-9.30pm, Venue: London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fielgate St (corner of Parfett St), London E1 1ES (Nearest tube: Whitechapel / Aldgate East  / Aldgate). Map: http://tinyurl.com/k3qajlh 

Before the next Peace and Justice for Syria meeting there are some other interesting events, including:

A vigil in Trafalgar square has been organised by “Banksy” (http://banksy.co.uk/) please come and join us on 13.3.14 at 1800 hours.

then Occupy Faith (http://occupyfaith.org.uk/): a film show at Friends House Euston from 13:30-17:00; on 15.3.14, so come and join us for a better world.

And then afterwards, at 6:45pm-11pm, there is Z-Day 2014 with the Zeitgeist Movement, at Conway Hall | 25 Red Lion Square | London | WC1R 4RL. This is an annual ZM event, with talks, presentations, videos, music & more. Contact tom@thezeitgeistmovementuk.com for more details.

On the 17.3.14…

…This will be my final day here in London before I head out towards the west of England to join my western brother and hopefully nephew for the Spring Equinox (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equinox) or (Nawroz) ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nowruz) – the beginning of another new year (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ReLOYRxSj4), so come and join me to say hello and goodbye from 12:30-14:30, on the steps of St. Paul’s and a home to old occupylsx camp (http://occupylondon.org.uk/), of course if you have time, and a means of connection.

So until another episode of my peace journey and this time around the planet.

With much love and peace

Your humbled Earthian brother

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Peace, blogs and a consideration of wrongs

February 2014

06.02.14
It was this week that I was in touch with Steve Rushton. In December 2013, Steve found time to come with me when I was on my peace pilgrimage around the world embassies, he has written for Occupy London (www.occupylondon.org.uk/author/steverushton), and he told me that he has just written a story for the New Internationalist (NI) blog about my peace journeys: Around the world, one border at a time. It was on this NI website where a first story about the beginning of my Peace Journey to the Middle East was published (A one man peace mission) by Emma Fordham, who is actively writing on different subjects including this new NI article about the recent flooding in Britain (Money’s no object – to creating floods), and blogs from Barton Moss and other places on her own blog website (www.hazelhedge.wordpress.com). (For more about Barton Moss and the struggle against fracking, see www.frack-off.org.uk). Anyway, if you have time I recommend you read both Steve and Emma – I have a great respect, and fascination, for their writing.

So, back to my good news which Steve gave me to say that my story has been published, and also he asked me if I could go to a place in number 238 Gray’s Inn road for an event in a new Bank of Ideas on Saturday 08.02.14, for an hour’s talk about my peace journey. I have to say here that it was a great place and I had a wonderful time talking at the opening of a week long programme on free education at this place, and it was a day full of great speakers, talks, assembly and entertainment from 1pm to 11pm, which you can access via Occupy London website (www.occupylondon.org.uk), or at bambuser.com channel occupylsx.
Below are some of the photos of the day in the new centre called “Bank of Ideas”, these were taken by some of my good friends.

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12.02.14
I went to join peace and justice for Syria group (www.syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com) for a peace vigil in Trafalgar Square in front of the national gallery, where about a dozen people turned up, and it was started at about 18:30 and after about half an hour waiting there, due to windy weather we couldn’t light up our candles and the square was very quiet, so about half of us decided to do a peace walk around Leicester Square, and back. Throughout our peace walk we interacted with some wonderful people including a nice lady from the Liberal Democrat office from the Parliament, who came across us and we had a good conversation with her, and she told us she is going to check on our peace group and will tell more people about us.

Then, after spending about an hour in the area we came back to join the rest of the group at the Trafalgar Square, then we formed a circle and we had a 5 minutes silence to reflect on the world around us for peace, and in respect to all those who have lost their lives across the planet, especially those in today’s Syria, then everyone had a chance to talk for a minute or so about themselves and their point of view, also their suggestions for future events and gatherings for the group, then at the end about 21:00, slowly we were saying goodbye to one another and I started walking back to my resting place as well.

Below are some of the photos taken by some peace brothers from the group which reflect on the day.

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15.02.14
There was a conference on Syria in the context of the Arab Uprisings from 11am to 1800 at the Theatro Technis 26 Crowndale Rd. London NW1 1TT, also St. Pancras Community Centre 30 Camden St. London NW1 0LG, which you could follow (#syriaconf) on twitter at the time of the conference. I have to say the conference was organised by the Syrian community in the UK, International Socialist Network, Socialist Resistance, Anticapitalist Initiative, Workers’ Power, and Left Unity (www.leftunity.org), and with contributions of many other individuals with strong and in some cases biased views on the conflict.

As I arrived well before the start, I told the organisers who I was and what I was doing, then they kindly helped me with getting into the conference and I allocated a little space for myself and my writing boards so people from the conference could see me, so I could get in conversation with people at the time of breaks.

The conference had about 15 different speakers from different areas in the world, and also via Skype some could connect to the conference as well, we had student, lecturer, researcher, Dr., professor, blogger, law graduate, anthropologist, director, activist, and finally an MP (John McDonnell) who were present in the conference, and I have to say here that the MP promised people to book a room in the Parliament for those who want to go and discuss the Syrian conflict in there, so hopefully MPs will listen to their constituencies’ needs, and other people’s demands not to get involved in the Syrian conflict militarily, and ask for an immediate ceasefire, and a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

Over all I had a very positive and good day in the conference, and some people had a chance to speak their minds, and ask questions at the Q&A sessions including myself, also we had an occupier who joined later and was kindly doing some livestreaming of some parts of the conference which might be available on the Occupy News Network (www.occupynewsnetwork.co.uk) or (bambuser.com channel occupylsx), also peace brother Dan, and a peace sister from the peace and justice for Syria group were present in the conference as well, and this helped us to participate in both venues, and advocate our peace mission to the audiences. I have to mention, in the conference, brother of a late Dr. Abbas Khan was present and he spoke to the people of his and their family’s ordeal, and then at the end Dan and I had a chance to see him and share our sadness about their loss and took a memorable photo together in the conference.

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Dr. Abbas Khan’s brother and I at the conference, taken by my peace brother Dan

After saying goodbye to all those people I knew in the conference, I walked back to the final day of the new “Bank of Ideas” place, and I managed to share some of my thought with people over there in an assembly which was about the free education, which was a great discussion and hope that we can open up many of similar centres like this in the future, as this one was its last day, then after saying goodnight to people who I knew I started walking back to my resting place.

18.02.14
Today I went to a meeting which was called “Global peace & unity- can it be done?” After getting there just on time I waited for the meeting to start, which was organised by the Zeitgeist Movement London (www.thezeitgeistmovementuk.com) and One People One World (www.onepeopleoneworld.net), in the evening from 19:00-22:00 in Elixir Bar 162 Eversholt street, Euston, NW1 1BL.

James Phillips from (www.tzmeducation.org) was one of the first presenters. He put forward his idea of how we might be able to live in peace together, and he told us all his presentation materials should be available on his site very soon, then after a break we had another speaker from One People One World, who did hand out some leaflets about a future conference on 4th October 2014 and asked anyone to participate towards this unity, and hopefully this will help the current non functioning system be changed to one which he was advocating; also he asked people to think about it really seriously, and ask any question that they might have, so I recommend if you have time, go and find out for yourself, and participate if you can in both sites.

At the Q&A session people had a chance to ask their question and I managed to talk to the audience about my ideal world, one which could be in peace and how we could start to help out towards it, many liked what I said and afterwards I spoke to some other people, and explained my reasoning for why I am doing my peace mission in this way, at the end I said goodbye to all and walked back to my resting place.

19.02.14
On Wednesday I attended Peace and Justice for Syria meeting, full details of the discussion are on the group blog (www.syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com), all I can say here is that it was very positive and very motivated. Less than half a dozen people were present, but we got consensus on some meet ups, peace walk, talks and vigils to be planned for future, which you can check on the group weblog for more details.

Also Dan and I had an opportunity to briefly talk about the Syrian conference which I have mentioned earlier, and also I told them about the Global peace meeting from the day before in Euston, and I did give out some leaflets about the event, so hopefully these wonderful people will examine those hand outs and in the very near future we can co-operate and collaborate together.

22.02.14
Today I decided to go and visit a Strategy Meeting in Common House near Bethnal Green station, which has been organised by a group from Occupy London (www.occupylondon.org.uk), and it has been a monthly meeting for the last six months or so, as far as I know, and I did notice for the duration of 2 hours or so that I was there that people have changed a lot, and their decision making, and their behaviour, has changed since the time of Occupy Lsx camp General Assembly, and the way that they were trying to do things has been moved on from the real consensus, due to – as some of them were putting it – “frustration with blocking of a decision”.

In the meeting there were about 14 people in the room and there were discussions on a few different issues and out of those 14 people, 2 of them were new to me and it wasn’t long before both of them left the room, and I heard one of them tell the people present in the room “I am in a wrong place”, as he believed the Occupy he has heard of wasn’t like what he was seeing now, and at the meeting this person was very upset about the way others were treating their fellow occupiers, and as he told one occupier “you are bullying the other occupier”, so the conflict was so strong that if I was new to the movement, and if these people were going to represent Occupy, I would have been the next to leave – as I told the occupiers in the meeting.

The thought for the end of the month
So as some of you might know, London is a big city, so called a great capital of wealth and power in the continent of Europe, if not the world. Where I stay is very close to the City of London, which is another city within the city – the so called financial city – and as I don’t have the will to be getting my food from supermarkets, then I have to go and fetch food in places where food is given out for free, and also I go to those places which waste their food due to date expiration policy… as I am not in a countryside, or in a farm, then I have to get my food from somewhere, and there are different sources which are providing food daily to hundreds of people if not more across the capital.

Many of the 33 boroughs of London are providing some of the necessities for life to those so called vulnerable people, and especially in the City of London I have seen and had a chance to speak to some of those people like, Jesus Army, “Order of Malta”, “Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT: www.amurt.org.uk), Salvation Army, Hare Krishna, different churches, and many more charities, organisations (www.thepavement.org.uk), and even some individuals and so on, who are coming out to some particular areas in the city to provide help without expectation, every day of the week especially in the evenings. All of these provide help out of  what they see as their courtesy to humanity… they will provide people with what they can get from different sources, and offer this stuff to people “in need”… Sometimes, as I have seen myself, the hand outs could be an expired food or drink of almost a year out of date, given out to hundreds of people, so if you are not careful it could have more bad effect then good!

So anyway, some people kindly are trying to help out of the goodness of their hearts, but I have to say here I don’t think this is the right solution. They are just trying to be helpful, but sooner rather than later, if we don’t find the real solution, these handouts will not be there as well, as the system and so called law enforcement are trying to limit and prevent this sort of hand out, as they have been doing in some 6 boroughs of London already, and also the government is trying to pass a law to make it a criminal offence if for whatever reason you sleep outside, like they did make a law against occupying (squatting) an empty residential building, and now they are trying to do the same thing with commercial buildings as well.

It is like the issue of prostitution; I don’t believe for a moment that there should be prostitution, and there should not be sleeping rough and having to occupy disused buildings and giving old food handouts either… but outlawing these things only harms those at the tough end… If our economic system was supporting the people who are doing these kind of activities to live in a harmonious and balanced way, then we would see the end to these activities, not by making laws against them.

At the end of my thoughts, all I want to say is in order to have a society living in harmony with itself, every citizen of that society has to be in harmony within, and it will be great to finish this thought with an adaptation of a famous Carl Sagan saying, in which I have changed some negative-sounding words to let me think positive, and be positive, to see the change that I want to see:

“The world is one organism and an organism at conflict with itself hasn’t got much to feel good about itself”.

with much love respect peace and harmony to everyone out there on this planet

Your humbled Earthian brother always within your reach.

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Geneva II, Davos & Syria

Week 4

22.01.14

I announced last Wednesday at the Peace and Justice for Syria group meeting  that I had an intention to do a peace walk. Also on Saturday 18.01.14, during the peace vigil ahead of the Syrian peace talks in Montreux and Geneva (so-called “Geneva II”) in Switzerland, I mentioned that I will wait at the south side of Tower Bridge, close to the entrance of the Mayor of London’s office between 11am and noon, and then I/we will walk from there to London Eye ,close to Westminster Bridge.

On the day, I got to the place just after 11am, and as soon as I got there a security person turned up and asked me what am I protesting for and why am I there? I said to him “I am here to start a peace walk from here to London Eye, to coincide with the Syrian peace talks in Switzerland, to just support peace, and I would like to see it as soon as possible in the region, and the reason I am here is because I couldn’t make it to there, so this is to show my solidarity for peace with the people who are in the conflict area, and I’ll wait here till midday to see if any of our group or anyone from the public shows up, then we will start the walk”. He told me as long as you are not protesting it is fine and it is no problem, and he went, then I waited there and for the duration of the hour that I was there, a few different security people turned up again, and even some police officers and they all asked me if I am ok, and I told them “all I am doing is advocating peace and I am very well indeed, and thank you for asking”, and then they were going.

I received a message from my peace brother Dan to say he’ll join me en route, and just after midday, as I was about to start my walk, he turned up and after saying hello and having a hug he suggested we take some photos with the mayor’s office in the background, and soon we were told that we can’t take photos with the banners and flags in front of the mayor’s office so we said ok, and Dan suggested again we should take some photos at least with the Tower Bridge as our background and I said ok. I have to say here that he is quite meticulous in his photo taking, and later on it became more apparent that it might take quite a long time before a photo of you might be taken, especially if you are holding anything that must be read easily by people who will see the photos – he has to zoom for a while before he can get the final shot, which you can see in some good photos below which shows our starting point. Anyway, finally we started walking, and it wasn’t very long, just about a few hundred metres further, there was again another statue of a warrier, and Dan wanted to take some more photos with the big peace flag and many different writings, and I don’t want to go into the details of how long did it take for us to move on from there, but it became apparent to me that Dan will take enough photos which by the end of our peace walk then we can write a book with having enough photos and if I go into the details of every stop, so I was telling to myself it is just for this small peace walk, that we need these much details, and I don’t know how many years it was going to take me and Dan to get to the Middle East if we were going to do the peace walk together with this pace! I told Dan on our way that the way I operate is that I tell myself that I do things as there is no rush at all, and as though we have got all the time in the world, and I think he did pick up on this quote very well, and he was doing exactly as I mentioned to him earlier so I said to myself ok, no rush, we will get to the end of the peace walk before it gets dark, and sometimes I had to say “My wonderful brother Dan, I think we should move on before it gets dark, and if we go with this pace we have a long way to go”, and then we’d start our walk again.

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Some photos from the start of the peace walk, and a bit further by an statue.

Then soon after we saw a wonderful old ship like Catty Sark and again we waited there for some time, and Dan kindly took some photos as well, and then further down by an old ruined building of an old palace then an old prison museum , so as we go a long I mentioned to Dan that we have plenty of sushi to give away and we just gave some to a person who was handing out Big Issues to people near to the prison museum, and further down was Shakespeare’s Globe where we took some more photos, and on our way we were trying to give out some 30 leaflets about what we were doing, which Dan had kindly printed out and we were trying to give them out to people who we thought wouldn’t put them in a bin immediately.

Then we carried on walking again until near to Waterloo Bridge and Royal Festival Hall, then we sat down there and displayed what we had with us in terms of written materials, and we tried to talk to people who were passing by and some different people from very different backgrounds were quite interested to talk to us and take photos with us, and it was near here that another wonderful person from the group came and joined us. We were taking some photos of a couple of ladies statues from Pride of London, and we were talking to an art person and he was quite happy to get in touch with us and help to advocate peace with his artistic way.

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Then we got a phone call from a musician who we’d seen busking along the way and we’d left a leaflet with him while he was singing, and he very kindly called us and came and joined us and we got into a wonderful conversation with him about why we are doing this peace walk as well.

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He was telling us that when he saw the leaflet he thought it was going to be a flood of people on our route and he wanted to come and join us, but now all I can see is just 3 of you! “How are we going to change people’s minds?”, he wanted to know, and also he said “I wanted to see what can we do about the situation in today’s Syria?”, he also told us after seeing a program on Channel 4 called Dispatches about day to day life in Syria back in summer he wanted to get an update from us about what was going on since then and right now. We did tried our best to explain who we are and why we are doing the peace walk, also I shared the famous African proverb with him which it says “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito!” Then he calmed down a bit and started to think that everything we do has a consequence  – even if it might not be so obvious to ourselves, it will still have a great effect on our surroundings, and we should think very carefully before we do something without thinking of its consequences. Also we said that what we are seeing in the mainstream media is just a little highlight of the real destruction and the consequences of a manmade conflict, but we could solve it if we all wanted this to happened, but many of the involved powers in the conflict don’t want to see a resolution, they look at it as a source of income even with human suffering, and all we can do is say we don’t support the conflict, and to ask for an immediate end to the conflict, to all involved parties.

Then we took some photos and had another conversation with some more security people on our way, especially between London Eye and Westminster Bridge where we were told that we can’t walk on the pavement while we are holding our flags and placards in the air, as the pavement is private property, and we have to go around to get to the bridge, and finally after some discussion we managed to get through with some compromise from both sides and finally just before we got on the Westminster Bridge the Big Ben struck 4pm. It was here that we said goodbye to our wonderful musician and busker, then Dan, myself and another peace advocator from the group headed towards the Foreign Office after crossing the bridge and into the Whitehall.

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In front of the Foreign Office we took some photos and talked to some more people, and over all I say we interacted with about a good 20 people on our peace walk, and we hope the outcome of the Geneva 2 will be a very positive and soon peace will be installed back in today’s Syria, Middle East, Africa, Asia, South America, and many other regions on our wonderful planet will be in ever lasting peace.

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A few photos of us in the white hall in front of the Foreign Office

Then we said goodbye to our third peace brother, then Dan kindly invited me for a wonderful cappuccino and a slice of carrot cake  (after a frustrating time for him with the security people between London Eye and Westminster Bridge, and as he put it all these laws are going to restrict us so much that one day we might not be able to even walk freely) in a local Wetherspoons not far from Trafalgar Square, then we headed towards Charing Cross and it was here that we said goodbye to one another and I headed towards Holborn to meet up with another friend.

After getting to my place of meeting, there wasn’t any sign of my friend, but I saw another friend and we stayed and chatted there for some time and then after walking back towards the City of London we said goodnight to one another and I headed back to my resting place.

Coincident with our peace walk for Syria, I just wanted to mention here that at the same time as the peace talks in Switzerland there was something else which is called World Economic Forum in a place called Davos, and in there about 2000 so-called influential people of the planet are present to talk about something which is going to affect us all, but it seems not a lot of people are knowing about it, and like Builderberg conference it is almost unknown to many. Despite what is discussed in there will affect all of us, we do not have any say and things are decided for us, and it is really sad to see in 21st Century, and with the advanced technological age, a couple of thousand people will decide for the world of billion people, and as long as they are safe and they can accumulate more and more wealth, the rest of us will be irrelevant. It was something that I have to mention and say that this was a forum on an economy which for sure they know it is not functioning for the rest of us, and we the whole citizens of the planet have to put up with it, and despite that we could have an alternative economic system which is going to be much more fairer and will bring people of the Earth out of today’s misery… but not only they don’t talk about alternatives, also it has been ignored because there is no profit in this type of economy – a resource based economy – so they carry on with their devastating plans with the broken monetary based economy.

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Some photos of Davos in Switzerland!?

24.01.14

Myself and a friend visited Occupy Barnet building to see a few short films including one about rents in 1960s, second was about coal miners from 1984-85, third was about poll tax in 1989-93 and finally the forth was about cuts from 2010 to present day. In all of them one message was resonating and it was unity to overcome all these problems, and in order to do this we have to communicate and understand each other well, without it we can’t move forward and build a better world.

All those four short films were made by Jubilee Debt Campaign and after each two films, two different groups were trying to discuss the points raised in the films in more detail, which was a good idea, but after seeing all four of them, I felt the concept of communication with each other wasn’t quite right and I had to mention this to the group at the end of the discussion, as well as introducing myself, because there hadn’t been a brief introduction of ourselves to the group at the beginning, so at the end of the discussion I was telling them a bit about why I was there and how I hoped that we could all help each other for a better world.

The place was mixture of all different kinds of people from across the planet and it was a great sign of unity to overcome our differences, and I am looking forward to see more gatherings like this in the near future.

week 5

29.01.14

I attended another meeting of the Peace and Justice for Syria group at LARC (London Action Resource Centre), and three more peace advocators were there and we started the meeting by interviewing one of the group who is from a city in today’s Syria who wanted to give a personal account of the situation there, and you can see it here ( https://www.dropbox.com/l/T45rZzUCjQqGylnKTb9wlf ), so hopefully soon more people will understand what is going on there and how it is not right to humanity and must be stopped as soon as possible.

Then I briefly talked about the peace vigil and the peace walk in the city, we also reflected back on our peace pilgrimage for Syria on 10th December last year, then we talked about future activities and at the end we got the consensus to have another candle lit vigil for Syria in Trafalgar Square followed by the group meeting, and for full details you can always visit http://syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com/ for more information for the coming Wednesday 12th of February, and for further future events.

30/31.01.14

Today I visited a garden centre in Camden, hoping to meet some Rainbow brothers and sisters and finding out about the new moon circle the next day, but after waiting for more than an hour in the centre no one from the family turned up, so I left the centre hoping that next day I’ll see some more of them in a council circle.

Next day someone else wanted to join me in the evening, so I didn’t make my way to the place until evening and by that time the person who wanted to come with me decided to cancel the visit, so I went to the centre again myself alone, and by this time in the evening the Rainbow family council circle had long finished, so I couldn’t see most of the people who I thought I might be able to see, but I managed to see a couple of them, one in the Camden centre the second one in another new local occupied building, and I managed to find out about what was discussed in the council circle, also the next month new moon meeting place, which I was told the Rainbow family has reached consensus that will be held on 1st March in another occupied building in north London.

For more details about the gatherings and future events please visit (www.rainbowcircle.co.uk), also (www.rainbowgathering.org.uk).

I spent some of my time in the 1st month of 2014 to find out how we can help one another with food and drink across London, and preventing these resources from being wasted here in the capital, and I am hoping with some help we can produce some video of those who are already helping people to get these free resources (food and drinks).

Also by publicising these videos hopefully it’ll prevent the system from closing down some of those mobile vans and cars, which are distributing these free resources across London, which I have heard that already from south London the current system is preventing this help to take place.

Also I have to say here again that I am fully behind a fairer system, as I always mention we have to find a solution to this broken system of capitalism, which is in crisis, and I think the only way is to manage all our planet’s resources and produce according to the needs of its inhabitants and not according to the greed of the few. You might have heard about the Oxfam report that just 85 people on the planet have the equivalent (if not more) wealth to 3.5 billion of the planet’s inhabitants; is this really a fair system? Clearly not and we must act very soon before it gets really too late.

So supporting many like-minded people out there is really very important. Really, if most of us can concentrate on those main issues which are in the public domain – like those who support a frack free planet and Barton Moss camp in north west (http://occupylondon.org.uk/barton-moss-protection-camp/) – and also help those who support free food and drink to everyone in need rather than going to waste, and many more things from our list of changes that we want to see in the world… then this is a great way forward to connect with all those people, and to share our strong belief in the changes we want to see for a free and fair planet.

with much love, and peace

Earthian

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FrackFree Planet Earth

week1

31.12.13

I started my final peace walk towards the centre of London, towards the so-called London Eye.

I left Tower Hamlets and entered the City of London again, and after passing Bank, St. Paul’s, the Strand in Charing Cross, then because Whitehall was closed I had to walk around the area behind Downing Street, and by St. James’s Park, into the Parliament Square, but due to closure of the Westminster Bridge I had to walk down to Lambeth Bridge by Parliament, then after crossing and passing St. Thomas’ hospital and south side of the Westminster Bridge, finally I arrived at London Eye. My aim was to do a final peace pilgrimage circle by crossing the Waterloo Bridge and back to the Strand, but due to closure of the area I had to stay by one of the famous turn-of-the-century icons of London, well-known across the world as “London Eye”, for the final countdown of 2013AD, and entering 2014 AD.

