Back in Bishkek

On Wednesday 02.12.15, I arrived back in Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia to meet up with my wonderful partner and our son, as it’s about three months that I was away from them.

Due to my circumstance in Japan and finding no way to get out of Japan by means of the sea to America, I decided to move out in an unusual way, and move on.

After greeting and meeting with my family and a wonderful man who I met back in the summer when I was helping out with some teaching activities, this man explained he was going for a month or so to be away from the university, and he asked me if I could help out with his lessons at the IAAU (International Ataturk Alatoo University), which I was happy to do so while I was back, till next year.

So after going back to my partner’s place and resting, taking a shower, and eating something than I was given a lift to the university to teach a group of beginners English language from 2-5pm then back to my new resting place.

On December third I helped out with a pre-intermediate class for about 2 hours, then met up with a few people at the university to let them know that I am covering for a lecturer who has left for a short period, then on Friday 4.12.15 I got in touch with BLC (British Language Centre) where I was helping them with their summer camp to let them know that I am back and see how could I help them with anything for the days that I was off from the university and weekends as well. I met up with the manager and she kindly asked me to help out with some individual and group activities to teach at pre-intermediate and upper-intermediate levels, so I have been busy helping out for the weekend.

On Friday 18.12.15 I met up with a researcher from Germany who I met back in London and he’s now doing his research on anthropology in Osh. After his visit to BLC and a cup of lemon tea together we chatted about our activities since we have left London long time ago and we hoped to meet up again before he heads back to Osh from Bishkek, you can visit his blog on http://www.conninkyrgyzstan.wordpress.com, and find out more about his research.

So for the past month I have been very busy teaching English at the university and at the language centre, also visiting a few people and places, and being in a celebratory mode of the Xmas, and new year, and having enough time to find out and get in touch with some wonderful people and I think it’s worth to mention here my wonderful peace sister who I found out, while I was back here in Bishkek, she has taken on a challenge of going out and helping some needy people in southern Europe, so you can read more about her stories on:

https://hazelhedge.wordpress.com/2015/12/26/december-in-lesvos-2015/

It’s so fascinating what individually we can do and just imagine if we all come together what we can accomplish in any area we think things needs to be done and improve for a better planet and all its inhabitants.

I don’t want to review 2015 but I hope 2016 will bring us more harmony to come together to look after our planet, and everything else on it, so on this note wishing you a great year ahead of you and hope to meet more wonderful people on my way, and to learn more from them.

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A change of plan; no more Japan

02.11.15

I left the port city of Nishinomiya at about 2pm after sending out my final update for the blog. I was unable to get to an area in third part of the Shin Nishinomiya yacht harbour due to a construction development, then on my way I came across a kind retired man and as I spoke to him and showed him my messages in Japanese he very kindly gave my first lift for about few miles towards my next destination port of Nagoya.

So after saying thanks and goodbye to him I carried on walking first towards a famous and old capital of Japan (Kyoto), as for me to get to Nagoya I have to go through this city, then as I was walking and asking people about my destination to make sure I’m walking to the right direction, after more than 6km walk I came across a sustainable Nissan car dealer and I asked them if they could show me the latest catalogue from them, and they very kindly did – after some difficulties understanding each other first – then they offered me one to have and look at it, and as I looked at it in details the specification was very good and I hoped that in the future could get one for my life time and if so my children’s as well after me they could use it, and it’s a good feeling thinking of driving again with one of those in the near future, then I moved further away from the city of Nishinomiya and as it was getting dark trying to connect with my destination was difficult, so I went to a 24h internet cafe and I asked them about my stay overnight there, as I wasn’t sure outside will rain or whether I might be able to find a sheltered place, so as I had some funds I was told I should go back at 8pm to get the cheapest deal, so through someone kind I relayed my message to the receptionist and I told them if couldn’t get a lift towards my first destination to Kyoto I’ll be back and stay for about 8h, then as I went out again and tried hard to connect with someone towards my destination despite being dark, as I had to wait till 8pm before I go back into the internet cafe again, then just 5 min before 8pm a wonderful man from Itami between Kobe and Osaka, who was going back to his home and was coming back from Kobe from his work place (www.ibcjapan.co.jp), very kindly offered me a lift all the way to Kyoto after some talk together, and as in Kyoto for my third time, we went to two Manga Kisa (24h internet cafe) places but one told just chairs are available so I couldn’t lay down and rest, and the second we’re told just for Japanese, so after some time looking for a place he decided to take me back to one outside the city and he’s hoping I could get some rest before next day then I could make my way towards my final Nagoya port station.

I have to say he was very determined to find me a place to rest before he goes, and here in Japan if you ask someone for a place or something they want to make sure you’ll get it before they could let you go and then they could move on happy, it is part of their culture, and in the case of this wonderful man he want to show he wanted dearly to help me to get a place to rest, so after more than 2h of driving finally he found a place similar to the one about 3h ago I was there and I was told I could rest there if had funds, so after saying thanks to the wonderful international car exporter and dealer I stayed at the place (kyoto shi minaniku kuze higashi tuchikawacho 19), and after going through all the paperwork, as they’re extremely bureaucratic when it comes to staying in a place, so after all that I stayed there for about 8h, also I couldn’t rest much as I got busy sorting out my phone and photo issues, because the night before I couldn’t sort them out as the computer couldn’t recognise my phone, then I had to move out at 6am.

I made my way towards Kyoto again, and after about an hour of waiting another kind Japanese man offered me a lift back to the main train station in Kyoto for the fourth time and it’s here that I sent out a message to say after connecting to Kyoto for the fourth time I am about to make my way through the city towards Nagoya port, and after couple of connections at the station with a Japanese couple who offered me some dried African coffee and then an American couple who wished me luck and the woman offered me some funds, then walking for a bit and an hour of sleep in a little park then eating some food in a famous old man shop then again some more miles of walk I got my second lift of the day to the town of Otsu at the south of famous Japan lake of Shiga, then after thanking the wonderful woman for the lift, I came across and spoke to a couple of young boys who could speak some English and they kindly offered me some funds towards my food and drink then I waited there for about 1h before I got my third lift of my day with a wonderful woman with her young son, who were going back all the way to Nagoya, so she very kindly took me to the ferry terminal in the port of Nagoya, we spoke a little in the car as we couldn’t speak each other’s language then through one of her friends on her phone I managed to tell him my destination in Nagoya and have some laughing as I was tired and sleepy and her son as well, but he offered me some sweets that didn’t keep me awake so after arriving at the port after 2h of driving then she took a photo of me and her son as well then I said goodbye to them.

At the port I made some enquiries about my Pacific connection, which I found out there’s no Pacific Ocean connection here in this Japanese port as well, so after a local bus and a train connection I arrived at the main Nagoya train station at about 7pm and I stayed there for a few hours before I make my way outside as they’re closing the station, during those hours I came across two kind men one from Japan who after seeing my sign donated some funds and the second was again from Nepal after talking to him for a bit he very kindly offered me some food and drink, and showed his support for my cause with his writing message on my notebook then I said goodbye to him as well, as he had to go, and then I made my way towards another internet cafe as the night before I couldn’t get much sleep and during the day as well, so I managed to find and stay there for another 8h and this time I got some rest, drinks and a shower before I make my way out towards the main station again.

4&5.11.15

I had to move out after 8am from the Manga Kissa (internet cafe), so after saying goodbye to this new resting centre as well, I made my way back to the main Nagoya train station and after visiting the tourist information centre and getting a map for the city and the name of some of the famous landmarks here in Nagoya, I headed out towards my first place Toyota commemorative museum of industry and technology, on my way I stayed in a mini stop store to eat something and as I could sit there I caught up with my couple of days writing, then I carried on towards my first place of visit, Noritake Garden http://www.noritake.co.jp/mori then after about 1h of rest at the park near this garden, I moved out towards my second place to visit Toyota museum http://www.tcmit.org. I didn’t go in as it’s a bit late but I managed to see a live performance of a partner robot for 5min, and then I made my way towards the port again, which on my way I came across a place was called Lawson100 which everything in there suppose to be 100 yen but in reality is 108 yen including tax, it’s something like a pound shop back in England, so anyway I managed to get some food and I carried on walking and I came across a 24h Macdonald and I sheltered till next day, so I did some paper and map tidying up as there wasn’t any internet for me to use.

After saying goodbye to the place that I was staying for the night I made my way towards the port again and on my way I visited the city hall of Nagoya to find out whether their response would be same as Kobe and Osaka or different, as here they’re a different province, and after about an hour of waiting and talk I found out the mayor is in Sydney and the deputy mayor is very busy but staff for the mayor’s office again found out for me that they can’t help me. I was told to go to another place called “Nagoya International Centre” (www.nic-nagoya.org.jp), so I asked them to call them on my behalf if they would like to see me and if they could help me with my request and they kindly did, but again they told the mayor’s office staff that they can’t help me as well, so after thanking them for their time and being patient with me I headed on further towards the harbour and port of Nagoya again.

On my way I came across two groups of activists who were talking to people about two different topics: one about the WMD and mainly concentrating on Nagasaki and Hiroshima as the victims of such weapons, and I spoke a little with them as they couldn’t speak much of English and they’re the old generation, but as I showed my support for their cause and showing my messages in Japanese to them they’re quite happy and they supported my cause as well, then at about 5pm as they’re going home I said thanks and goodbye to them. The second group that I came across were two young men who were advocating “Japan for UNHCR” (www.japanforunhcr.org), which I supported their cause collecting funds for the troubled regions across the world and especially war torn regions, and I told them about my peace mission and I showed them my messages and they even corrected two words on my sailing profile (which it’s sent to me from England), as I showed them, they were emphasising the correct grammar of it, which I appreciated and wish them good luck on their efforts towards the crisis in the world and especially in Africa and other regions in the world, then about 6pm I said thanks and goodbye to them as well, and start walking again towards the harbour, and on my way I stopped in a Lawson store to use some internet and eat some food and I stayed around til about 11pm, before I move on further south, and on my way I found a quiet place to put my head down for the night.

6,7&8.11.15

I woke up at about 7am as the place I put my head down last night was a public area for smoking in front of a NTK cultural hall, which people were stopping by and smoking before they make their way to work, as the area was a non smoking area, so they have to wait to get to the smoking area before they could smoke, and it’s here in Japan that I have seen people couldn’t smoke anywhere that they’d like and they have to wait to reach a particular place or area which was designated to the smoking, so in a way public control has gone way beyond what I have seen across any other nations I have ever visited. Then after packing and waiting in a local store (FamilyMart), to eat something and do some updates, I moved on further towards the port of Nagoya again in a hope I could connect with someone who could help me with my Pacific Ocean connection.

So after walking, then stopping and trying to talk to people but with no luck after a few hours of walk and generally speaking to only two people, I finally arrived in front of a Mitsubishi TORAY Nagoya plant and as I approached the security personnel, and showing them my sailing profile and asking them if they could help me to speak to the manager of the factory and see if they could help me, but instead they put me through a phone to a police officer from Nagoya city and he asked me to leave the plant as soon as possible and don’t ask any companies for a job as I’m not there to work, and I said to him clearly that wasn’t my intention and they’ve misunderstood me and all I wanted was to speak to the main manager of the plant to see if he could help me with my Pacific Ocean crossing and nothing else, and if I have made the security personnel uncomfortable by showing my sailing profile that’s not my intention and I will leave immediately, so I did so and moved further away from the place as it’s under a heavy security guard through the personnel and cameras, so as I moved away from there, and due to the circumstances that I was in I have gone to a wrong direction and as I came across a place where I could get some food and drink then I stayed outside the Lawson store till next day, so as I was busy talking to some wonderful people using the store internet across the world. Then, as I didn’t get sleep all night I started walking further hoping to get into the harbour area, but don’t say as I have been tired and not sleeping at all and had yesterday’s incident with the security of the plant I have gone to a different direction for about more than 5km before I realised in the late afternoon which by the time I tried to get back to the Nagoya East port it’s too late in the evening so as it’s getting dark then I found another bridge to put my head down for the night earlier as last night didn’t sleep at all, so I hoped the universe will connect me with more kind people tomorrow.

Today on Sunday as I woke up about 7am and started to walk towards the Nagoya East port station and I was hoping I could make some enquiries about my connection, and as it’s raining heavily I managed to find the east port station and it’s exactly by the Mitsubishi TROAY company and there wasn’t any sign of a harbour or port for me to make enquiries so as it’s raining I couldn’t walk much most of the day, and in afternoon again when I did get a chance to walk for some time it’s too late to find anywhere and as the rain started again I stopped by a building which was called “Kings Court”, and I thought hopefully someone from here will come out and speak to me which it did happened at about 7pm, and I explained my circumstances and they kindly allowed me to stay by the letter boxes of the building till next day and a wonderful man with his wife from 7th floor of the building which was under maintenance and had scaffolding all around it told me we have a small apartment but I can stay indoor because of rain, and they wrote something on a piece of A4 paper to let everyone in the building know that I am safe and they already convinced a few of their neighbours who were around and one of them very kindly brought me some food and next some water and bread as well, and the wonderful man told me if anyone asked me why I am there, say to them contact flat 701 and he’ll explain to them.

9.11.15

Today as I slept earlier last night and I didn’t get any interruption from the people in the building, so I woke up about 4am and as the rain was stopped I headed out towards Yokohama, as I felt I don’t want to look for a port or any harbour here in Nagoya due to the complications of finding the right place for me to get in touch with some people that might or might not be able to help me with my journey, so after some walk and talk to some people, and also coming across some orange and mandarin fruit trees, so I had some to compensate for lack of vitamin c of my body and some passion fruit as well for my natural sugar, then I had come across a family mart store, as I was told by a kind man who gave me a short lift from his company to a main junction towards my destination then as I got to the store, and as I was standing outside a member of the staff from the store came to me which has not happened very often before, so as I explained my circumstances to him, and showed my messages, he very kindly after some time waiting came back and offered me some food and drink and as I managed to quickly update my circumstances through the internet there, then I said thanks to the staff of the store and I moved away further towards Yokohama, and as it’s raining again I found another bridge to rest for the night, and I said goodnight to the universe and everyone else around me – which were all traffic passing in a speedy way and they have to wait for the traffic light to go green so they can move on, and on the second level was an express way with no stopping at all.

10.11.15

Today I woke up at about 6am and after saying goodbye to my under the bridge resting place I started walking towards Yokohama again and after about few kilometres I got to a place which was full of oranges, mandarin and passion fruit plus some fig trees as well, so I had a bit of each then again head on for about few more kilometres before I get to a shopping mall and in there I got some food and water, then as I came out of the mall and standing with my board outside the main mall car park, and I was trying to see if I could get a lift towards my destination as it’s been almost two days since I have left Nagoya and getting nowhere closer to my destination, so after about half an hour standing there a wonderful kind man turned up, and came to me to say that Yokohama is too far but he would like to give me a lift to my next destination on the board and that was Toyokawa and I said it’ll be great to go anywhere further out of here, and he very kindly took me all the way to the train station and as we got there and he did enquire about next train to Yokohama, he found out there’s no train from there going to my destination but there was train from Toyohash, and not Toyokawa, so he very kindly decided to take me further from there all the way to Shizuoka, and on our way he stopped in a service station and very kindly got me a special Japanese tea and sushi as a treat and a gift for me, so after thanking him I sent out a message on a social media by connecting to his network to mention of his kind heart and his hospitality to everyone, and finally I asked him to drop me off at any service station close to the city so from there I could link up with other people to my final destination, so he very kindly did, and after saying goodbye to him I stayed the rest of the day from about 2pm till next day with no connection to anywhere, and I had to sit in there without sleep as outside was raining heavily during the day and in the night everywhere was wet, so lucky there was a place for hot and cold drinks which I stayed there till next day, and I hoped the universe will connect me further east tomorrow.

11&12.11.15

Today at about 6am I was ready to go from this service station 5km to Shizuoka, and after less than half an hour wait I got my first connection of my day with a kind man with his volvo estate car where boot of his car was full of cats and dog puppies so he took me about 100km to the next service station about 30km to Yokohama, and he offered me a coffee as well, then after thanks and goodbye to him in this service station I waited for over 2h before I get my next lift, during the time I was in this new service station which was run by NEXCO (NAKAI) and a Family Mart was there as well but the wifi wasn’t functioning, so it’s here that I met an engineer after talking to him about my journey and showing him my sailing profile and as he was waiting for a friend who has done a project together and they’re on their way to a meeting about their project (www.at-system.jpn.com), so as his friend arrived, and explained to him about me he said they’re in hurry and good luck with my journey and I said goodbye to them. I got some food to eat, then I spoke to a few others with no real connections, but as I was waiting I spoke to a lorry driver who was cleaning his lorry and making it ready for his next load, so he told me he would be quite happy to take me to the next busiest service station in the area “Ebina” about 10km to Yokohama, then as I found out he’s going to the port of Kawasaki, I asked him if he could take me there, so after visiting there I always can come back to Yokohama, and as you might know Kawasaki is between Yokohama and Tokyo, so he very kindly agreed and took me all the way to the port of Kawasaki and as we went through Yokohama and seeing its port compare to Kawasaki it’s massive, so as we arrived at about midday and lunch time, there was a Lawson store there and I managed to send out a message to say I’m well and arrived there through social media, then in the afternoon I went and spoke to the port authority, and after half an hour of talk they told me they can’t help and I should use social media to see if anyone out there would be able to come forward and help me, so after saying goodbye to them I came back to the Lawson store where I have left my stuff, and I hoped someone would be able to come forward and help me but for the duration I was there, over 24h, I couldn’t get in touch with anyone and I moved out next day at about 8am, after seeing no real hope from there. As I was walking to cross to the mainland from this port island, on my way I came across a few people and a ship which I asked about my need for help and they couldn’t help, and as there’s a fire at the port about 4 helicopters were hovering overhead and someone from the port with a pair of binoculars and a camera was observing the on fire region of the port, and as I didn’t get any help from them I moved further on and I came across a kind fisherman and after showing my messages he very kindly offered me some food and water then after thanking him and taking a photo and then saying goodbye to him I came to the end of that part of the harbour and as I was coming back to connect with Yokohama I didn’t get a lift and despite someone told me he’ll come back to take me they never turned back and after about an hour’s rest at the back of a Family Mart store as the weather wasn’t that bad, then I woke up and I came into the store which was a 24h place, and I sat down there hoping someone might go towards Yokohama and will take me, also one of the main reasons I stayed here in the port of Kawasaki I couldn’t walk back through a main bridge to Yokohama, so I had to walk to Kawasaki city and then from there to Yokohama which I didn’t want to take that route, and I said to myself ‘if tomorrow I don’t get a lift direct to the port I have to find an alternative’, then I came out of the 24h Family Mart store as the place that I was staying for using to sit down to eat and drink was closing at 10pm so I have to move out, and I was lucky that it’s not raining and despite being very windy, I found a truck to be a shield from the wind and in front of it I lay down my mat and put my head down inside my sleeping bag to sleep but immediately as I put my head down the truck driver woke up and started his truck engine and I stood up and wanted him to see me in front of his truck to make sure he wouldn’t run me over in the middle of the night, and then despite all the truck noise as it’s too late in the night and I was very sleepy as I wasn’t sleeping well for the past two days, so I decided to go ahead and put my head down for the night and said goodnight to the universe and everyone else around me.