I managed to engage and talk to many people throughout my final peace journey of 2013 in London and a lot of people has kindly offered me food and drink and taken photos, and have told me they will follow my blog and that they are looking forward to seeing me in many other parts of the planet in the new coming year of 2014 and beyond – especially the many visitors from India at London Eye. I saw a lot of fireworks on the wheel and on top of the river, and then slowly made my way towards east. I did walk at least 10 miles today before I had a chance to rest at my resting place.

Many photos were taken by many kind people; if I get any in the future, you will be able to see some over here on my blog, hopefully.

01.01.14

I had a prior arrangement to see my wonderful western brother and his kind and beautiful partner at the Royal Festival Hall, after another wonderful walk through the north and south of the river Thames. I tried to speak to people throughout my walk but I found the city was very quiet and most of the people were either in a restaurant or a bar and busy eating and drinking, so I didn’t come across many to speak to, but I managed to be just about on time, before we headed towards the National Theatre in the Shed, where we managed to catch up with some updates from each other over a cup of tea, then we saw another two wonderful occupiers who have just showed up and we had enough time to speak about what has brought us all here in The Shed, and guess what, it was the so-called “Protest Song”, which has been shown from 16 December 2013 to 11 January 2014, at least 2-3 times a day.

Protest Song is a true story of a person called Jimmy, and played by an actor called Danny (Rhys Ifans), who sleeps rough on the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and has done this for years, then one morning he wakes to see a canvas city being erected in front of him, so Jimmy finds himself swept up in the last occupation of London.

The story has been written by a person called Tim Price, and he very elegantly wants in a funny and savage monologue to explore the reality of a remarkable political movement – the “Occupy London”.

So just after saying goodbye to everyone who was going to see this wonderful and remarkable true story, I decided to find out if there was a possibility for me to go and see it as well, and as someone who has spent more than four months at the camp and known the person as well, I just wanted to see it for myself and describe it. I have seen it in the camp, and now that has become a play for people who didn’t have a chance to be in the camp, so they could go and have a feeling about the day-to-day life of the occupiers.

So I got in touch with information desk and a nice lady directed me to a person who was responsible at the box office. I was told by her that the play was full for the night but if I want to see it in the future I should get in touch with him and I did so by an e-mail, but I was told due to no seats left I wouldn’t be able to see it, and after doing this and speaking to some more people my wonderful old occupier friends had just come out and I was asked to go and join them closer to the entrance to the theatre and the bar where the actor was there as well, so I went there and I saw another two brothers who I knew them since the beginning of the occupy camp, and we sat down and chatted and caught up with what we couldn’t finish just before they left me to see the play.

So my brother and I managed to speak to the actor Danny (Rhys), and he showed his gratitude towards us that we have liked what he is truly doing to show more people the real life of the occupiers. Then after a bit more catch up and talk my brother and his partner had to say goodbye to us due to a long journey heading west, so the rest of us stayed there until the security person wanted to lock up the premises then we came out and as they were going west so I said goodnight to them, and started walking towards east London on the south bank of the river Thames to my resting place as well.

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A photo of me collecting people’s stuff to take out of the cordoned off area, to those who couldn’t get back into the evicted camp on the night of OLSX eviction.

The rest of the week I was trying to get in touch with some friends to see if we have a chance or a possibility of occupying a building and using it as the first Earthian embassy here in London. A few of my friends and I did try to scout some empty buildings and then some other days I visited some other centres and place around the capital to see if any of those places will be suitable for the Earthian embassy project, and to see if I could speak to anyone who would be interested in helping us to run the project.

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06.01.14

I managed to link up again with a wonderful person who I met during the festive time in one of the Crisis centres in west London and I told him that I can come to their head office in the new year to see how we can help each other, so I made my way there and I visited the centre (the headquarters of Crisis in Aldgate), and I saw this wonderful person and we spoke about what I can do and what he can do to help each other to spread the message of love and peace all across the planet, and after being around the centre and meeting some new people again I said goodbye to the people at the centre and headed out towards the east London again, in the hope of meeting some more of my old friends and talking about the future of the empty buildings occupations for those who are in need.

The way that I see it, the mainstream media is trying to portray people who are occupying these empty buildings as a group of immigrants who don’t want to contribute towards the society here, and are trying to dodge tax and are playing the “soft touch” of the police and the system… the current government is slowly and nicely preparing an act like it did in August 2012 for criminalising squatting in the residential buildings, and now it is a time to do the same for the commercial buildings, and this is how the mainstream media is preparing a smooth ride for the future criminalisation of people who strongly feel they don’t have a voice and they can’t be heard.

So I think we should be much more careful about how we do speak to mainstream media and how we can show our solidarity to the local people who are suffering from the cuts of their main services like their hospitals, fire stations and libraries which are shut due to shortage of so called local budget, and this is all part of the austerity measures which we are facing since the collapsing of the banking systems here in Europe and America.

I spent a day or so catching up with some of my old writing from my first peace pilgrimage journey and still more to do before another episode of my peace journey which is approaching soon in the near the future, and also I got in touch with one of my wonderful rainbow brothers from east Sussex, and I managed to find him through some of my wonderful friends from Occupy in a Grow Heathrow type of eco village place in north London.

08.01.14

After finally finding my rainbow brother and staying in this wonderful place for the night and catching up since our last meet up, then the next day we arranged to go further north and visit some other people in another building – those occupiers who were involved in many different building occupations in north London, and after staying with them for a couple of hours we headed south and this time further than south London and way outside London.

After passing many boroughs of London we finally got to Sevenoaks and then a train change towards Hastings, so after passing Tonbridge and a short stop in Tonbridge Wells and paying a quick visit to one of its famous parks, then we got our final train towards a place which is called Stonegate.

On our way between Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Wells my wonderful brother got us a delicious chips and a special sauce for our dinner which was indeed tasty, delicious, and unforgettable.

Then before we start our almost one hour walk towards our resting place near the Broad Oak village, we put out our thumbs and just before we left the carpark of the train station two wonderful human beings gave us a lift, and after speaking to them and trying to thank them for their kindness the driver of the car has just told my wonderful rainbow brother that while he has been doing leafleting in their local area he has seen him, and the driver was recognising him, and then we started talking about our plan of action for the coming weekend and hope they can make it for the fracking film show.

So it wasn’t long before we got near to our destination, and we said goodbye to them after thanking them again, and then we started walking towards our resting place, and as we were walking we were looking at the moonlight of the sky and seeing even the bright Jupiter as far away from us, and many other stars through an application which is called night sky tools, it wasn’t long before I just lost the sense of timing and felt we have been walking for hours in the countryside, that was how much staying in London has affected my senses, and I realised this when we finally arrived at their place and he introduced me to one of his neighbours and asked him whether he might have time for us to go and visit him later on the evening – and then I realised it was still only early evening.

After our long day of travelling in and outside London a nice cup of any warm drink would have been great so I went for a nice cup of Barley with hemp milk, then checking our film showing equipments to see everything was alright, which I realised sound was something which might have been a concern after watching a film through the projector and then we tried our best to see if we can find a solution before the coming weekend, then slowly we prepared ourselves to rest and said goodnight to one another.

10.01.14

After having a wonderful morning food, then a morning council with the rest of the family, we had a chance to outline our vision for the coming days and how we could help each other for the village hall film showing on fracking (a film called “Gasland” by Josh Fox, a controversial independent documentary on the industry of hydraulic fracking in the USA), and to ask people to search for “growth and infrastructure act 2013″ which implies that corporations can apply directly to the secretary of state for planning permission for oil/gas extraction using hydraulic fracturing technology, bypassing local and county regulation, and also you can search for “environmental report for the further onshore oil and gas licensing” on the www.gov.uk – this is a public consultation and there is an option for submitting your view. Then I was told there was a chance for me to talk about my peace journey.

Also we did some wood missions before lunch time and then we did some gardening and sorting out, as well as having a nice fire in the garden, then after a rest and a wonderful evening meal then later on we said goodnight to each other.

We managed to get in touch with some of their friends to see if we can solve the problem of the sound and someone kindly brought some cables and an old and wonderful soldering iron and we managed to solve the problem of the sound for the film show.

Next day my wonderful rainbow brother took the kids to a neighbouring place for a gymnasium session and his wife got in touch with her parents and I stayed at their place using my magic box (a laptop) to see some more episodes of a film which I got involved with in order to find out why these series of films has been made in first place (star conflicts), then at about 1pm I started to walk towards the Broad Oak village hall, and at about 2pm I got there which after setting up the equipments with my brother we were waiting for people to turn up and between 2-3pm about 5 people were turned up and we did have a circle in which we used a clove of garlic as a tool of facilitation and my brother and I had a chance to talk about what has brought us there and connected us to them. At about 1630 hours the majority wanted to see the film before its scheduled time of 1830 hours and we agreed to show the film and if more people turned up at the scheduled time we will show it again, and it happened that about 20 more people were turning up at the scheduled time as well and as they were arriving I was directing them to a room until the first film show finished and then we can start the next one.

Just before the start of the second showing of the film my brother and I had a chance to again introduce ourselves to the audience and tell them why we were there and what brought us all together in here, and then the film Gasland was shown again then at the end people did help towards the event and we exchanged some contact details as well, and we were helped to pack up and then got a wonderful lift by some wonderful locals named Sharon (a local who kindly helped with the sound cables and soldering iron), and her husband Trace. I gave them my weblog address so they can follow and read my peace journey, and after our arrival at our resting place we had another wonderful cup of relaxation drink and then we said goodnight to each other.

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A photo of the time of RTP camp, near Balcombe, where I was looking after the main entrance to the camp after people were marched out to the drilling side and I decided to look after the camp.

12.01.14

After our wonderful morning different varieties of food my brother, his wife and their children went for a walk and then they went to visit my brother’s wife’s parents. I planned to do some small wood mission to keep the fire going and some general tiding up and then using my magic box to see another episode of my film show, and my brother came back a bit early and he kindly cooked something wonderful food for our evening meal, and then after an evaluation from last night’s fracking film show to the locals, and some more catching up on the future events, we said goodnight to one another .

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13.01.14

After a wonderful breakfast we headed out to do a water mission from a local spring, which after some distance walking we managed to discover a new spring a bit earlier than the original spring, and I was shown a few local streams and a river then we managed to fetch the collected water back to the house just before our lunch time and then after having our lunch we headed to the town of Heathfield. We visited quite a few places including a library to take back some books and cds/DVDs, then a bank so my brother can sort out his Environmental Community Action Team (ECAT) account, so hopefully people in Lush cosmetic company will help them to do what they think is right for a better environment. Then we visited a local grocery then a health shop, and finally co-op supermarket before we headed towards our next town of Mayfield for a Mayfield Transition Town meeting about fracking at 1830.

As we were on our way a wonderful lady who we met at the health shop earlier, and knew my brother very well, very kindly offered us a lift to the town and we were very grateful for her kindness, so as we got to the town a bit early then we had a chance to pay a visit to famous St. Dunstan’s of Mayfield church, and then slowly we walked to the pub where the meeting was going to be held. As we got there a bit early my brother got in communication with pub lady and she was quite keen on knowing how we can prevent the hydraulic fracking in the area.

Just before the time people were coming and at about 1830, about 13 very dedicated people turned up and they were quite keen on getting on top of the issue before any drilling come around their area, and soon after going through their meeting agenda and updating the rest of the group on different issues regarding to fracking, they started to set up a series of film showings in different venues around the Mayfield town and even the neighbouring towns as well in February, and they were all keen to help with spreading the awareness and information loud, clear and wide.

Just before the meeting finished I was allowed to talk about my reason for being there and how we could all help each other to solve problems which are going to affect our lives deeply, and then we did a shout out for a lift back to our resting place.

After another long day then getting back to our resting place late evening we had our wonderful cup of resting drink and slowly we winded down and we said goodnight to each other.

14.01.14

So I had another wonderful morning food with my beautiful rainbow family outdoors due to a great sunshine and a break from rain (also a shortage of wood for the woodburner, which was a very nice burner which I have come across one like it in the same region from my last apple picking farm at the village of Benover – it is a burner on which you can boil a kettle, cook food, and have your hot water for your bath/shower all from the same stove – and I have to say here I love to maintain one in a place which is far from any modern equipment, and I hope to integrate it with some help from a few of my wonderful friends which I have met throughout my peace journey and before, and I would like to run a sauna with it as well…). Then, we headed out there for a longer wood mission at the barn of the farm, and we did so till about our late lunch time, then after having our wonderful lunch all together, then after some rest from wood chopping mission we started to prepare ourselves for another long day ahead of us, then because I planned to come back to London after our last meeting at the town I had to say goodbye to the family and tell them how much I loved spending some of my time with them and how much I enjoyed their vegan food, and to mention  here that the diet they had greatly I felt on my body.

Then my brother and I headed out to the town of Heathfield for a parish council meeting, and we wanted to make sure the parish council will take note of our concern about the danger of the hydraulic fracking in the area, before it gets too late to act upon it, like what happened in little town of Balcombe not far from there.

On our way walking to the town we came across my brother’s partner’s father who was waiting for a lift from his wife to go and see a film about Nelson Mandela’s book “A long way to freedom”, and after saying hello to him and telling him what we were doing and where we are going he kindly offered us a lift, so we waited till his wife turned up and after saying hello to her as well and again telling them what we are doing, then we safely arrived at our town destination, and then after thanking them for the lift we said goodbye to them, and after some more walking we realised we are a bit early, and my brother decided to go to some grocery shops  to fetch some food, and I headed on walking towards the place of the meeting which was in a rather small room in the outskirts of the town.

When I arrived there I met a wonderful lady who I have seen at the last two meetings in different places and after some talking again about fracking, she was telling me how much she has learned and found out about the whole issue of fracking and now knows a lot more about different organisations which are advocating Frack Free Sussex/Britain. There are “frack off” villages, towns, and cities all across UK, and I hope my rainbow brother and her with the help from us all together can eradicate fracking from the area.

By this time more and more people were turning up and the time for the parish meeting at 1930 hours was soon approaching and very soon the small room got packed and people who were there to show their concerns about fracking within the room and even more from outside were listening to see what the parish has got to say, then the public were asked whether we are all there concerned about the fracking and indeed about 20 people all said yes. Mainly two people were talking, my rainbow brother and another person who was not happy about fracking, and he was planning to candidate himself for the parish, so hopefully will help the locals to not allow anything to be passed without the locals approval. So these two people mainly raised the questions that the concerned public were there for and wanted to be heard by the parish, and this went on for about 20 minutes, then after assurance from the parish that nothing is going to pass about fracking without the locals approval, we left the room and this time in the hallway everyone was engaged in how to tackle the problem for almost another 30 minutes, then I said goodbye to everyone including my brother, and then the wonderful lady that I spoke to at the beginning of the meeting kindly gave me a lift to the same station which I came from London to the area almost a week ago, and after a long chat I gave her a heart to heart hug and I wished them every happiness and strength that together with my rainbow brother will make more people aware of the fracking problem, and then I said goodnight to her and soon after I caught 2130 hours train back towards London.

After crossing some local stations and the main Tonbridge Wells and Tonbridge, then back into the London Bridge, and soon after my arrival I was called by a friend to meet up and then after that I walked back to my resting place.

15.01.14

Today after almost a long wonderful week in a village and almost in the woods I managed to do some washing, and then I prepared some of the materials which I could prepare for my brother, to help him with the frack off Brighton group, as well to prevent any future fracking in their area. Then I went to a local station to pick him up and go back to LARC for our peace and justice for Syria working group meeting, and then after about an hour my brother finally had a chance to introduce himself and say what he was busy with and also to leave his email for future communication with the group and vice versa, and then we said goodnight to them because he had to go back to his resting place here in London.

As for the group meeting about five people turned up plus my brother and his little daughter, which they left early, then the group had an agenda for what it has done so far, and what to do for the future, which I recommend you to visit syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com for further details of the meeting discussion which I can’t go into the details of it all here. I can say here that due to Geneva 2 approaching, next week on Sat 18.01.14 we have a peace vigil in front of the national gallery in Trafalgar Square and whoever wants to join me can, and then it looks like I have my third peace walk of 2014 on Wednesday 22.01.14 from Tower of London (south side of the river close to the mayor of London’s office) where I will be waiting from 11am -12pm, and afterwards walking towards the London Eye. If you would like to join me I welcome you. I am doing this due to not being able to make the Geneva 2 peace talk in Switzerland, so please feel free to contact me for the events and we take it from there.

18.01.14

Today I managed to get to the Trafalgar Square after walking for some time through the centre of London, and then in front of the national gallery after hearing a lot of different noise from different street performers I started to bring out my peace flag and my handwritten board, to say why I was there to the public, and then slowly after 1430 hours those people who were there for the peace vigil came and joined me and we were there for about two hours. After coming across two different groups of people who I knew and after having some talk with them about what I was doing and what they were doing (which a group of them were telling me they feeding homeless people who have been collected by police), then I headed back to my resting place for the day.

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Some of the photos on the vigil day on Saturday 18.01.14 in front of the national gallery in Trafalgar Square.

19.01.14

Today I started my day by doing another peace pilgrimage journey, this time not to a public place but to a private place to visit a wonderful occupier from the time of OLSX. I have heard that he was very ill and I did find his place after some walking and asking some different people, and as soon as I got there I saw another person who was there to visit him as well, so the people who were looking after our friend took both of us to his room.

As soon as he saw us he was so happy that he couldn’t believe his eyes and tears started pouring down from his eyes and immediately I asked him if I can hug him three times, one for myself and two others for my wonderful sister and brother who I knew they know him, and if they were around and close to him would have done so themselves, and due to far distance they couldn’t make it, so I did tell him about them, and he was happy to hear from them.

Both of us were with him for about two hours and during this period we managed to make some tea and coffee and update some of his phone communications and also go out for a lovely walk to a surrounding park near to a very local church to his new place, and while we were going out we met two more wonderful friends of his coming around to visit him, which I knew one of them as well, so when we came back after our walk two of us said goodbye to him, so this would give him more time to be with the next two new friends for a longer time. I was told our friend’s condition has been improved very much compared to a few weeks ago, so I would like to say here if anyone would like to visit him please make sure you go along just 2-3 of you maximum at a time, due to his circumstance and being very tired.

Until next time, take good care of yourself and each other.

your humbled Earthian brother a messenger of love and peace across the planet Earth

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Solstice and Crisis

week starting 16.12.13

I was told by someone from the time of Occupy London Stock Exchange, who I met at a day centre where they help people who are in need for food and other necessities of life, near the City of London, that there is going to be a meeting on 18.12.13 in the evening about UK Common Rights Project, which is a campaign for the rights of homeless and marginalised people to access food, water, shelter and sanitation, it is a project of Housing Justice, in partnership with Just Fair, The Pavement and Open Cinema.

The launch was going to include the first showing of a new film highlighting the stories of street homeless people and the daily struggles they face to access food, water, shelter and sanitation to which they have rights in the UN declaration of universal rights, and I was told that my friend and someone else have participated in the film, so they had an invitation to the launch of the project, and I was asked if I can go or find someone else to go in their support.

Speakers who were going to be present at the launch were : The Rt Hon Simon Hughes MP; Alison Gelder, Housing Justice; Jonathan Butterworth, Just Fair; Stephen Bowen, British Institute of Human Rights; Prof Geraldine Van Bueren, Queen Mary Human Rights Collegium, and if you would like to get in touch you can contact Housing Justice (http://www.housingjustice.org.uk/) 02035448094 and you can email at (info@housingjustice.org.uk).

I tried to get in touch with a few people who might want to go, but I didn’t get any reply, so I tried to go myself, but in the end it was too late for me to go in, and I just managed outside the parliament to speak to some people who were coming out from the meeting, and they were saying the film was good and the whole project is a good start. I think the subject does need discussion and it can be done, without any doubt, it is just matter of facilitation, implementation and management of the project.

On Friday 20.12.13 at about 10am I set up my peace pilgrimage journey towards Stonehenge and Avebury in south west England.

After leaving the borough of Tower Hamlets and entering Westminster at 1231 hours on my way towards south west London, I came across Republic of Sudan and I handed in a letter of our peace pledge for Syria to a member of the embassy, then I carried on walking towards Knightsbridge, where I visited for the second time the Singaporian high commission at number 9 Wilton Crescent SW1X 8SP at 1306 hour, but I was told by the security officer that he can’t accept my letter calling for peace for Syria – again, for the second time.

So I carried on walking and it was there, near Harrods, that a wonderful person from Lebanon very kindly offered me a lunch, then after a break I started walking again towards south west London, and after walking through Putney Bridge, then towards Wimbledon, and then Richmond, I managed to get to North Sheen at about 2030 hours, and just before I got to the train station I went to a Sainsbury and I asked if I can speak to the duty manager to see if they can get some food to be part of my dinner, and after a little waiting I spoke to him and he very kindly offered me some food out of his managerial courtesy, and then I walked to the station.

At the station, after some discussion with another member of public about my best way to get to Stonehenge, then finally I decided to head on towards Clapham Junction, but just before I boarded the train a single right hand “Thinsulate thermal insulation” glove was gone missing, and I couldn’t find it. I didn’t know if the wind took it to the side of the train, or underneath of the train, or else it disappeared, and I couldn’t make a decision whether I should go or wait till the train goes, to see if I could find it. I found out, through conversation with a member of public, that it is on the track area, but I didn’t know whether there would be another train, or exactly the situation with the weather, so I couldn’t make up my mind. Finally, just before the train left the station at 2053 hours I jumped on it, and that is how I lost my single right hand glove, which in fact belonged to a friend, which made it so difficult for me to forget about it.

I have to say here that later on, when I got back to my friend’s place, I found out that I have a spare single glove, of a totally different make, but in fact it is for the right hand, so I hope my friend will accept it from me as a replacement.

Anyway, after more than 10 hours of walking and a missing single right hand glove at North Sheen train station, I found my way through the southwest train lines and after saying goodbye to the helpful member of the public at Clapham Junction, I started my peace journey towards Stonehenge.

I got on board of a train from Clapham Junction towards Basingstoke but after speaking to a supervisor of the train she didn’t allow me to carry on towards Basingstoke and she asked me to get off at Woking. There I managed to get on board of another train towards Basingstoke and after going through four more stations including Hook , I managed to speak to the supervisor of the train and he very kindly let me stay, after understanding what I was doing.

So that is how I got to the Basingstoke station and from here I got the last train to Salisbury, which I found out at the station is the nearest train station to Stonehenge, and after passing five more stations including Overton, Whitechurch, Andover, Grately and one more, then finally I arrived at Salisbury at about midnight.

21.12.13

I stayed inside the Salisbury train station till about 0115 hours, then I was asked by the supervisor of the station to stay out of the station till about 4am, so myself and two others stayed out of the station in a bit of sheltered area by a vending machine till about 4:15 am despite a heavy rain and wind outside, so the manager of the station kindly let us in again to the waiting room area after 4:20am and we rested there till about 0630 hours, then one of the people who was staying outside with me, whose name was Simon, kindly offered me a lift with a taxi with another person named John from the US who was staying in a hotel in the town near to the Stonehenge, so at about 7am we headed towards the stones after picking up him from the town.

It was about 0730 hours that we got to our destination and I thanked Simon and gave him a heart to heart hug just in case I couldn’t see him again due to the area being very busy, also I said goodbye to John and the taxi driver as well, so that was a brief peace journey which the universe got me connected to the Stonehenge just before the sunrise at about 0800 hours, but due to cloud and rain I couldn’t see the sunrise.

I saw some wonderful people again whom I met at different festivals and gatherings during the spring and summer of this year and met some new people as well, below is a photo of me taken by a wonderful universe brother.