13&14.11.15

I woke up at about 4am as I was really worried about my position despite being tired of not sleeping very well, but I made sure I am going to be alive to carry on with my peace journey, then I got something to eat and as I had a feeling there wouldn’t be any connection made from there to the port of Yokohama any time soon, I chose to do the alternative of walking towards Kawasaki city and from there back to Yokohama.

So as I said goodbye to the place that I was staying I headed out to do a round walk around the island and then found myself walking through an underwater tunnel for pedestrians which was about a km long and I have to say on my walk around the island I came across a number of big ships which was unloading or loading cargoes on them but none of them I could approach to ask if anyone of them going to Australia or America because of the security would tell me immediately no and showing me a cross hands that means no, so I can’t approach the area at all.

So anyway after crossing the underwater tunnel which reminded me of Greenwich under the Thames River tunnel for pedestrians, I got out of an island into another island and going around this as well to make sure I haven’t missed any connectivity to a nice human being might be able to help, but despite walking all around it with no luck through a small bridge I connect back to the third island before I try to make my way all the way to Yokohama or Kawasaki city, then as I crossed the bridge I saw another 24h Family Mart store and as I was tired and was walking since early morning and I haven’t had much to eat since, then I said to myself let’s rest here today and tomorrow is another day for itself, so I got some essential food and water as my donated fund was coming towards an end and I had to make other arrangements to survive here in Japan. I managed to communicate with my other half back in central Asia and let her know that I am okay for time being, and I was hoping to link up with her if she could get to Australia or New Zealand, but I wasn’t seeing any further hope out of Japanese official to help my crossing.

So I didn’t sleep all night again and moved out about 6am from there towards Yokohama, but as I was tired and I was trying to find an indoor place to put my head down I couldn’t find anywhere suitable and in one or two places I was told to move and as I was walking, hoping I was going towards my destination Yokohama, I came across a young cyclist and as I asked him about my destination he told me I’m going to a totally different direction and as he asked and showed me a bus towards the Kawasaki station and then from there to Yokohama, which he very kindly contributed towards my journey, so after a bus and a JR journey I arrived in Kannai station at about 9am not far from the port. I saw another Family Mart here and I managed to get some more food with the donated fund from the young boy, and as I was outside trying to eat and update my circumstances after about two hours a member of the store staff came out and told me to leave front of their store as every customer are allowed just 10min, and I said ‘it’s raining and I was sheltering here till rain stops then I will make my way to the port’, but she said I have been there for two hours and as all day is going to rain I have to make a move, so I said okay and made my way despite rain to another building nearby and in there I found a place where I wanted to move all my videos and photos from my phone to a memory stick, then I could format my micro sd card for my phone, as I was found out the reason I couldn’t any longer take photos was because it’s been corrupted, so I managed to do so in this place by offering some of my final fund and after that I did format the card, but afterwards I lost most of my major connection to the social media and from there on I had to find another alternative to communicate with outside world again.

So as it’s still raining and going to rain till tomorrow morning I have to find a dry place to rest. By now I was really getting tired of moving about without any proper food, drink and sleep, and I felt very bad without using any bathroom and shower or washing my clothes, which everywhere else I could get help for it, but not here in Japan.

I was wishing the universe could help me to overcome all the major obstacles on my way to finish my peace pilgrimage journey around the world.

15,16,17&18.11.15

As I came out of the place where I formatted my micro sd card, I got to a Lawson store and it’s here that I tried to connect with internet but nothing was working in terms of my social media connections, so I had to slowly find out how could I get back my connectivity to the web as it’s very important to me to keep in touch with everyone out there. I moved away from one store to another called 7eleven and I managed to get back connection to some of my social media, so it’s through Facebook that I wanted to show and share some of my difficulties to the people who were interested in what I was doing, asking for any contact to see if they could help me, then as the night was coming to an end and the store was closing the area that I was sheltering and sitting, I was recommended through a Facebook friend a couple of places but both of them were far from me to walk, so as I walked out of the store and I was looking for a place to rest I found a carpark and I sat in there till next day, and at about 5am I slowly walked back to 7eleven store and I stayed there till about midday and I made sure the rain has stopped, and then I made my way towards the harbour and port of Yokohama. On my way I visited a NYK maritime museum which they had NYK Hikawa Maru Ship as well in the port, but as they’re charging to go inside I decided not to stop and head on further towards the port.

So on my way as it’s Sunday, and a lot of people were out I sat down just before I get to the harbour and tried to talk to people and I managed to speak to some people and one of them very kindly donated a bit of funds towards my peace pilgrimage journey around the world, and even a bit later on I came across a wonderful man from London who very kindly contributed a bit of funds too, and then he was sending out a message to say he has met me and really through Facebook he tried his best to help and even he offered me lunch with his family and sleeping material for outdoor sleeping later days, as he heard through Facebook that I had difficulty being outside.

Later that night I stayed around the harbour till next day near to a “Happy Lawson” store, and as it’s raining all night I couldn’t find anywhere dry so I couldn’t sleep.

Today I managed to get a couple of hours of sleep and then get in touch with a few wonderful people around the harbour, who gave me some tips and advice on how and what to do in Yokohama if I’m going to stay for a bit longer that I would have anticipated, then in the afternoon I went out for lunch with the wonderful English man from London and met his wonderful family in Yokohama Chinatown, and I have to say I had wonderful food there, then after saying thanks and goodbye to them I came back to the harbour in the Yamashita park and I stayed there for the rest of the day and I got in touch with a few more wonderful people who helped me with food and drink, and then I stayed in the vicinity of the store till next day as it’s raining again. Also today I was offered after asking the English man about washing my clothes which he very kindly took them and brought them back next day.

Today I headed out of the park and I tried to explore some other part of the city like Matomachi shopping mall and some other part of the Chinatown then another part of the Yokohama port and without any connection I headed back to my favourite place of Yamashita park by Happy Lawson, and it’s here that I met some more wonderful people and then for the night I went with a Japanese man to sleep under a bridge near to the harbour as it was going to rain during the night, so also I was safe till next day early morning but my new Japanese friend had to move as rain has flooded his side during the night, but he was okay next day.

Today Wednesday 18.11.15 was one of my luckiest day in history of my Japan stay, as in the morning coming back from under the bridge with the Japanese man to the park area and after using the bathroom and then sitting in my usual spot outside the Happy Lawson a wonderful Buddhist woman came along and as we talked and I showed her my Japanese message she took me inside the Happy Lawson and got me some food and drink then donated some funds for my later food and drink, and as we’re eating and talking outside with some other wonderful people, she very kindly donated the biggest donation so far towards my stay in a hotel to rest and take shower, and she very kindly gave me few other little things before we say goodbye, and it’s today that the wonderful English man brought my clothes back and also another Japanese kind man with his phone got me connected to one of his very open minded Japanese friends and asked him if he could offer me some shelter, and he very kindly was happy to help and after offering us some food and drink we headed back towards his place, and on our way they very kindly tried to get me a Japanese SIM card for my telephone but with no hope as they’re all asking for credit cards and bank details address and many more requirements to get one, so we finally decided to give up on the idea of getting a SIM, and also at the same building we enquired about some teaching in English in a couple of language centres which they asked as to get in touch via phone or email for the purpose of teaching, then we headed back to my new open minded Japanese peace brother home and on our way we visited a place where he had an appointment with a dentist then took me to a geto place (a very poor area of the city), so I could take a shower, and then he drove me back to his house.

After getting back he very kindly helped me to wash the remainder of my clothes and then he cooked some wonderful Japanese food then after eating and talking more, also he put one of those old VIC type of an English film about Africa for me as well, then after washing up and saying goodnight to one another, I managed to do this little update for the past few days, so I have to say here thank you very much for my wonderful universe connections that as I have asked for help it’s provided for me, and all those kind people who were the real people whom helped me to get all these help within last few days to get to this situation, so goodnight to you all and I hope the universe will bring us more positive and good vibes from the most restricted nation on the planet throughout my peace pilgrimage journey so far.

19-23.11.15

So for the past few days, as I had a place to rest and no longer I was sleeping rough and outside with the kindness of Mr. Yuki who has provided me with shelter since 18.11.15, I could move about more quickly and I have tried to find more contact details for my Pacific Ocean connections as part of my search and hunt for a link, so first we visited the Seamen’s club (United Seamen’s Services http://www.mtsyokohama.org), and we met up with a man who was running it and after showing him my sailing profile he recommended few other places, as he himself couldn’t help much, connections like Kawasaki-Line Japan (www.kline.co.jp), NYK Line (Nippon Yusen Kabushiki, http://www.nyk.com), and few others.

This few days over here was weekend and public holidays so my hunt to connect with them has been postponed to the coming week, also during the weekend I got in touch with some wonderful people who I knew already by now, and I asked them if they let me know if I could help in any positive way to the planet and humanity in return to get some funds to support my further stay to carry on my peace pilgrimage mission around the world.

24-29.11.15

I did my best to get in touch with as many people as possible to find out whether there’s a slightest possibility for me getting on board of a ship here in Japan as my final effort to find my way across Pacific Ocean from here. Despite getting in touch with many more people, I was told in order for me to do crossing I have to get out out of Japan as soon as possible, by the kind Japanese man offered me food and shelter for more than a week, and also many more old advice of how I should carry on and do my peace pilgrimage journey around the world by getting out Japan the way he advised me.

So on the morning of 27.11.15 as it’s a sunny and a bit windy day after a few days of rain, I said thanks and goodbye to Mr. Yuki, and made my way to meet up with some other people to see what would be their advice before I make my exit way from the port city of Yokohama in Japan. After getting back to the city park and harbour area, I met up with those people who very kindly introduced me to him and I told them ‘this is the advice of Mr. Yuki for how to cross Pacific’ and they told me ‘his information is almost half a century old and you’ll have more difficulty if you follow his advice’, so I decided to stay around the area and think of a better way of my exit from here then start again my search for my final departure from Japan.

I was given food by a wonderful couple which found me shelter with Mr. Yuki for more than a week, but as they didn’t have shelter themselves they’re trying their best again to help me out, and also I spoke to a few more people at the harbour about my peace mission, and just waited for my next move, so today I stayed around the harbour and I slept outside with another Japanese man in the Yamashita park, as it’s a bit chilly but at least wasn’t raining.

Next day I stayed around the park to speak to some more people in a hope of a connection, but that wish never materialised, also I met up with the English family as it’s their resting day from school for his kids so Happy Lawson had a play area for the kids, so I joined them for a bit and later on as said goodbye to them a wonderful woman who with her partner introduced me to the Japanese man brought me some more food and after appreciating her kindness I said goodbye to her as well, and I stayed around for a bit longer before I go to another 24h Lawson store and I stayed there overnight and after I stayed awake there all night about 2am as they’re cleaning the cafe area I moved to the third Lawson. After staying there outside till about 5am I came across a kind woman who was feeding some cats, she offered me a pair of gloves and a hat and scarf, as she saw it’s cold outside and I wasn’t having sufficient winter dress, then after thanking her I made my way to the shower place in a so-called poor area of the city, then made my way back to the Yamashita park by the harbour and as it’s a sunny day also a bit windy and chilly but as sun was shining it’s great to sit outside and take some vitamin D. As I haven’t had any sleep, so I got some rest there during the day, despite the park was busy with tourists and locals, and also there’s different street performers like we have back in Trafalgar Square, but I haven’t managed to connect with many people apart from a very few.

Then in the evening I repeated the same routine but this time after midnight I made my way towards Tokyo, as I haven’t had any feeling to stay around the place anymore.

After a long walk and a train connection I arrived at Tokyo main train station for the third time during my stay here in Japan, and as I came out of the station I was waiting on my exit way from Japan in a very unusual way, which I never use unless it’s really urgent and necessary, as I had a very low morale. I came across a Christian peace sister offering me back to their place , and in there I was introduced to a few more people and I went through a cleansing procedure, which they felt will hopefully help me more throughout my peace journey, and I was happy to do the so-called the cleansing, so after some prayers and refreshments, then as I said thanks and goodbye to the place the peace sister invited me for a fine Japanese meal and after thanking her and showing me a direction supposed to be towards my final destination before I say goodbye to Japan for the last time, but later on I found out after about 6km going towards different direction, I had to make my way back to the right place with help of some more kind people who I came across.

So all I have to say here is that I made an emergency decision to get out of Japan and am on my way to a very peaceful place, than after some rest, I’ll think and try my best to find out a way to tackle the Pacific Ocean crossing.

Your humbled Earthian peace brother from Russia, Moscow with much love and peace.

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3 different cultures: China, Korea and Japan

CHINA

FRIDAY 11.9.15 at 2:45pm I left my resting place after finalising my last writing, then I was offered some food from my very kind host and after taking a shower, I was offered a lift to a few places in the city before I say goodbye to the city of Bishkek, where I found my other half there, after a long time. We visited Ataturk Park to say thanks to people who were kind to me during my stay there and to give something out for the last time, then BLC, also my host wanted to visit a hospital before finally I went to the agency which helped me with my Chinese connection, then my wonderful host dropped me close to a place for me to make my way towards Naryn my first destination towards China.

After saying thanks and goodbye to my final staying place in Bishkek host, I headed towards my first destination after a long stay in the capital, but after speaking and asking some people on the way I couldn’t find my way out of the capital and as it’s getting dark I had to make my way back to the main coach terminal to Naryn. After getting there I enquired about my connection and with my donation box I got a ticket for 10pm, but then I was asked to pay extra funds towards my rucksack and I refused and after some negotiations some locals kindly helped to sort that out – as I told them, this is the first time in the history of my pilgrimage I have been asked to pay for my luggage extra funds, and I said I have heard about paying for overweight luggage, but not for any luggage at all as we have an allowance, so I refused and they accepted my wish.

Then after two short stops and two long, and passing through Kant, Tokmok, Kemin, Balykchy, Kochker, Sarybulk, Kara-Unkur, Kazan-Kulgan Ottuk, we finally arrived somewhere I was told it’s Naryn, but I felt I was dumped out in the middle of nowhere, rather than a place called Naryn, which I had a different imagination about it. At about 6am it was still dark, and all I could see was a cemetery, so it’s more like a dead town than a live one, but anyway it was in a mountain and higher then the capital from sea level. I slowly managed to adapt to the place and soon I found a petrol station which I thought it’s closed but it’s open at about 7am so I got some food and drink with my donation box, and immediately a car came and after asking them (a man and a boy) I was offered a lift all the way to a junction 6km outside another little town called Atbashi.

I stayed near to the junction for about 3h, and I spoke to a few local people about my peace pilgrimage journey before I got my next lift all the way to Torogart by a wonderful truck driver from Naryn, he let a local woman to get off his lorry at the junction then he very kindly offered me a lift. On our way we talked about ourselves and I got some drink and he got some halva (a high energy sweet), and we shared our food and drink, then he drove through some flat and desert-like an area before we got to an army checkpoint and I was asked some questions, and after some enquiries finally we’re allowed to carry on towards the so-called main border, then as we arrived at about 11am the truck driver told me the customs place is closed for the weekend, and he wanted to go back to Naryn. After thanking him and saying goodbye I got in touch with the customs people and I was told I have to wait till Monday before I make my way towards China.

So the customs people put me through to someone who could speak English and I was told to go back to a hotel in Naryn till Monday, and I told them I was helped by kind people to get here and I can’t go back, so I’d like to stay around here, then they kindly connected me with a family who had a motel near there (between Atbashi and Torogart), and after some walk and asking I was welcomed and offered food and drink and a warm place. I have to say just before I entered this nice and warm place I felt the real winter blizzard, so I was happy that I got that place and initially I thought it’s for free, but after staying there for two nights, before I went I was told to pay some funds which I wasn’t happy about, but I had to pay about half of what they’re asking from my donation box before they let me go. Something I have to mention about food in the central Asian family was that they’re leaving butter, jam, fruit and food on the table for days which I’d have loved to eat the stuff, but because it’s been outside for days, and flies were all over them, so I didn’t have appetite to eat any of those products despite I’d have loved to if they were properly stored in a cool and dry place, but as I was their guest I couldn’t say how to store your food in a healthy way, but I promised to mention it so others who have the opportunity to mention it could do so if they wish.

Also as I wanted to write about my journey I realised I have left my little tablet back in the capital, and with help of my other half, I managed to get it back with some minor broken and missing stuff, but still I could use it to write up in my spare time for my blog, which it’s saved me a lot of papers throughout my peace journey.

Then on Monday 13.9.15 as I headed out from my motel place after sorting out the funds for the duration I was staying there with the help of some people over there, now the so-called border police wasn’t letting me go towards China as they’re telling me the Chinese won’t allow me in if I don’t have someone waiting for me on the other side. It took me quite a while with other kind people’s help before I was allowed to try my best to convince Chinese this time round to let me in to carry on with my peace mission further East.

So after 3 days and 2 nights of waiting and some challenging talk, I went through an easy security checks from the Kyrgyz side and with their kind help and another truck driver I finally arrived at the Chinese side where they asked me to get off and sort out my connection to Kashgar through an agency, which I didn’t have one.

So as I was trying to find out about my connectivity to Kashgar I had a terrible fall on my back and right hand elbow, which hurts to this day as the floor was harder than concrete (the mosaic at the base of a monument just by so-called Chinese border), and I have to say this was the worst accident I ever had throughout my peace pilgrimage journey, as the so-called border was in a mountain and it’s covered with early autumn snow and I slipped very badly with all my gear on as the so-called Chinese border police were asking me not to come closer and go to the direction where I had the fall. As I said, still to this day, as I remember that fall, all my body hurts. The Chinese guards and some other people there lifted me up and I was in pain and agony for hours and the guards afterwards brought me some Chinese food, drink and fruit, and other passengers there heard about my story, and now I had to convince someone to get me to Kashgar, and luckily someone with the help of Chinese guards turned up who wanted to help me, but only it’s possible with all my remaining funds which took me months to collect from Bishkek to just get me to Kashgar. I knew for me to get in I had to give up what I had, and I wasn’t worrying about what will happen after Kashgar, asI had a feeling it’s a matter of making or breaking of my peace journey, so they agreed to take me after some waiting and negotiation with their agency back in Kashgar.

So after some driving then some more waiting and then going through a Chinese security checkpoint again we said goodbye to the so-called second Chinese border control point, and we started out through buffer zone which was about 2h of driving through a harsh valley and desert-like winds and sandstorm, then we went through our third police checkpoint this time close to a settlement. Then after some more driving finally we got to a so-called official Chinese border control, which after going through some official paper filling and another security checks I was welcomed to China.

Then some more driving and then stopping in a little town before Kashgar for our late afternoon meal, which the people who I was with kindly offered me a nice local meal, which I thanked them and told them I would like to make my way further towards East, so they kindly translated my short message and at the junction to Kashgar and Torpan I said goodbye to them and stated to talk to people how I could get to Torpan!? People very kindly wanted to help me, even a motorcyclist gave me a first free 1km lift to a toll charge area in a hope they could help me, and after some time talking to them through a Google translator they did kindly help me at the last minute, through a wonderful family – a woman and her son – so I was with them for about 7h going through two more toll charges, and 2 CTN (petrol stations) where they had to fill up their car gas tank with gas twice for the duration I was with them. After arriving in Aksu at about 4am and going to some places to stay and a police station, finally I thanked them very much for all their kindness, and told them goodbye after they dropped me off in Aksu train station about 5am, then after going through an airport style security check with a little remaining fund from the Chinese agency I managed to secure a train ticket for 6pm to Torpan, so I stayed around the station for some time before I say goodbye to Aksu.

I observed people rush and different children’s interactions with one another and it’s all new experience to me here in so-called China People’s Republic.

16.9.15

I arrived at the Torpan train station at about 6am Beijing time, and from there I managed to secure my connection to Kumul, so I arrived at the station at about 3pm and as I’d run out of my funds I headed to the road and it’s here that I came across someone very kind who couldn’t believe what I was doing, so he very kindly offered me some wonderful vegetarian Chinese food, a train ticket with a bed to my next destination and some funds into my donation box, also some Chinese writing to help me with my cause. After thanking him and saying goodbye I met some more people who offered me some food and funds, then slowly I made my way further East. I was connecting day and night moving from one place to another, which was incredibly tiring, but I had no choice but carry on and keep connecting with more people to carry on with what I was out there to advocate.

I arrived next day at about 7am in Guazhou, then after a local bus journey to the main coach station I got a bus connection to my next destination Wuwei. Throughout my journey I came across a lot of solar farms and high building apartments the like of which I have never seen before, and these were just small cities – so imagine how Beijing and Shanghai would be looking like!?

The bus connection got me to Wuwei after about 3h drive, then after another local bus connection to the main train station, and then waiting there for a bit, I got in touch with a wonderful young woman who very kindly helped me with my next destination train ticket to the capital of Gansu province “Lanzhou”, and she told me “it’s okay, here in China we say travelling without money it’ll happen sometime” and I thanked her for her kind contribution and she asked for a selfi photo, which I was happy to do, and left my internet contact details with her as well. I left Wuwei at about 7:30pm and arrived at the capital of Gansu at about 11pm, and it’s here that police wanted to know why I’m waiting in the station and I had to tell them about my shortage of funds to get to my final destination in the far east of China, so they allowed me to stay at the waiting room till next day.

Next day I found my way to a coach station and I tried to go stage by stage to my final destination and as my fund wasn’t enough to next city I asked the ticket issuer if she could get me in touch with the manager which she did very kindly and he came around and helped me to get a ticket to the next town, which after 2h of driving we arrived at 9am and after making enquiries about my next destination everyone was telling me I have to get back to the capital to get to my final destination, and by now I had no funds at all, so I spoke to the management of the coach station and I was offered a ticket back to the capital but before this, as I came out of the city’s coach station I came across a mobile store so I went in to enquire about a SIM card which I found last night, and a wonderful woman very kindly tried her best to help but it didn’t work, and as I showed her my Chinese message she very kindly got me some food and drink, before I made my way back to the capital at about midday, so I thanked her very much before I said goodbye to the city of Baiyin.

So I arrived back into the capital again at about 2pm, and at the coach station I started to talk to people and explain about my situation and I came across some wonderful people who helped me with some food, drink, and funds towards my peace pilgrimage around the world. As the coach station was about to close about 9pm someone initially offered me a shelter for the night, but later on as others asked her ‘what are you going to do about police?’, she decided to cancel the offer, so I decided to head back to the train station, as I knew I had enough funds in my donation box to get me to my final destination in China. Just before 10pm I managed to secure a standing ticket to my last destination at 23:42, and as I got into the train a kind woman ticket inspector offered me a little seat by their office, and I should thank her as I would have had to stand for almost two days with all my baggages, and after talking to some other wonderful people in the train they kindly offered me food and drink. Next day we arrived in Xian (population about 38million), and after there we got to a place with a lot of pomegranate orchards, and I have to say this was the busiest train I have ever seen. Over all people of the Republic were very nice, apart from few individuals which came across negative but I have come across those sorts of individuals everywhere, so I was quite happy about my experiences in China, especially in my last few days of my stay which proved to be the best experience I ever had across this large nation. On board of the train they had a newspaper was called People’s Railway Daily (www.peoplerail.com), which apart from this title I couldn’t find a single English word in the whole newspaper, which was very strange as I asked to see and read it, but I couldn’t. As we’re moving towards my final destination the weather was similar to England and a lot of greenhouses across the region in an industrial scale, I assume to cope with the population needs for food so they had to have it in that scale, and a lot of power station for the electricity demand as well, another thing that I noticed was that from far in the west in Kashgar region all the way to Qingdao – corn was in season!?

So after passing few different provinces and being on board of the train K1028 from 2342h on 18.9.15 we arrived in our final destination in Qingdao on 20.9.15 at 0810h.

So as I arrive at the Qingdao train station at about 8am on 20th of September 2015 my hunt for a place to rest and then my connection to south Korea has just started.

As I came out of the station I found a place to sit in front of a hotel, and I waited to see if I could establish a communication line with anyone who’s passing by, so I could talk about my peace pilgrimage journey, and hopefully I could get some help if my message was going to resonate with them.

After about half an hour waiting the universe has just connected me to a wonderful woman who my peace pilgrimage message was resonating with her, and after some talk with her then she relayed my message back to her partner and they very kindly invited me back to their resting place then very kindly provided me with some special Chinese tea and a most needed shower, then some food and fruit before I tried to rest a bit on a sofa bed after the long train journey.

In the afternoon they invited me for a lunch but I didn’t have trousers with me, the only pair that I had was washed and wet, because I have already given my second pair to a man who I promised him back in Bishkek, so I told them you go ahead and go for your lunch and I’ll rest as I didn’t have much sleep for the last two days on the train.

So in the afternoon after resting for a bit and thinking about what to do next the wonderful couple offered me a bed in a hostel very close by their own resting place, and in the evening they took me for a walk and a drive around the famous German built city and later to a restaurant in a big shopping mall, I have to say the food was excellent and I did practice my using chopsticks which I have learnt it back in a Korean restaurant in Bishkek, and after thanking them for all their kindness and warm hospitality I said goodnight to them and thanked the universe for connecting me to one of my best connectivities so far throughout this episode of my peace pilgrimage journey.

21.9.2015

I woke up at my new resting place in the Quinoa Zhuhaixiaozhan youth hostel, and after eating something and talking to a few people and updating my circumstances with limited Web connectivity, then in the afternoon the wonderful couple came back and they took me to the port and booked me a connection to a south Korean city on the other side of the yellow sea, and again invited me for traditional Chinese noodles in a local area close to where I was staying. On our way back to the hostel they got some fruit for our dessert and we were back to the hostel and after some more talk and taking some photos by one of the couple who his hobby and profession is photographer, and he liked the hostel layout so that he wanted to take some photos, then we said goodbye to one another as they had to go. Later in the afternoon I took a shower, and rested a bit as last night the mosquitoes and the road noise didn’t allow me to rest at all, and in the evening the wonderful couple came back with more surprises and this time they brought a hand bag as mine from Bishkek was torn and they have seen that I was sewing it, so they have brought one of their spare ones and a water bottle in replacement for my one that went missing in front of the Iceland parliament in Reykvik last year, then after some more talk we said goodbye and good night to one another and they went back to their resting place and I said goodnight to the fellow Chinese in the room that I was staying in and to the universe around me, and I put my head down for the second night.

22.9.15

I woke up at about 6am and after some updates, I was brought some rice and eggs by one of the wonderful couple and a toothpaste as I’d mentioned I finished the one that was given to me last year at the Canadian jail back in Newfoundland.

Then I washed some clothes and prepared myself for a walk around the city. In the afternoon I headed out of my resting place for a long 5h walk around the city and throughout my walk I came across some more wonderful people who offered me some food and drink, then I walked to the famous pier in the city before I made my way back to my resting place at about 7pm.

When I got back and rested a bit my wonderful hosts brought me some milk and they offered me to go out for a dinner but I said to her I am not very hungry, so I thanked them and asked them to go back and rest and we’ll have our food tomorrow as my last meal with them before I say goodbye to them towards south Korea, and she said okay so we said goodnight to one another and after chatting with some people through the limited internet connectivity over there, I said goodnight to everyone and the universe around me.

SOUTH KOREA

23&24.9.15

Today I woke up at about 7am and after eating some food I did some writing for my blog, then I prepared myself before noon, as I knew that the wonderful couple will turn up after 12pm then we’ll go out to eat some food before they kindly take me to the ferry Port. So at about 12:30pm they very kindly turned up and invited me to another seafood and fish meal, which I enjoyed it and I thanked them from the bottom of my heart for all their kindness, and later on they got me some fruits as well, which next day I shared them at breakfast time with some new people, who I came to know on board of the ferry from China to south Korea. The wonderful couple after the meal and fruits took me to the port and in there I was given an upgraded ticket from economy to business, so I could be with less people in one cabin – it should be 5 people in one room but later on I found out it’s just two of us, the other a cyclist doing a round the world from Germany, and in the economy I was told it’s 50 people in one big dormitory, so I thanked them again and because they had to go back to work, I have to say goodbye to them with a great heart to heart hug and taking a memorable photo together.

After they left we waited for over an hour before finally the gates were opened, and everyone but especially the Chinese were rushing towards the gates, but five of us waited patiently for the rush to go through then we headed to the gateways as well. Later on the ship I tried to talk to those four people, 2 Australian women and two German men, and later on when I approached them I told them all about my peace pilgrimage and I made new connections and friendship with them all and the young German cyclist was in the same room as me and he was doing cycling around the world for about 1 year, and we exchanged our contact details and later on we tried to link up in Japan which didn’t happen. The others were in the economy compartments and we exchanged our details as well. The German partner of one of the Australian woman has been travelling from Australia through south east Asia then India, China, and Korea for the last year, and they’re planning to go back to Australia from Japan, and their Australian woman friend who has joined them for the last month was hoping to go back to Australia from Korea. So after we said goodbye to the port of Qingdao at about 4pm and having something to eat, I was so tired that I couldn’t even say goodnight to my room mate, I had fallen asleep.

Next day we all met and had some wonderful food and drink together, before our departure to the Korean port of Inchoen at about 12pm, then after going through the security checks and coming out of the arrival area, we all got busy with some internet activities as we didn’t have our social media across China for a while, like (Facebook, twitter, and google) then as we walked out of the port and they’re aiming towards the south Korean capital, Seol, I found a place to rest a bit and think about what to do next, so I said thanks and goodbye to everyone and I stayed there for sometime before I start my walk to the city of Inchoen, and started getting in touch with some local people to find out what’s their perception, and I found out I had a lot of difficulty to explain my message and as I didn’t have my Korean translated message, people were having difficulty to understand English, so with a little fund that I had from China with the help of the train station staff we exchanged it to Korean one and I made my way to the capital as well.

So as I arrived in the capital the first thing hit me was the number of alcoholic and destitute people outside the station and I couldn’t believe my eyes, as I thought I’m back in Victoria or Charing Cross stations, but increasing the number to a few times more. After I waited there for a bit to adapt myself to the environment and how to deal with it, I came across an activist group who were talking to public, showing videos, and handing out pamphlets to people about the current crises in south Korea which American and Japanese were trying to install a missile defence system opposite to China with the help of their current government, and they’re not happy about it, and I supported their cause and I said I’ll mention it on my blog for those who are following current affairs across the world (www.peaceone.org). One of the members could speak English and he very kindly offered me some funds and drink and a name of a cheap place for me to stay overnight, then as I thanked them at the end of their campaign, I came across a street church congregation, which most of those destitute people were there, and I joined them and I was asked to tell a bit about myself and I told them and gave them some hope as well, then at the end of their singing and clapping I was offered a shelter by the organisers for the night, which I accepted and thanked them for the offer.

So after finishing on the street and packing we walked back to their place which in there they very kindly offered me some food and drink as well, and after thanking the universe and everyone else around me I put my head down somewhere safer than outside for another night on my peace journey.

25 through 28.9.15

Today I woke up at about 7am with the sound of the church congregation singing and praying from the basement place, which I joined them and then after having some warmed up food from last night, I said thanks for their hospitality and goodbye to the organisers and everyone else present at the place, so I made my way back to the main Seol train station, as I was trying to make my way towards south east of south Korean and initially I went to the wrong direction of Boson and not Busan, but finally I made my way back to the main station, and with the help of a young boy from south of the region who himself was going back there, we managed to secure a train ticket with the remaining funds that I had to the south east port of Busan in South Korea.

I stayed at the main Seol train station till about 10:50 pm but with no connection, then I took my train southbound and on the train also I couldn’t make any connections, and arrived at my final destination about 04:20, so in there I waited till early morning and I got in touch with some people from outside the station who were giving out food, I got some and I waited to find my way to connect with Japan.

I wanted to say here that across whole wide China I just saw one beggar, but least to say in front of every mosque in central Asia especially in Bishkek the number was ten times higher than the whole China, and in South Korea each city equalled to the whole China, and especially mental ill health, drug and alcoholic numbers were very high across Seol and Busan, the two main cities of South Korea. I was hoping for the thing to be different across Japan, which it was true the issues were totally different from one another.

So after arriving in the Busan train station and staying around there for about 7h I had just managed to speak to one person and that’s because I found a wallet and as I took it back to the main information desk at the station I got in touch with only one person which I thought the wallet might belong to him, so I spoke to him, and I explained to him about my funding and finally after some time he understood what I was telling him and donated some funds towards my peace journey. I finally found my way to the international ferry terminal and asked few of the ferry companies and talked to them about what I was doing and asked if they could help, but all were refusing to do anything and referring me to the next one. Initially I thought I was back in developed nations but this nation were all following orders and very much robotic and very busy producing cheap stuff for the rest of us and to me they didn’t understand my message at all, and after asking someone who very kindly translated my message at the train station, so I managed after almost 3 days to collect enough funds to secure the ticket, and specifically here I want to thank a manager of a food store “TK Food INC” Mr Nakyeom Lee ( http://www.bsodaeng.co.kr or http://www.monstermama.co.kr ) at the station, who was very kind and through his son who was studying in New York, and a daughter in Canada, I think he could speak to them and they could explain my message clearly through my weblog, so he has considered my cause to be worthy of support or for any other reason, so please say thanks and hello to him if by any chance you’d pass by and send my highest love and greeting to him again.

I have to say here that those enterprise companies who I got in touch with, I believe that they had reported me to the port police and the day which I went back to the port to get my ticket I was approached by two men in civilian clothes and I was told they’re from foreign metropolitan police who wanted to know who was I? and I was questioned by them then asked to go to their main office, and I was asked more questions and motivation behind why I was doing this peace journey alone? and who was supporting me? and I was asked about my thinking about a group so called IS (Islamic State) and they wanted to find out whether I was their operative person, and for a moment I thought the saga of St. Peterborough and Russian was going to repeat again, but with the kindness of one of the officers, who later on told me because of what I was doing, and I’m not who they thought I was, he out of his kindness offered me some lunch in their local restaurant, and he was really kind which I thanked him for all his kindness and hospitality. I believe as the universe knew how much truly I wanted so dearly to connect with my final land destination before my Pacific connection (Japan), so after about couples of hours, they told me everything was okay, and I can go now, then in the afternoon I managed to enquire about my Japan connection through the sea and next day in the afternoon I managed to secure my ferry ticket.

Securing the ticket came after long hours of talking to people at the main entrance to the Busan train station, China town, city centre, and the kind man at the local food store at the main train station, so after three nights in a row from about midnight to 4am I was staying at the station and just resting there and not sleeping, also I have to say kind Mr. Lee tried his best to get me a shelter but it never happened, and he donated the night shelter to me which went towards my ticket as the place we went with a cheap option of staying was all full, so I went back to the station and every night I have to tell the security people (railway police) why I was staying there, and every night I had to have a different reason!?

I was lucky to be at that station at it’s busiest period of time, as it’s their national holiday for the week that I was in South Korea, so I managed to get in touch with maximum number of kind people despite their busy lifestyle, otherwise it might have taken even longer before I could secure my Japan sea connection.

My final day in Korea 29.09.15

After 04:30 I had something to eat then I stayed at the train station at a meeting point place till about midday but with no connection at all, so I headed out for the final time towards the international port of Busan. Before I go in I found a place to put my head down as at the station I couldn’t sleep, so I managed to find a place, and rested for a bit as I didn’t want to go to the port tired.

Here I’d like to say that throughout my peace journey I have came across many so-called tourist people from Europe, and especially America, who I have noticed as soon as they have seen my message they didn’t want even to make eye contact, and some they’re showing on their face that they didn’t want even to see me, and today I came across a couple who I have seen them in the city or they have seen me somewhere and despite I said hello to them, they’re looking at me like if they could they personally would remove me from the place so they couldn’t see me with my sign. I had a feeling they’re thinking I’m disrupting their tourism, and even worse I could feel they’re thinking if they say hello to me I’ll straight away ask them for money. I have to say again I have come across many wonderful people who despite their limited budget they have shared their kindness and everything else they could do to support what I was doing. It’s just a thought I had to mention, as many who has given a lift to me, throughout their lifetime they have been in my position. In a way I don’t blame those they think money is everything and they will never run out of it and be in my position, or people who their pride would not let them to even consider to think twice about what they have seen; to them it was immediately just – a beggar is around and must be ignored, or removed.

It’s today that after getting the ferry ticket from new Camellia company (with the kind sponsorship of people across the city of Busan and not the port), I sent out a message through the social media, as wifi was available, to see if anyone has got any Japanese connection to help me to cross Pacific Ocean to complete my round the world peace pilgrimage journey, and a few very kindly came forward to help out, but I knew it’s not going to be so easy.

At about 7pm we started boarding the ferry and on board I came across some young Koreans who were all working for Samsung in different branches of different cities and I had an opportunity to speak to one of them who was telling me about some of the Korean products and their origin of the products, then we said goodnight to one another an hour after our ferry started to move out of the city of Busan bound to Fukuoka (Hakata). Next day I woke up at about 5am and after having some biscuits and water I was looking forward to see more of Japan, then we arrived at the port of Hakata about 6am, but we have to wait till 8am before we go through very tight and high security with a lot of cameras then a few more questions from the so-called port police, before I was welcomed officially to the Japanese biggest port at the west, then after some internet update and sending out some messages and getting some Japanese funds through my remaining funds in my donation box to use in Japan in case of emergency if people were difficult to communicate with, as it was in Korea.

So I started walking towards the main train station in the city and from there to find out my connection to the city of Nagasaki by train, bus or other means if it’s required. So as I was familiarising myself with the new environment from 10am to 7pm, I managed to engage with a young man who very kindly offered me some traditional Japanese rice and tea in a MacDonald place as I was charging my phone there and for him to say that Japan isn’t all about fast Food!? but I already saw everything here was fast and people were looking even more busier than Korea to make our supplies of technology for the rest of us across the world. I stayed around this place till about midnight, but with only another connection which I was offered an address of a restaurant and café 24h, and I thanked them and asked them to get in touch with me in the future, and after eating some chips I made my way towards the place.