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Stonehenge on 21.12.13 winter solstice

After being at the Stonehenge from 0730- 0900 hours we were asked by the security people to leave the area, and during the time I was by the stones, I met a wonderful rainbow brother and he kindly offered me a lift to Avebury, after I told him Avebury is my next destination, so I left the stones area onto a road very near to the stone circles, which used to be one of the old cattle roads, and it was here that our rainbow brother introduced me to Mardi Lee, who is advocating an open access to Stonehenge (www.openaccesstostonehenge.com)/ (www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-round-table-enter-into-discussion-about-open-access-to-stonehenge).

After some talking to some wonderful local people, who were coming to the Stonehenge almost every year, my rainbow brother and I headed towards Avebury at about 11am, after a wonderful conversation and update on what we’d been doing since our last meet up on 10th December, during our peace pilgrimage walk for Syria in London. We arrived at about midday in the village of Avebury, and after saying goodbye to one another I went to a local old English inn to dry myself and familiarise myself slowly into the life of the village.

After a wonderful warm up and a bit rest in this nice warm pub(inn), I started to go around the village and explore it for myself and despite a very heavy wind and rain, I managed to go around some of the stones circulating the village, and also speak to some locals and visitors to the village, I found almost everyone around the area were wonderfully kind and lovely, and due to a much heavier weather forecast then was expected, and not be able to find a good peace camp area, and also finding an opportunity to head back to London, I didn’t hesitate to head back. Two wonderful human beings helped me get from the village to one of the M4 junctions close to Swindon, and on our way we chatted a bit about why I am doing this and I told them about my reasons, and they kindly offered me some homemade sandwiches, and a piece of fruit, then we said goodbye to one another.

So, after some walking to the right side of the junction I started to show my board and try to get a lift towards London, and soon just about 15min a wonderful couple name Martin and Hennie Symington gave me a lift all the way to a petrol station near to junction 11 on the M4. On our way I told them who I was and what I was doing and they were quite happy giving a lift to a peace pilgrim, and even they asked me to talk to their son who was driving behind them, and I told them my weblog address for them to go and visit if they find time, and after asking them to drive with care due to the torrential weather I told them I hope you all enjoy your evening.

The couple very kindly offered me some money and after I told them I don’t accept any, the wonderful husband “Martin” despite his backache, came to the petrol station and got me a sandwich and a drink of my choice, then after my usual heart to heart hug I said goodnight to them, and wished them safest journey to their destination.

I stayed at the petrol station for about half an hour before another wonderful Steve turned up and he asked me “where?”, and I told him London, and he said jump in and that was it, he took me all the way to my friend’s place near the City of London.

On our way we started to talk about what we were doing and what has made us to see each other. He told me he has left London same day about 1pm and got to Walbury Hill (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walbury_Hill) at about 4pm for winter solstice and also he asked me to find out about Lowbury (http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/9401/lowbury_hill_camp.html), and Aldworth yew (http://www.aldworthvillage.org/Localinformation/StMarysChurch/StMarysChurchhistory/tabid/70/language/en-GB/Default.aspx) and giant (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldworth) for summer solstice in Berkshire.

From about 1815-2015 hours we were talking to each other and we did enjoy our different subjects of conversation, he told me he has been abroad in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Afghanistan as an accountant for the ministry of defence, and he was quite happy about what he was doing, at the end I did offer him a cup of tea and some bread and butter, and then he told me he has to go back to west London to join his daughter before it gets too late, despite my offer of staying and resting here in almost east London, so then my usual goodbye and goodnight, and I asked him to get in touch with me if I can be in any help to offer.

week starting 23.12.13

Today myself and two other peace advocates for Syria, from our peace and justice for Syria working group, had an appointment at 3pm with a councillor of the Turkish embassy “Alper Aktas”. Just before we start our talking he offered us some drink, and we all asked for a special Turkish coffee which usually comes with a glass of water due to the quality and thickness of the special coffee, which reminded me of my Middle East peace journey when they were serving me this everywhere very kindly, then we were down to our talking and briefly I told him what I have been doing and others did mention their concerns and questions and also one of the members of the group was taking some notes of what the councillor was telling us. I recommend, if you have time, to visit  www.peaceandjusticeforsyria.wordpress.com for more details of the meeting in terms of figures and numbers which the councillor was mentioning to us throughout our one hour long conversation. He was quite happy for us to get in touch if we have any concerns or need any help in the future.

Next, I allocated most of this week to go around and visit all the five centres of a charity called Crisis (www.crisis.org.uk), which as I have observed has been offering lonely and a percentage of homeless people a place to go and enjoy their time during the festive season (Christmas time), for a warm meal and some advice and some other activities which they might not be able to do during the whole year round in the capital.

I was told all the day centres including colleges and academies has been donated, and about 8000 volunteers support the project, every day from 24-29 December from 9am-9pm.

24.12.13

I headed towards my first destination which was east London day centre (the city academy Hackney) Homerton Row E9 6EA. On my way there I visited old Occupy Nomads places at Ion Square and Haggerston Park, then I went through a fruit and vegetable market where I came across Mark and Andria (who I met at the Small World festival and I ended up going back to their place and helping them for more than a week apple picking in Sussex), so I saw them in the market and we were so happy to see each other again and Andria kindly offered me a wonderful cup of apple juice as usual and some bananas, also a little branch of mistletoe in hope of spreading more love around the planet, then I met again Mark’s brother, and Andria’s daughter, and another wonderful young man who told me he has been helping Mark for almost two years. After some conversation with him I asked him to check my blog and read about my peace journey if he has time, then after some catching up and some laughing with them I said goodbye to them and headed towards my main destination, the Crisis day centre in east London.

So as I approached my first day centre I was greeted by some wonderful volunteer people, and then I was asked for a name and address, or the borough you were coming from, nationality, language etc. This information was requested before they offer you a wristband, so my only answer to all their questions was “Earthian, a messenger of love and peace, the rest is irrelevant to me, if that is not enough I should say goodnight to you all wonderful people and try other centres from tomorrow”, and they kindly accepted what I said and I got through their gate with a wristband.

Now what I have observed inside was very interesting – some of the people were looking at the food and drink as a commodity, and taking as if there was no tomorrow, and some were quietly sitting in corners and just watching what was going on in front of their eyes, as they couldn’t do anything to change things, so why not be quiet and eat and drink as they were given food and drink by the volunteers at the centre.

I tried to exercise some of my rights to see how some of the volunteers responded, but they didn’t have anything near to an  answer to my concerns about what was going on: for example, a man came to a refreshment area (tea, coffee, fruits) and he held a bag and filled  it up with about 20 mandarins/tangerines, and despite others were just taking one or two, he was doing this action in front of everyone, without anyone saying anything to him, and I went there and I asked the volunteer who was kindly helping and was trying serve, and I said “is that ok if I go and get a bag and get as much as he has?” and the volunteer said “yes, go ahead”, so I realised there wasn’t a sense of limitation, not because there was plenty of the fruit, but because they were scared of telling people what is enough, and they were not realising that these people every day have to run from one place to another in order to get enough food to go through the day, and so now, despite he knew there would be a tomorrow with plenty of those fruits again, but past scarcity has made him to store as much as he can, just in case tomorrow the fruits might never come. On the other hand, it was about dinner time and I asked a volunteer if they have any bread and they told me they don’t have any, and just five minutes later another volunteer brought not only bread, but jam and butter and a second time meal for another member of the public, so clearly there was pettiness and double standards among those who had offered their time to do good, and to feel good, not knowing that their time has just been used not really to solve homelessness as a whole, but for making the charity called Crisis bigger and more competitive in a system which really and truly doesn’t want the homelessness to be solved anyway.

I had some refreshment, used some internet and had a light dinner, and a dessert, though I nearly missed my dinner due to being told dinner is between 1900-1930 hours and the time was just 1935 hours, but it wouldn’t have been any surprise to me if I wasn’t getting any dinner, due to my earlier explanation.

25.12.13

One of the main reasons I was visiting Crisis centres during this festive period was to find out how they can solve the problem of homelessness. At the Occupy London camp we approved in one of our General Assemblies that we were supporting to solve homelessness, and we approved that there is a big issue of homelessness, which we had some working groups like the Next Step group to work on this, and many other people tried their best at the time to come up with a solution, but we had not enough resources in hand to do so. So it was this made me to take my peace pilgrimage journey into these day centres of Crisis to find a solution, as I have read about the charity which has been around for more than 40 years, like another charity which is called Shelter – they both came about more or less in the late 1960s.

So today I start walking towards the south London day centre city of London academy Lynton road, SE1 5LA in Bermendsey.

During two hours of walking I visited another Occupy Nomads places in east London – Occupy Shadwell, which was in King Edward memorial park, and was very controversial, because although we were there to give local support, we moved there only based on rumours that it was a good location, with no discussion or clear indication from the local community, and it was a mistake to do so. Here you can see in this video I am trying my best to say “we are here to support you and if you think we aren’t we will move on”, but the locals were telling us “we want you out of here as soon as possible”, and after moving out from the disputed location, we couldn’t sustain ourselves and finally after our rainbow brothers left us to go to south east London for a Rainbow Gathering, we had to go and join back with our other occupiers at Occupy Mile End park again, and it was after this occupation I decided to go ahead and Occupy Everywhere rather than just a location, a park or a building here in London, and since then I have been occupying everywhere on my peace journey (http://www.whatsinwapping.co.uk/occupy-wapping-shadwell-kemp-11042012/).

I also visited near Occupy Limehouse, and I managed to walk for more than a mile underneath the Thames water in Rotherhithe tunnel, and as I was heading south I met another pedestrian who was a young man heading north almost in the middle of the tunnel, also I saw a cyclist just before I reach the exit of the tunnel, and then after another few miles finally I found the south London day centre.

When I arrived I went through the officials then just at the refreshment area I was greeted by one of the old occupiers from Occupy Mile End who was called Red Jim (on twitter @thesocialistway), and he asked me to join the table where he was sitting with a group of his friends, and just at the same time I met another occupier who I’ve come across often recently, coincidentally, so I said hello to them and I joined Red Jim’s table, and he introduced me to his friends and he told them about my story, then we exchanged some contact details. Later on I went to explore the area and went to the library and I found a book about peace. In every centre I tried my best to get hold of a book or something to read which I was interested in, or anything about peace, and I found  these: “5 a day what’s it all about nhs.uk/5aday” (http://www.nhs.uk/LIVEWELL/5aday/Pages/5ADAYhome.aspx),and “Three cups of tea” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Cups_of_Tea) in the south centre. Then I came down and had a wonderful Christmas dinner with no gravy , and a good dessert as well, and it was just before dinner when I met Fredrick from Occupy LSX/Finsbury and Limehouse, who did kindly help me during the night of the occupation at Limehouse.

Then I used some internet, got some drink and with a friend we said goodbye to the centre, and we got a lift to near Tower Bridge as well, then I visited the friend’s place but due to sleeping limitations I had to say goodbye and walk back to my resting place.

Overall the centre was much more organised and volunteers were doing their best to help everyone compared with east London.

26.12.13

I managed to get to the centre of south east London day centre Lewisham college Deptford campus 2 Deptford Church Street, SE8 4RZ at about 1730 hours and the first thing I noticed was that everything was almost winding down and they were just concentrating on feeding people and serving people, also the centre was closing earlier as well, and there weren’t any transportation facilities.

I couldn’t find any book in their little library of a couple of boxes of books, and with five minutes remaining time of internet I managed to use internet just enough time to check a few e-mails and that was it.

Then I had some refreshment and some dinner which was good enough to fill up till next day, then I spoke to some people in the centre which was busy and small compared with the rest, just before I left the centre and tried to make my way to my resting place I got into a conversation with a volunteer near to the exit and I told her what I was doing and she kindly offered me some more refreshment and after a heart to heart hug I offered her my blog address to visit if she had time, and then I said goodnight and headed back to my resting place.

27.12.13

I managed to get to the west London day centre Ealing, Hammersmith & West London college Hammersmith campus, Gliddon Road, W14 9BL. The centre was quite big compared with the others, it was more like Bermondsey and more people were there as well, and they were busy playing different activities like chess, table tennis, singing, karaoke and art as well. Like at some of the other centres things were winding down after 6pm and the centre was concentrating on feeding people and volunteers were serving people here as well like in some other centres.

Again I couldn’t find any library or internet due to the time being after 6pm and they were all shut, but I managed to get some refreshment and speak to some members of staff, and I was telling them what I was doing and also coincidentally I came across an ambassador called Michael for the “Crisis Skylight” (http://www.crisis.org.uk/?gclid=COP12dKa2rsCFabLtAod_CkAZA), which is a programme that runs around the year and not just in the festive periods, and they wanted more people to get involved and know about what Crisis is doing the rest of the year. After telling him what I am doing and how I am doing it, he was telling me that they are advocating peace as well and they would like to help me as well, and I told him no problem, this is how I can help and I’d like to see how Crisis can help me, and we got into some discussion which we both agreed that some other ways should be found to solve the issue of homelessness, I have to say still I have an appointment with him for 6th January 2014 and I’d like to see how we can help each other.

So as I said there wasn’t any peace book here to find, but I had some refreshment and met some of the old occupiers including the famous heavy tent owner filled with scrap metal called John and his mum Christina. I remember we wanted to install some solar panels at the back of the Tent City University at OLSX and their tent was very close to it, and I asked some other kind occupiers to help them to move their tent to a place near to the Occupy Anonymous area, and I believe it took some people almost a day to just move their tent, so I asked John “what did you do with all that metal stuff?” and he told me most of it got evicted, and also I have to say his mum was complaining about her son that he is keeping a big storage place and paying £X a week (which I could organise and manage the entire budget of OLSX camp on!) for something which he doesn’t use. It was so funny for me to see them again and share this little story with you, as I can’t forget their presence at the camp LSX. So here I was, seeing them in a Crisis place and telling myself “Good luck to Crisis if they want to bring these two wonderful human beings back to so-called normal life and out of homelessness, because both have a place, but because of too much stuff in their places they can’t go back and they prefer to sleep here and there”. Definitely they need a couple of the most sophisticated robots to catch up on an inventory of their collection of plastic bags and many more other sorts of stuff.

28.12.13

I went to the last centre of Crisis at north London day centre Westminster Kingsway college 211 Grays Inn Road London WC1X 8RA, and the centre was quite big, similar to Bermondsey in south and Hammersmith in west London. People were busy doing different things and things were more under control here, especially the IT room, which was programmed to be used in 20 minute slots because it was so busy, and there was a library as well but not many books. I managed to find a book called “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kite_Runner), which drew my attention. I met two volunteers at the centre who remembered me from the time of Glastonbury festival, when George (an old Occupy friend) introduced me to them, and they were part of the green movement at the festival. They said they are still involved with green stuff and were quite happy to see me there, which I was likewise, and they said they were happy to come and help Crisis as well. I didn’t have much time to sit down with them and see how they got involved with the charity, but I hope their good intentions will help on the way to the right changes.

Then I headed down to the refreshment area and then dinner time which was a very good dinner and I enjoyed it and after talking to some more people in there, and telling them about my journey, I said goodbye to the centre and headed to see another friend in a new year party place. After getting near to the area I couldn’t find my friend but I found another friend and after staying there just for a short period of time I said goodbye and headed back to the centre and ended up finding myself in front of St. Paul’s cathedral again, and then I said goodbye to the city and went to my resting place.

As new year 2014 is approaching I want to say – last year at this time I was in the Middle East part of the Asian continent and this year here I am in London Europe, and maybe next year in America… wherever we are, if we are contributing towards a better world I believe there should be our home, and this should be irregardless of which part of the planet /continent or country/nation we are in. We should all advocate love, goodness and peace towards that land, and all over the land.

your humbled messenger of love and peace

Earthian

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Peace & Justice for Syria III

09.12.13

I looked for the embassy of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and also the Republic of Cyprus, as I visited all the territory of Cyprus on my first peace pilgrimage to the Middle East. In my opinion the only divided capital in the world has to reunite and people on either side of the divide should live side by side in peace and harmony – a lot of people are suffering because of the division, and my hope is to help reconciliation of that divided nation – but anyway, I couldn’t find any of them and I had to move on to my next embassy in line.

So I started walking towards the Barbados embassy, and I arrived at the reception of the embassy at 1210 hours, but I was refused to leave or give anything in the embassy regarding our group peace and justice for Syria statement about our “peace pledge”. Despite telling her and reiterating it is not going to look good on the world that Barbados didn’t accept our pledge for peace, the receptionist didn’t accept or show any sort of sympathy with our cause, so I told her I’ll tell the world through my free media of thinking and writing that Barbados has not received my peace plea for Syria, and that is why you are seeing it here, so it is up to you to go or send them a letter to say Why didn’t they accept our pledge for peace? and What harm was it going to do, if they were accepting it?

Then I headed towards the Mexican embassy and at 1230 hours I managed to speak through the intercom of the embassy to a lady in the embassy and she asked me to put the letter through the letter box into the embassy, then she will pass it to the ambassador later in the day, and I said goodbye to her then walked towards my next embassy.

At 1302 hours I managed to hand in a call for peace to a security guard of the Canadian embassy here in London in Grosvenor Square, despite having already left one at the Trafalgar Square branch, just to make sure the ambassador will get one at least. Then I walked to the Argentinean consulate at 1311 hours and I was told I have to go to the embassy at the back of the same building, so after visiting Italy at 1313 hours and handing one of our peace pledges to them, which was accepted very kindly, then at about 1320 hours I managed to go back to the Argentinean embassy at the back of the consulate and hand in one of our peace pledge statements to a member of the embassy so it can reach to the hand of the ambassador later on.

At about 1331 hours I visited the US embassy and the security people at the embassy told me that they don’t accept anything in hand and they asked me to post our peace pledge, so they joined with the Barbados embassy in being the only ones refusing our peace pledge so far, from the above list of the embassies.

One thing that I have noticed on my peace pilgrimage journey around the world’s embassies here in London, was that in front of the US embassy, there were a number of gazebos and marquees with some members of an opposition organisation to the current Iranian government and a number of them were on hunger strike, and if you want to find out in depth about the matter you can search ‘hunger strike in front of the US embassy in London’ (http://www.demotix.com/news/2857882/hunger-strike-outside-us-embassy-london#media-2857838), and you can find out we are all in one way or another in struggle with each other… just imagine when we all live in peace and harmony with each other, what we can do for humanity and the planet as a whole then.

I walked to the Indonesian embassy, which is very close to the US, at 1334 hours and I managed to hand in our letter to a member of the embassy and then I said goodbye to them, and walked to my next embassy, which was surprising as I was looking for the Bahamas embassy and I came across Monaco instead, so at 1339 hours I handed in one of our peace pledges for Syria to the security officer of the embassy and hopefully he will hand in our peace pledge to the ambassador, who I was told she wasn’t available at the embassy at the moment.

So at about1350 hours I handed a call for peace into the hand of a female police officer in front of the Egyptian embassy, so I hope she will hand it in to the security of the embassy where they couldn’t take my pledge for peace for Syria, and I hope the ambassador will receive our pledge for peace as soon as they get back to the embassy. Then at 1402 hours the embassy of the Republic of the union of Myanmar (Burma) refused to accept our peace call, but I managed to put one into the embassy’s letter box in any case for their consideration, despite a man from the embassy saying that they were closed.

Then I handed in a call for peace for Syria into the hands of one of the two armed police officers in front of the Kingdom of the Saudi Arabian embassy here in London at 1410 hours, and they kindly told me they will hand our pledge for peace for Syria to the security people of the embassy later on, and then hopefully it will reach to the hands of the ambassador and hopefully they will consider their position to help us towards peace in Syria.

At 1421 hours I got to the Qatar embassy and a security person in front of the Qatar embassy told me that they don’t accept anything by hand and they will accept just by post, and I made sure to reiterate that I’ll tell the world that our peace pledge for Syria has been refused and this is not going to look good on the ambassador, but still I didn’t get a positive response, though at a later date I have heard that they have accepted our group peace pledge, which was good news after all.

At about 1430 hours I handed in one of our peace pledges to the Bahamas embassy, and at 1438 to Panama’s embassy, and then I start walking to the Japanese embassy but at 1445 hours the embassy refused our peace pledge for Syria and they told me they will not accept anything in hand, so very surprisingly to me they joined the list of the embassies which refused to accept our peace pledge for Syria, despite their very bitter past – I didn’t know how to explain this one to the wider public.

I handed in one of our peace pledges to the Libyan embassy at 1503 hours and they kindly accepted our pledge.

At the French embassy at 1515 hours I was told by someone from inside the embassy that I am in front of a political building and I don’t understand the significance of the building and I should find another means of passing our peace pledge for Syria to the ambassador of France, and I was refused to be allowed to hand in anything. I was astonished by what she told me, about the significance of the building.

Just opposite to the French embassy was the state of Kuwait embassy and at 1518 hours they kindly allowed me to go in and they did accept our pledge with their kindness and the receptionist told me he will pass the message to the ambassador, after here I did manage to pass our message at 1543 hours to the Omani embassy and also, despite being closed, at the Iranian embassy a member of the embassy first told me to post it but when I explained to him the significance of the message he kindly accepted our pledge at 1552 hours. I have to say I did already hand in to the Iranian consulate our peace pledge for Syria, and they did accept it over there as well.

I did manage to hand in our message to the Ethiopian embassy at 1554 hours and Tunisian embassy at 1557 hours as well, then I handed our peace message to the ambassador of the UAE at 1601 hours after some explanation at the front of the embassy on the door steps, and I shook his hand after he said he is the ambassador, then I visited the Afghanistan embassy at 1603 hours and a member of the embassy did kindly accept our peace pledge for Syria.

Now at the Israeli embassy at 1630 hours I spoke to a security person in  a booth before getting to the embassy and he told me he can’t accept anything by hand, after confirming it with someone else from the embassy, and I was even told I can’t pass through the road to get to the Romanian and other embassies on the same road and I have to use an alternative route, and I did so and at the back of the embassy I did see two armed police officers and I asked them do they protect an embassy here, and they replied no we are just waiting for our van, and I said goodbye to them and I started walking towards the Romanian embassy.

At 1636 hours I handed in one of our peace and justice for Syria peace pledge statements to a member of the Romanian embassy in front of the embassy’s gate, then at 1650 hours to a member of the Nepalese embassy at the gate, despite they said they were closed, but after explaining the significance of the message they did kindly accept our peace pledge for Syria.

At 1655 hours I managed to hand in our message to a member of the Russian federation embassy, then at 1700 hours to a member of the Slovak embassy and at 1705 hours to a member of the Czech Republic embassy, and finally I called a day of my visiting around the world’s embassies here in London.

I have to say today at the end of the day I managed to visit a total 28 embassies, and out of all those I had merely 6 refusals, and I am glad of one ambassador meet up, and the rest have promised to hand in our peace pledges for Syria to all the ambassador’s of the embassies.

10.12.13

Today was our peace and justice for Syria group peace pilgrimage, so I planned to visit some more embassies which I haven’t done so far, and in this way I was hoping I can maximize the number of those ambassadors attending our candlelit vigil in front of the Syrian embassy at the end of today at 6pm.

I walked towards my first embassy which was going to be Slovenian, I was looking for the Slovenian embassy flag around the Westminster area, when I was stopped by a group of armed metropolitan police and I was questioned for about half an hour and I told them what I have been doing and what I was going to do. During an intense investigation some of the officers were telling me my green peace flag worried them and I might be a greenpeace activist and I might have a plan to climb a government building around the area. They meant the Home Office, Scotland Yard or Parliament – at least these were the main important buildings around the area which I believe they were referring to – but I told them and reassured them that I don’t have any such intention, I was just going to join our group after visiting a few more embassies around the area, but now after what I have gone through I don’t feel like to visit any embassies alone. I told them “the shock of your investigation for the first time in more than 15 years being here in the UK has made me so upset, I don’t know how long it is going to take before I can carry on to do any more of these embassies alone again”, and also I said “you have just reminded me of some parts of the Middle East where I did go through such intense questioning” and I couldn’t believe myself I’ll be going through such investigation here.