JAPAN

01.10.15

It’s about 0:30 hours that as I was walking from Hakata rail station towards a restaurant which was called “Joyfull” that I came across a wonderful young man who as I asked him about the place he very kindly came with me and walked all the way with me, also kindly offered me some delicious Japanese food and a contribution towards my connection to Nagasaki, then after some more talk he said to me he has to go and we said goodnight and goodbye to one another.

I stayed in the cafe and restaurant till about 7am before I make my way back to the Hakata station, and I went to the coach station and I got a ticket for 0945h to Nagasaki, it took us just over 2h to get there.

The city, which was devastated back in August 9th 1945, was looking very much modern and there’s a market with local food which I got some with the funds that I had in my donation box and a big screen with a loud speaker was advertising new stuff and it’s very loud but people were still sitting and they’re carrying on with their different activities.

I tried to charge my phone to take some photos, but I couldn’t find a place in the massive shopping centre, despite I was asking some people over there, but I wasn’t allowed, so I made my way towards the peace park with a tram or as they were calling it streetcar and after missing to get off first round I went all the way to the end of the line and as we came back the driver took his fare from my donation box.

After getting off, I made my way to the peace park and I saw a lot of students from different schools, which I spoke to a teacher and some students and I told them what I was doing and the teacher kindly took a photo of me and she said she’s going to email it to me, then we have heard an announcement through the loud speakers in Japanese and a bit later someone told me in English that they are expecting a hurricane and we should get shelter, then as I was looking for somewhere a man was after me and told me the park will be closed soon and I cannot camp here and I should go back to my hotel.

As I didn’t have a hotel I made my way towards a famous cathedral “Urakami” and in there as I visited inside I couldn’t walk around and people in there were telling me they don’t speak English and they can’t help me with shelter and there was a sign outside to say we don’t accept anyone, but as I knew a hurricane is coming, and it’s getting dark as well and I didn’t have anywhere to go, so I just managed to shelter outside a doorway of the cathedral and I survived a strong rain and wind, but I don’t know about calling it a hurricane.

02.10.15

I was woken up by cathedral people about 5am, and I had to move on and find my way through the city of Nagasaki bombing area, and after some walk I found myself in front of the atomic bombing museum and after waiting and charging my phone and talking to two wonderful elderly men who could speak a bit of English, and after telling them all about my peace journey, I was offered some water and a contribution towards my connection to Hiroshima, then I thanked them and I said goodbye to them as the museum got opened, and I went to the main entrance and after having an ice cream as my first meal of the day from my donation box, then I entered the museum, but I was told I have to pay 200yen and as I didn’t have my donation box with me I said it’s okay I don’t go inside the museum just to the peace memorial hall (www.peace-nagasaki.go.jp)(www.nagasakipeace.jp), then after spending some hours around the museum I slowly made my way towards the Hypocentre park, and then back to the peace park again (the fountain of peace and the peace statue), and it’s here that I met a wonderful couple from Italy, who were coming back from Australia after working there for almost 2years, to visit Japan before they make their way back to their home, and they very kindly offered me some food, drink and after a few hours of talk at the park and taking some photos as well, it’s here that someone who was looking after the peace park came to us with a piece of paper to say we can’t camp here, as I remember well he was the person from yesterday at the time of ‘we’re about to have a hurricane’ and as I was looking for a shelter he came to me and said no camping and told me I should go back to my hotel, so today he thought now I have organised to camp with the others, and we said to him not to worry we’re not going to camp here, and we’re just talking and we’ll go soon.

Then after leaving the peace park and getting some food and drink to eat, we made our way back towards the main Nagasaki train station, and the couple told me about a place that they have stayed last night (Manga Kissa), and they very kindly offered me to go back there so they contributed towards my night shelter, then as they’re going to visit some other places before they go back there, because I had to rest a bit more before I make my way towards the station, so after thanking them for everything and a heart to heart hug we said goodbye to one another at about 9pm.

So after saying goodbye to the wonderful Italian couple and resting a bit in front of a building then I made my way towards the station and on my way I came to a petrol station, where I wanted to find out a bit about somewhere to rest for the night and they said I can’t stay there and they just knew a hotel for me to go and after explaining that I’m a peace pilgrim and unless I have been offered a place I can’t afford to go to a hotel and explained about my peace journey towards Hiroshima and they kindly contributed a bit of fund towards my connection, which I thanked them and head on towards the main Nagasaki train station.

After getting to the station and waiting there for a while I managed to connect with a man from Tokyo and another one from Italy and I explained to them all about my peace journey and gave them my internet communication details, so the Italian as he was a business man on a business trip to Japan told me he’ll read about my peace mission and will get in touch and he said goodbye to us, as for the Japanese, he stayed for a bit longer and offered me some food and drink and we talked a bit more about my peace journey and Japan and places in Japan before we say goodbye to one another as well.

Then at the station I managed to communicate with some people through the internet, and as I was thinking what to do for my shelter, there’s a man who was reading my board and I approached him and after talking a bit more he very kindly offered me a shelter for the night.

So we walked back to his place and he introduced me to his friend and I found out that both of them were from Nepal, and they have been studying and working here in Nagasaki for about 2 years, then after they offered me some drink I said goodnight to them and thanked them and the universe for the wonderful connection for the night.

03.10.15

Today after waking up and taking a shower and washing my clothes with the kind help of the Nepalese brothers, they then kindly offered me some food before we head out for a walk around another part of the city, in a hope I could communicate with some people and raise some funds for my Hiroshima connection, so one of the wonderful Nepalese brothers took me to a busy festival market area and in there we said goodbye to one another and I stayed there for over an hour with no real connection, then I moved a bit outside the market on a bridge, and stayed here for a bit as well, but with no luck I had to move on about 1730 hours, and I made my way towards the Nagasaki Harbour, and in the harbour I found a place to write a bit for this update.

I hope everything will go well and I could still connect with some more wonderful people, before I could make my way towards my resting place where the kind Nepalese has offered me to stay for another night.

So as I made my way back towards the market place where I said goodbye to the Nepalese peace brother, then I waited there for another 2h again, but with no connection, and having nothing to eat since this morning I used the donation box to get some chips and as I was waiting for my peace brother to turn up, but he was busy at the place where he was helping out, so I made my way back to the resting place and waited there for about 30min before he turned up, then after saying hello, and getting into the place I was so tired that without eating anything, I said goodnight to both peace brothers, and I put my head down for another night in Nagasaki.

04.10.15

Today after waking up and having some bread and a cup of coffee, I headed out towards the main Nagasaki station this time with having my message in Japanese in case of if I come across someone who didn’t speak English so I could show it to them, but after getting to the station and trying to connect with people I found it very difficult to connect and apart from two connections, one with some Japanese from the coach station and second with a couple of Chinese women from Shanghai at the train station, which both resulted in them thanking me for what I was doing and good luck, then I didn’t manage to engage with anyone till about 10pm, then I headed back to my resting place for my third night which the wonderful and kind Nepalese offered as my final night.

At my welcoming place I was offered some food and some donation towards my journey back to Hakata, then hopefully Hiroshima, so after some singing and music by them as it’s going to be my final night with them, then we said goodnight to one another and the universe for providing good things to us.

05.10.15

After waking up and having a shower then some bread I said goodbye to my wonderful Nepalese host, and headed to the Nagasaki main bus station, and after getting an 1115h bus to Hakata, I arrived about 1330h, and after arriving there I got in touch with a few wonderful people including an Italian man who kindly donated some funds towards my Hiroshima connection and some food, and later in the evening a very kind Japanese man helped me with some food and drink, and later in the evening after finding out still my funds wasn’t enough to get me to Hiroshima, I was looking to find a place to rest, and I came across a Japanese woman who didn’t have anywhere as well, so we went outside together as the shopping centre and the stations were about to close, and we managed to survive with an emergency blanket on her, and later on myself till next day, so really we didn’t sleep as we’re sitting on a bench and plenty of interruptions from different people.

06.10.15

As I didn’t sleep last night so we moved back to the shopping centre area to use the bathroom facilities and then we chatted and talked a bit more, before we say goodbye to one another.

Then after some updates I headed out to the front of the main Hakata train station which was a busy place to talk to people, after staying around there for about 2h I spoke to 2 people an elderly man and a woman who very kindly stopped and I spoke to them and they contributed a bit towards my Hiroshima connection, I spoke to 2 more people but they said they will contact me in the future.

Then just before midday I got a bus ticket to Hiroshima for afternoon at 3pm as they didn’t have anything else, and I spent the remaining fund on some food and drink as I didn’t have much food since last night.

Then in the afternoon at 3pm I headed out from the coach station to Hiroshima, and on my way I noticed that here in Nippon I have seen the maximum number of road tunnels and bridges across this small island then anywhere else I have ever visited since the start of my peace journey, also smoking and using mobile phones are prohibited on board, as well as compulsory seat belt, and I have to say it’s one of the most advanced nations I have come across throughout my peace pilgrimage journey around the world, even across Europe and America I haven’t seen this much advancement, from their simple advanced toilet that assist you with washing to their car, robot and rail technology. I hope the rest of the world will use this available technology for our beneficial way of looking after the planet and humanity, and not for the profit of a few individuals.

So I arrived at the Hiroshima coach station, at about 1930h, and after looking around the area, and trying to find out my way around I asked a young girl assuming that she might speak English which she did a bit and then her brother joined us later so I managed through them to enquire about my vision after Hartshima from the information desk then anything peace related on the map of Hartshima, then I said thanks and goodbye to them and I stayed around the station till close to midnight then I walked towards the peace park, on my way I asked an internet cafe a place which someone could rest for the night, and I wanted to see if I could stay there for a few hours, but I was told I have to pay, so I thanked them and carried on towards the peace park and I stayed around there till next day.

07.10.15

As I didn’t sleep much of last night so during the morning I got some sun bed on a bench in the park then walked outside the atomic museum, and around the peace park and took some photos outside, then I headed to the museum and I asked if I could get in which with a little fund and their help I went into the museum, after leaving my stuff by the museum staff, after saying I don’t have any fund to pay for the lockers. What I saw inside the museum made me stronger on my advocacy about world peace and a call for abolishing of all nuclear weapons on the face of the planet, and I hope humanity will never suffer or go through what the Japanese did back on that morning of August 6th 1945. What I saw in the museum made me very sad and stronger on the other hand to carrying on what I’m doing even harder, then I came out and visited an exhibition area for the victims of the bombing and left messages of support for the mayor of Hiroshima for abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020, as I did back in Nagasaki, then I headed towards the city centre again and on my way I stopped after crossing a bridge close to the hypocentre of the bomb by a restaurant which the front of it was full of fresh oranges which last night I had 4 of them as they’re outside left behind.

I couldn’t connect with anyone apart from a kind man from Canada, who was born in Oman, and he kindly contributed some funds towards my food and drink, which I used later in the city.

Then I walked towards the main Hartshima train station, and after getting there and exploring the area I met someone from Germany who was doing around the world journey as well, and helped a little fund towards my eating or drinking, then after talking to one another for about 1h as we’re watching baseball fans were going home, then close to 11pm we said goodnight and goodbye to each other, and I started walking towards my next destination – Kobe.

On my way I came across a restaurant, where I was given some rice and water, then after some chat I said thanks and goodbye to them, again on my way I came across a nice man in a food market, who helped me to get in touch with my first lift on the road in Japan for about a few miles towards Kobe, then after thanks and goodbye to a couple who kindly helped me with the lift, I carried on walking towards the outskirts of Hiroshima, for a few kilometres before I put my head down in a layby place by the main road till next day.

08.10.15

Today I woke up at about 7am and after packing everything I started walking towards the city of Kobe and after about a few kilometres walk I was offered a lift by a wonderful man from Hiroshima for about 10km outside the city to a car park and he very kindly offered me some food and drink as well, then I thanked him and said goodbye, so as I waited there not for a long time before I got my third connection of the day at about 11am with another kind man from Fukuoka all the way to the city of Kobe, which we arrived at about 3pm, he very kindly offered me some food, drink and sweets on our way as well.

After saying thanks and goodbye to him, at a carpark which he kindly dropped me off, I was told by the carpark attendance that I should do a hitchhike to connect with the city which was just a few metres walk, because there’s no walking route and it’s only for cars and trucks, but as I couldn’t get a lift so I walked quickly through the main road to get out of the car park to connect back to the city.

Now it’s here that I wanted to print out a copy of my sailing network profile so I went to a petrol station, but they couldn’t help, and I was told that city hall might be able to help me, and on my way there I came across a sports facilities area with a lot of young boys, and girls were playing and exercising different games and I wanted to connect with them to see if they might have a better solution, and after getting in touch with a few of them and telling them about myself and connecting with them through their social media, then I was offered an alternative would be an internet cafe, but I was told it might be a bit difficult to find, so after having a Tokyo sweet from them I said thanks and goodbye to them and headed towards the city hall building.

After arriving in the building I was directed to the 24th floor to see the view of the city, and I was told that I can stay till about 10pm, after getting there I got in touch with a very kind office employee, and he kindly helped me to print a page from internet after a bit of editing, then I used the wifi system on the floor to send out a quick message to say I’m safe and got to the city of Kobe.

I stayed there till about 10pm, then I made my way around the quiet city to find a quiet place to put my head down for the night, but before this I managed to write up a bit about my last few days then I found a place by the harbour then I said goodnight to an unequal world – as despite all these high skyscrapers and empty building were around me, I had to sleep outside as I didn’t have money to stay inside.

09.10.12

This morning I woke up at about 8am with the rush of city workers to the harbour area, then I made my way to see the city museum but I ended up to meet up with my first Japanese men one from Kobe and the second from Nagasaki, to come to me and ask what I was doing, and this was almost unheard of till today, and they kindly thanked me for what I was doing and offered me some food and funds as well, then from there I came across another museum (Kobe Pearl Museum http://www.japan-pearl.com/museum ), which as I entered the museum I came across a well known kind man (Yoshihiro Utsumi executive director) who very kindly offered me some coffee and refreshment, and tried his best to link me with some other wonderful people from the museum and the city hall, and he told me about the city’s story as Kobe was the birth place of Karaoke, Pearl and as I knew Marathon as well, then after some talk I said thanks and good bye to him making my way to the city hall to see if a woman who I was linked up with could help me with my connection back to the continent of America.

At the city hall I managed to see a woman from England who was at the PR department at the city hall, but she couldn’t help much and she said to me she’ll do some research then she might get back to me, and after thanking her I said goodbye and made my way back to my favourite floor of the city hall (24th floor), and it’s here I had a chance to do this update.

Then after having a conversation with the security of the building who brought my phone back to me and told me it’s a crime for me trying to charge my phone there, so I told them sorry I didn’t know this, and I moved out of the city hall building then I stopped in front of a big shopping centre (Sannomya) to connect with some people, & it’s here that I got a connection with my first journalist Fuuto Masahiro (www.kobe-np.co.jp) since I left Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, so he asked me a few questions and he told me he might write an article about my peace journey, then he took some photos, and very kindly donated some funds towards my cause, then after saying thanks and goodbye to him a guy named Martin from Poland came to me and asked me to vacate his place and he told me he’s advocating exactly what I do for the last 12 years here in Kobe, and I was so happy to hear that, but when I asked if I can get in touch with him, I was told there’s nothing for me to know about him and how he’s doing and what I am doing, so as I felt there’s something not right about what he’s telling me, I decided to move on, then as he told me a few other places for me to advocate what I do, and asking me for how long will I stay here in Kobe? and I told him I don’t know. Then after moving from there, later on as I was trying two of the places he told me, and again asked him about his contact details or a photo so I can mention him or what he’s doing, I was told no again, so I gave my one to him and I told him if he decided to change his mind he can get in touch with me, and I said goodbye to him in a search for a place to stay for the night.

So as I was looking for a second place to advocate what I was doing and a seaman place to stay for the night in another big shopping area (Motomachi), as I was sitting by a food and drink store (Lawson), where I could use internet and quickly check my messages, someone came to me and as we talked and I told him about what I was doing and showing my Japanese message, he very kindly offered me a shelter for the night and after getting back to his place he offered me some food drink and a shower as well.

So I have to say thanks to the people of Kobe and him, as since I left Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan this was the first night shelter in a home of the country people that was offered to me throughout China, South Korea, and here in Japan, so my dream of staying in the house or home of one of this culture came to reality before I say goodbye to these three totally different cultures.

10.10.15

I said goodbye and thanked my wonderful first host here in Kobe, and headed to a Motomachi shopping area.

I stayed for about few hours at the main entrance to the Motomachi 6 but with no connection to anyone, also there was a music week, so I listened to some music while I was there then I moved to the east exit of Motomachi train station as I had to meet up with a cyclist who was cycling around the world from England and he’s introduced to me through another rainbow peace brother from England.

After less than an hour waiting I met him and then we went to the floor 24th of the city hall to see the city from high once again for me and he did like the place then back to the ground floor and we found a place which he very kindly got some food and drink to sit down and share together then we headed back to the Sannomiya underground station, and it’s here that we said goodnight to one another, I have to say, I had a great time to meet up with someone who I didn’t have difficulty to speak to for such a long time.

After saying goodbye to him I stayed at the place which few days ago Martin from Poland told me it’s his place but as he wasn’t there so I stayed there till about midnight and I got a wonderful connection with someone very kind who offered me some food, drink and a donation, also he’s happy to translate my sailing appeal across Pacific and email it back to me in the near future then after thanking him, I got in touch with a street performer who kindly offered me some food and drink as well, then as none of them was able to offer me a shelter I put my head down in there by a porch of a shop with some cardboard and an emergency blanket till next day.

11.10.15

I woke up quite early and headed out towards the port, and on my way I met some locals who were performing exercises and dancing in a park which I asked them if I could take a photo of their performance as I liked their performance and they’re happy for me to do so, then I said goodbye to them and made my way towards the port which before the port I came across a farmers’ fair and as I asked them from which part of Japan were they coming and I was told from south west of Japan (Miyazaki and Kushima) by a ferry, so I stayed there for a bit and I handed out all my donation in my donation box as my body wanted to have what they’re offering, so after there I went into the port 3 (pier no.3), and I was told they don’t have any Pacific connection, and all they have is local connection, so I was told I should visit port 4 (pier 4), which is for international connections.

Then before I make my way there I met a lecturer at Kagawa university (www.morikawamitsuyo.com), who very kindly came forward to help me with some translation at the port and I was told about a music performance on the second floor, which her son was there and I went there to see and listen to some of it and it’s for the first anniversary of the port, then I asked her if she could help with my sailing profile translation into Japanese which she kindly said not a problem and as soon as she get some time she’ll do it and email it to me.

Then I said goodbye to the port 3 and headed to no. 4 and as I got there I got in touch with some people who kindly directed me to some other places, but as it’s Sunday and next day was a public holiday as well, so I had to wait till Tuesday, then after thanking them all, I made my way towards the port island. On my way I came across some other Japanese dancers this time with a drum under a main bridge to the island, so after staying there for a bit, then I carried on further into the island and in there I managed to get in touch with some more people from the island also from Kyoto, and as I told them about my story I was offered some food and drink, and I have to say here that if I was getting food everyday like today definitely I could put weight on rather than losing weight! After staying around a supermarket (Lawson), where I could use internet and connect with some people, then just before they closed I was asked am I going to stay around there? As police might come around, and I said no, and made my way further into the island in a hope of finding a place to put my head down for the night, which I came across one and I did so.