Then by now the time was just after 1500 hours and all I could do was to go and join the peace groups in front of the US embassy, so I walked as quick as I could to join my peace pilgrimage group at the embassy, and I did manage to get to the group just before 4pm so I could rest there for a bit and have something to drink/eat, then I merged myself with the rest of the group for the remaining time of the day’s activities, which were shared with the whole group. There were about 30 people who took part in the day’s events, including about 25 that participated in the candlelit vigil outside the Syrian embassy but for more details if you have time please visit http://syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com/.

Below you can see some photos of me in the event with the group.

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Sitting in front of the US embassy in Grosvener square, the rest of the photos below are in front of the Syrian embassy with the group

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most of this photos has kindly been taken by a journalist from DEMOTIX (http://www.demotix.com)

11.12.13

I took my peace pilgrimage to a university this time to UCL SOAS section in solidarity with some students who were not happy about student tuition fees, cuts, and education in total, also I saw some of my old friends from a different time of Occupy London.

Then I managed to meet up with a representative of a student union through an Occupy friend and I gave him one of our peace and justice for Syria working group letters, hoping that he can spread our message of peace for Syria into the wider world of student audience, also I managed to speak to some students and show my feelings about today’s education and how we can change it for a better one. Due to yesterday’s incident with those metropolitan armed police I tried to avoid going to any embassies, so I wouldn’t have a flashback from yesterday’s event with them.

Later I went and visited a few friends from different areas of London, then I headed back to my resting place.

12.12.13.

It was a day to catch up with some web connectivity since my mobile communication was finished, so I had to go and arrange with a local library to find out some news from far and near across the planet and arrange some other activities for London in the coming weeks.

13.12.13

Today as I arranged from before I met a good friend from Occupy London, who since my return from my first peace pilgrimage journey to the Middle East has wanted to arrange to come and see me and write about my peace journey, but because of both of our circumstances we had never managed to get together until finally today he decided to come out with me and spend a day doing a peace pilgrimage for Syria around the world’s embassies here in London. While we were walking he could ask any questions and also get involve in signing our statement from our peace and justice for Syria group, before we hand it into the embassies.

So I listed about 20 embassies to visit, and despite him not feeling very well due to his cold and starting late a bit about midday, still we managed to finish more than half of the listed embassies. At the end both of us were happy to call it a day and he very kindly invited me for a soft drink and finally to do the interview on my peace pilgrimage to the Middle East many months later then we thought, and now he could add to his writing my around-the-UK festivals and gatherings journey and then finally my peace pilgrimage for Syria around the world’s embassies, which he did participate in almost a whole day with me.

So please watch out for his article which is going to come out soon from maybe some of the well-known free media, and not the mainstream one, I’ll link you to it when it becomes available.

Here I have to say we managed to visit Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Montenegro, Uzbekistan, Greece, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Cameroon, Georgia, Paraguay, and finally Jordan, and all of these embassies did kindly accept our call for peace for Syria, and we did not get any refusals.

14.12.13

I had another wonderful day spent catching up with my writing, and later on going to an end of the year gathering of some groups of friends old and new who were all somehow affiliated to Occupy London’s “Strategic working group meeting”, here in Common House in London, so I saw some old and met a few new faces as well.

There were a few things discussed and some other stuff is going to be under discussion in future meetings of the group and I am sure if you visit Occupy London http://occupylondon.org.uk/ and bambuser livestream by Obi, you can see a brief note of the meeting as well, so I don’t have to go into details here, about what was discussed.

with much love and peace to you all

Earthian

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Peace & Justice for Syria II

02.12.13

I visited 4 places which came out on my embassies search as below: out of 4 of them, 1 refused to accept my call for peace for Syria.

At about 1400 hours I visited Multi Travel Visa Ltd. (http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/index.php), and 1st4Immigration Ltd. (http://www.1st4immigration.com/about.php ) they kindly did accept my call and sent down a representative to me (Mr Harpvzzt Gile), and I spoke to him and few others about my cause, and they appreciated what I was doing, but they did say, they don’t have any power to help towards my call for peace.

Later I headed towards monetary authority of Singapore (http://www.mas.gov.sg/), but before I get there I stopped on my way and some wonderful person very kindly helped me with some food and drink, then between 1530-1730 hours I waited in front of the MAS building to speak to them, but they sent a few different security people around to ask me to move on, then the head of building’s security, who said he is running the buildings which MAS office was there came himself personally, and told me they don’t wish to speak to me and they would like me to move on to the rest of my embassies.

As I knew I have to attend a meeting at 1845 hours at Farringdon, so I did move on and went to the next on my list of embassies, and it was Kuwait Investment Office (http://www.londononline.co.uk/profiles/94377/ ) at 1740 hours.  A person who was at the reception was very kind and encouraging and asked me to visit Kuwait embassy for my request for peace in Syria, and then I said goodbye to him and headed to my meet up with my peace brother Dan at Cafe Diplo near Farringdon Station. In all of these places I have left a leaflet for our call-out for 10th December, to say “if you can, come for our candlelit peace vigil in front of the Syrian embassy on international human rights day”, and they have all accepted one apart from MAS.

I got to number 70/77 Cow Cross Street EC1M 6EJ just in time to speak to the organisers and I told them about my story and they were very welcoming and offered me some drink and snack, then they said to me I can ask questions but wouldn’t be able to speak as the event has been organised for David McDowall who has written a book about the Kurds “A modern history of the Kurds” (http://www.ibtauris.com/Search%20Results.aspx?query=David+Mcdowall) and I told the organisers that it is fine by me, so I sat down and rested after a long walk through the streets of London and then my wonderful peace brother Dan turned up at the time just before the talk started, and I listened to David very carefully and he pretty much summed up with the title of his book. There was not very much material that I wasn’t aware of, just a few controversial points which I wasn’t there to discuss and also there wasn’t time, but I hope in the future I can discuss those points with him, and the wider world. At the end I had an opportunity to tell the audience why I was there, and what I was thinking about the situation now, and what should be the solution for a future Kurdistan, so some were agreeing with the idea of what I was saying, and hopefully one day it would be part of my book about “Earthian world peace” and the Kurdish question will be a chapter of that book and it is just a thought for now, also I would like to slowly collect materials for my new blog on this topic “Earthian World Peace”, hopefully will be available for all in the future.

So after this I spoke to a few new people who told me they might be able to come and join us for 10th December peace pilgrimage for Syria, and also we had another peace brother Russell there but we didn’t have much time to talk to each other. My wonderful peace brother Dan has kindly brought a supply of food, drink and reading material to keep me busy through my peace journey to the world embassies here in London and in a jokey way I told him “are you going to make me busy with books, so I won’t have time to get engaged with people who I am out there to speak to?”, and he did laugh a bit, but I have to say here that he has been my best ever support team throughout my journey this week.

Then after some catching up and talk, I told him I am walking towards Angel station to find somewhere there to put my head down till next day and to visit Eritrean embassy (http://eritrea.embassyhomepage.com/) next day, so after a heart to heart communication I told goodnight to Dan, and I headed towards north London (Angel station). I got there just about 10pm and I started to talk to people until the station was closed some time after midnight, and I spoke to some wonderful people who were really concerned about what is going on right now across the planet and what solutions we should have for those problems.

Then I looked around for a place to put my head down, and I found an empty basement, and I did rest there for few hours despite it being quite cold down in there.

03.12.13

I started my embassy hunting by going to the Eritrean embassy, and at the reception I was told that no one is there to see me and I left my peace advocacy for Syria at 1020 hours to be handed over to the representative of the people of the Eritrea, and then I left the embassy heading back towards central London and this time the Sierra Leone (http://sierraleone.embassyhomepage.com/ ), and Cuban (http://cuba.embassyhomepage.com/) Embassies. On my way near number 90 High Holborn at about 1202 hours surprisingly I came across Jeremy Clarkson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Clarkson) with another person, and I said a loud “Hello Jeremy”, but he didn’t reply and carried on walking, and I did the same, hunting my embassies. Then I came across a peaceful and nice human being who did ask me, after reading my board, “so you are doing a peace pilgrimage?”, and I said “yes and right now I am trying to do one around the world’s embassies here in London, and I am looking for these two embassies”, and he told me “come with me, what you are doing is not going to change the world and I have done activism and humanism for many years, and you are not going to change anything”, and I said to him “let’s go and see how you are going to do the change then?”, and he took me to a place which was called “Hare Krishna Temple” (http://www.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk/home/?p=597)( http://www.krishna.com ), then I spent my time there from 1230-1430 hours and I did listen to their music, then a talk by one of their members, and finally their vegetable meal which I volunteered to help with serving some. I saw an old friend from Occupy Finsbury Square in there as well, then I said goodbye to the place and came back to hunt for the embassies in question. I don’t go into the details of what was going on in there and what I think about their way of life because it is going to be a long discussion and I hope it will come up on my future forum “Earthian Unite Forum”, also I would like to find a way to engage with every citizen of this planet on different topics sometime in the near future. All I can say, for the time being, is to say I respect their point of view and their peacefulness and I recommend people go there and to see it for themselves.

So coming back to my embassy-finding, I managed to find the Cuban embassy, but by this time I was told it is too late for them to see me and I was told to come back next day between 0930-1230 hours and I said “if you can take my leaflet?” and handed it over to the representative of the Cuban people, so I don’t have to come in to see them, and I was told I have to put it in writing whatever I had to hand in, so I said to them goodbye, and start walking towards the Sierra Leone embassy. I finally did manage to find it and I handed in one of our leaflets to their receptionist, and they said they will pass it on, and I started walking towards my next in line which was the Australian embassy. By the time I got there it was just past 4pm and it was closed, so then I went to the Indian embassy, where I managed to hand over one of our calls for support to someone who promised to hand it in to the ambassador.

Then just before 5pm I managed to get into the Zimbabwe embassy and I was told by the receptionist that it is closed but I asked him if he could kindly pass on our message of peace for Syria and I was told he would if I can leave one leaflet for him, and then I walked towards the home office for a candlelit vigil for a person called Isa Muazu who has been on hunger strike for more than 100 days asking home secretary not to deport him (http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/dec/05/asylum-seeker-isa-muaza-granted-more-time-uk).

On my way there I met my peace brother Dan in Whitehall and we walked down to the home office and I was there from about 6-8pm for the vigil, where we were told the full story about the person and many other ongoing daily cases, and we wanted all those people to be freed back into society.

While I was there Dan kindly introduced me to a group of wonderful friends and at the end of the vigil he asked them if I could go with them for a dinner, and they all kindly welcomed his request, and I have to say here I am grateful for their wonderful evening meal at a very posh Kaka ( I think Japanese ) restaurant not far from the home office building – it was very high in calories and protein after a long walking day it was just perfect for the purpose! Also over the meal we shared some of our stories and also we were all a multi-background gathering around a table for a meal and all were supporting one man to stay here in the UK, this was what found us united, and I hope in the not far future, humanity will see all these as very basic things, and we can flourish on our planet as a whole and not in dispute with one another. After the wonderful meal and evening, at about 10pm we said goodbye to each other in a couple of stages, and as usual I had to communicate with them with my heart to heart hug, then they all headed to their place of rest and I headed to an unknown location to put my head down for the night. I said an unknown location because you can’t think I would have slept there if I have said so.

04.12.13

I did start my day by going to the Uganda, Burundi, embassies and I handed in our call to people there and then by accident I saw someone from the Consulate of the Ecuador embassy as well which she did kindly accept my call for peace, and said she will hand it in the next day because they were closed today for public.

I walked to the South African embassy but they didn’t accept anything and they told me it has to be in writing, then to Canada, and Brazil which they accepted my call, and even better in Kazakhstan a senior member of the embassy came to speak to me in person and even I shook his hand to thank him for his time and breaking the ice and being my first senior member of an embassy to come in person and meet me and listen to our pledge for peace in Syria.

Then I walked to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea where they did accept my call, but they said to see anyone it has to be by an appointment.

Then I walked to the Philippine embassy and after some waiting finally I did meet a member of the embassy and I shared my deepest condolences to what has happened in Philippines and I mentioned “imagine if we didn’t have these manmade conflicts, we could respond to natural disasters like the recent typhoon very quickly and with more efforts ” and explained how I hope to see no more conflict around the world and then we will be more prepared for natural catastrophes in the future, and he thanked for this and showed his solidarity with us and he said he is going to hand our call to the right department and they will hopefully help us to call for peace in Syria. Then I headed down towards the Korean cultural centre (http://london.korean-culture.org/navigator.do?siteCode=null&langCode=null&menuCode=200710260001&promImg=1198673942197.gif&menuType=CH&subImg=1198673942197.gif ),and I handed in one of our cals there as well and a bit later handed in another call to the Nigerian high commission security person to hand in to the representative of the people of Nigeria here in London, then I started walking towards Parliament Square in support of a person who is believed to be held in Guantanamo Bay prison innocently for 11 years, so I headed down to show my support for him to be released with a group of people who are doing this every Wednesday from 1-3pm in front of the parliament.

I got there just before 1pm and I managed to see the group and show my support and also I told them about what I was doing and they did know about our 10th December but they had a meeting in House of Commons about the case of the Shaker Aamer. Next I headed towards the south Korean embassy, and on my way I found out there is another embassy  – Macedonia – and I asked the receptionist if I can see someone from there and I was told just by appointment, and I handed in one of our calls to him to be passed on to the ambassador, then I said goodbye and headed towards my intended south Korean one, which I managed to find and handed one in there as well, then I headed to Belgravia area which I was told is full of embassies.

I managed to visit in total more than 24 embassies before it gets very dark and I set up my peace tent right on the corner of the square just 50 yards from the Syrian embassy, and I spent a night in my pop up peace tent, in solidarity with the suffering people of today’s Syria. Of course I have to say that out of all those embassies, none of the ambassadors met me and I have to just hand in our call for peace, and Germany has refused to accept anything and the Syrian embassy was closed. As part of the naming and asking for reconciliation, so far South Africa and Germany have to reconcile with us in our call for peace, hopefully they will do when we put it in writing.

05.12.13

I woke up after a very cold and wet night and I managed to pack my pop up peace tent, despite it took me 2 seconds to pop up last night, but it took me more than 2 minutes to pack it, so as a joke in our next camp we will do a pop up training course for pop up tents, so if you want to make some people busy at your camp and make them to pack up the pop up tents it is a good challenge to start and learn about how to pack a tent indeed.

Later on a police officer turned up and asked me, was it me inside the tent last night? and I said yes and he asked me if I let them know what I was doing and what was my plan for today and I told him why I was there and what was my plan for the rest of the day and they were quite happy for me to carry on as long as I am not causing any problem to anyone and I told them – absolutely not!

Today I carried on by walking and visiting another long list of embassies here in London (about more than 30) before I met up with my wonderful peace brother Dan, who as I said before has been a great logistics support team since I have started my peace pilgrimage journey around the world embassies for Syria here in London. We met near high street Kensington station, and after a long chat and catch up while we were having our wonderful tea break some police officers turned up and they asked again about my plan and what I was doing in there and I explained what I was doing and I told them I don’t have anything to hide as I have told some of their colleagues earlier today in the Belgravia area near Syrian embassy as well, and I handed over one of our pledges for peace in Syria and then they moved on. Dan and I stayed there for a bit longer before I made my way towards some other embassies around the area, but by the time I got to some of those they were all closed and I couldn’t carry on visiting any more embassies due to the time and I had to think of somewhere to put my head down.

It was in Holland Park area that I came across a book store which was called “Daunt books” and I went in and I asked them if they can let me know whether they have got any book about peace, and I asked them when was last time that they have watched a film about peace?

They kindly looked and brought me 2 books (a peace to end all peace by David Fromkin, and The ARABS A history by Eugene Rogan), also they told me I can find more about the topic on Housmans radical booksellers since 1945 (www.radicalbooksellers.co.uk ), and the alliance of radical booksellers ( http://www.henryholt.com ) and at the end they told me they have never watched a film about peace and they hoped they will see one in the future, but at the moment there is no profit in it, and while our society is based on profit we might not see one very soon. I have been so troubled by why we have to make things for profit, why can’t we do it not for profit but for humanity, and since the start of my journey here in London advocating peace I have been looking for a book about peace but there are not a lot to find. Educating with such a book at schools and institutions is the most urgent way to make people to be more aware of why we have to have peace in order to flourish; without it we are going to destroy ourselves, and the planet with us, we really need a real peace.

The reason I mentioned the topic was because as so many of us know, a lot of us busy working our way towards a system which has totally forgotten about the humanity side of us, and it is saddens me to think for how long we are going to carry on like this before it gets too late.

Anyway after a long search around the area I couldn’t find somewhere to put my head down till next day, so I decided to head back to my friend’s place near the City of London, so I could have a good night’s rest and get ready for another day of embassy visiting again in some other parts of London.

I have to say on my day of embassy visit I only got 3 refusals: one from Germany; the second from the Ecuadorian embassy, which is understandable because  with Julian Assange there I felt there was a lot of pressure on them, full security cameras and at least 3 police officers were present in there; and finally from Netherlands where I did manage to give one of our pledges to a kind lady who told me she has an appointment at 3pm and I asked her to deliver one of our leaflets for us and she kindly did accept it. The rest of the embassies were fine to accept my pledge for peace in Syria.

06.12.13

I started my day by going to the Visa section of the China embassy to hand over one of our group’s calls for peace for Syria, and they told me I have to go to the embassy and they don’t accept anything from me, so before I go there I headed back to the Cuban embassy which they told me come back between 0930-1230 hours and when I got there they said to me they can’t accept anyone so I went to the consult section at the back of number 167 High Holborn and they did kindly accept our pledge and then I said goodbye to them and headed to my long list of embassies around Oxford Circus.

So today I managed to visit a total of more than 20 embassies here in London and again apart from China, Poland, and Rwanda the rest very kindly accepted our pledge for peace, and I hope these embassies will reconsider their position, when I get in touch with them in writing and they will respond to us positively.

After my embassy hunting I headed towards Paddington station to see if I can catch up with a good friend from Occupy times, after some searching around I couldn’t find them, but I managed to speak to some more wonderful people around the area including Paulo from Brazil who has very kindly offered me some wonderful nice hot tea, soup and oat biscuits, from his boat where he was displaying winter clothing from different south American communities and far east places like Nepal; also another wonderful person has given me a book on peace (the unconquerable world by Jonathan Schell) from his boat library near the Paddington basin and the station. I was engaging with people about why I was there and what I was doing till late evening and then after my heart to heart communication with some of those wonderful people I headed back to my resting place after another long walking day on the streets of London.

So as some of you might know by now I am still doing embassy visits next week and on Tuesday our group in two sections have a larger group of people doing embassy visits as well and then a peace vigil at the end, about 6pm in front of the Syrian embassy in Belgrave Square, so please if you have time join us and support us for a better world and right now the subject is Peace for Syria (http://syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com/).

So till next time may love and peace always be upon you all.

your humbled free citizen of the planet Earth

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Peace & Justice for Syria

In the week of 18.11.13 I visited the 8th Kurdish film festival (http://www.lkff.co.uk/) with a very good friend of mine in London, Hackney area, and also I helped another wonderful friend from Occupy with an event to raise awareness about the Balcombe anti-fracking camp and the Reclaim The Power camp, which was about fracking as a whole, and showing how it is going to devastate the planet earth, and also how it is causing problems here in the UK and right now in Barton Moss (https://www.facebook.com/groups/SAYNOTOFRACKINGONBARTONMOSS/?fref=ts). If you want to coordinate with your local fracking issues you get in touch with the below campaign (https://www.facebook.com/groups/NAFCG/?fref=ts).

At both events I was there to advocate peace and let more people know about my peace journey, and about the current “Peace and Justice for Syria” group, which I have been working with, and about my current peace pilgrimage around the world’s embassies here in London, which is ongoing in November and December 2013.

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A photo of me showing the above two events.

On the week  beginning 25.11.13, I started my peace pilgrimage journey from central London by walking from Whitechapel to St. Paul’s and on my route I came across my first embassy in Whittington Avenue EC3, which is very close to a famous market near there, called Leadenhall Market (“a restored Victorian covered market that sells traditional game, poultry, fish and meat. Although there has been a forum (market place) where Leadenhall Market stands today since the first century AD, the current wrought iron and glass building was designed in 1881 by Sir Horace Jones – architect of Old Billingsgate and Smithfield Markets. Close to the Lloyd’s of London building and the Bank of England, it’s a popular place for city workers on lunch break so the best time to visit is early lunchtime as it gets very busy by 1pm. It’s open Monday to Friday from 11am to 4pm and is found in Whittington Avenue, off Gracechurch Street.  Leadenhall is not only a scenic market place which makes for a lovely stroll around, it also sells some of the finest food in London”). I found out that the nearby embassy was empty, and I said to myself “here we go, this is another empty building here in London again, and it could be occupied by a few of my best and dedicated friends and we could set it up before my next year’s peace journey round the world, and if we get the consensus we could call it the “Earthian Embassy”, and next time on my pilgrimage, if they ask me “how do we know that you are coming from London?” I could say “You can contact my embassy in London, and this is the address, and the phone numbers!” and it would be up to them whether they contacted or not… And also, of course, we could have a place to stay for those people who don’t have anywhere to go for the duration of the winter period.

There were some people around the embassy, but they didn’t know anything about the closed embassy building and it had a flag on top of its door but I couldn’t recognise it; if anyone help me with this puzzle it will be a great relief.

After my first visit to an empty embassy I walked towards my old OLSX camp place and St. Paul’s Cathedral, then after a brief stop and remembrance I started walking towards Holborn and then Tottenham Court Road underground station, and I managed to speak to some wonderful people around those areas, and again spread the message of peace. It was here that I remembered I had a message from some old Occupy friends asking for my support about the current housing and shelter issue here in the UK, and particularly here in the capital, which they had started an occupation in north London to highlight. This occupation was at 212 Ballards Lane, North Finchley, and was outside the office yard of Mike Freer member of parliament (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Freer), and Mrs Marina Yannakoudakis MEP London office (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marina_Yannakoudakis), and it was there to raise the public awareness about empty buildings in London.

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A photo of the camp with my KSA tent embassy at the far left end.

So I headed north to give support, and I stayed with them for almost a week, until on Thursday 28.11.13 at 0603 hours, when I and seven other members of the occupation were asked to leave the area due to our so-called trespassing into the yard of the office building of the above people. We were asked to leave by bailiffs from http://thesheriffsoffice.com/articles/protesters-evicted-from-margaret-thatchers-former-offices#.UpeLNKZ4xfU.facebook, and three types of police, who later asked me and others to even leave the public pavements, which I believe every person should have a right to stand on as long as they want to, if they don’t cause any problem to anyone, and specifically one of the officer asked me to leave the pavement or face, as he put it “you will be nicked”.

At this place for the duration which I was there I met and spoke to many other new wonderful people in the camp, and some members of the public, and I told them why I was there and how I can be a little help by my presence to my fellow human beings on this planet.

Despite our eviction from the yard we managed to stay around the area. A General Assembly had been called a few days back by the occupiers and other supporters from Occupy London and squatting groups. We managed to go back to the front door and the yard of Mike Freer, despite police presence, and we had a wonderful GA which around 50 people turned up for, and we approved a statement to go out in support of our peaceful demand for sustainable housing and shelter for anyone without any, then we had an after-party until near to midnight, and then I had to say goodbye to those wonderful new and also old people, who I met for the duration of my time here with my famous peace tent which survived even the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Also I did my best to advocate a move from a “Tent Embassy” to an “Earthian Embassy”, and see whether I can find support to find a building rather than a tent.