12.10.15

So as last night I couldn’t sleep very well because of the mosquito, and also I was woken up by a police officer at about 7am, then I had to quickly pack and make my way towards the main port, where I might get a connection, and on my way I came across a wonderful man who after telling him about myself he very kindly got me some food and drink, then I thanked him and moved further towards the port, and it’s here that I came across Kobe animal Kingdom place (www.kobe-oukoku.com), Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums where after speaking to the manager I was offered a free passage to the place which I have to thank them all from here as this was the first ever Japanese organisation manager who was appreciating what I was doing and get a free entrance to the centre. I spent most of the day in there and I enjoyed watching different animals from across the world without going there, like kangaroos from Australia and penguins from South Africa, also dog performance from New Zealand, and different birds, then I said thanks to them again, and goodbye to head out towards my final destination of APL and MOL place at the port.

But as I got there it’s closed and no one was there for me to ask and on my way I came across a wonderful man from Kenya who very kindly provided me with a drink and some cakes, then I found a little time in a 24h store to write this update, and catch up with some of my past backlog of writing for the blog as well.

13.10.15

So rest of the last night I stayed awake in the 24h store and after coming across two wonderful men from Pakistan which one of them very kindly offered me some food and drink after telling them about my story, and as his friend has been in Japan for about 12yr he very kindly asked the people in the 24h store to see if I could stay there, and after he spoke with them and they got in touch with their manager I was told I should be okay to stay as long as I don’t sleep and I said okay, then after saying thanks and goodbye to the two wonderful men from Pakistan I spent all night there without any sleep and despite I was tired I managed to catch up with more of my writing as I said already, but all night I couldn’t get any connection with anyone apart from a woman who was working in the store brought me a cup of coffee, that’s all from last night.

So at about 7am I made my way towards the APL at the port which wasn’t far from where I was and as I got there I told security guards about my mission and showed them my Japanese sailing profile and I was put in contact with one of the agencies, and I was told I have to get in touch with the headquarters in Singapore, and I told them but I am here and not in Singapore, and I would like them to help me to make a request of their headquarters, but I was told by them they can’t do anything about it and I have to make my way out, so I said goodbye to them, and then made my way towards my next destination which was MOL Japanese shipping company and at the security point I was connected to an agency again and I spoke to a few of the people from an agency Nordic Agencies Co., Ltd. (www.kobenordic-agencies.jp), and again I was told that I can’t be given any lift unless I get in touch with the MOL headquarters in order for them to consider my passage to America and I was told after 9/11 the Japanese regulations of taking people across Pacific Ocean has been tightened much more than ever before.

So after saying goodbye to them I headed back to the city, on my way back I got a DLR type train connection back with a kindness of a man at the computer station near university and the zoo garden from yesterday, then I stayed around the city all day and tried to get in touch with a kind man in the pearl museum and through him to the city hall, who might be able to put me in contact with a link that might help my passage through Pacific Ocean.

I have to say none of the contacts resulted in any help, so I have to make my way back to a public area to speak to more people and tell them about my mission in a hope of at least get some food and shelter for the day. So I managed to get in touch with some more wonderful people who help me with some funds and I could get enough food not let my stomach empty before I put my head down for the night, then as I couldn’t get any shelter I stopped in front of a clothes store which had become my home from my second night here in Kobe, as they’re putting out cardboard boxes as well, so I don’t have to hunt for them every night, and if I could move out before dawn I was going to be okay not to encounter police enquiries as well.

14,15&16.10.15

I woke up today about 7am and after eating some bread and water from last night I made my way towards the harbour again and in hope of a connection, but after visiting few places with no luck I ended up in a Jahoves Kingdom Hall, which I was told they would have English gathering and talk, but after finding out they all had a major meeting in Tokyo they cancelled their local gathering in English, and after some talk with a few who could speak in English I was offered to just participate in their Japanese congregation, so after the meeting I was offered some food and drink, but with no shelter I headed out to a canal which at the end of it I found a place to put my head down for the night, but it turned out was a factory premises, and they have called police to come and ask me to go, so about 06:30 I was waken up by three police officers, a woman and two men, and then after some questioning and getting some details I was told I can’t sleep in a company’s yard as it’s their premises, but I can stay in a park and I said okay and goodbye to them so I headed back to the city centre.

After about few hours of walking and stopping in a few public places trying to engage with people over here in the city of Kobe (www.feel-kobe.jp, http://www.city.kobe.jp) this time in two other areas of the city, which were called Hyogo, and Shinkaichi, so I managed to engage with a few wonderful people, who very kindly helped me with some food and drink and a bit of funds after talking about my peace mission.

Also it’s after midday that after making an appointment in the morning with a manager of an English language centre called PATHOS that I met up and told him about my peace mission and I asked him if he could help and speak to his students, but he told me he’ll let me know in the future if they needed someone to help out, and he very kindly let me know about a Japanese website, which I could register to teach on (www.hello-sensei.com), and it’s after this meeting that I sent out a message on my social media to mention the website and ask people if they knew of anything else that would engage me more with this most shy nation on earth that I have come across so far, and I got some tips and advice as usual from kind followers on the Web.

So as for the night I stayed around the area and I managed to put my head down in front of Minatogawa Jinja (shrine) till a very early hour of next day (@5am), and I was woken up this time not by a police officer, but by the claps of the people who were coming to pay their respects before they’re heading to their work, so I quickly managed to pack and pay my respect for sheltering me for another night here in Kobe, and headed towards the city’s central library “Chuo Toshokan” (www.lib.kobe.ac.jp). So after some walk around the area and some waiting outside the library to be open after 9am, which very soon a lot of people turned up and luckily I was first and as I entered I asked about a place that I could sit down in quietness and write, so I was sent to 3rd floor and in there a place on table no.12 was allocated to me, and I stayed there till about 6pm, and on my break time I visited some other parts of the library, and I went to a place which particularly had information about an earthquake memorial (The Great Hanshin-Awaji) a disaster reduction and human renovation institution with more information on these websites (www.dri.ne.jp/wordpress/index.php/material) (www.facebook.com/drive.archives), which later I saw some of the videos of the disaster which was heartbreaking, and the recovery in the area absolutely showed their determination and their great effort to come back and rebuild everything within 2years.

So as I was using the quietness of the place to do some writing also I could stay till 8pm, but as my other half very kindly offered me some funds to sustain my living here in Japan, so I had to make my way back to the city centre, but when I got there the places were all closed, so now I had to go to a place where I could put my head down without police turning up to ask me to leave, and after finding some cardboards I put my head down only very temporarily as I was exposed to public view because I didn’t have enough cardboards to cover my sleeping area so I couldn’t use my sleeping bag and I just used my emergency blanket, and I got very cold throughout the night and very early in the morning I had to move out and go to find a warm place to stay a bit warmer, then as sun came out I felt warm again, so I headed out towards the places to collect the funds which was sent to me by my other half after seeing my message on social media that I sent out to say I really had difficulty to communicate with people here in Japan to survive.

Then after getting in touch with an internet cafe to print out a Japanese version of my sailing profile message and make more copies of my web communication info card, and eating and drinking some juice and soup from a place here in Kobe, I said thanks and goodbye to everyone, and I started my walk towards my next destination port of Osaka.

After some walking I came across a market where I managed to get some food from the fund and after speaking to some locals they got me in touch with a peace boat, I was told it’s sailing around the world in 100days next year but it’s costing a fortune to a simple peace pilgrim way of life (1290000yen), then after some more talk and staying with them for a bit longer and I was trying to sort few things in a market there, then finally I went to the main route to head on towards Osaka.

After some walk, waiting and showing my message to drivers to get to Osaka a wonderful man with his little son and daughter stopped, and he very kindly offered me a lift close to Osaka, then after some talk and telling them about my mission I said goodbye to them and I was dropped off by a petrol station, which I waited there for more than half an hour before I decided to walk towards Osaka and after some walk I stopped in a favourite Lawson market to eat and use some internet, and it’s here that as I was eating someone very kind came to me and offered me a lift to Osaka main train station, which I welcomed it and here we go I arrived in Osaka after 7pm, so after taking a photo with the driver by a passer by I said thanks and goodbye to him as well and I asked him to get in touch with me through the Web.

Then at the big Osaka train station I walked everywhere and saw a good view of the city from a high building at the station and tried to connect with some wonderful brothers and sisters through the internet, which made me keep going till late in the night at the station.

18,19 & 20.10.15

Today at about 2am I came across 3 wonderful people from Indonesia, and we’re together till about 5am so I spoke about my peace pilgrimage journey around the world to them and they told me about their less than a week travelling throughout Japan and the universe wanted to connect me through them to some other parts of Japan faster than I did expect, as one of them very kindly offered me his magic way of connecting with some other places which I haven’t seen or experienced here in Japan.

So after thanking them for their hospitality for those hours at the Osaka main rail station, rather than waiting in Osaka for my next sea connection, at about 05:20am I took on a rail travelling journey across Japan, as I had a dream of using one of those fast trains since China, so the universe wanted me to wait till this moment and try every kind of train here in Japan, so after connecting to Kyoto in about 1h than to Tokyo by super fast train “bullet train” (Shinkansen) in less than 3h and from there to Hakodate by 3pm. So in here I waited around the city till about 1am before I make my way to Sapporo the capital of the northern region of Hokkaido.

So at about 01:20 I caught a slow train to Sapporo, as that’s the only available on the route, so I was hoping according to the arrival of the train at about 6am then I can get a train at 7am all the way to the last frontier of Japan trains, but unfortunately our train got delayed unexpectedly for 3h and I couldn’t even know why that had happened and all I was told there’s a signal failure, so that made me change the plan after getting to the capital of Hokkaido, Sapporo, and here I made an enquiry about sea connection between Japan and Russia in case of future connection from Japan back to Russia then into Europe, and I was told there’s been a ferry line (Heart Land Ferry) for almost 17 years between Wakkanai and a Russian town, but on 18.09.2015 it has stopped as there wasn’t enough passengers.

Then as I couldn’t get to neither Wakkanai nor Asahikawa, so I had to plan my route back towards Osaka, and after staying around the capital city for about 2h I took a train at 12:15 towards Hakodate, and on my way as I had a changing seat ticket I thought of changing train, so I got off at the Muroran train station, and as that train left I had to wait till about 4pm to catch the next one back to Hakodate, which again I had to go through a series of changes of plan again, and consequently delay after delay was connecting me back to Osaka city.

So after getting my next train I managed to arrive safely at the Hakodate station and within 3min I had to catch another one further south to Shine-Aomori, and from there I got another train to Sendai which we arrived after 2300h, and as they’re closing the station after the midnight I had to find somewhere to put my head down for the night and as I went out of the station I found an unoccupied place and I put my head down there till early hour of next day and as I missed my first train I caught the next one bound to Tokyo.

So less than 2h I was in Tokyo after passing through Fukushima, Koriyama, Utsunomiya, Omega, Ueno, and finally we arrived at Tokyo at 0915, then I went to a Tourist information (www.tictokyo.jp, http://www.mori-trust.co.jp), and I found some information about the capital, then I went to the Imperial Palace first and I looked around the park and not inside, so after walking all around the Palace from outside I made my way back to the main Tokyo station, on my way I met few people who were interested in what I was doing and just wishing me luck on my peace pilgrimage journey.

Then as I got back to the station a bit earlier I didn’t want to leave my departure for the last minute, so I brought my departure time forward from 7pm to 6pm, so after taking a super express Hikari Shinkansen bound to Shin Osaka, we stopped in Shinagawe, Shin-Yokohama, Atami, Shizuoka, Hamamatsu, and Nagoya, then stopping in every station all the way to Shin-Osaka, which we arrived on time just after 9pm, and from there I made my way towards the main Osaka’s station by JR (Japan Rail Train), and I arrived there just before 10pm, and I went back to the same spot that few days ago I met three wonderful people from Indonesia, and as I was sitting there and was trying to connect to the internet, a wonderful woman came to me and enquired about my peace journey and I told her a bit about it, and before she went she very kindly offered me some Scottish donation, which I thanked her and told her all about my circumstances before and now, and that I couldn’t survive without using monetary system completely here in Japan, and I decided to go about with it with the idea of advocating a positive money in my mind as well, that’s why I’m now accepting people’s donation as I found it very difficult to communicate with people over here, so she very kindly left her web address for the group which she was helping out with in a tour around Japan (www.opusxmusic.com), and she told me if I was there earlier I could have got a free ticket to their performance event.

Then after some walking around the main Osaka station to find some wifi and communicate with outside Japan, but after finding a place unfortunately they’re closing the area, and the station, so I have to move back to the same spot that I had left earlier, and as it’s a bit windy and chilly, I tried to cover myself with an emergency blanket till early morning but at about 1am I was asked to leave the station by security guards at the station, then as I headed out I came across an internet cafe, which I managed to book a space for couple of hours with the funds that I had and in that time I managed to take a shower as well, so from 3 to 5am I was there and then I headed out to the Osaka station again to find an address in my hunt for the Pacific Ocean link.

So as I was looking for this address I came across a place which I could sit down and eat, charge my devices and write up the remaining of my Korean peace pilgrimage experiences, and stayed there till late afternoon. Before I make my way towards the intended addresses, I spoke to a young computer programmer man and as I was asking him about the addresses he told me, but as I told him about what I was doing, he told me he doesn’t understand but respects what I do, so as I have to move on we said goodbye to one another and I left the place to find this PIL (Pacific International Line) office, and after some walking and asking people I managed to find it and I was told by the people at the office and their main manager at the Tokyo office that they can’t help me, and I should get in touch with the main headquarters in Singapore as well, so I thanked the people in the Osaka office and the manager on the phoneline from the Tokyo head office, and I didn’t repeat to ask them to ask their head office in Singapore as I got refusal before and I didn’t want to get more and more negative answers, so I left it there and I moved out of their office.

After coming out I headed towards the Osaka port and on my way I came across a place where people were getting massages for their body pain and as I had a pain in my elbow since my terrible fall back in Kyrgyzstan and China on that autumn snow on a mosaic floor at the so-called border, which every now and then it really hurts, so I spoke to a kind man and he very kindly gave me the massage of my life and he said I have to give my body a rest after such a long time and heavy load on my body, and I promised him to do so as soon as I possibly can, then on my way to the port as it’s too late in the evening I contacted a few places for a place to stay, but they all told me as they don’t know me they can’t offer me anything, and I thanked them and I moved on and near another Lawson supermarket I stopped for a few hours to do some internet update, then very close to there I found a “ministop” market to stay awake for another night without sleep till next day.

22.10.15

As I was awake last night and the night before my body really wanted some rest, so as I continued walking towards the port I came across a bench on my way and I put my head down for a couple of hours and it passed so quick as I was so tired, then after waking up I carried on walking up to another Lawson store and in there I got some food and after having some I carried on towards the harbour and the port, on my way I managed to find a trolley for carrying my heavy rucksack and then an inner shoe sole, all with the funds I was given by my other half towards my peace pilgrimage journey, then I carried on towards the port again, and on my way about 3pm I came across another wonderful human being from Nepal who was a cook in an Indian and Nepalese small restaurant and after some talk he very kindly offered me some food and fresh Nepalese style bread, which I thanked him a lot, then carried on towards the port and by the time I got to the port almost everywhere was closed and around the area was all fishermen and people who wanted to visit the seaside and there was a few other amusement places and for me to get in touch with any container ship I had to cross to an island which it’s too late for me to find my way around, then as I was stopping by a Lawson store I came across a Japanese man (www.modesuto.co.jp), who I came across earlier by the Nepalese restaurant, and the cook told him about my story and he remembered me and offered me a special Japanese octapus and egg sandwich, which I thanked him and he told me that he’s a “Cosmo-jijy” man and I said I’ll mention you on my blog, then after saying thanks and goodbye to him, it wasn’t very long before I came across two other Japanese men who were trying to read my board and I went and spoke to them and they very kindly offered me some water and a sandwich, then I thanked them and told them to follow my peace pilgrimage journey on my blog.

So I have to say here it wasn’t a very bad birthday present to have almost three meals in a day, when I go without food and drink for days sometimes, so I have to say Thankyou to the universe and all those kind people around me and far from me who have looked after me very well, so now I just needed a place to put my head down for the night. I walked back towards a quiet place earlier I saw near to the port and I found a spot and put my head down for the night after thanking the universe and all kind people around me for providing all the goodness for me for my birthday, and I looked forward to the next day which is the anniversary of the start of my peace pilgrimage journey, which began back in 2012.

23.10.2015

Today I woke up after some rest outdoor near to the port, then I headed out towards a close by island (Sakishima),which I couldn’t walk to and I had to get a train to get to the other side in a hope of finding some connection to my next destination. On my way I came across a building and I saw a Maguchi group which I hoped that they might help me to open my passage through Pacific, but as I was waiting there for a bit while I was writing up some of my daily activities, then I asked someone to see whether they could help, but after showing them my sailing profile they told me no, they can’t help me and I should leave the building immediately, so I did so and walked towards the harbour where I came across an ambulance, fire station and Japan coastguard, and I asked them if they could help me to cross the island and I was told I have to walk for about 20km or get one stop train, so as I had some funds I got the train and on my way I came across someone from New York who told me his parents migrated to Japan many years ago, and I told him about my peace journey, then on the other side of the bay in the island at a station called Cosmosqure I stopped for more than an hour to connect with some people as it was a busy day and people were coming to register for the Sunday Osaka’s Marathon, but with no luck I had to move on. I got some food and drink than walked around to find out all about shipping connection but it’s too late and dark, but even so visiting a few places which were either closed or I showed my sailing profile and got a negative response. Now I had to find a place to put my head down for the night which after a long day of walk finally I found an open place to put my head down, and the weather wasn’t that bad to sleep outside.

24.10.15

I woke up today about 7am, as the ground had some moisture and it was cloudy and some part of my sleeping bag was wet. After trying to dry and pack I started to walk again around the island to enquire more about my shipping connection, but as I got some negative responses yesterday I didn’t want to approach any port security guards as they’re immediately telling me to go out and they didn’t want to hear about my case. As I was walking I came across two very young and kind men who I explained to them my case and they started to enquire about how I could get back to America and after spending about 3h together and calling and contacting a few places they said sorry it seems to be very difficult to get there through a container ship, as they all are either saying we don’t take passengers or get in touch with their headquarters, so after all that they very kindly offered me some food and drink as well, then we said goodbye to one another in a hope to connect together again in the future, then I stayed in Asian and Pacific Trade Centre to do some updates and try to see and vision what I could do in meantime, while I’m waiting on my connection, then as the centre was going to close about midnight so I had to make my way out and again hunt for a place to put my head down for another night here in Osaka bay on the Sakishima island, and as I came out and it’s rainy and windy a bit somehow the universe connected me with back of a posh hotel in the staff smoking area which wasn’t a desirous place, but nevertheless was better than outside to say goodnight to everyone around me and the kind universe for the provided basic shelter.

25 through 30.10.15

I woke up at about 7am and before any of the hotel staff discover my resting place for the night I moved out and headed back to the APTC (Asian and Pacific Trade Centre), and in there I used the bathroom and then in one of the ferry terminals enquired about outside Japan ferries, which I was told at the international ferry terminal they have connection to Shanghai in China and Busan in Korea, then I did some updates and I headed out to connect with some more wonderful people as it’s Osaka Marathon day, but after few hours around the marathon area with no connection as everyone was busy with the marathon and other activities, I made my way back to APTC, and in there I sent out a message about highlights of my day with no human connectivity, then after eating something I made my way back through a train to the main city of Osaka and being around few busy underground station agains, despite people were mostly drunk or under the influence of alcohol and no contact was made, so I passed my time in few places which were open till late like a Starbucks, a reminder of one which I used to spent some time in to use internet back in London OLSX camp. Then in the morning I made my way to the British Consulate General in Osaka, as back in Kobe and a few other places I was recommended by local government people to see if they might be able to help. I have never tried official government offices when I had many choices, but now limited in connectivity through the Pacific, so I said to myself I’ll give it a go, also I had a feeling already it might not work out my way and indeed after going and waiting for a bit I was told they can’t help my personal peace pilgrimage cause, and if I wanted to get some funds to fly back to England they might be able to help me, but not going to a different direction, so after about an hour of communication I was given a monthly living guide for Kansai Scene October 2015 magazine to find some help for my cause, and after thanking them for their time I left the office and headed out to speak to public again as always public has been a great help to me at the time of my difficulty.

In a very busy area of Osaka (Shinsaibashi and Namba), again I came across some wonderful people and got in touch with some other companies to see if they could help me, then I stayed in an almost 24h Starbucks till next day again then I headed further out to connect with more people, and again I stayed around the area for another night without any sleep as I couldn’t get any shelter or a quiet place to put my head down for the night, so now after two days with almost no sleep at all I made my way towards finding a library or a quiet place to rest a bit and it’s today that I came across a wonderful man from Korea who after speaking to him a bit about my peace journey he offered me some memorable food from a famous food place in the Namba area, then he told me about a nearby park about 20min walk, so after saying thanks and goodbye to him, which he did took some photos and a heart to heart hug, then on my way I asked someone kind about the park and he very kindly took me there, then I found a place in the park and put my head down and I was so tired that quickly I went to sleep and as I woke up with the sound of rain on my emergency blanket so quickly I went to a close by rest room to shelter and in there after using a bathroom and washing my teeth I again tried to rest, but I was woken up by the park security and asked to pack and go, even though it’s still raining out there and I was sheltered he said I I had to go, and it reminded me of Glastonbury festival, which as soon as I put up my tent I was asked to pack in 5min and go, so the guard here didn’t tell me within 5min, but I packed as soon as I possibly could and moved out to under a bridge near there, and just sat there till next day with my emergency blanket on me. I saw a lot of public (cyclists and pedestrian), were using this route and in the morning I saw a man about 5am came and feed about 5 cats which were staying under the bridge very close by a zoo, then as the dawn broke I made my way towards another famous area (Tennoji where the highest building in Japan is located there which is called Harukas), and I went to 16th floor and took some photos and sent out one on the social media to say I can’t go to the 300m high, but here is an image of under 100m, and I couldn’t imagine how would it looks like up there!?, but anyway after there I managed to get in touch with few language centres in the area, and then made my way to a church Kingdom Hall in another area of Osaka in a hope if I could find a place to rest after getting in touch with so called an English congregation, but after speaking to some people from across the world over there including people from Canada, US, Australia, Nigeria, Korea, and even Yorkshire in England who has been in Japan for more than 20 years, and as he told me he forgot all about England and the northern accent, but none not even one offered anything despite they’re telling me all about Japanese are very restricted and beaurocratic – and I told them I know that very well, I have seen it for myself you don’t have to tell me, so after some talk before and after their gathering I said goodbye to them and made my way to a close by park which I have seen when I came to the area, and I found a place to put my head down and as soon as I did so someone came and was looking at me like I have taken his spot so as I didn’t say anything and he didn’t say anything as well then I managed despite an uncomfortable divided bench place to get few hours of uninterrupted sleep, then I woke up quickly before it got busy and made my way towards the city hall and a library, after finally getting there and speaking to the mayor’s office staff, I was told this is a private matter and they can’t help me as well.

So I have to say here that I have never believed those governments who have real authority over things will help my peace pilgrimage mission, but because here the public were all telling me I should get in touch with them and ask for help, so I did, and I didn’t get a positive outcome, so then this was another drawback on my peace mission.

Now I am so called between a rock and a hard place, which it has been like this for the duration of my stay in Japan where I haven’t got a single positive response from the authorities and not a lot of encouragement from the general public either towards my peace pilgrimage mission around the world, so all I could say is, if I wasn’t sent some funds from outside I would have really suffered very badly healthwise here, even worse than 2012 back in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria area, where I lost weight at that time and here I felt even worse, despite the advancement of technology the resources are used for advantages of a few and not public as a whole.

So my conclusion would be I will make an alternative decision if worse comes to worst, and if things just go like this, but for time being I can survive and carry on visiting different places and ports and harbours until my final funds and resources will run out, in a hope of my connectivity through the Pacific Ocean.

The rest of my day on Thursday 29.10.15 I tried to speak to different people and get a link to help me with my last leg of peace pilgrimage journey, but with no luck, so I spent a few hours in an internet cafe to sort out my photos on the phone which I carry to allow me to take more photos as I run out of space so I had to transfer them to a memory stick, and some of my funds went towards it as well, which at least I got some hot and cold drink and a shower while I was there, then as it came the time of sleeping I had to find some cardboard which reminded me again of the time of OLSX when we were going out every night to fetch some cardboard on the street near the Royal Court of Justice. After collecting some I found a place not far from the main Osaka train station and right in front of a 20 story high empty building which was closed down, a sign of recession here in Japan; despite their hard work they couldn’t run whatever business was in there, and it’s similar to many of these buildings in London England and many other cities, and we could inhabit them and utilise them better if they were open to public.

Today 30.10.15 I was waking up at 5am, and last night I had a lot of noise from drunk people and the city’s traffic, but I managed to survive again, I then headed to find a place to eat something and do some connectivity updates which I visioned for the day in my favourite internet free place (Lawson). Then about 10am after some connections and sending some emails to some language centres I headed out to connect with two more companies here in Osaka to see if they could help, but after some miles of walk and finding them one said to me we just do air cargo connection (Meitetsu world transport), and the second said to me they don’t have any vessels themselves and they don’t know how to help me to cross Pacific (Nippon Express, the Osaka international transportation branch), then after no connection on this last two companies I headed out to try my first Marina here in Osaka (Osaka Hokko Marina), then after getting there finally at the late afternoon by going through underground then JR, and finally walking for about 5km the final leg of my journey and crossing a long Yumemai bridge, then in front of an incinerator plant a wonderful man gave me a 5min lift across a bridge before I arrive at the marina which I found out it’s closed and will be open weekend, so I had to wait there in the area till tomorrow to see the harbour master and find out if he could help in anyway, meanwhile one of the staff from the harbour and a cook from a cafe kindly gave me a name for another big marina which someone else at a church that I went to on Wednesday told me about it, so I have some time to go around and make all those enquiries within next few days if not weeks, visioning through Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht harbour, then Nagoya, Yokohama before I make my final stop in Tokyo, Japan, and that will be my final stop before I say goodbye to Japan and move on from here.

31.10.15

As I didn’t sleep last night at all and after a nice hospitality from the kind cook at the BIC cafe in the marina I said goodbye to him and headed out of the cafe, as I looked around the harbour to see if I could find a place to put my head down for the night, but after looking around for about an hour or so I couldn’t find anywhere suitable then before I make my way to a local 24h store I went back to the cafe and as it’s closed, I wanted to stay there and use it as a shelter, but first it’s very windy and second mosquitoes were about to eat me alive, so after staying there for a bit, then I headed out light without my big rucksack as I left it near to the cafe, as I knew I had to go back there next day if not earlier, then headed to the store which earlier I was told about by the cook in the cafe, and I stayed in there overnight, and as I couldn’t sleep there and was just sitting I did my final writing and update, then about 5am I headed back to the marina and as the time was approaching 9am I managed to see the harbour master very briefly, but then I was told by a marina staff who I met last night in the cafe to came back after 11am, as a woman who could speak English will be here after this time, so I could talk to harbour master as he couldn’t speak English very well.

So I made my way towards Maishima Incinerator Plant, as I passed by there yesterday and saw next day would be an exhibition, also it’s here that a member of staff very briefly crossed me through the Tsuneyoshi bridge to the marina, so as it’s a bit early to the opening time I managed to walk around the island for about 6km, and as it’s a bit longer than I expected I got back to the plant after 11am to see the exhibition, consequently late to the harbour, but on my walk for that duration I saw empty and abandoned buildings (cafe), many lavatories, small car race trucks, dog training centre, camping areas and finally a tennis and baseball stadium, before I get back to the front of the incineration plant, then after going through 5 floors of exhibition in the plant, seeing a fully automated and 24h operational mechanism, and how Osaka’s rubbish comes in and will become ash at the end and goes to a landfill and not direct rubbish to the landfill, so you can yourself search and find out how this could be used in other area or region and if it’s going to be useful, so after saying thanks and goodbye to the kind staff, I made my way back for my late 11am appointment with the harbour master, but when I got back there at about midday I was told by a woman who was supposed to be the translator of my messages to the harbour master that the harbour master is in another meeting with someone else, so I explained to her again and she went to ask the harbour master, then she came back and told me he wouldn’t be able to help as the marina is a small one and all the yachts are going to local places in Japan. I asked about the Australian big ship connection as one of the staff yesterday mentioned about it and he said the harbour master might have, and after she has asked, I was told there’s none till 2018, so I thanked them all and made my way towards my next destination, Shin-Nishinomiya yacht harbour, which after waiting to get a lift for about few hours, then getting in contact with a cyclist from Hiroshima who was now living in Osaka, we walked for a few miles, after crossing another long bridge before we come to a store and not very far from a petrol station, then he very kindly in the store offered me a pot noodle and some water, then after being together for at least an hour of talk and walk we said goodbye and I again thanked him for his kindness and contributions towards my peace mission.

So I didn’t wait here for long time as a wonderful woman who was going back to Kobe offered me a lift to the main road leading to the port and harbour of Shin-Nishinomiya, then after thanking her and saying goodbye I started walking again for few more kilometres before I get to the port and by this time everywhere was closed apart from a restaurant in the harbour which it’s about to close as well, so now I had to find a place to put my head down after a very long day of walking, total about 20km, then I managed to find a corner under one of the many bridges here on the island, and I said goodnight to the universe and everyone else around me and being thank-full for all the connections and walks made.

1.11.15

Today after waking up at about 7am from under a massive Japanese style bridge which underneath of it was also a carpark, then I made my way back to the harbour and after waiting there till after 9am then I managed to see the harbour master MR Miwa (www.sinnisi-yh.co.jp), which I showed him my sailing message and I asked him to make a copy also I let him to know that I have put one on the noticeboard as well, and as he couldn’t speak much of English nor I could speak any Japanese, I waited till I could find someone who could translate my hope of a Pacific connection and see if he could help to link me with someone, but after staying around the marina whole day and getting in touch with the yacht club general manager Mr. Hide, and a local with a boat, I found out there’s no way anyone will try to cross Pacific Ocean at this time of the year, so after completing my walk around the island as my bags were in the harbour then in the evening listening to some music performances, I was told that the harbour is closed and I made my way towards another bridge to make it my home for the night as outside was raining very heavily, so I said goodnight to the universe and everyone else around me and I put my head down for another night here in Japan.

2.11.15

As it’s raining and dark so I woke up with the noise of the traffic on my three sides, I quickly packed and made it to a local petrol station and I stayed there for few hours to finalise my writing for the blog and attend a dental appointment but as I got to the dentist I was told they can’t do a check up for free if I don’t have a Japanese insurance, so I said goodbye to them and after doing an update in my favourite store (Lawson), and then making my last connection before I say goodbye to this town as well and head to my next destination. My vision is if I couldn’t get the Ocean crossing, I might try sailing with other peace brothers and sisters at a later date if the universe permitted this to happen.

One love your humbled Earthian peace brother in a town of Nishinomiya between Kobe and Osaka still in Japan.

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Adventures in Central Asia

Azerbaijan July 2015

3.7.15

As I said thanks and goodbye to most of the wonderful people in the Art Hostel on the evening of third of July as they’re going to a famous Tbilisi ‘s open air 2015 festival, I managed to prepare myself for the next day to head on towards Azerbaijan.

4.7.15

After waking up and getting ready I said goodbye to the Art Hostel and headed out towards Baku in Azerbaijan at about 1030am. As I walked through the city on my way I visited an old Orthodox church which in its yard had a garden with a tap and after refreshing myself with water and filling up my water bottles (I have to say here that water source has been provided all across Tbilisi and even many other cities and towns, so you don’t have to pay for your water), then I started walking further towards my destination. After I carried on walking for a bit more I got to a bus stop, where I stopped and I asked some people for the right directions and I was told that I can take a bus to the coach station, so I used the Tbilisi local bus and underground card which still had some funds in it (it was given to me by a kind Georgian man on my arrival to Tbilisi). I decided to enquire about how to get to Tbilisi’s coach station, and I was told which bus I should take. I managed to get to the coach station at about 11am and I started to enquire about how to get to Baku from there?

I was told where and who I should ask for a ticket and after trying to explain to the manager of a ticket agency, I was shown the direction to Baku, and as I knew she hasn’t understood me I waited to find someone who could speak English and explain to her who I was and what I was doing? So as I was trying and looking for someone a wonderful man came to me and I explained to him exactly who I was and what I was doing and showed him the donation box, so we went back to the agency’s office and he explained to the manager again, then she considered to issue me a ticket if I could raise enough funds as what I had in the box wasn’t enough, so I told her no problem and I had about 3h before my departure time, so I started speaking to people and explaining who I was and why I was there and some people very kindly started to contribute and help me with some funds towards my peace pilgrimage journey, then as a young man from the agency approached me and I told him and explained everything again he very kindly helped me to sort out the ticket and even offered me some food and drink and by now even the main manager got me some bread as well – and at the beginning she didn’t want even to listen to me. So that’s how I managed to secure my coach connection to Baku just before midday and waited there and spoke to other people before my departure at about 4pm.

After saying goodbye to Tbilisi and stopping in another coach station for about half an hour, we moved again and next stop was when we arrived at the so called border control, here everyone has to get off and walk through a half mile stretch of the softer Georgian but then tougher Azerbaijani border control police, so it took us just under an hour to go through and everyone was in a rush to get to the other side while if you were waiting for your coach it could take longer than you go through alone, then as we all went through we had to wait for about almost over two hours for our coach to turn up.

It was on this coach that I met a wonderful man from Azerbaijan who was sitting next to me and as we spoke I found out he was coming back from the Tbilisi open air 2015 festival, and he was telling me if he knew we have to wait for this long time he would have not booked a coach and would’ve just turned up and he could have gone long before all this waiting. We all finally got on board again and here we go, we start moving again towards Baku.

5.7.15

Today we were still in the bus when we woke up about 3am in an area which was called Kurdo, in a restaurant with a strange name of Mustache but there wasn’t any sign of the man with his famous mustache and in its place was a photo of a bottle of coca cola which I have noticed that it has been used and consumed almost everywhere and not just in Macdonald or fast food places.

I have to say here thanks to Zaur a wonderful man from Baku, who very kindly offered me an early breakfast, then as we arrived in Baku later at about 6am he gave a lift to a French couple, another man from Baku and I to the new city then old city and even he very kindly helped with my stay with the kindness of the French couple in their room of a hotel where they were staying, and to add to all his kindness he tried his best to find a sea connection to my next destination to Kazakhstan today and next day while I was in Baku.

We went to a couple of ports to find out about my connection to Kazakhstan and we found out due to the weekend they were all closed and I had to wait till next day, then as we came back about 0830 and speaking to the manager of the hotel he was agreed for me to stay with the French couple but with some additional funds to be paid and Zaur very kindly as I mentioned offered me to help with my stay, then after saying thanks and goodbye to him and having some basic breakfast I headed out to explore the old town of Baku, and after connecting with some wonderful people from Baku and outside I encountered some security personnel in and around the old town and I was told I can’t show my board, then later in the day I headed back to my resting place, where I stayed and rested for the night as I knew I had a long day ahead of me next morning.

6th & 7th July 2015

After waking up and having some breakfast then packing I got a phone call from Zaur to let me know that he has called a few places to find out about my connectivity to Kazakhstan, and letting me know of some of the details. I thanked him for everything he has done, then I said goodbye to the wonderful French couple as well, and on my way to the port I visited a peace centre but there wasn’t anyone who could translate and tell why I was there to the only woman who was in the office, so I thanked her and got a phone number and said goodbye to her and headed out towards the port.

On my way I met a wonderful man who very kindly helped me with his friend all the way to the main port and as I got there I was told that I have to provide a ticket before I could go inside, so I went to a ticket office and I explained and I got in touch with a few people and finally with their kindness I was offered a connection to Kazakhstan, but not in the same port, so now I have to travel to another port about 70km outside Baku, which I had a few hours to get there.

My search to get to the next port was started by speaking to the people at this main port and then encountering some other wonderful people on my way, who very kindly helped me to get to the port just on time for the scheduled 5pm cargo ship departure, but the ship left almost with 4 hours delay than was planned to go.

I have to say here that even the Azerbaijani secret police offered me help with bus, food and drink on my way towards the next port, thinking that I was a tourist and I should be protected and taken care of – this is what I was told!? – but never mind I wanted help and to me they were in civilian clothes and everyone kind was my brothers and sisters, who could help me towards my world peace advocacy.

Just after I got to the final control booth before the ship I met a cyclist from England and we started to walk and talk towards the ship with me slowly explaining to him who I was and what I was doing. Later on in the ship it became apparent that my presence has disturbed some of the crew of the ship who were charging the passengers extra for their food, drink and even their bed sheets, as I reported this to the captain. Some of the crew especially the kitchen crew who were couple of women, one Russian speaking and the other Azeri speaking, invited us for afternoon tea and refunded us some of the extra charges, but in reality this was just to find out who has reported the extra charges to the captain, and after knowing it was me they were giving me less food portions. I was insisting it wasn’t right to charge more, I have seen on other ships the crews don’t do these sort of charges, so why you should do this to anyone here? I have to say the cyclist just before we left the ship contributed a manat (Azerbaijani currency) towards my peace journey despite our differences in opinion, but he said he will write on his blog about his encounter and hope other passengers wouldn’t be charged any more in future. You can visit him on (www.offonmybike.com).