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A photo of us all in a new camp site opposite to the old camp after our eviction.

The latest news from this place is that some people are doing a candlelit vigil there, and this is a livestream link to some of my friends who are still there (http://bambuser.com/v/4144054).

Below are some links to the events which happened in the occupied place:

Occupy Mike Freer front office 212 Ballards lane N12 in north London http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xy-F5Ehn70,

also a guardian article on our eviction http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/nov/28/tory-mp-mike-freer-police-daft,

also Phoenix – one of the members of the occupation – has a weblog talking about the event http://phoenixrainbow23.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/mike-freer-mp-illegally-evicts-anti.html,

and here is another video which has been produced about the event http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJiwKB62Bs8&feature=youtu.be.

Also on the GA night, the  Evening Standard had an article about Mike Freer, in which he calls us “numb-nuts”, and the police “daft”, and already people are calling it the “Daftgate” saga http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/tory-mp-mike-freer-calls-police-daft-and-protesters-numbnuts-in-email-gaffe-8972282.html)

After almost a week in my peace tent (Tent Embassy), I received a message from one of the “Peace and Justice for Syria” working group members, to say that I and another five members of the peace group have been invited for a dinner in our wonderful peace brother’s place, so I managed to get there and I had a wonderful evening full of joy, good food, and exchanging of wonderful ideas on how we can promote peace all around the planet, and how can we spread our message of ceasefire and peace for today’s Syria, right now, and also I shared some of my stories from a few borders, countries and festivals, and I hope that they have all enjoyed it.

Out of 5 invitation 3 of us turned up, and later I got some leaflets on “Peace and Justice for Syria” for carrying on the continuation of my peace pilgrimage journey around the world’s embassies in London on Monday 02.12.13, then we said goodnight to our wonderful peace brother and later on 3 of us to one another.

If you would like to join me on Monday second of December please get in touch via 07466838320, and if you want to join the group walk here are the meet-up details for the Peace Pilgrimage for Syria which is taking place in London on Tuesday, 10 December.  So we can get around to all of the embassies of the countries involved in the Syrian conflict, there will be two groups walking around different parts of London before both meeting up at the American Embassy at 3.30 p.m.  You are welcome to join either group.  Please bring food and drink to share (if you have a thermos flask, please bring it along).

– Group A will meet outside High Street Kensington tube at 12noon;

– Group B will meet outside the office of the UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) at 12 noon. Address: Strand Bridge House, 138-142 Strand, London WC2R 1HH

Map: http://tinyurl.com/kbjf6hs

At 6 p.m. there will be a peace vigil outside the Syrian embassy which will end no later than 8 p.m.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact: syriapeaceandjustice@gmail.com

So, please try to promote, and share our new group event and this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqIlAUKppaw), which has been made by few members of the group.

with much love and peace

Earthian

 

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Exploration of the Capital!

It has been more than fortnight now since my last update, briefly I would like to update you to say what I was busy with.

On 31.10.13 and 1.11.13 I visited few of the thousands of empty buildings here in London, which have been occupied by many different types of people.

In one of them, some of the occupiers have organised a massive party where I tried my best to keep talking to people to love each other and be in peace with one another, but of course sometimes when it comes to the monetary system everything gets out of hand, if you are not very careful with what you are doing with that piece of paper (so we call it “money”), things might not go according to what you wish to see and have a good outcome. So I was advocating my peace journey at Waterloo Station to very young party goers, who were invited by the people in the building. I would like to sit down with many of my friends and talk about what I saw during the period I was there, which I don’t feel comfortable to talk about on this public weblog, due to not having a solution for the situation.

On 2, 3, 4.11.13, being busy seeing my wonderful nephew coming from Cardiff and spending some good time with him, and then visiting some other good friends here in London to push on the progress of a few issues which I was in touch with them to resolve.

On 5, 6, 7, 8.11.13, as many of you might know there was a call for November 5th, and I did my best to advocate peace on this day by marching from Trafalgar square through the Whitehall and then Parliament Square to say we need a better solution to our materialistic world in order to coexist and live side by side in peace and harmony with our mother nature.

I attended a monthly meeting of a centre, which is called LARC (London Action Resource Centre) (http://www.londonarc.org/), in their meeting they did discuss a few of the centre’s issues and some of the more prominent members reported back on its financial outcome and the functionality of the centre, and how it did manage to run itself by different gigs, groups and projects which got involved in the centre, and suggesting a few solutions to some of the problems raised in the centre.

Also I did a preparation for a 2-day peace vigil in Cenotaph opposite to number 10 Downing Street in Whitehall, by getting in touch with a few friends and peace campaigners, to make the vigil more obvious to the public.

On 9, 10, 11.11.13, I did a peace vigil with a peace campaigner, and/or striker “Maria” (www.peacestrike.org), and managed to speak to some wonderful people, and send across my point of view on peace and explain to them how we should remember and say enough is enough, and never again once more, and we should not see any life lost in any conflict in the world, especially right now in Syria. Remembrance for those people who lost their lives in two major worldwide conflicts – which started here in Europe and then spread across the planet Earth – remembrance for what is so called “the glorious dead”, which in reality it was not glorious but has been glorified by the mainstream media… well, we have to come out of this state of mind, in order to progress forward.

When I was there I came across a group of people “Gurkha” ( www.gurkhavoice.com), which they were on hunger strike, due to the discrimination between two different nation’s forces, and as I was explaining my point of view to people over there that we should abolish any forces above the people and we shouldn’t join such forces let alone do a hunger strike and try to lose our precious life for it, but at the end of the day it is individual choice, and they are harming themselves which is not a desired and good outcome for humanity as a whole, we have to do more publicity and awareness on the subjects of “Abolition of all forces above the people”, and explain that how we can coexist without the use of such forces in the communities and societies as a whole.

Also I have to say on Sunday I did walk a bit with the Veterans for Peace in the UK (www.veteransforpeace.org.uk), to be with their voice to say “Never again”, and I spoke to some of them, which have decided to pull out from what I call “forces above the people”, and join back into the life within their community or society. Later in the evening we did a candle and poem vigil with some more people who were peace campaigners, as well as some other wonderful human beings.

Maria and I went to a meeting on the evening of our last day of peace vigil on 11.11.13, which was held by “Brent Stop the War” (http://stopwarbrent.wordpress.com/), which they have asked an eyewitness called Ewa Jasiewicz (http://www.theguardian.com/profile/ewajasiewicz), who has visited Syria and she talked about what she has seen in Syria.

On 12, 13, 14, 15.11.13 I attended for the second time LARC, for another peace and justice for Syria working group, and some members of the group helped with showing two short documentary films which illustrate in different ways the desperate situation which people living in Syria are facing regarding the crisis in Syria.

The first film was about ‘The Bombing of Al-Bara’ (36 mins), it was made for PBS by journalist Olly Lambert. Olly was in the town of Al-Bara meeting a group of rebel soldiers on the 28th October 2012 when jets bombed the town, Lambert captured the devastating effects of an airstrike at first hand filming from the moment the bombs fell. As well as showing the chaos that the conflict in Syria creates, the film also illustrates just how devastating the practice of aerial bombardment is (used widely in Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza and so on), (http://video.pbs.org/video/2364991831/).

The 2nd film was an 8 minute short called ‘The Wound’ made by a Syrian film maker: Wael Kadlo. Kadlo’s film tries to portray the situation and feelings of his friend experienced during her work as a nurse in the makeshift hospitals of Syria and the danger that accompanied her in every moment.  (www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw0s3kuWRGg)

Following this we discussed our feelings about what we had seen in the films and also heard from people who had direct experience of the Syrian conflict. We then had a planning meeting where we continued to plan upcoming activities to support the movement of peace and justice for Syria.

On 16, 17, 18.11.13 I did go for a peace march, which was called by some people who weren’t happy about one of the mainstream media which is been funded mainly by people of the UK, but did not covered a march by 50,000 people to stop privatisation of public services, including the NHS, in Manchester, in September 2013. So, I marched with this group of people from Portland Place BBC’s HQ towards Trafalgar Square then through the Whitehall to the front of number 10 Downing Street, and back to Oxford Street, then finally back to our starting point (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9wnWJxrtkc), after the march a good friend from Occupy, and a wonderful live streamer, did kindly offer me help to print out the “peace and justice for Syria” working group statement, so later on I could use them at our working group meet up in RFH, I had to say that I was offered a delicious dinner as well.

Later on in our “peace and justice for Syria” working group meeting we discussed how we can improve the group statement in a way it would be presentable to the embassies which we are going to visit, and talked about our planning on the routes and how we can do a full day of peace activities in London on 10 December on the day of human rights (http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ABOUTUS/Pages/HumanRightsDay.aspx), here in London.

Rami (another member of our group) and I did a short video, which was going to be put up by two other members of the working group on YouTube and some other social media, so hopefully more people will join our peace campaign to appeal and ask for immediate ceasefire and peace for Syria.

I did go to a strategy meeting which was held in Common House, the second series of its kind about the future of Occupy and many other topics in the agenda, which it was a very useful and good gathering and throughout the day I managed to talk to a few new people, and tell them about my journey and my new involvement here back in London in two groups “peace and justice for Syria” and the old “Shelter” working group which is up and running again, and over all I believe it was a fruitful meeting, and if you would like to know more in-depth about the meeting you can visit the OLSX website (http://occupylondon.org.uk/).

So as you might know by now I am planning a peace pilgrimage journey this time around the world embassies here in London and asking and appealing to every country on the planet which has representative here to help us and join us to ask for immediate ceasefire and peace in Syria and help us to stop the conflict as soon as possible, as I am helping and seeing myself as part of a peace and justice for Syria working group as well, so we are planning a full day of action to visit the most involved countries of the world in today’s Syrian conflict.

Please feel free to come and join me or the group whenever you can, my journey will start on 25.11.13 to 25.12.13, so hope you can find me somewhere around central London and we can visit a few embassies together or on the day of the group action, which is planned for 10th December “the human rights day”, on this day on our peace pilgrimage journey we will call for an immediate ceasefire and a Syrian-led peace process, asking and appealing on all parties to address the desperate humanitarian situation and end the human rights abuses without the use of further violence expressing solidarity with Syrian activists non-violently working for peace, freedom, human rights and social justice, and calling on all foreign actors to stop fuelling the conflict through arms supplies and other forms of military interference.

The journey will consist of visits to the embassies of key players in the Syrian crisis, both those supporting and opposing President Assad and his government, as well as the UN High Commission for Refugees and Downing Street / the Foreign Office, ending with an evening candlelit vigil outside the Syrian embassy.

Also the next meeting of the Syria Peace and Justice group will take place at the London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel on Wednesday 27th November, around 6.30pm . the group is hoping to get a Syrian speaker to address the meeting, and will continue on planning of the December 10th event, so please feel free to go and join the group.

finally please check on my facebook (earthiankvn@gmail.com) and twitter (@earthiankvn) for a quick message of my whereabouts so as to join me, towards the end of November, and in December, to visit embassies.

that’s all for the time being with much love and peace

Earthian

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Anniversaries

14/15/10/2013

Today after waking up a bit late I had to say a quick goodbye to my wonderful brother, because he had to go out by 10am and then I managed to eat something then prepare myself for the journey back to London after almost two months away. This time I was returning for my two year anniversary of Occupy and a year anniversary since I set off on my peace pilgrimage journey to the Middle East.

After preparing myself for the walk and for being on the road again, I said goodbye to my west England home at about 1230 hours, and I started walking towards a main road (A419 between Cirencester and Swindon). After walking for a good few miles I stopped at a main roundabout on A419, and after surviving a very strong wind and heavy rain hitting on me for about two hours, finally a wonderful human being offered me a lift to J15 of M4 and I have to say here, I was so happy when this very kind person stopped and offered me a lift that was just my first step in getting closer to London. I can’t forget the moment he told me “I’ll take you to a close place to Motorway 4″, because just then I was thinking about my previous occasions in this spot, and about when I was trying to get from J15 of the M4 and I waited for nearly six hours and finally couple of police officers kindly gave me a lift to my destination… So, I was remembering myself being in all those past situations and now the situation was even worse under a very heavy wind and rain, but perhaps the universe wanted to try my patience on those occasions and this time didn’t want a repetition of the last incident with the police, and so sent me this wonderful human being. You can’t imagine how happy I was when he stopped and offered me the lift, it felt just like he had taken me all the way back to London, despite it was really about 10 miles of distance. The memory of my previous journeys, and the response that I had based on previous experience,s was just indescribable! Here I have to thank this person and hope the universe will connect us together again in the future.

So this was the start of my first great leap into my journey to London, which was triggered by him, and the rest was just like somehow I knew it was going to happen one after another.

After I was dropped off in a lay-by somewhere very close to the mouth of J15 roundabout on M4 towards London I gave him my special heart to heart hug and said goodbye to this incredible human being, then I started walking again towards the slip road on the mouth of M4, and it wasn’t a very long time for me to wait and stay under a heavy rain and wind before a beautiful woman called Jaqui Barnes from Demand the Best (http://demandthebest.weebly.com) turned up, and gave me my second lift all the way to a junction very close to Slough on M4 . Before she dropped me there she did stop at Reading service station, and she very kindly offered me a nice warm cup of tea and a cheese tomato sandwich for my lunch, and later in her car she offered me some candies ( sweets) as well, then after resting for about half an hour from 1600 to 1630 hours at this service station, she drove for about another 25 mins before finally she dropped me off at this Slough slip road. She kindly took a photo of me and when we were at the service station she got my communication details and she said she will contact me, hope to get in touch with her again (and get a glimpse of all my wet stuff through her photo).

I will try to add a photo here…

After waiting here again not for a very long time I was offered my third lift by another wonderful human being. This time a very surprisingly the universe has connected me to a very posh Windsor Castle coach and a very nice driver called Venson, who was very busy talking to all his passengers through the coach mic and telling them all about different historic things about England, and London (passengers were mainly from Russia, America, and some other places on the planet), then after stopping in a few different coach stops across west and central London, finally after being with him for more than an hour (1715-1855 hours), I thanked him and said goodbye to him at the Hyde Park Corner near Marble Arch station.

Then I started walking through a very busy Oxford street, and I stopped for a rest near to Bond Street underground station, and as people were coming and going and being very busy with their daily eating, consumerism and destruction of the planet, somehow a wonderful lady just turned up, and asked me what am I doing?, and as I told her very briefly, she offered me a bag full of different food and she said to me “you can have it all”, and she said goodbye and she was so in rush as well that I couldn’t even give her my usual heart to heart hug.

After waiting there for less than an hour (1910-1950hours), I started walking again and this time towards Tottenham Court Road station, and as I was walking and approaching towards the station somewhere between the two underground stations I saw a very good and close friend of mine from the time I was maintaining and servicing the ticket machines of London buses, back in year 2007 and 2008. My friend was busy and I had my heavy rucksack and the rest of my luggage on me, so I very briefly told him what I was doing and he told me that despite his age of retirement having passed two years before, still he was happy to carry on in his work until the end of this year. He asked me whether I am happy with what I am doing and I told him yes, and it was the same for him as well. After offering him some food and cookies, and he took some cookies, I asked him to get in touch with me and follow my blog, also to say hello to everyone else that I knew from those times who were still with him. As he saw on my board “Australia” he asked me whether I have been there and I said no, not yet, and he told me if you are anywhere near there at the end of this year or the beginning of the next year just let me know, and I said yes to him, and we said goodbye to one another.

So I carried on walking towards the Tottenham Court Road underground station, and after getting there I stayed there to rest for a while again and I wanted to see whether I would be able to engage to talk the people who were so busy and rushing to get from a-to-z with not a lot of time on their hands for talk. After a while a homeless person came out of nowhere, and asked me whether I am getting all of his customers’ money, and he was telling me how last time someone had taken all of what he was calling his “business” from him, and he was wondering if it was the same this time as well, whether am I doing the same, and so I explained what am I doing and how am I doing it and he thanked me and apologised for the accusation, and he said goodbye to me. Then after that I had a few good conversations with some new people and a very nice person offered me some more food, and even a person from the time of the early days of Occupy was there, telling me about how he did some journalism about Occupy events and how his so-called “boss” had sacked him, and he said he is going to send me an email with the letter, and he was telling me how great the Occupy movement was, and what a shame it disappeared, and I told him “it is not disappeared, it has just changed its way of continuation”, and explained that what I am doing is the same but in a totally different way, not in St. Paul’s any more but everywhere across the planet, and others that I know are doing a lot of great different things in different ways too. He offered me some money and I told him that I don’t accept any money, just food and drink, and now all you have to do is just follow my blog, that is everything that people can do, and just help me some time. We said goodbye and after staying there for another hour (2030-2130 hours), I headed towards my final destination – LSX, and St. Pauls.

On my way, at about 2200 hours, I met a few Occupiers coming back from a talk by one of them around Holborn station, and I told them where I was going and they wished me good luck and I offered some of them food as well, but they were telling me that they were ok, and had eaten and after a little talk we said goodbye to one another.

Further down and closer to my final destination I remembered that I was near a place where the tricycles are stored and they go out to different parts of central London and offer people rides, and a few years back I knew someone in there who helped me to build the base for my bicycle trailer, and I wanted to meet him again and say hello. I went in and asked about him, but a person who was in the office couldn’t recollect the person I knew, and I vaguely could remember the person who was there, so after leaving my communication details with this person I asked him if I can use the toilet and he said it is ok, then I used the bathroom, and as I came out and was looking at the surroundings, suddenly this very tall woman started swearing at me and telling me “who are you”?, and “why are you here?” and I told her who I was and why I was there, but she couldn’t understand what I was saying or it wasn’t making sense to her, so she was kept saying “get out of here and leave here!”, that’s all she knew, and I calmly told her “I am going, I just wanted to find out about this good friend of mine who helped me years ago, but now I am going, don’t get upset”. After saying goodbye to the person who I spoke to at the beginning, and confirming my communication details, then I went out of the place, but I stayed outside for a while so the clock will turn into midnight and then I can head down towards my final destination, St. Paul’s. Despite the bad incident inside the place, I stayed outside the place, on the public pavement, and there were some Thames water people in their vans and cars outside which I asked about, and apparently they were there to repair some water problem. I knew that the person who wanted me to go away wouldn’t enforce her will outside the building, so I stayed there for nearly two hours, and then I walked towards St. Paul’s Steps half an hour after midnight on 15/10/13, exactly two years since the Occupy movement started coming to this place. I wanted to celebrate that memorable day in what has been my ever-changing life since.

When I went up to the main gate of the building there was someone already asleep in their sleeping bag and I sat there and went through my years of thoughts and memories, and why and how I ended up to be here in this moment of time in the history of my life, and I wanted to share my thoughts with those people out there who had access to the web, but apart from a text message I couldn’t do much, so I just shared the memories with myself. I was sitting there and resting, knowing that trying to go to sleep without setting up a peace camp wasn’t going to be easy because the wind and rain weren’t going to allow me to go to sleep at all. Finally I managed to get to the end of my long night and at about 6am the homeless person who was sleeping there woke up and I said to him good morning and before I make any conversation with him, I saw he packed everything and went without saying anything. I didn’t want to be any inconvenience to him  so I went down to the place of the Tent City University marquee (where it used to be) and by the main tree I put down everything and I went into the Starbucks to use their bathroom and then came out and since I had plenty of food from last night I started eating and waiting to talk to people about why I was there, but hours just passed and all I was seeing was a lot of people looking at me but they didn’t want to make any conversation with me (perhaps they were all short of time as usual). It is not part of my mission to go to people and try to talk to them, so as long as I had plenty of necessities of life I just waited to see if anyone would like to know why I was there.

It took quite a long time before a nice lady came and started to talk to me and slowly others came. I have to say here that there were a lot of visitors and they were quite impressed with the beauty of St. Paul’s Cathedral more than with a little peace pilgrim with his small sign board, and also the language barrier was making them avoid coming and speaking to me as well. Some police officers were coming and wanted to know what am I doing and what are my plans, and I told them why I was there and what were my plans, and they were not harsh apart from couple of them on horses coming to me and one of them asking “Are these junks belonging to you?” and I told him “My wonderful human being, they are not junk, they are my home, and this is how I do my peace pilgrimage journey,” and he told me “You know, you can’t leave your stuff near to an iconic building, and if you leave them we will destroy them” – this was all happening because I went to a toilet in Starbucks and I wasn’t there with my things for about 5-10 minutes, so after that I couldn’t go anywhere without taking all my stuff with me, and somehow I didn’t have a good feeling to talk to people after the city police were keeping coming by in many different outfits and checking on me, and also there were not too many tourists interested in what I was doing, though I did engage in conversation with a few wonderful people. Then a person with her son turned up and told me that an Occupier has told her they will be here at about 1pm, and I told her I hadn’t seen anyone that I know since midnight. I offered them some food and cookies, and she kindly offered me a cup of coffee, and also asked me to go with her to an old building which was a pub in Chelsea at Bramerton Street sw3, near Lawrance Street, to visit some Occupiers I know who were there.

At about 1500 hours I said goodbye to the historic place of Occupy 2011 camp, on its second anniversary, and on the first anniversary of my peace pilgrimage, and I headed towards the southwest by taking a new no. 11 bus, and we got there at about 1600 hours. After saying hello to a lot of old and new friends in the place I offered them all the food I was carrying and then explored the place. As I was preparing a place to stay there overnight, suddenly I got a phonecall from a kind and very good supporter of my peace journey to ask if I can make it to the Royal Festival Hall for a talk by David Graeber (who I spoke to and met personally at the end of his talk) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Graeber). The talk was from 1800 to 2000 hours, about the Occupy movement two years on, and despite being very tired from the past two days, and wanting to stay where I was and sleep, I said to myself and my wonderful peace sister “Yes I’ll be on my way”. Immediately I headed towards there and got there at about 1845 hours and stayed there with a lot of other Occupiers in the until about 2030 hours, and then again I walked back with some of them to St. Paul’s for a little celebration all together. We got there about 2100 hours and some of us were nostalgic about the place and we stayed there and talked to one another and re-read the original Occupy statement with one person saying each point one at a time and then the final point was said by all of us as a human mic. We did have a good time there and these wonderful people offered me some food to take back to the people who I was staying with, and then I headed back towards the southwest of London again at about 2230 hours, and I got back to my resting place at about 2315 hours then I told the people in the place about the evening event that I was just coming back from, and then I said goodnight to them and rested there for the night.

16/10/13

Today I was waking up in a very draughty place (I thought it was ‘drifty’ at first, meaning a place where you feel air is coming but you don’t know from where?). I didn’t know last night, when I was cleaning it for my sleeping time, that it would be so draughty and no one told me that someone wouldn’t be able to rest very good in that place, so I told those people I saw today that the place I have slept last night was very cooled, from somewhere cold air was coming in, and if someone doesn’t have a good sleeping bag they will be finding it really difficult to sleep in that place, it is like you are sleeping outside! After this I met few more new people and I told them a bit about my peace mission and where to read my blog, then after eating some food and a cup of coffee and telling some of the people in the building about an event on Saturday 19 October – Anarchist Bookfair (www.anarchistbookfair.org.uk) at Queen Mary university of London – and also about on Sunday 20 October a Balcombe gathering at Trafalgar Square to say No to fracking in the UK (and in solidarity with Romanian group campaigning for the same goal). Then I thanked the people in the building for their hospitality and I headed out and this time went towards east London to go to see a very good friend of mine who has very kindly welcomed and hosted me every time I have been back in London throughout my peace journey. I went there to spend time catching up with the rest of my journey, and to have a good rest after two long months away from there, and also to prepare myself for the next episode of my journey in the future.

17/18/10/2013

These two days I helped with a general clean up and preparation of my friend’s place and didn’t attempt to go anywhere due to wet and windy weather also. By now I found out that one of my devices was no longer functioning and I had to arrange to go to a local library to try to update my blog, but due to a very slow internet connectivity and short time allocation I couldn’t do much and soon I had to abandon the place – it wasn’t helping me to do anything satisfying. Soon I had to do something to start writing up the story of my journey back to London, but in the meantime I tried to rest and organise my time schedule for the weekend and the rest of the next week, until an alternative device could be found.

19/10/13

It was today that I was looking forward to go and visit the bookfair and as soon as I arrived into the area somehow it was reminding me of an environment like a Marxism gathering which I think every year is taking place at the University of London in central London, which I think is run by socialist workers; but then when I went into the book stall I found many different types of activists from different places are involved. It is more like a conference really than a bookfair, there were so many talks going on at the same time in different venues, and you had to choose which one you wanted to go and attend and also at what time.

After going all around the places in the campus, and attending a few talks in some venues and engaging in some of them, I also saw some Occupiers, including a whole outreach group from Occupied Times. After saying hello to them one of them was telling me that he had read my recent blog about Hebden Bridge and he liked it, and I thanked him and the rest for following my blog and they kindly offered me the latest issue of the OT (#22 august2013 –  I didn’t ask at the time why in October this issue is the latest one), then I said goodbye to them and headed out to a few more of the talks and workshops which were available in the remaining time from 2pm to 6 pm. I attended a little bit of “Black Power Movement 1965-1973″ by JoNina Abron-Ervin, also some of the talk and Q&A session about Anarchism versus Marxism, which somehow some of the Occupiers were in there posing questions to the speakers, then I headed to a workshop about deportation charter flights and how to help stop them, and then I walked down to the main entrance and I started to talk to people to say why I was there in the bookfair and talked about my point of view on today’s society and how we can change it. After 1830 hours people were already started to go to the bookfair after-parties, and I headed out to one of them with a few friends from Occupy. There were few of the after bookfair parties apparently and after getting into one of the local ones and having some food and drink and talking to few people I headed out to the second one, and the second one had a much bigger space and again in there I met few old Occupy friends and met few new people as well. Then, after some catching up and talking I started walking back to my resting place.

20/10/13

Today was the day of vigil and remembering the Balcombe camp and singing songs, also of solidarity with the Romanian people in Trafalgar Square, London as well. The event was organised by Simon, a Balcombe local person, and despite being under a heavy wind and rain we stayed there and spoke out and sang songs and showed our solidarity with what has happened in the Balcombe camps. If you want to show your solidarity and say no to the fracking in UK, Europe and even across America, you can share your thought with Simon on (www.simonwelshpoetry.co.uk) /facebook.com/simonthepoet or twitter.com/@simonthepoet.

After seeing some more new people, and some old friends, then with couple of friends we walked around the area for a bit, then we went into the National Portrait Gallery (@npglondon#npglateshift facebook/nationalportraitgallery), and spent some time in there, then we headed back to east London to a building which a few of my friends from the time of Occupy were living in. I visited their place and after some talking and seeing around the building, then having some food and drink, then planning what can we do in a place like that, one of my friends and I headed back towards my resting place. On our way back I helped my friend to get some food and drink from a free place so he could take it back to the rest of the people in the building, and then after a long walk we said goodnight to one another.

21/10/13

Today I tried to seek some help, I wanted to know if I can get the device which I used to use for writing my blog repaired. After some research and investigation I ended up with no luck and even the smartphone which I was using for texting and quick internet messaging went totally dead as well, so I ended up with using an old phone which is ok to get in touch in an emergency. It wasn’t a very fruitful or satisfying day, but every day is another beautiful day to me, and I am so happy with whatever comes to me and I welcome every news that encourages us to be in peace with one another.

22/10/13

As some of you might know today is the date of my arrival to the planet – as far as I know, forty odd years ago. The exact date is under dispute, something which my mum and my sister once told me, and I remember that I was born some time in spring, but my birth date is in autumn, so I never knew why this date? and perhaps it has never been important to me. Should I ask? Should I know? Why?! To make life easier, all I can do is welcome my existence to the planet Earth. A name that I was given on my birth is an old name and I don’t want to be known or affiliated to such a name, so I have chosen something which somehow after years it has come back to me, which is coincidently related to my peace journey, and so now I affiliate myself with something related to the planet. I have to emphasise and say, that the important thing to me is to say that throughout my existence I can’t recollect something that I have done and later regretted doing it, and I’ll try my best throughout the rest of my very short remaining life on the planet (comparing human being lives in general to the age of our little planet itself in a wide galaxy is like comparing a second to more than a thousand if not a million years), I will try to do my upmost not to do something, which will cause myself as a human being species or any other intelligent being unhappiness, and as far as I understood from this short period of time of my existence if we can get or reach in (oneself) a higher inner love and peace, you will never cause any harm to yourself or anyone else around you. So please, try to be in love and peace with yourself before trying to be in love and peace with someone else.

It was on 19 October that I met a good friend from the time of Occupy LSX from the Quakers group, who I saw again in the Anarchist Bookfair, and it was there that she told me about a programme which was going to be on at St. Pauls Cathedral for today about “how to change the world” and the subject of the night was coincidently on “peace”(www.stpauls.co.uk/forum), so I said to myself I have to go and find out all about it, after all I wanted to go to mainland Europe for a peace conference which didn’t happen, and now there’s a peace talk on my doorstep, it must be great, so I went there and the talk was from 1830-2000 hours and we were told if anyone wants to ask a question we could write it down and give it to the organisers and they will forward it to the speakers and they hopefully will have enough time to talk about it.

So the speakers for the evening were Stanley Hauerwas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Hauerwas ) and Brother Samuel SSF (http://www.franciscans.org.uk/about-francis-and-clare/why-after-you/samuel-ssf), which I met both of them at the end of their talk and told them what brought me here tonight, a talk about love and peace and how the mentality of the people could be changed on the planet. There is a YouTube video of the evening (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yeAkYMXCEM), also you can read on this blog about it (http://danielskuce.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/how-to-change-the-world-peace-stanley-hauerwas-and-brother-samuel-ssf/). The evening was chaired by a person called Canon Mark Oakley (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Oakley). I asked a question and very wonderfully it was put forward to the panel, it was about how can we start to teach our children peace rather than war and fighting, and how we should have a peace book in every step of our education, so banning anything violent throughout our life span, and there should be books and films about peace throughout everywhere. As Stanley put it “When was last time you saw a film about peace – never”, so over all I think they spoke from my heart and it was very effective and a good learning evening for me.

Then I met my wonderful friend who told me earlier in the week about the talk, and after some talking she kindly offered me some food and a fleece as well, then we said goodbye to one another.

23/10/13

It was today that a year ago I started my first ever peace pilgrimage journey from London towards the Middle East and the essential thing about the journey was to highlight some of the major points in today’s society which has restricted a lot of the planet’s population from moving about and around the planet freely.

So I headed back to my starting point to just remind myself of how despite all the difficulties in front of me I managed to get to the places I wanted to, and to highlight my concern throughout my journey to those kind people who were coming in contact with me, and how it did happen with the help of other kind human beings.

I knew that my wonderful western brother and also our west London peace sister were going to come and pay a visit to the place to just celebrate their coming and joining the Occupy movement two years ago and the anniversary of my peace journey, and also just to be there and talk about our experiences ever since. Before they turned up after 6pm I managed to talk to some more kind and supportive people and tell them why I was there, and they very kindly helped me with some food and drink.

Also during this time I was sitting with a homeless person called Phil who brought some sandwiches as well and this was about 5pm and four armed police officers turned up with taser and a real gun. I didn’t know what was happening – don’t say a person on the steps has reported us to the police, and he has told them about me (a harmless peace pilgrim celebrating its anniversary, and a homeless person sitting by me and trying to talk to people and even offer free sandwiches)? When they turned up they asked me and Phil that they are looking for someone which we said we don’t know and I told them why I was there, and Phil told them as well, and they said no problem, that we are not causing any problem, and then after looking around and talking to this person on the steps, which later I found out he was Nigel Cutteridge, then they left.

So just before my guests turn up I started a conversation with this person, as he came up to to me after the police left, and I realised he has earlier called police to report me, asking them why am I here and why they are allowing me to be here? He told me directly that he has called them about me and he asked me why they didn’t arrest me because if I go to Paternoster Square then they will arrest me, and so why don’t I go there? I told him this is the place I have arranged to be and see those wonderful people who are going to come and see me, so we can remind ourselves of our time of being here a couple years back. As I was still talking to him my first wonderful visitor, my peace sister, turned up, and I was so happy when she turned up. I was telling her about this person (Nigel Cutteridge), how after all this he has done I am still talking to him, and she started to talk to him as well and then he suddenly changed his mind and gave us couple of St. Paul’s badges – a red one for my wonderful peace sister, and a white one for myself, and he was emphasising about the beauty of the dome in St. Paul’s . It was about this time that he asked my peace sister if she can take a photo of us and she did kindly so, as you can see both of us below.

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Soon after my wonderful brother turned up, and after we welcomed him Nigel straight away asked him a few questions and as he answered them directly and straightforwardly, Nigel got upset again and went back to the steps and was sitting by his musical instrument which was in a bag ( I think it was a guitar). As the rest of us were talking to each other and happy to see each other again for our anniversary, our second peace sister turned up, so we talked and chatted about our memories and nostalgia for the place then suddenly another woman police officer turned up and was asking us whether we are planning to stay or what was our planning? So don’t say that Nigel again has got on his phone, and has called police to say “their number has increased and what are the police going to do about it?” This lady police officer, as she had a cup of tea or coffee in her hand, knew that we are not the problem and it is him (Nigel) who is causing the problem; the officers knew why I was there and she knew that Nigel has called them again and it wasn’t something that she should worry about, so then she said goodbye to us, so she can go and drink her drink before it gets cold. After a while, when Nigel understood we are not going to go anywhere, he left the area and some of my guests did the same and then they went to a local pub for a drink, and I stayed there to catch up with some of my other friends and finish my final talk with some other people around there, then my brother kindly came back to meet me again, and we went back to the pub to join our peace sisters in the there.

After about another hour of talk and catching up and reminding ourselves and talking about the past, present and future, my wonderful brother from west had to say goodbye to us and wanted to go, and our west London peace sister decided to do the same with him. We said goodbye to them, and I just remained with my London peace sister, then after about another half an hour we said goodbye to the place and headed out from a place which was quite memorable from our past time of Occupy, since we were using it as our daily bathroom at the time, and also the whole area was haunting us with reflections of different memories. At the end my wonderful peace sister very kindly topped up my London oyster card for public transport and I said goodbye to her as well.

Just before I left the area I saw couple of people from the time of Occupy who were at the St. Paul’s station and I talked to one of them about some different subjects and also “I am 132 Mexico” , which she was mentioning to me about other movements around the world (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yo_Soy_132). I told her that this and Occupy London, Wall Street and many others are just part of our awakening and change that we all go through, and I hope to see a very good outcome at the end of every one of them, so we spoke for another hour then I said goodbye to them and headed back to my resting place not far from the city.

24/25/10/13

Today and the following day I was busy trying to repair some of the electronic equipment that I had which they all went dead during the last week, and also finally after almost more than a week I got my laptop back and I started to do my writing for the blog, so I had a busy two days to catch up and to prepare for the next day’s journey to north London, to the Bohemia building.(http://occupylondon.org.uk/bohemia-the-occupied-pub-holds-its-first-meeting/) for one of our friend’s birthdays.

26/10/13

Today I have been invited by one of our friends from the time of Occupy London, Bank of Ideas and School of Ideas for his birthday, to a place which they have managed to Occupy very recently, and he has invited a lot of other friends to his birthday. I made an arrangement to get there for the evening and I was quite happy to see this massive building to be utilised for such good community activities with people from afar and especially locals coming and enjoying their time in the place which was provided by some of our old friends from Occupy. Also I managed to see many of my friends and talk to some other new wonderful people in there and some of them have heard about this new centre after they have had a visit to the local Friern Barnet library (http://www.friernbarnetlibrary.org/) last year. Occupiers and local managed to take the library back into the hands of locals, after a long stay in the place, and the visitors were hoping the same thing will be the outcome of this new place “Bohemia building”.

A good friend who was there for our friend’s birthday  has taken a photo while I was advocating my peace journey and here is a short film which he has produced (http://vimeo.com/72845389).

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The Bohemia building was an old pub and restaurant, which now is in a subject of dispute between so called landlords and some other people who wanted to run the building, so we are hoping that this will get back to the hands of community and locals again and they will enjoy the rest of the building’s lifetime with the people who love it seeing it is functioning well rather than facing a closure (http://www.barnet-today.co.uk/news.cfm?id=33347).

27/28/10/13

After a long night last night and ending up being awake all day and night at the Bohemia community centre, then I was forced to rest the rest of my day and did a little catch up later in the evening.  Also next day I managed to do some more catching up with writing again, and later in the evening I linked with a friend to rescue some of his old files and documents from a smart phone, and then meet up with a group of Occupiers who were coming back from a new working group meeting (http://occupylondon.org.uk/eu-us-free-trade-agreement-tafta-ttip-ceta-tpp/ ) around the city area, for an evening meal which my friend and I end up to be offered by a very kind and active occupier and livestreamer, which I have to thanks him here for his kindness.

29/10/13

Today I did manage to get back up to date with my blog and try to catch up with some of the mainstream media and alternative ones too and also plan to get in touch with some of my old friends to help each other with some sustainable material for living and try to find out what else do we need to do to be more sustainable and slowly get to become off grid living for our future.

30/10/13

Today as I arranged from before I went to this wonderful peace meeting, which with a great respect I met some of my old friends which one of them was a person called Dan (http://worldmarchpeace.blogspot.co.uk/) which we did a peace walk back in 2oo9 from north west London all the way to near Parliament then they carried on to Battersea, it was great to see more than half a dozen peace campaigners including Simon (http://diggers2012.wordpress.com/press/21st-century-diggers-at-runnymede/), and Maria (http://peacenews.info/node/6514/parliament-square-peace-camp-resists-eviction) as well which we walked together to Runnymede (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runnymede ) back in 2012. These were just three of which I knew and the others I am sure they had a lot of loving and peacefulness in them as well, which due to being short in time I couldn’t get engaged to talk to them at this moment of time, but I hope in the future gathering and meetings I’ll learn more about them as well and pick up their loving and caring and peacefulness for our human race and the planet as well, and link you to their sites and blogs.

So at the end of the meeting we decided to have another peace vigil day and I am hoping to make this one which will be between 9-11 November which I have to say here that on my birthday they had a peace vigil day, (http://veteransforpeace.org.uk/2013/syria-vigil-tomorrow-tuesday-22-october/), when I was back in St. Paul’s, so our next meet up for the Syria group will be on 13th November with films, talks and discussions on the subject on immediate ceasefire and peace for Syria right now and the rest of the world to follow. I hope to update you on full details when I get more from the whole group when it is sent out, so after a wonderful evening which I spent with them I said goodnight to all, and I walked back to my resting place.

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Exploring Calderdale

2/10/13

Today, after having breakfast at my wonderful place of rest, which has been very kindly provided for me by my wonderful sister and brother from the north west of England (on the planet earth and part of the wider universe), I managed to bring one month of lagging- behind in my writing to an end, and uploaded the missing parts of my summer peace pilgrimage journey to the festivals and gatherings.

Later in the evening, after having our meal and talking about our daily activities, then we said goodnight to each other.

3/10/13

It was today that I was introduced very briefly to another place in the hostel which is called “The Shed”, which is really the best room, it is like a heaven in which to get busy and be making things (as my sister put it). Later on I did try to help her with some of Holly’s lighting (Holly is a van) and I also tried to change some other bits and pieces, but even with the help of wonderful Joe (who is helping with recycling, and other building and electrical activities in the hostel), due to the rain and rusty screws we couldn’t complete the lighting activities I had intended and planned to do, and we had to postpone some of them to a later date.

Later this evening we had another wonderful evening meal together, and a bit more talk, then we had to say goodnight to one another early, as a journey to Wales was planned.

4/10/13

So it was today that my wonderful brother and sister planned to go for a few days down to Wales.

In the afternoon, after saying goodbye to them, I did a bit of general help with Danni and she kindly cooked us a wonderful meal, which I enjoyed very much and then after our washing up and a tea break, and some general talk to her and some of the other people in the hostel, I said goodnight to everyone and the universe around us.

5/10/13

It was last night that I found out after talking to a person who was staying in the hostel that today a group of more than 30 people are planning to go for a walk around the area, and I asked him to ask the person who is organising it, if it is ok for me to go with them, and he told me no problem, so today I went to the centre of Hebden Bridge to meet them and do the walk, and after speaking to a wonderful woman called Sue she told me it is no problem to join them, and we started the walk.

It was about 11am and a member of the group who knew a bit of the history of the town told us a bit about the bridge that we have just crossed, and how it has passed its half millennium in 2010, and then a bit more about the history of the town of Hebden Bridge, which is located at the conflux where the river Hebden and the river Calder meet. We went to the top of the town towards the village of Heptonstall, then he introduced us to a new church and then the ruins of an old one, then as we were passing through the village we also saw the village museum, then the village cemetery which is quite famous for a deceased poet Sylvia Plath (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Plath), then we carried on to the next valley to the west of the village and then at the bottom of the valley we rested for about 10 minutes by another river or big stream.

In the afternoon we did walk mainly along the Pennine Way, then we stopped for our lunch break by the Graining water and then the group had a drink break at the Packhorse Inn near to an old railway bridge which is now has collapsed, which used to be on the top of the Hebden river. We were told it was purely there to build a water reservoir near the area, so they could carry the necessary material from nearby.

Then we carried on walking and the group had a 10 minute break just near Hardcastle Crags (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardcastle_Crags), and it was here that I found an opportunity to talk to everyone and let them know why am I doing this walk and let them know that the first anniversary of my peace pilgrimage journey from London to the Middle East is coming, and also the second anniversary of Occupy London, so between 15-23 October I welcome anyone to come and join me in London. Later on I handed out some of my Occupy badges and I told them that if I had an Earthian one as well I could have given it to them, but for now that is all I have got, and they were all very much supportive and helpful.

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I am talking to the group in a circle about my peace journey.

After leaving that place we headed back towards Hebden Bridge and the group stopped again for a second drink at the Blue Pig pub and it was here that some of the group members offered me some food and drink as well, and I handed out the Occupy badges, and got the website from Sue for the group, so if anyone would like to join them, in future, they can check them out at Outdoor Duo (http://www.outdoorduo.co.uk/). After a bit of rest, then we headed back to the town of Hebden Bridge and we got back at about 1800 hours, and then people were going back to different places and some of them arranged to meet up later in the town for a dinner.

I got back to my resting place at about 1830 and after a nice and wonderful shower, I came down to the lobby and the lounge to speak to Danni to see if she wants me to prepare something for both of us because the people from the Trees group were doing different things and she told me she wasn’t very hungry, and also she wasn’t feeling very well, so I offered her a cup of tea and then as I had some food from the walking group I ate that and stayed for a little around the lobby and lounge while I said to Danni goodnight. She went to rest, then I said goodnight to some other people around the area and the universe around me, and that is how another day of my peace journey came to an end.

6/10/13

It was today that I knew it was going to be another wonderful dry day and I planned to cycle out and the destination was Stoodley Pike monument (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoodley_Pike), so after cycling down the hill to the town and around the town then joining the canal, I headed towards Todmorden by the canal and just before I entred the town I turned left towards the village of Mankinholes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mankinholes) near to the Stoodley Pike monument. After a good hour of cycling and half an hour of walking with the bike, finally I managed to get to the top of this peace monument from 1815, and throughout my cycling and walking I managed to talk to some people as well.

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a photo of the monument from far.

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a photo of the monument from a closer range.

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a photo of me with the bike by the peace monument.

After a good rest, I headed downwards from the monument towards Hebden Bridge and I managed to cycle all the way down and uphill into the hostel, and apart from a couple of dismounts I managed to ride all the way, and it was really a good day out exploring the area of “Calderdale”, and I felt at home.

So I got back to my resting place at about 1730 and after a nice and wonderful shower, then I came down to the lobby and the lounge to help Mikael (who is a member of an international tree planting group). I asked him if I can offer my help and he said he was ok and he kindly cooked for all of us and we really enjoyed his wonderful dinner, then after washing up we had our wonderful tea and drink break, so after talking about our day out we said goodnight to one another.

7/10/13

Today I had another day of catching up and updating and checking on some old photos and videos to prepare them for the YouTube and a link to a video file called “Earthian at Glastonbury Festival 2013″, and then link it to the weblog here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm7lpmTrb88).

I spent another evening with the international tree planting group and we did talk about the remaining few extra days which they will be here, and I am as here as well so we can spend some more time with one another, and I hope we all can have an opportunity to talk about our experiences all around the world, and why we are all here.

Later on my wonderful sister and brother turned up after a long journey from Wales, and I welcomed them back and instead of me offering them a cup of tea my sister kindly did so, while I was busy washing the group’s dishes, so after having a drink together we said goodnight to one another.

8/10/13

It was today that I spent some time writing up and catching up on the second week of my stay here in Hebden Bridge, and in the afternoon and early evening I got in touch with International Voluntary Services (IVS) tree planting group, and asked them if I could help them in any way for the preparation of the International evening, and I found out that there are few different menus and dishes going to be made from different parts of Europe, and quite a lot of people were already engaged with the activity and there wasn’t anything that I could help with, so I waited till later when everyone turned up and then we had our dinner together.

There were more than 20 people in the lounge and while I was there someone from IVS did speak about their international experience in Africa, and then a person from France shared a personal experience of hers from here in the UK, then later another person from Spain has kindly shared some of his thoughts about Spain and the different parts/regions of the country, by using a powerpoint presentation.

Later on, just before 2200 hours, a wonderful person from Belgium (Mikael) has shared some of his eating and drinking culture of his region with us and he kindly offered us all some different types of chocolates, cheese, and drinks.

Here I have to say all these wonderful people helped making different dishes according to their local traditions, we all tried to do our best to help with whatever we could, and at the event there were some locals and some from Treesponsibility as well, and they all helped us to share all the food that was provided for us very kindly by the IVS group, and by individuals.

At the end of everyones talk I just managed to find a few minutes time to raise the issue of why I am here and to respond to one of the members of IVS who was reflecting the idea of Scottish independence, and I had to say why I wasn’t happy or in line with her idea as well.

Later in the night, after all the locals went back after 2200 hours, the main IVS group members engaged in wonderful evening conversation and a member of the IVS who was pro Scottish independence showed us some traditional Scottish products and clothes and customs. Then another member of IVS from Finland, who didn’t have a chance to say much in the main crowd (apart from very kindly explaining about the type of pancakes that she made, and to say they are eating them with jam as well; and I told some of the people that where I come from we have pancakes with jam and/or cheese as well), so the Finnish person kindly introduced us to a wonderful evening quiz from Finland, which we all loved.

Later in the night we all managed to wash up together and then say goodnight to one another, and that is how our wonderful international evening has came to an end.

9/10/13

Today I woke up early, as I’d told the tree planting people I wanted to go out with them for another amazing day.

We started our journey by having difficulty opening the main door for our minibus which we were supposed to go to the site with, but finally after some struggle we managed to get it opened and then we moved out from the hostel car park, then when we got to a local co-op some of the group wanted to go in and get some stuff, but again we had difficulty opening the door, so it was here that one of the organisers very kindly took us to a local cafe and they offered us all a wonderful drink while we were all waiting for the second car to arrive. By this time it was already about midday, and then finally we headed out to the site where we were going to help Treesponsibility. We were 12 people, 2 were local and organisers, and the rest were volunteers from different parts of the planet. One of the main IVS organisers had a car and the local organisers provided another family estate car, which meant we all managed to get to the site comfortably, but as soon as we arrived at the site, the rain started and due to the hilly situation of the site and it being very windy as well, after managing to keep ourselves under a heavy rain and wind for about half an hour, then the organisers with us got to consensus to abandon the site and come back to the town and go to Nutclough Housing Co-op (formerly known as Zion Housing Co-op), and dry ourselves and rest there, eat, and watch some British comedy show called Faulty Towers, then playing some games before we headed back to the hostel at 1700 hours.