Kazakhstan from 8-17 of July 2015

After getting off the cargo ship we’re taken to the port by a minibus just for less than 500m then we were checked for our entrance validity to Kazakhstan and after finding out we’re okay, we said goodbye to one another and headed on towards our destinations (we’re 7 passengers and about 20 crew on board as I understood). At the port I waited a bit to find out which direction I might go? then as I couldn’t get in touch with anyone at the port I headed out towards the town of Aktau.

As I was walking towards the town I got in touch with a Georgian taxi driver who very kindly gave me a short lift to the town and then with the help of some wonderful local people I found my way to the outskirts of the town this time hoping to get to Atyrau, and then towards Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan but it took me almost 10 days to get there.

I came across some very kind people in the town of Aktau, and they invited me for food, drink and their contribution towards my donation box, as they did their best to help me to get to my next destination and I would like to thank them all here.

It almost took me 13 hours through some desert and continuous driving of two wonderful Kazakh men to get very close to Atyrau, also I have to say when we stopped for a dinner about 10pm in a little town of Beyneu the main driver asked me if I do have any money and I said I have a donation box, which people if they wish, they can donate towards my peace journey, and I handed over the box, and he very kindly got some food and drink for me and then next day at about 3am, when I wanted to say goodbye to them I had a melon which I shared with them, then after we finished, and before I said goodbye to them, I asked for my donation box and he gave it back to me and after they left I realised that he has used all the funds from it apart from some foreign coins.

So after saying goodbye to them in this midway car and lorry park between Dossor and Atyrau I stayed there till 7am and someone told me I am going to a wrong direction and he very kindly took me further back to a junction near to the town of Dossor, and from here I was told I have to get back to Atyrau again and some wonderful people again took me to the port town of Atyrau.

I stayed there all day and found out that I would be better off to take a different direction than going to the town of Oral. So at about 6pm after wonderful hospitality from the town, especially in a local petrol station, and got a map, I headed back towards a little town of Makat, and I was lucky enough to get a lift to the same junction three times today near to the town of Dossor.

I waited there for about an hour and just before the sun set I was picked up by three wonderful people in a van full of watermelon, who very kindly offered me to stay with them till late night, after finding out what I was doing, they invited me to their evening feast as they’re all fasting, and I didn’t know what to eat, as they had so much on their mini high traditional table, and I think the whole community was there to pray together, then just before midnight they helped me to get to a train station, so I can carry on with my peace journey.

After saying goodbye to them all, I entered the main train station in the town of Makat, and after speaking to the ticket issuer and explaining who I was and giving her my donation box, she very kindly helped me to get a 2am train to the town of Kanderash.

Next day at about 10am I got to the town after a long train journey, then I was wondering again which way to take towards my next direction, so I started walking after saying goodbye to this old station and I headed towards the town of Emba.

After three wonderful connections I managed to stay with the third a bit longer as they offered me to take me back to the town of Aktobe, so I decided to go around with them to their workplace, and then visited a contaminated lake which reminded me of all the pesticides which has been used in the area and has caused the damage, which I have watched on a programme before, about a lake contamination, and I really was saddened after seeing it in reality, then they took me back to Aktobe main highway towards Taraz or Astana.

After spending almost 5 hours with two young Kazakh boys in their Russian jeep on a very bad road, I managed to survive, finally thanking them and saying goodbye to them both.

It was not very long before I got my fourth and final connection of the day to the town of Khromtau and as this wonderful man’s wife could speak English, and after speaking to her on the phone, and explaining who I was and what I was doing then she spoke to her husband again and I got an offer for their Kazakh traditional food and staying overnight in their home. I welcomed their offer, and I have to say it’s a great pleasure to meet such wonderful people who helped me even next day to the main road towards my next destination, even the husband helped me with some funds for my donation box, and I thank them for all their kind hospitality.

So after a heart to heart hug to them and saying goodbye to the family, I waited in a car park for my next connection, and as I waited for less than an hour I got my next connection with another wonderful man who was going to a little village of Karabtak junction, in there I waited for about an hour till 6pm and I couldn’t get any connection towards Taraz.

It’s here that I spoke to a local shepherd and after showing my message he invited me back to his home in the village for the night, so I walked with him and we took the village herd back to their people, then I had a shower very special village style and a wonderful meal than I said goodnight to them and next day he very kindly helped me to walk through the village to the main road, and this time towards the capital Astana, and not Taraz.

As I was waiting in the main road to Astana outside the village where I rested for the night, I waited for about an hour on this road before I got a connection with another wonderful man who very kindly offered to take me all the way to the capital.

It took us almost 24 hours before we arrived in the capital at about 11am in the morning, where he very kindly dropped me off somewhere in the city, and I waited there and spoke to some people about my peace journey and one of them was very kind and offered me a place to stay for the night, after offering me some food and drink, then I put my head down for the night in a very comfortable bed in the capital.

Next day I woke up after I was offered a wonderful bed for the night by a wonderful man from Astana who I met after I said goodbye to the last wonderful Kazakh man, so I stayed in the capital for another day and I wanted to find out how easy was it to connect with China? The place for the representative of the People’s Republic of China was closed so with the young boy from the hostel we visited some wonderful and famous places in the capital and he very kindly offered me some food and drink, before we headed back to the hostel, and in the evening I got in touch with the kind man who offered me to stay in this place and I was with him and his friends at his work place until next day.

Later I visited his home and his wonderful family who kindly provided me with food, drink and a train ticket to the old capital Almaty, which I would like to take this opportunity to thank him and the family and his friends for all their kindness and I will never forget their kind hospitality, it’s like an angel appeared to me in the middle of the capital and arranged everything for me, so thank you again and may my love and peace be upon you all, at all times.

15.7.15

I left the capital Astana at about 22:18 & I said goodbye to my wonderful new peace brothers Marat and Amon and the family, then I settled down in my cabin which I was sharing with four other people but for the time it’s just another woman with her baby, and she had another friend from another cabin with her baby who was visiting her and both babies were crying very badly, finally the people who supposed to be there turned up and crying finished, so after 19 hours of train journey and a change from 4 bed close cabin to 6 bed open cabin at 4am finally I arrived in a very hot old capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty.

16.7.15

Yesterday most of the day I was in the train, and I couldn’t communicate with anyone in the train as no one was speaking English, so I mainly was resting and watching the desert or some places with very beautiful countryside.

On my arrival after getting out of the train station close to evening, there’s a big roundabout outside the station which the middle of it was green with a big statue in it, so I sat there and waited to see if I can communicate with someone, but again not a lot happened, so after over an hour of waiting and no connection with anyone I headed out to try to find a shelter for the night, and close to the station there’s a Kuze hotel (www.kuze-hotel.kz), which after speaking to the receptionist she very kindly got in touch with the manager and I was offered a room for the night.

So after a wonderful rest and a quick update on social media through their network, I put my head down for the night and thanking everyone and the universe for all their kindness.

Today I woke up early and after coming to the reception to thank the people for their hospitality, I was offered some sweets and a cup of tea, then I said goodbye to them.

I went back to the train station to find out if there’s any train connection from Almaty to Bishkek, but I was told there’s not any, and as I was sitting in the station and thinking what to do next a police officer came to me and asked for my passport, and I told him, what have I done wrong, that you’re asking me for a passport and as he couldn’t speak the language and I couldn’t speak his language, so he left, and then I left the station as well, and headed out towards Bishkek, as I was asking people with sign language which way is towards there.

I walked for some kms and I came across some more wonderful people who all wanted to help me and got me food and drink and some even contributed to my donation box.

It’s about 11am that I came across someone who was keen to do the peace pilgrimage with me and I welcomed him and he was with me till about 4pm, then when he was told he can’t go to Kyrgyzstan without his ID, I said goodbye to him and I thanked him for his contribution and walk for peace with me for the duration he was with me, then I carried on towards a little town of Korday which was very close to Bishkek.

I came across some more wonderful people all the way from Almaty to Korday, and after a few mini bus connections I arrived in a little town about 9pm, and after a short walk to the so called border crossing I said goodbye to Kazakh people, and after crossing a bridge on a river, I said hello to the Kyrgyz people.

I have to say here that throughout my peace pilgrimage journey across the vast land of Kazakhstan for almost 10 days, I felt I was at home despite everyone’s question was “Aren’t you afraid of someone attacking you or taking all your stuff?” and I was telling them “Fear is created by the environment and mindset you live in. When you live in a state of fear it’s because everyday you are bombarded by the mainstream media and told that if you go out of your comfort zone you have to fear for your life! Why should I be scared, as long as I feel everyone I come across are my brothers and sisters, so wherever I go there wouldn’t be any fear.”

So Kazakhstan came after Finland, and Georgia, for their kindness and their hospitality.

July, August and September 2015 in Kyrgyzstan

17th of July 2015

As I mentioned earlier, today was the day that I was both in Kazakhstan and then entered into Kyrgyzstan, so after 9pm when I arrived in Kyrgyzstan I visited a few places at the so called border area and tried to find a place to put my head down for the night, but with no luck so I had to make my way towards the capital, which wasn’t very far, just about 20km.

After waiting in a Bishkek petrol station for a bit I got in touch with a wonderful young Kyrgyz man who was a taxi driver, and after a short journey I got one step closer to the capital.

It’s here that some taxi drivers weren’t happy about the way I was travelling and they’re saying to me “We don’t know you, you could be anyone including a terrorist”, and they were telling me that a few weeks back they had a bomb attack in the capital, but I told them “Do you really think if I had a bad intention I’ll come and do my ill intention in this way? You might know very well this is not a best way to go about doing such a thing” and I was asking them “Have you studied how those people have done such a hopeless way of trying to make people get converted to their religion or ideology? Clearly that’s not and will not be a way I would like to see the world and humanity go forwards.”

So after about half an hour of conversation about what to do next, a group of three young boys who were around wanted to go back to the capital, and they heard the same conversation and I felt they’re more sympathetic towards my cause and as they’re going back to the capital with a taxi they offered me a lift as well. As we’re talking and had some more conversation I found out they got affected by the negative conversation earlier, and as we approached the capital slowly they wanted to distance themselves from me and while at the beginning of our journey they offered me a shelter for the night, later as we arrived they just said good luck and goodbye to me, so that’s how I arrived in the capital with a very negative vibe, and I have to tell you that the vibes stayed around almost throughout my stay in Bishkek, despite all the good times and meeting so many wonderful people, but that negative mentality was around the air almost all the time and I had to create an extra positive energy to handle it.

18.7.15

So as I arrived in the capital time was very much close to midnight and I waited there till about 2am before I connected with another taxi driver, this time at the other side of the scale, and after a conversation through a translator from his smartphone then he very kindly offered me some water and a sandwich and then offered me to go back to his home to put my head down for the night till 7am, when I said goodbye to him and thanked him for all his hospitality.

Then I headed towards the town as he indicated to me the way to the city centre.

After some walking I stopped somewhere on a busy main road and as my sign was out and people were waking up with something new in their neighbourhood, it drew people’s attention and they wanted to know who I was and what I was doing. It all started with an old lady who was very keen on people to help me and I really thought she had understood my message, but later on when they offered me to take me to a mosque for the night shelter I found out the translation message was that I have been robbed and now I don’t have any money to get back and they wanted to get in touch with US, British and Chinese embassies to help me to get where I wanted to go.

After almost a week of coming and going to the mosque that the people were saying is the only place that they can help, I was told indirectly that I might be a spy or something else, and they don’t want to help me, and they even got a copy of my British passport and they’re telling me they’re waiting for British embassy and their Kyrgyz security to come and get me, so as I was with someone who didn’t like the idea, he said to me that means they don’t want to help and indirectly they want me to go, so he said just ignore their incompetence and let’s go.

But before I got to this stage I stayed around the mosque till about 10pm and there’s no sign of anyone from the mosque to offer me a shelter it’s just not heard for a mosque to shelter someone coming from Europe and as I told them religion is something private and I don’t discuss but I respect all the differences we have and so my second night of shelter came from another kind man who took me back to his place and after a night rest next day we headed back to the mosque again in the hope of some help.

During the day I managed to get in touch with more people and getting closer to few people from the mosque and as we saw one of the main members of the mosque and he said he’ll see if he could find some help, but that help never came, so for the third night another member of the mosque after going into the mosque and praying with them for peace took me back to one of his friends at the outskirts of Bishkek and we rested for the night there.

20.7.15

I woke up in a peaceful home in the outskirts of Bishkek, with a garden with tomatoes and some other vegetables, also some chickens, then after having breakfast we headed out with the hope of connecting with the representative of the People’s Republic of China at their embassy, but before there we went to another family and my story was explained to them and they’re very hospitable, then after saying goodbye to them we got a connection to the Chinese embassy and I was told by a member of the Chinese embassy to find an agency to sort out what’s required then come back and we will try to help you with your connection.

I have to say here that everything has become very much a business to try to get into China. I was told there are five major Chinese visa agencies and I have to just find one, and talk to them and hopefully they will help me to connect with China, so as the embassy was closing at midday I just talked to a woman from one agency and she told me to get in touch with her when I got my Chinese invitation and my bank details which I didn’t have any, so after getting a lift from her a bit closer to the town, then we had another connection to a relative of the man who I was with and stayed there for a few hours and we enjoyed their hospitalities in the late evening, then we said goodbye and we headed back to a wonderful woman who I have left my rucksack with on my second day here in Bishkek, and after having a shower and eating some food I said goodnight to them and rested for the night.

21.5.15

Today after waking up and having some food the wonderful woman and his son went out and I was offered to use internet to do some of my update from Azerbaijan to Kazakhstan and about my current circumstances, then to wait till afternoon when she will link up with me. I have to say here that she was a woman who told me she might be able to help me with a Chinese invitation as she and her sister had worked between Bishkek and China before, so now I have to find a way around the bank details, which could be a tricky one.

In the afternoon, we linked together and we went back to the mosque with her to see if they can help or not, but no one was there for us to speak to and we left to go and find and connect with some English language centres to see if I can help them, and they might help me with some funds as well. After that, we went back to her place for some rest, then for the night and as I got there some relatives of the wonderful woman did turn up and they wanted to take me back to the mosque, and I said no thanks and left the home for an unknown location and as I was wandering about, I came across this wonderful family in a park which was called Ataturk park, and this came to me as I was sheltering because of rain after I left the wonderful Kyrgyz woman who couldn’t offer me shelter at the time due to her Muslim brother.

So as I got into a conversation with some students in front of a music college I was told about the park and I made my way towards there, and after staying there for about an hour I came across another wonderful family who were selling ice cream and after telling them about my story they offered me food and shelter for the night and many more nights to come.

22-28 of July 2015

For the past six days I have been trying to get in touch with as many people as possible to see if any of them could be in any way able to help me to find a way that I could connect with my next destination – China.

So, every day after waking up, and most of the time without eating anything, I was walking out from my resting place towards the city centre and sometimes taking a trolleybus, but most of the time walking has been my engine force, and on my way visiting any centres and places which I felt I could be in anyway help to them or they might be able to help me, so in this way I could see and find a light at the end of the tunnel, as there’s a saying, and as you might know it’s not very easy.

Every day I was making arrangements with different language centres, institutions, cafes, and restaurants to talk to them and the people who were going there, and at the end of the night I was walking back to my resting place,and sometimes getting a lift.

I have to say here that a place that I got most of my connections with different people was a famous cafe in the capital which was known as “Sierra Coffee” www.sierra.kg, a place which was known to many English speakers across Bishkek with four different branches, and believe me that I have come across someone who has heard my story when he was in north of Scotland from a harbour master of a little north port of Scrabaster and when he saw me he got me a meal with drink and an icecream and made some contribution to my donation box towards my Chinese connection, he was a wonderful human being you can check him on https://aaronfreed.wordpress.com/, and he was just one of the many wonderful people who I met outside the cafe Sierra everyday for almost a week, and they all wanted to help me connect with China and carry on with my peace pilgrimage journey around the world, and here was just one place that I was trying to make a connection, so please link me to all those people around the world who are advocating world peace in any way so we can join our voices and communities together and hopefully very soon we will save the planet from destruction by us.

So here I would like to take this opportunity and thank you all for all your support and please get in touch in any way that you can.

Also it’s at the beginning of this week that my situation with the person who I was staying to use as my resting place did change due to the contribution to my donation box (money) that I was collecting for my China connection has been spent on the expansion of their business, by him and his wife, so they could have ice cream and sweetcorn as well, so I wasn’t happy about what they have done and they were trying to justify it by showing me the equipment, and saying we are going to give it back to you before you go, but finally as he came to the terms that he has made a wrong decision and he asked for forgiveness, I accepted it and from that moment I really didn’t feel comfortable to go back to their place, but he insisted I should stay until I move on towards China, so everyday at the city I have to mention my circumstances to the people who I was talking to and I was hoping to find an alternative shelter rather than going back to a place which I lost feeling to go back there.

29.7.15

Today I woke up at my resting place, a place which no longer I felt I belonged to after the saga of ice cream business and its expansion from my fund collection towards my Chinese connection, so I headed out and I managed to get to the city centre after a long trolleybus number 7 journey to the end of the line then after asking the driver I managed to get back to the Bishkek park a busy city centre in the capital, and as it’s after midday I tried to find a place to communicate with people, so I ended up in a cafe called “Americano”, and I managed to speak to a wonderful manager and he very kindly contributed some juice, salad, and some food towards my peace pilgrimage journey, then I headed out after thanking them for all their kindness to my usual spot for the past few days “cafe Sierra” and in there I met few more wonderful people and I have to say and thank a Kyrgyz man who has donated the biggest individual sum so far (1000com) after explaining to him about my circumstances, who was an employee of a company called Kokomeren www.kokomeren.kg, so after that I had a brief interview with a freelance journalist who writes for a children’s magazine. I knew her through her son, which after he has told her about me, she wanted to meet up with me and do the interview, so after that I waited in front of the cafe till about 7pm which I was invited by a couple of wonderful men from Tajikistan (Aimak nation in central Asia), who have taken me to a very busy restaurant called “Fayiza cafe” and I was told the people who were running it were “Uyghur nation from west of today’s China” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Uyghur_people), so after talking to the floor manager and some other people in there about my peace mission the manager told me that she’ll make an enquiry about my situation, and let me know as soon as possible if they could help me. Meanwhile I want to thank these two wonderful men for all their kindness, they got me some watermelon for the dessert as well, and as we’re coming back another wonderful Kyrgyz man was waiting for me to go back to their home for the night, so after saying goodbye to the Aimak men and hello to the Kyrgyz man we headed back again to the outskirts of the capital with a half an hour minibus journey, then some walk to a half complete house and this wonderful young boy was in communication with his mum and the family that I am going to visit them, and to them it’s very interesting for someone like me going from London on a peace pilgrimage, and speaking in English to them, and go and visit their house, so they were very kind and happy, and I managed to meet his mum, his niece and nephew, and next day his older brother who has provided us with the biggest watermelon I have seen so far, and compared to the half watermelon which earlier I was offered by wonderful Aimaks, it’s huge, so I decided next day leave my half watermelon for them, and just carry the pasta which was offered to me by the young boy who his mum interviewed me yesterday afternoon.