After coming back and having a shower and resting a bit we went back to Nutclough Co-op’s “creative space” and the people over there very kindly made us a wonderful dinner and then a very nice two- types of dessert, and then after some talking from the people who were hosting us for the evening about the idea behind Zion and co-ops and Radical Routes, and how they got involved, and then different input from different members, then later on some people decided to go out for a Japanese concert and the rest of us, after helping with some washing and cleaning up, headed back to the hostel.

After coming back and having a little more talk about our day of activities and a nice cup of tea we all said goodnight to one another.

10/10/13

Today I have to pack most of my stuff, and try to be ready for the next day when I’m moving out of my wonderful and very comfortable room that I’ve been occupying for the last 18 days (which is the maximum number of days of staying indoors throughout my whole peace pilgrimage journey). After having our wonderful breakfast together with my brother and sister I did prepare all my camping stuff to move them out and took my famous KSA peace tent out so that I can set it up on a platform which has been made outside the hostel for situations like this when the whole hostel has been booked there are no places left indoors, and I was so happy to have the opportunity of taking my peace pilgrimage tent out from the hostel building, and to stay outdoors on the platform.

In the afternoon we headed out to the carpark and started to work on the lighting system for Holly, which as I mentioned before I didn’t manage to complete with Joe, and we have postponed it, and this time I was doing it with my wonderful north brother, so while my sister was busy scraping and painting Holly, I was busy with Boris (the old red van), taking out the fog light and replacing it with the broken Holly’s red fog light, and this was at the time my wonderful brother was busy repairing the whole back lighting system of Holly and replacing anything that is needed from Boris into Holly’s back lighting system. Finally after almost three hours of struggle and patience I managed to replace the light and same with my brother he managed to do what he intended to do and some little bits from here and there as well, and then we all came back to the main building at about 1645 just before the opening of the hostel for when the guests may enter their rooms, and then I had to go to the platform and put up my historic peace tent and move my main sleeping stuff in there and be ready to move out if it was need it even tonight, but at the end I found out I can stay indoors for one more night.

Tonight we had a wonderful light meal each of us helping ourselves with different things, and I had a nice tea break and a final chat at the end of the night with the tree planting and IVS group of people for the last time, then we all said good night to one another.

11/10/13

Today after having my breakfast I did move out into my peace tent after staying indoors in my own room for 19 days, the longest ever indoor stay throughout my peace pilgrimage journey.

Just before midday I helped my sister with cleaning of the room which I was staying (Horsehold), and also another room (Mankinholes) opposite to me, which two teenage boys with all their odd behaviour and their adopted mum had been staying in. We prepared the rooms for some new guests which they have booked the rooms from a long time ago.

Then in the afternoon my brother and I went out to the town to take some laundrette materials, going to the post office, and also to sort out some lighting problem and get some local free range eggs, it was here that after visiting the laundrette and post office that I mentioned to him about a small hydraulic car that I have seen near to the church by the hostel, that was written on it “water car” and “zero emission”, and I told him I was looking for a water tank but I couldn’t see anything like that, and he kindly took me to the mill building near Hebden Bridge river, and showed me a water turbine which he told me it is producing 10 KW of power and that electric car is running with batteries which has been charged with that turbine, and that is how it is called a water car.

Then he kindly took me inside the Hebden Bridge mill and showed me the old water wheel, and then we changed some lights and brought back one which wasn’t working for repair, and then picked up some eggs for our pancakes (Shalkanah), which I was going to make them for our gathering tonight, then we went back to the hostel.

Since I have arrived in my new temporary home in the north west of England (West Yorkshire) I have asked my brother to see if we can make a device which will extended the life of my phone battery, and here we go he did finally offer me a batter, which will extend the life of the phone by almost five times, and an in-car charger, which we made in The Shed (my first heaven room) and made all the necessary connections together while he was repairing the lighting connection for the mill building, which we brought back earlier from there.

It was about 5pm that we were talking about our brother from west, that whether he will turn up with his girlfriend “Kate” soon or not? and as I was in the kitchen and checking for the ingredients of the stuff for my pancakes (Shalkanah), and also washing up from our afternoon tea break, that I have heard and seen them both have just turned up, and I was so happy and over the moon, because we all knew apart from them that tonight we all are going to be together for the dinner and the pancakes (Shalkanah), and also it was our brother’s birthday which Kate has very kindly made, and brought a wonderful birthday cake, which unfortunately had nuts in it and my sister is allergic to nuts, but Kate has brought some flapjack as well and some dark chocolate digestive biscuits, so we were all happy with what we were going to have and our gathering and catching up with each other.

While we were having our tea break and talking, and catching up with one another I came across two new words which I heard to be mentioned by our north brother, and I’d like to share them with you so it will remind me, if anyone else mentions them to me, that where I have heard them first was here: one was the word “pre/post-prandial”, and second “frith”, and earlier I was told by my sister what was the name of the room which I had described it in my previous blog without a name and just description, so she told me and also it is written on the door but due to the door is always opened I have not noticed it, and it is called “the Snug” room, right at the end of the lounge, and I mentioned this to our new visitors which they didn’t know about it.

Later our wonderful brother from north cooked us another wonderful risotto and we all really loved it and after that I made my pancakes (Shalkanah), which I ended up to make both style of American and English with the help of our wonderful Stuart who kindly helped with some parts of it and wonderful Joe as well, then I managed to make as much as everyone was happy for me to stop making them due to they had enough of it, and then the birthday cake came with tea and drink and over all I think everybody enjoyed their evening very much, then later on after some more talk and catching up we all said goodnight to one another.

12/10/13

Today after having our wonderful breakfast all together we all walked to the town and crossed the town then by the canal and we walked for a little then just before we turn to a hillside my wonderful sister took us to a place where she used to live many years ago, and she had done some painting decoration in and outside around the place and there were still signs of it, and then she kindly took us to the hill which was about 400m above the sea level towards a place called Horsehold (same as the room I had stayed in), and it was here that we said we should have a walking guide for those people who are visiting the hostel and staying in those different rooms, so they can visit the place their room is named after, and I mentioned that in the future I might make a guide according to my walks to those places which are the name of the rooms.

After walking and exploring the area all five of us and enjoying our walk we came back to the town, then after my brother and I got into a cheese store which they had more than 50 types of cheese and tasting some we chose four types to take back to the hostel so we could have a wonderful buffet all together, then Kate kindly brought some delicious apples as well, this all was at a time around 1600 hours which my sister and my brother from north did go back to the hostel a bit earlier, and I took my west brother to the mill building near Hebden river to show him a water turbine which I was told it is producing about 10KW of electricity and that charges batteries for a car which is written that it runs with water, and then I took both my brother and Kate to inside the old mill building to see the mill wheel and as I was showing them around I saw on the wheel was written on it “first built in 1314″, which I was very surprised to see a wheel this much old, but you can read the story yourself, at (http://www.hebdenbridge.co.uk/news/2013/066.html). After this the three of us headed back to the hostel as well, and we climbed up almost 100m to the place which was a nice steep uphill walk for all of us.

So we got back and we all had a wonderful buffet together, and then my two brothers had arranged from before to go to Manchester to see a gig which is called Deep Purple band, and then Kate was resting and my sister was busy with people at the reception of the hostel till about 2015 hours and I have heard that people have turned up late looking for a place but the hostel is full, which has been not usual, and she has kindly found a place for them nearby instead.

So after we had our own different drinks and talked about few other stuffs we said goodnight to one another.

13/10/13

It was today that finally after three weeks staying in the Calderdale area – my new home in north west – I had to put down my peace tent and pack and get ready to head back to south west first and then London, but before this I was offered by my wonderful south west brother some breakfast and my wonderful bonded north west brother, some clothes in a style of a northerner (!), so after having my breakfast with everyone I did try on my new outfit and then before I packed my peace tent from the platform my sister has taken some photos of me in my new outfit, just by my peace tent on the platform which they have built.

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A photo of me by my peace tent in my new northern outfit on the platform outside the hostel

After all this we all packed everything, because everyone had to get somewhere, my northern sister and brother plus their friend the caretaker wanted to go to Leeds to see a preview of a film called Spied Upon (http://spiedupon.com/), while my west brother, Kate and I had to head back down to Gloucestershire area, so we all at about 1255 hours said goodbye to one another and we have given each other a wonderful heart to heart hug until the next episode of our meet up, and that is a time in which the universe will connect us all together, and we left the hostel carpark towards our destinations.

So we headed towards south west and after my brother very kindly despite being a bit tired from yesterday’s wonderful walk and last night’s gig, did drive us almost about four hours. During this time we did our best to talk to each other throughout the journey and covering different topics and subjects so we wouldn’t get bored from the road, and then he kindly stopped in a service station on our way south for us and especially for himself to rest a bit, and after getting some delicious traditional English food “Cheddar Cheese Ploughman’s” sandwich for me and for himself and Kate their favourite one as well, and Kate on the other hand had very kindly got us our tea, then after a nice food and tea break we were back in the car and had some of the remaining birthday cake with our tea for our dessert, then he again started driving back into the M5 and this time towards our final destination, South Cerney in Gloucestershire, we arrived at our destination very safely at 1755 hours.

At the end I just wanted to say thank you to everyone providing such a warm and welcoming home during my stay and the time I was in the north and my wonderful west home that I have always been welcomed ever since I was back, and for participating in helping me to get from one destination to the next, and I hope tomorrow the universe will connect me to London for my coming One Year of peace pilgrimage journey and two years of Occupying anniversary.

love and peace

your humbled Earthian brother

Earthian

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Hebden Bridge

Once we stopped the vans in Yorkshire, our wonderful brother – despite driving for more than three hours – did prepare a wonderful meal of risotto (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaT-CEIVHhE). While he was cooking I was familiarising myself with my new home for the next week or two, which is an independent hostel (www.hebdenbridgehostel.co.uk, also known as “mama weirdigan’s”).

There was a lot to take in, including reading all the signs around the place, which sometimes were about describing an animal and even one describing a human being. Slowly I was introduced to a cat which is called “Kipper” (the hostel cat), after I had read all about her on the sign on the lobby wall, and as I introduced myself to her as an Earthian peace pilgrim she appeared to be very lovely and friendly. Then I was reading about a human description below the Kipper story, and I met the wonderful person I was reading about, as he just turned up in the lobby area and entered the kitchen and very kindly said hello to me as he was coming out of the kitchen, and he is one of the main caretakers for the place. Finally I did meet a beautiful woman called Danni who is helping the hostel to run as efficiently and as smoothly as possible during the day and even sometimes at night, especially when they have more people staying.

As I introduced myself to them, slowly we started talking to each other and then had a wonderful evening meal and drink together. I was taking in a lot of information, especially in the lobby and the lounge area (and clearly there was a distance like between Earth and Moon, if not Mars, between Larry’s Lounge at Small World and Over the Moon festivals and this lounge here), and then we all said goodnight to one another.

24/9/13

After having a wonderful rest from days and weeks of running from one festival to another, I had a good night’s sleep in my new home in a very civilised way, and I can guarantee that some of the Egyptian pharaohs even didn’t have such a life and resting place (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pharaohs), and then I had a great breakfast and started writing up and catching up all about my daily activities for the duration of more than a month.

It was today that I was shown the workshop for LEDfantastic and some other little projects. As Dave and I were talking about some of the projects, my sister came in and said I was “in a little heaven room”, and it was indeed a place where I would love to do things during my spare and free time. It was here as well that my brother showed me how he had made some bread which he brought to the Alchemy festival, which we had enjoyed eating there, he was making it by using a machine and all he has to do is to add all the ingredients and then after about two hours the bread will be ready.

Later in the evening our caretaking friend kindly cooked us a very nice vegetarian stew (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stew) with some beautiful potatoes, and then after that we did washing up, and having our tea, and some more catching up, then we said goodnight to one another.

25/9/13

Today we were all quite busy with our daily tasks and my brother went to the Isle of Arran in Scotland for a duration of almost five days (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isle_of_Arran), and he has left us at about 6am. The rest of us had our breakfast in our own time as appropriate, and I am sure we all enjoyed it.

In the evening our sister cooked us a wonderful rice and some vegetable and also some fried eggs, just for three of us, and we all enjoyed eating together, and afterwards as usual we all helped to do the cleaning and washing up, and later we had our nice tea break with some wonderful cake which Danni has kindly made.

26/9/13

Today during the morning, and afternoon apart from trying to write and catch up for the blog, I went down to the lobby and lounge and tried to find out all about everything on the many boards all over the lobby and the lounge, and it was very interesting. I think there is a lot of information here if you want to know more about the area, and the whole world as one.

Later Danni has kindly made us a wonderful dinner with a very nice vegetable stew and white couscous, and again we all helped with washing up, and shared another evening with each other while having our tea break after our dinner on the table in the lounge area.

27/9/13

Today during the morning and afternoon, apart from trying to write and catch up again for the blog, I studied more in depth the lobby and the lounge area, and also right at the back of the lounge where there is a wonderful and very quiet meditative room, which as you enter the lounge it draws your attention due to always having its door open. In that room there is a small library of books and many different games for you to explore, and even you can have your own music to be played if you want to, and if all the material in there is not enough, or just you want to have an auxiliary mental boost, I found two books which have drawn my attention, being “God and the new Physics” by Paul Davies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_and_the_New_Physics) and “The Pennine Way” by Martin Collins (http://books.google.ca/books/about/The_Pennine_Way.html?id=rOGwll7kGY4C).

Finally, after spending some time looking at one wall of the lobby, I managed to find out what all those seemingly to me at first glance mixed and confusing maps and photos were about. If anyone wants to do or fancies more than 250 miles (268 miles/431 km to be exact) of walk in spring or summer time (I don’t recommend in autumn or winter), I think you should definitely get in touch with my brother Dave, who has done this walk (the Pennine Way) and he has managed to get the certificate for it as well. It is a walk where you will start from Edale and go to Kirk Yetholm, crossing at least two major counties here in England as far as I understood – Derbyshire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derbyshire) and Yorkshire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorkshire) – then Northumberland National Park, and finally into Scotland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland). It must be a wonderful walk, which I wouldn’t mind doing if I find the right time for it, but please, this is what I understood – before you decide to do it, talk to Dave as he is a wonderful and nature-loving walker in the area (and now he is doing one in Scotland on the Isle of Arran), or else do some good research about the long walk before you go.

Later today in the evening, again the cooking came back in the circle to my beautiful sister, and this was due to be my turn, but because I didn’t have all the ingredients for my dish, so she kindly cooked something, which she was thinking it was simple but it was the most wonderful veggie burgers plus organic beans, and I have seen her spending a lot of time making and then baking blackberry crumble cake yesterday, which I tasted, and it was great, and now today after our wonderful evening meal she prepared some custard for its dressing. So we had another wonderful evening meal all together, and the place for my brother Dave was really looking empty and already I felt we were all missing him, and we were looking forward to seeing him again soon.

28/9/13

It was today that we had another beautiful day and I wanted to go to the little town and explore the area while the weather was looking very good for this time of the year, but I knew that the family of my sister are coming, so I decided not to go out and I asked my sister “if it is ok, I really would like to stay in and try to meet them all and spend some time with them”, especially I wanted to do this as I have heard it is her sister’s eldest son’s birthday. Definitely, I was over the moon to stay and talk to them.

I came down to the lobby at about midday, and here we go they were all around the kitchen and the lobby and the lounge area, so I was introduced to our mum and another two sisters and two wonderful boys, then slowly as we were chatting and talking to each other the birthday boy and his little brother came along and I introduced myself to them and gave them my heart to heart hug as I did with the rest, then they slowly start to open their presents and we did start to play with their presents and the toys, which they both have got including “play doh” for the little one and “uno” and some more for the older one, and I didn’t have a chance to play with all the presents that he got due to the lunch being ready and so we were all called out for the lunch.

After we all had a delicious lunch together, and I really enjoyed it, then we had our fruit dessert and then it was washing up and then our tea break, which we all had outside in the garden, while we were playing uno, and then finally the birthday cake arrived and our wonderful nephew was so happy. Of course the little one was a bit upset, for the reason that he couldn’t understand why his big brother is getting more stuff then him and getting his slice of cake first. I hope he will understand soon before it all gets complicated and the rest to follow.

Later in the afternoon after having our tea and the birthday cake, we all went up to a platform very near to the hostel as the sun was moving from the garden towards the platform, which has been made to be used at times like this just to get some more sunshine, and also in emergency someone can easily put up a tent there and have a nice camping area. As the clock was approaching to about 5pm the family slowly prepared themselves and they said goodbye to us, and I have to say here I really enjoyed and had a wonderful time with my extended family, and as I told them earlier I hoped that they will all one day very soon in the future meet my side of the family as well, and we all enjoy living for what is the most beautiful thing in the whole planet – “our love for each other, and our coexisting in peacefulness and harmony with mother nature”, and nothing should separate us from one another.

Later, we didn’t need to cook as we had a lot of food from lunch time, and also some wonderful people who were staying in the hostel have cooked a lot of food and a big pan of stew which they very kindly asked us to share it with them. After we’d helped ourselves and then helped with washing up, then it was our tea break, and I’d really had another wonderful day and evening in my new home in Calderdale.

29/9/13

Today after waking up and having some wonderful breakfast, finally – after staying indoors for almost five days while trying to catch up with my last month’s peace journey to festivals and gatherings and many other places – I decided to go out into the little town of Hebden Bridge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebden_Bridge).

It was just after 1130 hours when I left the hostel with one aim in my mind – to take my peace journey with much love into the Calderdale area (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calderdale).

After walking down into the town of Hebden Bridge I went to the centre which is marked with a fustian knife sundial (http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMFWT9_Fustian_Knife_Sundial_Hebden_Bridge_UK). I sat down on a bench near there and looked at the shadow of the sundial on the hours, and the time was just a few minutes past the 1100 hours which is GMT, and not BST, and I stayed there for about a good two hours.

I managed to speak to a good number of people and I started with a wonderful rainbow brother Ralph (http://www.cam.net.uk/home/nimmann/dances/calderdale.htm). After speaking to each other for about 10-15 minutes, he was kindly offering me a meal and he did tell me that if I am going to be there in the centre for another half an hour or so, he would be quite happy to bring me some sandwiches, which he did very kindly bring on a tray, both food and drink from his home, which I really appreciated. I gave him more than twice my heart to heart hug. I have heard before I even got to the town about Ralph and his hug story, and he had brought his small yellow “free hug” sign to the square and as I was eating, I have seen he was hugging quite a number of people. Also he kindly introduced some of his friends to me while I was there, and he told me he has linked my weblog to his one and I think to his face book as well, all when he had gone back to his place to get some food. Also he told me that he has just been in a Quakers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quakers) meeting and he offered me to go to a singing combined with dancing event in a local church between 1600-1800 hours, which I told him if I was around at the time I’d be happy to come and join you, but later on I couldn’t make it due to my peace journey around the area.

After engaging and speaking to some more of the locals and non locals (maybe guests of the town), about myself and my peace journey so far, then I said goodbye to my wonderful rainbow brother Ralph and after a journey round the town, canal, river and railway, I headed up towards the old village of the Heptonstall (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heptonstall), starting from the bottom of the tallest mill chimney in the town of Hebden Bridge.

After visiting the village, cemetery and the church I asked some locals about how to get to the next villages of Pecket Well and Old Town before going back to my final destination of the Hebden Bridge Hostel. As I was walking and leaving the village of Heptonstall, going down towards the Blue Pig Working Men’s Club at the bottom of the valley, I met the minibus driver from Reclaim The Power (RTP), and he straightaway knew me and called me from far, and then I met a few more locals as I was going down to the bottom of the valley and then crossing another bridge on top of the Hebden Water. Then I was heading up again, towards the village of Pecket Well, then I carried on to Old Town, of course on my way stopping a few times to look at the surrounding landscape and also the two eye-catching structures that had drawn my attention to them and that I wanted to see from close range; one of these was the wind generators (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_turbine), and the second one was called Stoodley Pike (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoodley_Pike). After seeing them from Heptonstall, I still couldn’t get very near to them from Pecket Well or Old Town.

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If you look closely you can see Stoodley Pike, and further on the right there are some wind turbines.

It was a wonderful walk and great connections with the people and the nature around the wonderful little town of Hebden Bridge, and somehow the landscapes and surroundings were reminding me of my birth place, except the only difference was the geographical location and the surrounding area, and the landscape was about ten times lower than my original home place. I have to say I do understand that we might all have some childhood attachment to our birth place, but I believe that where your heart and love is happy, there should be the place you could stay and do what you think is good for nature and all her inhabitants, including humanity as a whole.

 

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A place that I am staying in Hebden Bridge taken from Heptonstall side.

As I was thinking and walking towards my final destination, I managed to find a lot of natural blackberries, and then as I was thinking of other fruits, and as I entered the town again, I came across a house with some plums and apples on their doorstep which they were putting there for donations, and I looked around and didn’t see anyone to talk to, and so I helped myself as my body needed and then thanked those people, who were providing them to me, and I carried on, and just before the sunset (which you can see a photo of it below), then I managed to get back to my wonderful resting place, and I have to say, after been indoors for more than few days, I think I enjoyed every step of the walk around the area.

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So, after arriving back to the hostel just after 1830 hours I managed to rest for a bit and then I start to prepare a simple and light Kurdish meal which is called “Shalamin”.

Since I have arrived in my new home and wonderful little town of Hebden Bridge, I was made aware by my sister that from Alchemy festival we had some “Shalamin”, because it came about during my first peace journey from London to Lincolnshire back in May (when I ended up in Leeds), that one of my brothers there had some of it, and he kindly cooked some for me, and gave the rest to me, so I left it in the Cotswolds place, then after I cooked some for my brother and Paul, then the rest came to Alchemy festival just in case if we had a chance to cook it, but there wasn’t a chance, and then it came back with us on 23/9/13 to Calderdale, and ever since I was planning to cook it but due to not enough ingredients it never happened till today.

So, finally I managed to cook it and all of us here in the hostel managed to taste and eat it, and I sincerely hope everyone enjoyed it, and now I am collecting ingredients for the third or fourth dish, and I am looking forward to cooking again very soon according to the available ingredients.

So we all helped each other to wash up and clear up then after our tea break and catch up with some of our daily activities we said good night to one another.

30/9/13

Today as I was having my breakfast in the lobby area I spoke to someone who is staying in the hostel and she is part of an International Voluntary Services group (IVS) invited by Treesponsibility (http://www.treesponsibility.com), and I was told there will be some more volunteers coming this evening and she is going to welcome them with some locals and I asked her if it is ok I’d like to come and welcome them as well, so she told me “not a problem” and if I go to the lobby at around 1730 hours we can go together and if she wasn’t around I should make my way to the rail station and be there by 6pm, and that was it.

The rest of the day I tried to write as much as I could of my backlog for my blog and I did quite a lot of writing, so late afternoon and early evening I came down and here we go, there were some more people from Treesponsibility and I spoke to them and they were quite happy for me to go to the rail station and welcome new people, and bring them back to the hostel, and because the hosts were a bit late, one of them asked me, while she is cooking for us all, I can go with the person I spoke to this morning, and go to the station and bring back the rest of the volunteers back to the hostel, and we did go and welcomed the new arrivals to the little town, and brought them back to the hostel.

Later this evening we all had a wonderful meal together and then we all helped each other washing up and cleaning and then we had our tea break with some chocolate which one of the guests and volunteers (Michael) brought us from Belgium, so after a short briefing by the host and the organisers of the tree planting group we all said goodnight to each other.

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Today after waking up and having our breakfast we headed out altogether about nine of us, seven volunteers and two organisers in a minibus and a fairly new family estate car.

After a short stop in our host town we headed towards the bigger town of Todmorden (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todmorden), and after passing through the town we headed out into wonderful countryside and then uphill for about five minutes, then we arrived near to a farmhouse where is the tree planting area, that later we were told it is called “Sagar Lane”. The journey took us about 35-40 minutes, then after changing of our shoes and getting some planting equipment we started the preparation.

Some of us did preparation for protection of some trees which were planted before, and some of us cleared the ground and prepared it for the new trees to be planted, and after about an hour and half we stopped for a wonderful homemade soup and bread and then some tea.

Later in the afternoon we moved some new trees and other protection materials for those trees from the left side of Sagar Lane to the right side, and we started to plant some trees. By about 3pm when we stopped for our tea break we had managed to plant 100 trees, and then we carried on for another hour or so, and this time we managed to plant 63 trees, so as you know we managed to plant 163 trees which is about 20 trees per person. One of the organiser didn’t plant any and he was busy sorting other stuff out. We planted as follows: every three hawthorn tree, then one oak, rose or willow – so you tell me how many hawthorn trees per person?

It was just after 1630 hours that we start packing and coming back and this time totally in the opposite direction just for us to see the different scenery of the beautiful landscape of the area and after passing the old petrol station (I think more than 60 years old!?) in Kerbs, and then BlacksShawHead (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackshaw) area, we came back just close to Heptonstall village and then arrived back in our host town, at about 1730 hours and after light exercise with the chocolate loving Belgium person (Michael), we headed back to our rooms to quickly take a shower and head back to the town for our evening meal in a public house for a Tibetan spicy dinner.

In the pub I came across a few more people from the time of the RTP gathering, and also those who are going to organise and help with tree planting for the next day. Later some of us headed to the Heptonstall village and few of us went back to the hostel. After getting back to the hostel and hearing the news that one of the people who is helping the hostel had a bad back ache I didn’t feel good, then he was taken to Halifax after arranging an appointment and having some food.

Later on after having a bit of rest and saying goodnight to everyone, and then catching up with some more of my writing for the blog, I said goodnight to the universe and my surroundings.

There is a video similar to what we did today from last year’s group (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKTDzy3bY2w), and I hope that you’ll all enjoy watching it, and if you have a video or a photo of our tree planting today, please make me be aware of it, so I can link it to the blog.

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A photo of us while we were having our lunch, and I am serving bread for their wonderful soup

Finally, I have to say it has been a wonderful and amazing spring and summer full of love and peace, connecting to so many wonderful people, and again I should mention I started to go to my first festival back in May in Lincolnshire and then ended up going to the same county in September, for my 18th festival!

It has been an amazing and beautiful peace pilgrimage journey for me, full of love and happiness. I believe we can all do a lot more useful things in the nature with each other without any repercussion to one another, just by being truthful to ourselves and one another. I’ll head down to London to celebrate a year of peace journey where I started from, and if any one of you would like to come along, I’ll be in the birth place of Occupy London from 15th to 23rd of October.

So may love and peace be upon all of you, wherever you are on the planet Earth.

till then,

your humbled Earthian brother

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Noisy alchemists & ideal domes

17/9/13

Today I managed to do some general cleaning, and tried to do some catching up with the world of internet which I was away from for almost a month, and then later our wonderful friend Paul very kindly cooked us a delicious meal and a nice dessert as well, we really enjoyed it, and after some chatting and more catch up we said goodnight to one another.

18/9/13

It was today that I felt I have to prepare something for my brother and Paul, and I managed to get the recipe for a meal which is called Qobli (Yakawasora), and I managed to gather the ingredients and also a small dessert which we managed to eat together and I have heard that they really liked it and I thanked them for their trying to eat it with me, again it was another wonderful evening to be together. As we had planned before, my brother and I had to go to Lincolnshire for the Alchemy festival next, so we had to prepare ourselves and then later on we said goodnight to each other.

19/9/13

Today before my brother came back from the place of antiquity, I managed to prepare myself and also make some sandwiches for our way, due to it being a long three or four hours of driving, and then I packed everything that I could, so when my brother came back I was ready and all I have to do is ask him if there is anything that I can be of help with. He came back at about 4pm and he managed to make himself ready in less than an hour, so we managed to leave the area at about 5pm and headed towards the north east of England (towards Alchemy festival in Lincolnshire).

After leaving our region of Gloucestershire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloucestershire), and entering Shakespeare’s Warwickshire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warwickshire), then we passed the fox’s county of Leicestershire, and finally we entered the famous county of Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln, and many more in Lincolnshire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincolnshire). After crossing few little towns and villages we managed to enter the festival town of Coningsby, and after a small GPS mapping error we managed to correct our way and we safely arrived in the festival area just about 9pm. After a little wait outside the box office we said the magic words that our sister had arranged to let us in and everything went well.  Just a bit later we managed to find our wonderful sister, behind the famous Kaplick Solar Stage (which later made my brother and I a bit dysfunctional, due to its loud noise for almost three days).

Our sister had kindly arranged for us to be there, to be part of her wonderful “ideal dome exhibition”. There is a website for how to make a geodesic dome if you visit (www.werdigans.co.uk) and there were LEDs (www.LEDfantastic.com) all around this beautiful geodesic dome, and also there was a lot of literature in the dome including the Occupied Times, which made me busy reading some of the new issues and even I found some old articles about my time in Occupy, and especially the Occupy Nomads (OT#13 page3 and OT#16 page19/22) – some of the photos in those papers were taken by my brother, and it was just before I start my Occupy Everywhere.

So, just before we started talking and trying to catch up with each other we managed to eat some food, and then my brother put up his tent and I was offered to stay in this wonderful dome, and also we talked about how we can offer our time to talk to the wonderful people who will come to see the dome from tomorrow.

20/9/13

The first day of the festival was a beautiful sunny day and I managed to put up my peace tent – for more than the 180th time – and also I went around the festival and talked to some more wonderful and interesting people in different areas of the festival, then came back and helping with interacting with more people. This time it was not only about my peace journey, but also about how we can live in a geodesic dome as a shelter or for any other purpose, also we talked to people to say how lighting can be provided just using ultra low power LEDs with a 12V battery, which can be charged by a solar panel. If the person was really keen on knowing more, we could explore more areas with them, in terms of the literature we had inside the dome as well.

It was today that a person came along and told my sister that she had inspired him two years ago, and now he has designed a geodesic dome with hollow metal pipe, which can be put together in ten minutes; he came to thank her, and he was a blacksmith and they had a workshop just opposite to our ideal dome, and this triggered me to go along  and ask if there was a possibility of making something for my enamel bowl, as I couldn’t carry it on my belt, and they kindly helped me with this problem and I thanked the blacksmith for helping me with the bowl.

Later my brother very kindly cooked a wonderful dinner for us, and we really enjoyed it, also we were waiting for a couple more people to join us for the rest of the weekend (our brother Dave, and sister Ali), so then after they came we had a wonderful drink and more catching up, then we said goodnight to each other.

21/9/13

Today I managed to make a rocket stove with a group of wonderful people in Earthy Steve’s workshop. If you want to see how it does look like you can see this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRLR07GRgvQ), and for how to make it yourself he has got “rocketstove workshops” or “Earthy Steve” on facebook, and also you can see how to start a fire without a lighter or a match – watch this video which is not very green but effective (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzXOVbYUamc) or effective and green here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa5Pk6qRniY).

Also Steve told me about story of a person who is called Chris from Manchester, and he has designed something which can produce electricity, he had a model in his workshop, but if you want to know more about it you can look up at www.scraptopower.co.uk, I hope you will find it interesting.

After making the rocket stove and filling it with wet soil I brought it back to the area where I was staying and tried to test it but it didn’t perform well. Later on we found out it was because the soil was still wet. I gave the stove to David Phillips who invited me for a dinner, and later he told me he would like to give it to one of his friends called Matt Parker as a birthday present, and I was happy that he has used it after the soil dried out and he found it very useful, and also it has found a nice place to go and has made someone happy to have it; after all, I as a peace pilgrim wouldn’t be able to carry it and the whole idea of going to the workshop was to learn how to make it, and hopefully one day show others how to do it all over the planet.

Later on I managed to speak to some people who were running some of the main stages, in order to organise with them to slot me in to speak about my journey just for a short time, so if anyone was interested they can then check my blog for more details. Also I managed to do some help with the “ideal dome exhibition” as well as cooking some food (Qobli/Yakawasora), so we could all have our wonderful dinner together, and then later we had some wonderful black chocolate cake which was made by Ali, and we all enjoyed it with our tea.

Music from our neighbouring stage was great, it just had too much bass in it and I couldn’t cope so sometimes I had to put in some earplugs and it was the same with my brother as well, but we managed to cope just for another day.

It was today that I met Joel Robb’s dad, and he kindly asked Joel to make my first “Earthian a free citizen of planet Earth” badge, and I thanked both of them. They had this little caravan home full of scientific exploration, and I gave them both a heart to heart hug and told them I’ll mention the website address on my blog, so you can find them on www.curiovan.org, and read all about them yourself.

22/9/13

Today I asked Joel if he could kindly make another badge for my hat, saying “Earthian with love and peace” on it and he very kindly made it for me, and then I went around the festival and spoke to some more people and confirmed some of the times I’d arranged for my talks on two of the main stages. Then I did some help with the dome, and talked to a person who I knew from Small World and Solar A Fayre, but we never had a chance to sit down and talk about what we are doing and why we are doing it. He gave us some literature for the dome and details of a website for all the information from his friend Paul Mobbs (www.fraw.org.uk).

I managed to speak in Kaplick Solar Stage and reached some more people for a very short time at about 1715 hours, and I also spoke at the Liberty Solar Stage at about 1930 hours, which I was told would be on livestream on Alchemy festival’s website (http://www.alchemyfestival.co.uk/).

In the evening we had a wonderful meal made by Ali, who kindly dedicated her time to the meal. We also had homemade black chocolate cake from yesterday, and we really enjoyed the meal and I found tofu was something I’d never had before – I thought it was some kind of chicken fat till I was told the correct name for it!

Before sleeping we said goodbye to my brother and Ali who wanted to go earlier than our waking up time in the morning. We all hugged them and we hoped to see them soon, and then we said goodnight to each other.

23/9/13

It was another beautiful day, and when we woke up a lot of people already had left the festival including our brother Ben and sister Ali. Dave, Emma and myself started to pack slowly after eating our morning food, and I put down my peace tent and also helped with packing the ideal dome and did some other little chores all around the festival, then we were ready to leave the festival area.

It has been and always was my intention to come and visit my sister’s place, ever since my arrival back into the UK in April, because of her very kindness and inspirational view on what I was doing during my peace pilgrimage to the Middle East and back here in UK, but it had not happened yet, so I asked her if it was ok for me to go and stay for a little while and she said to me “it is fine”, and that is how I decided to go back with her and Dave to the north west of England.

So after having some light food and a nice tea break, we went around the festival in opposite directions from each other and met in the middle then carried on, saying goodbye to those who we knew or had bonded with at the time of the festival or before, and then around 1700 hours we left the festival area and left the east of England and the county of Lincolnshire.

After passing the famous county of Robin Hood in Nottinghamshire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nottinghamshire) we entered the famous white rose county, the greenest and largest county of England – Yorkshire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorkshire), which is the home of my northern sister and brother. Soon we arrived in an area known as the Pennines, or Calderdale, in the town where the beautiful rivers of Calder and Hebden Water meet.

It was about 2100 when we arrived at our resting place, and I had to thank my sister for such a wonderful and nice and slow, safe journey in the wonderful Holly (the big green van) and also I had to be thankful to my wonderful brother for his calm, loving and peaceful patience as he followed in a small van (named Tchorkie). I have to say, apart from a little glitch at the start of the journey when we were still back in Lincolnshire, everything went so smoothly and wonderfully. I was sitting with my brother in the smaller van and we were following my sister and wondering whether Holly will be taken all the way up onto the hill we were going to, as my sister had never driven that way before, and I told my brother “watch, and she is going to do it” and indeed she did it, and it made the whole journey much more wonderful, and peaceful.

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From solar to lunar

While I was helping out a few of the festival stage managers, I managed to get in touch with a wonderful person named Stan, who ran Larry’s Lounge at Small World festival and had helped with providing stage equipment at Solar A Fayre. Stan was going next to Over the Moon festival and he kindly helped me to get to my next destination after we’d gathered all his stuff and put it in his big van.

So, after leaving at 1330 and passing through Staplehurst (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staplehurst), Hawkhurst (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawkhurst), Hurst Green (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurst_Green,_East_Sussex), Battle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle,_East_Sussex) and finally Boreham Street (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boreham_Street), we managed to arrive in the town of Hailsham (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hailsham). The festival site was only about two miles away from the town and we finally arrived at 1500 hours in a farm which was called Knotch Hatch Farm, and Over the Moon festival was there.

As I arrived, obviously people at the main gate asked who I am and why am I here? however, some of them knew me very well from other festivals and they asked me to go to the production office. After going to the production office and speaking to some wonderful people – especially Hanna – I managed to get in touch with the main organiser of the festival, someone called Jim, and then Hanna kindly took me to the quietest area of the festival, in the healing area and I set up my peace tent. Then I went back to the production office and reminded them that usually I speak to people about my peace journey, and they kindly help me with my food and drink, but now that I am in and have set up my peace tent, I would like to arrange some talking time and also I would like to help in the crew kitchen in order to get some daily food. Hanna again kindly took me to the kitchen crew area and she introduced me to someone who was running the crew’s kitchen – and I knew him from the time of my Sunrise festival, and here we go it was Chef, who had his cafe and also was helping the festival with the crew’s daily food. Anton (a Rainbow brother from the last festival, Solar A Fayre) was also helping to cook, and also Hanna put me in touch with some people in the areas where I wanted to talk and already I knew most of the people she was introducing me to, from previous festivals. It was very nice to see them and organising my talk was very much easier to arrange, because I was known to them too.

So, that was how everything went at the Over the Moon festival; I managed to arrange some talk time in a few different venues and my favourite place was the roundhouse in the healing area, and also there was a stage which I knew from the Green Gathering called ” Avalon Rising talk space”, and it was my favourite stage in the festival, where I was spending some of my time listening to some informative material and documentary films.

12/9/13

Today I helped the main kitchen to get ready and be set up for tomorrow so crew can come in and help themselves with tea, coffee and music, and later on I helped to distribute some food past its sell-by date around the festival site, including to the Castle Stage which I knew from Small World festival, and also I helped Stan (the person who kindly gave me a lift to the festival), and also I introduced myself to a new geodesic sauna and shower system which was very different from the one I have seen in Green Gathering and Small World. So my day ended by talking to different new and old friends all around the festival.

13/9/13

Today I did help the main crew kitchen and also I went around the festival again and helped some other stages and visited the main stage – called “The Moon” – to see if I could arrange a time to talk for about five minutes before the main music would start at 4pm, but due to the full programme and delay in their set up there wasn’t any gap for me to speak there, but still I managed to get into some other stages and announce that next day (Saturday) I would be doing my talk in the roundhouse, after the Shamanic wisdom.

14/9/13

Today I had another busy day around the festival and also met up again with some old friends from other festivals and also went around the site again to tell more new people about my talk at 6pm, and later on some people turned up and I did have good conversation with them, and one of them was someone was called Ben Popple who was making raw chocolate, and he kindly offered me some as well, if you want to find out more check out his site (http://www.mrpoppleschocolate.co.uk/).

Later today also I met two more wonderful people from the “love revolution” (www.neadsandprince.com), who had seen me at previous festivals, and they kindly took couple of photos and they have uploaded them to the web and we can see them below.

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Prince and I at the Over the Moon festival.

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Neads and I at the Over the Moon festival.

15/9/13

Today was my last day of the festival and I tried my best to do my outreach all around the camp, going out and speaking to a lot of people starting from crew kitchen area and also I went back to the roundhouse and met Colin Willby who had just finished a workshop about his Peace Mandalas Publishing (www.peacemandalas.org), and then after his workshop I spoke to some more people in there as well, and due to rain forecast from yesterday I did pack my peace tent and said goodbye to the people near me and I was ready to head west back to my brother’s home if anyone was ready to go in that direction. I had everything packed and it was all in the roundhouse, while I had a long journey around the festival site asking if anyone was going in my direction. I had no luck so on my way back to my favourite place, the roundhouse, I met Colin again in Larry’s Lounge, and spoke to a few other people there, and then listened to a speaker and a video documentary on my favourite stage Avalon Rising, and there was a website address which they were showing this film from (http://www.theorionconspiracy.com/) – it is quite awakening, see it for yourself!?

16.9.13

After going all around the site and saying goodbye to almost everyone, and telling everyone about my weblog and my peace journey, finally I headed out of the festival to the main exit gate. Just before leaving the festival, as I was waiting for a lift towards the west of England, something came to me and I said to myself “I have to mention this”. It was that I felt in a way so released and relieved after coming out of the festival, due to a lack of decent conversation with the majority of the people who I met since after the Small World festival. I had a decent conversation maybe once or twice, but the majority of those wonderful people who I met and tried to have a conversation with were under influence of drugs or alcohol – mainly drugs – and they were all saying to me “you don’t know how creative you will be if you use this type of drug, you will see things clearly”, but their speech and movements were all slowed down and I hardly could make sense of what they were saying. It was as if they were really on a major breaking point of a massive project but they didn’t know how to solve the mystery, and they thought taking these sort of drugs will help them to solve it, but I couldn’t see anything like that – there wasn’t any mystery to be solved, and they were really to me just escaping from the reality in front of them. I wasn’t convinced for a second that the drugs would help, I don’t know how else to put it but to say I was disappointed by the amount of drugs consumed in the name of pleasure or recreation; I’ll leave that thought with you, and hope I’ll be more clear in the future about what I have seen, enough to say that it is not encouraging to me at all.

Anyway, after waiting for about two hours a wonderful person gave me a lift and he told me he is going back to Bristol, and I asked him if it is ok I’d like to go with him till Swindon and he kindly offered me the lift. Later on as we were speaking he told me that he was originally coming from Ankara (capital of today’s Turkey), and he has been in the UK for about 15 years and he is very much enjoying the freedom and the society of Bristol, and also he kindly offered me a drink and some food on our way back in a service station on the M25 just before getting on to the M4 westbound. After almost about three hours driving he very kindly dropped me in a layby at J15 of M4 at about 1400 hours and after giving him a heart to heart hug I said goodbye to him.

It was here that I waited for more than five hours and I calculated that almost 30,000 vehicles passed and none of them offered me a lift and I had to finally start walking and then try to find a place to put up my peace tent, due to the time was getting late. It was about 8pm when a police car appeared and the police saw the sign of my destination and they kindly gave me a lift and I gave one of them a heart to heart hug and had a good handshake with the driver who couldn’t get out of the car for some reason. I said goodnight to them after about a 15 minute drive, and when I arrived at my brother’s place it was wonderful to see him finally after almost a month, and he kindly had some wonderful food ready and all three of us had a great dinner and later a nice dessert together, and after some catch up we said goodnight to each other.

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Apples & fayres

29/8/13

After a good night’s sleep in Mark and Andria’s wonderful place and after having a good breakfast we headed out to the first apple orchard in the afternoon and we picked some Worcester Tydeman’s apples (http://www.orangepippin.com/apples/tydemanns-early-worcester), then we said goodbye to some other wonderful friends who were helping Mark and Andria and then later in the evening we came back to our resting place, and after some rest we did some grading and other general help. Due to Mark having to go to London Market the next day, so Andria and I did help him till quite late, and then we said goodbye to each other.

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Me in my first day of picking apples in an orchard near the town of Paddock Wood

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A group of us in our first day of picking apples in an orchard near the town of Paddock Wood in Kent

30/8/13

After having our breakfast I did some clothes and sleeping-bag washing, and some general tidying and organising things, and in the afternoon Andria and I went to a very close by apple orchard and we did pick about 30 bushels of discovery apples (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_%28apple%29, then we called it a day after that and had a wonderful dinner and another good night’s rest.

31/8/13

On Saturday we had to do some grading of discovery apples which we picked on Friday, and then some other general organising of recycling and composting old apples, and a bit of general cleaning and over all we had a great and satisfying day.

1/9/13

Sunday was a resting and an exploring day for me around the area, so after a good night’s rest and a nice breakfast I headed out on a bicycle northbound towards another little village called Yalding and then after a nice rest in a local green area near historic Twyford Bridge (http://yaldinghistory.webplus.net/page17.html) where people were out and enjoying their time, I followed the river Medway (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Medway) and Medway Valley (http://www.medwayvalley.org/) to a place where the river and a canal meet up together, and then over the famous Medway/Yalding historic bridge towards the town of Tonbridge, then I had to come back and go southbound towards the little town of Marden and explored the area before heading back to my resting place by about 1600, by which I had to get ready to go with Mark at about 1900 to his parents’ place, but he never came back and the trip never happened, so I helped out with some other activities around the place until about 2100, which by then Mark and Andria came back from Mark’s parents place and then we had another tea and talking break before we said goodnight to each other.

2/9/13

On Monday again after a good night’s rest I did help with some general cleaning up and later in the afternoon I did pick some 18 bushels of discovery apples in a local orchard very close to our resting place, and then in the evening I met Mark’s brother Tim who visits Mark every Monday and we had a lovely dinner and a good chat, then after spending another good evening together, we said good night to each other.

3/9/13

After a good breakfast we headed out to one of the old orchards where we went on our first day, and this time instead of picking Worcester Tydeman’s apple we picked discovery apples and we managed to pick more than 30 cardboard boxes so we were busy till quite late in the evening, and we have even delivered them to a local depot distributor in the town of Paddock Wood not very far from the orchard, then we went to a local public house to have a drink and use some internet while we were waiting for Javier, a wonderful human being from South America (Colombia) who was coming from London to the town of Paddock Wood to join us. It was at this time when I could briefly send a message out on facebook to say I am ok and very briefly saying what I was doing since I left London, then at about 2100 our wonderful guest turned up at the town and we all went back and had a wonderful dinner together and shared some foods from different continents, and after some late night chatting we said goodnight to each other.

4/9/13

We all woke up and had a wonderful breakfast and then we did some general tidying up and preparing some bushels to go to a new orchard and we went to a new orchard and we picked till late about 2030 hours but this time a new type of apples “Laxton’s fortune” (http://www.orangepippin.com/apples/fortune-laxtons), and we managed to pick 72 bushels which was a record pick for just four of us, and then we headed back to our resting place and again we managed to have a wonderful evening meal together and this was my final evening in the farmhouse, so we all tried to have an enjoyable and memorable evening together, then we said good night to each other.

5/9/13

Today was my last day in the farmhouse so I had to pack everything and be ready to head out to my 16th festival of the year www.solarafayre.co.uk, and I had my final breakfast with my wonderful hosts Mark and Andria and our wonderful friend Javier from Colombia, then we loaded some more bushels and headed to one of the old orchards and this time we all picked more than 30 bushels of discovery apples and I remember it was a hot day and usually we weren’t going out till after 2pm but today somehow we hit the heat of the day and by 2pm we headed to another orchard, and this time we picked some 10 boxes of wonderful plums, and then about 4pm we headed back to our resting place.

After a brief rest and taking a shower I packed everything and just before 1630 I said goodbye to Andria and Javier. Mark was going to pick up some grading boxes for all those 72 bushels of apples from yesterday, and then dropping a broken apple picking ladder to a farm engineering site and on his way to his farm place he kindly dropped me at about 1730 hours about two miles from the nearest village to the festival, which was called Boughton Monchelsea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boughton_Monchelsea), and it was here that I had to say goodbye to Mark and thank him and Andria for all the goodness and kindness that they showed me during my time staying with them, and I told them that I hope that I have been just a little help to whatever goodness that you are doing on the planet, and I am happy for what you are doing and for you encouraging others to do what is right to do for people and the planet. I have to say, despite ther