I have to say it was a great visit and I enjoyed it, and I said to them if I can I’d love to visit you again, meanwhile despite I wasn’t happy to go back to my old resting place, I asked the boy to call them and say to them that I can’t come back tonight, also the boy’s mum very kindly has cooked their traditional dish for me which I sent out a message on social media to say thanks for their hospitality.

30th,and 31st of July 2015

I had to put my head down for the past two nights in the late night and head out early morning next day, as I haven’t found a place to move to and also I had my collected funds in the hands of the family business now, so I couldn’t say goodbye to them as easily as I thought, then I had to be patient with them as well helping them as much as I could, so hopefully they could get my collected funds back, before I move on and say goodbye to them.

I visited some language centres like (www.londonschool.kg) and (www.activegroup.kg), also other institutions like international university of Kyrgyzstan, (http://www.123university.net/edu/5326/International-University-of-Kyrgyzstan) and for the past two days, I made some arrangements with them to help them out, I have to say here that most of these centres follow leading organisations like (http://www.educationuk.org/global/) in the UK

I also visited a village outside Bishkek with a work colleague of a man who I was staying with, as he offered me to exchange our rucksacks together.

My next ten days of August 2015

Here I would like to very briefly mention some of my activities for the past ten days of my peace pilgrimage journey in Kyrgyzstan.

I got connection with some more wonderful people including connecting with the wife of the work colleague of the man who I am staying with and visiting her family place and some of their neighbours back in a village outside Bishkek, which I have already been there very briefly once for the exchange of my rucksack, but this time they wanted to bring their swimming costumes as they were planning to go to the Issyk-Kul lake in a place which is called Cholpon- Ata and they very kindly invited me to go with them and visit the lake for the first time, which I welcomed the gesture.

So after few little connections here in Bishkek we headed out very late in the evening of July 31, and we arrived at the place about 2am, to join a group of people who I met most of them once in a house in the capital with the family who invited me to go with them to the lake, and even at that time I didn’t like to be with their company, but as I didn’t know we were going to meet the same people again, so it was too late for me to get back, the reason was that they were consuming a lot of drinking and smoking, so I didn’t like interaction with them, but whether I liked it or not I was there and it’s the matter of how I could handle and convert the negative environment into a positive one, as the man who I went with and his wife who was pregnant neither drink nor smoke as well, so I didn’t expect to go to such a place with them again with a different vibes then their kindness.

So first day was very cloudy and then heavy rain, which we couldn’t do much of swimming, let alone anything else, and I have to say last night I rested in the car, as there wasn’t any place in the traditional Kyrgyz home (a yurt), and today my breakfast, lunch and dinner was just a couple of boiled eggs and a piece of bread. I have to say I was in an environment where everyone was counting their com (the Kyrgyz currency), so I asked the man who invited me there to deal with the group and I will talk to him when we get back to Bishkek.

Next day weather wise was much better and I did some swimming for a bit and I walked around the area and enjoyed the countryside, and as for the nightfall last night I was asked to go to a disco with some of the people who were drunk and not well, and I said no! and I told them I wanted to rest so I got back to the yurt that the group was staying in and I was offered to rest on a same bed as the family a man and his wife, who I have come with, were resting before, as tonight they have gone to a neighbouring village to rest, as they didn’t like the yurt which was overpopulated.

Today in the evening we slowly prepared ourself to head back to the capital, which by the time we got back it’s about 4am and I rested in my old resting place till about midday, then I headed out to the city again to meet up with some more people and connect with more positive minded people. I was invited for a wedding between a Bishkek and a Tashkent family and I was taken from the city to the wedding and I stayed and enjoyed plenty of food and conversation with different members of the families, and I was even invited by the Tashkent family to go and visit them, which I thanked them and I said for another time as I am heading east rather than the west, so I was there till late evening and after that I was sent back to my usual resting place for the night, and I said goodnight to the universe and everyone else around me for all that kindness, as at the lake for two days I just had two eggs, few pieces of bread and some watermelon and vegetables, and now in a wedding which I totally forgot about it until I got back to the capital that I remembered the family who invited me which I met last month on my way to the city in the same restaurant which they were mourning for another member of their family.

Also this week I did some teaching in some of those language centres, institutions that I mentioned earlier, and got in touch with more people in some other public places like Bar Navigator (www.navigator-cafe.kg),which I was only using in emergency situation to update my circumstances, and some more wonderful people invited me back to their places after having a conversation with them in those public places.

I visited a few places with some wonderful people here in Bishkek like “National Museum of Kyrgyzstan time capsule of a museum, in which the Soviet Union remains alive and kicking”, and “State History museum of Kyrgyzstan was founded in 1926, located near the Government House on Ala-Too square. The first exhibition was presented March 5, 1927. Originally it was called as the Central Historical Museum of Kyrgyzstan. In 1933 it was renamed the museum of local history. In 1954 it was awarded the name of the State Historical Museum, the museum area is 8000 sq. metres. There are 90000 exhibits, including samples of the primitive, slave and feudal systems, as well as exhibits of nomadic people, telling about agriculture and crafts. Particular interests attract the collections of women’s jewelry XIX-XX centuries, as well as the exhibits relating to the great migration of people. Most of them are devoted to the October Revolution in Kyrgyzstan, “Kyrgyzstan with Russia” and the World War. Many of these collections are included in the World Cultural Heritage”.

As I was getting phone calls and emails and asking me to help out with some of the places which I got in touch throughout the time I have been here in Kyrgyzstan, so I had to be selective, and helpful towards those who understood my message, as I wasn’t here to stay and do work and I had to remind some of the people over here that if I was going to work I will do it in London, so really I have to explain to them, I don’t mind to help out as long as it can help me towards my peace pilgrimage journey towards today’s China.

So I got in touch with many more and I have to just be selective and choose the positive way and a sustainable way of helping people and the planet, also I have to mention I met so many wonderful people across the world which for one reason or another they were staying or passing Kyrgyzstan as a whole, or just Bishkek the capital, and they were all helpful and kind towards my peace pilgrimage journey.

One of those choices that I made was to go out to a camp near to a lake to educate a group of young boys and girls from across central Asia, and said goodbye to the family which I was staying for ten days, and at the camp I had a chance to write a brief daily update, but as the previous sections of my peace journey wasn’t ready I couldn’t put them on the blog, so I hope now you will find some time to read all about it, hopefully one day the appropriate photos will be attached on each section, as the capacity of the blog allows us.

Tomchi, Issyk-Kul lake in Kyrgyzstan

12.8.15

On the morning of today I woke up early and said goodbye to my resting place in outskirts of Bishkek, and after getting trolley bus 7 and then 11 I managed to get to BLC on time just before 8am.

After greeting to the staff and some of the young students and their parents, then a cup of coffee, at about 09:30 we headed out on a sprinter minibus to an old Russian style camp in Tamchi.

After about 4 hours including stopping on our way in few places like in Tokmak, to pick up the PE teacher and his future wife, also in a restaurant near Kemin, we got to the camp at about 1330, so we had our first lunch of the camp then we’re all allocated our room and settle down for the day then we went down to the beach to have a taste of what we would have for the next nine days to come.

In the afternoon we had our snacks in the restaurant then we gathered in a cafe to talk about programs of our days ahead then we had our dinner and after that we gathered in a Karaoke room and everyone had a chance to speak about themselves and I spoke in length, and tried to explain why I was on this peace mission, and its important message, after this the sound of disco let everyone to wonder about and I said to everyone goodnight, and headed back to my resting place.

13.8.15

Today I started my day at about 6am, so after waking up, and having a wonderful shower, then I prepared my English teaching materials as I got them from another local organiser, then we had our breakfast at 08:30 then we headed to our English classes to start at 9am till 10:30 then going through their daily routine with the students, after that we went to the cafe area to do some art with all of the students, after this we went to the beach to do some swimming activities till about 1pm before we come back for our lunch.

In the afternoon from 13:30 to 3pm was resting time for the students before I start my talking club from 3 to 4pm with all of the students, then we had our afternoon tea which was wonderful and then we headed to the beach for bucket filling and castles building with sand by the lake till about 1800 then we headed back to our resting place to prepare ourselves for our dinner at 1830 which we found out the time was 7pm, so it’s here that as we’re waiting I took a memorable photo from the kids and send out a message to say I’m with these wonderful children of central Asia to tell them all about my peace pilgrimage journey around the world and hopefully teaching them some good lessons in their life.

After having our dinner I went to the cafe to send out my message through social media, and then shortly after the students and the two members of the staff joined for a general knowledge quiz in Russian language which I was there till about 9pm then as they were preparing for their disco dancing at the cafe I said goodbye and goodnight to them, and walked back to my resting place, it’s here about 2130 which I got a phone call from the manager of the BLC to say she can’t get in touch with a twin girls or their cousin which their parents are worried about them, so I told her they’re okay as I left them for their disco dance, but I managed to find out from the twins cousin that the twins were okay and even I saw one of them on the phone talking to their parents, so I came back to my room to rest for the night, and I said goodnight to the universe and everyone else around me.

14.8.15

Today I woke up at about 6am again and after having a shower and breakfast the young students wanted to go for a boat trip outside the camp, but due to the rough lake and bad weather the trip was cancelled, so they carried on with their flag making and painting activities and in the afternoon after their rest in their rooms they came to the office for their talking club activities which we carried out some more daily routine activities with some of the students, then at 4pm we had our snacks, then going back to the cafe for some more gaming activities such as twister and arm wrestling and general knowledge activities till about dinner time, then after dinner students were going to do some fashion shows activities, which I didn’t attend, and coming back to my resting room as I wasn’t feeling well. It’s today just after midnight that I was told two more boys are going to join me in the room as the director was short in some funds and he has to put them with me to save some money and as there’s enough space in the room I didn’t object and welcomed the boys as they came in with their parents, then after settling down we said goodnight to one another.

As for the past few days I wanted to catch up with some more writing but I didn’t feel very well so I hope I’ll find an opportunity to catch up with some of my writing very soon.

15.8.15

Today I woke up at about 7am and I felt much better than the last two days and I hope the universe will connect me with more wonderful activities, so after waking up and introducing myself to two boys (brothers) from Kuwait and getting their names they went to do some morning exercise with the PE teacher and then we all went to our breakfast, then after having our food we had our English class and in there I introduced the brothers to the group then we did some English exercise before we start our first lesson which we didn’t finish due to time and left the remaining for next class.

After the English class we all went to the beach and some did swim and the group did a rope pulling activities, then we played some volleyball before we come back for our lunch.

After having our lunch the students were relaxed in their resting place till about 3pm then we had our talking club till 4pm and I asked the remaining students and a new one to talk about their daily routines, which still we couldn’t finish all of them as some couldn’t speak in English at all, so we have to ask those who could to translate for us.

At 4pm we had our snacks then the students went to the beach to do a volleyball and balloons competition, and as they’re doing that I corrected their English test which they did at the start of the camp and I found out that most were beginners or elementary level, so I have to help them to the next level.

At about 7pm we had our dinner then the students went to have their debates in Russian and I didn’t attend the gathering as it’s all Russian, I found out the topic was on smacking or beating children by their parents, which I was told the debate was on favour of doing it, which I wasn’t happy about it, but I wasn’t there to put my argument on the table on favour of not doing it, hope I can help while I am with them on favour of not doing smacking, then I said to them all goodnight.

16.8.15

Today after waking up and having a shower I had my breakfast then the students went for a boat trip at about 09:30 after gathering everyone then I said goodbye to them and later on I found out I could have gone with them after speaking to the English centre’s manager, but it’s too late for me to join them so I stayed indoors and did some updates and phone calls, until about 1pm which then by now everyone was back and we went for our lunch, then after rest we headed out to the beach again and we all swam and it was great, but just I felt the water in the lake was a bit dirty so I came back and after having a shower we had our afternoon snacks then our English talking club till 1830, in there we had a circle and the remaining students talked about their daily routine and after closing and singing a Russian song we thanked one another and went to our dinner, then at 8pm they had their balloon and telling their name behind a curtain and another blowing money games, so I didn’t participate as it’s too noisy and the restaurant wasn’t appropriate for me to be there, as I saw a few drunk people, so headed back to my resting place and said goodnight to everyone.

17.8.15

Today I woke up at about 7am and after a quick update I headed to the restaurant for my breakfast and then we had English class till about 10:30 am then the students headed to the beach till about midday, then they were back for their lunch so after some waiting we finally got our lunch and we headed back to our resting place for another resting time till 3pm before we head out for the beach to do some different activities. Here students did some diving in relay style to get the bottles full of sand out and a team who got it out first managed to overcome the obstacles and relaxed afterwards, then some of them joined me for some volleyball play till about 5pm then we came back for our snack time. Then at 5:30pm we had our talking club which I introduced talking stick and the feather or garlic clove from rainbow family to the circle which most of the students liked it and we finished the circle by singing a song and then we headed for our dinner, then after our dinner the students prepared themselves for a challenge between the two groups, then I said goodbye to them and rested in my room.

18.8.15

Today I woke up at 7am and after a shower and shave I headed to the restaurant for my breakfast then another English lesson with the students, then they went to the beach for swimming and they came back for lunch after midday which I joined them at 1pm then after rest they did some more swimming and volleyball at the beach till 5pm snacks time which we had pancakes, which was nice for a change, then they joined me for another talking club which we did in a rainbow style circle and sang a song all together. Then at about 7pm we had our dinner and later after 8pm we watched the students fashion show before we say goodnight to one another and some joined the disco and dancing time at the cafe till later in the night.

19.8.15

Today I woke up at about 8am and after breakfast we had our English lesson then the students did a game before they go to the beach, and they came back after midday for their lunch, which the school manager has joined us and then we rested till 3pm before we go to the beach again and the kids did few various games as I was watching them then we played some volleyball before we all come back for our snacks at 5pm, then we had another rainbow circle style English talking club and the kids enjoyed it.

After having our dinner at 7pm we rested a bit before we ask the two group to do their dancing and cinderella drama in Russian, then few other different varieties of games till close to 10pm. Then I said goodnight to everyone and headed back to my resting place and after thanking everyone and the universe, I put my head down for the night.

20.8.15

Today I woke up just before 7am and after a shower, I had my breakfast and I started my final English lesson then I headed back to my resting place.

In the afternoon after lunch I went back to the beach and I did my final swim in the famous lake of Issyk-Kul in Tamchi, then back to the camp for a shower and my afternoon snack, then near to the cafe I had my final talking club with my wonderful boys and girls from across the central Asia, and we finished our rainbow style circle with a minute silence to remember all those who lost their lives across the world because of different conflicts, and I reminded them about 21st of September as a day of peace and I’m promoting a week of peace, from 21st to 28th of September, then after thanking them all and telling them to get in touch with me, then they gathered some wood to make a fire after dinner, then about 7pm we headed to our final dinner, and after staying in the cafe for a bit, I said goodbye to them as they’re preparing for their Halloween games

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Then back in my resting place after preparing for tomorrow’s departure, and I said goodnight to the universe and I put my head down for the final night in the camp.

21.8.15

Today I woke up about 7am and I walked to the beach to find out how clean the water was and it’s indeed very clean at this time of the day, and after having a fresh air went back to the camp and after having our breakfast we’re back to our resting place to pack our stuff and hand over our dirty sheets back to the office, then everyone was free to do what they liked to do, and then after our lunch we headed back to Bishkek. I have noticed that on this last day of our camp about three to five students had a fever, diarrhea and stomach pain with vomiting, which made the manager a bit nervous about their parents reaction, but luckily as we’re coming back and students one after another had their arrangements with their parents and rejoining them and they’re all happy to leave and say goodbye to us all.

This including our PE teacher and the local English teacher or the organiser as well in a town called Tokmok, not far from Bishkek, and we all said goodbye to them, and they very kindly wished me luck on my peace pilgrimage journey. Then back to the main office in Bishkek where the remaining students were reunited all with their families and relatives.

It’s here that the manager of the centre very kindly invited me back to their place to stay for the night, and I thanked her and accepted the offer, and as I arranged to see another wonderful family in a park called Ata-Turk I managed to see them and they very kindly brought me some water, food, and a hat, and after some chat and conversation about my departure to China, then walking back towards my resting place, I said goodbye to them and walked back to my offered place to stay for the night, and after coming back and saying thanks and goodnight to the host, I put my head down for the night.

22.8.15

Today after waking up and saying good morning to the host family they very kindly offered me some breakfast and then I went to the BLC (British Language Centre) a place which belongs to the host that I was staying last night, and also they offered me to help out with the summer camp for ten days, which is a walking distance from their living place.

At the school as they have Internet, I managed to do a quick update, and I was offered to help out with a talking club lesson for about an hour in the afternoon which I welcomed it, then I made an arrangement to go and see a family outside Bishkek in a place which is called Ak-Zhol about 3pm.

So after getting two mini buses or as here is called ‘marshrutka’, finally after about one hour we arrived at the entrance to the village, where on the main road there’s a petrol station, and in there the mum of our host very kindly was waiting for us, and after greetings with her all four of us started walking towards their house which was right at the end of the village, then after saying hello to our host and her little boy we sat down and as we’re chatting we were welcomed by bringing tea and other snacks, before the main dish comes a little later.

I met this wonderful woman at a woman and her little boy’s home back in Bishkek almost a month ago and she invited me to come to her place with her work colleague, and she kindly did arrange and came with me to visit her as she hasn’t seen the place herself as well.

So after chatting and eating as the time was getting closer to the departure time for them at about 7pm, I asked the host if I could stay there till next day morning and they’re quite happy to shelter me for the night, as it’s raining like cats and dogs, also I had to travel another hour or two to just put my head down somewhere else, which to me wasn’t making any sense, as for them they’re going back home and they had to do some other arrangements, which I didn’t have to do any of those, so I said goodbye to her and her little boy as they’re not staying and the mum of the host walked them back to where she took us earlier.

Then I talked to the host little boy, watched some TV as we couldn’t communicate with the host and when the mum of the host came back she brought a neighbour with her as she might be able to communicate with me in English, but dare I say, my Russian was better than her English, so after some more talking and watching TV with their neighbour and again offering of some more tea and food which I thanked them for, then their neighbour said goodbye and we said goodnight to one another and we put our heads down for the night about 2130.

23.8.15

At about 6am almost everyone was awake and the sun was out and it’s a totally different bright new day than yesterday, so after saying good morning to the grandmother and the mum (the host), and the little boy, I was offered some food warmed up from last night, some salad and tea, so I had some salad and some tea, then I thanked them for everything and I said goodbye to them just after 7am and the grandmother very kindly again walked back with me to the main road and I thanked her again and we said goodbye to one another.

After some walk I put my Bishkek sign out and a wonderful man kindly stopped and gave me a lift to the city centre, then after saying goodbye to him I walked back to the BLC and in there I got in touch with the manager and I was offered to go back to their place to have some pancakes, then I arranged with the wonderful woman who took me to the village yesterday to go to her place to have a shower before I wash my clothes which it’s offered to me by the BLC manager, as they didn’t have shower facilities.

So after having a shower and thanking them I said goodbye and headed to the Ataturk park not far from their home to meet my main host, who has kindly offered me shelter since few days after my arrival in Bishkek over a month ago, who I met them in this same park one late evening as they’re going home, and after finishing their ice cream business, so after being away for almost two weeks from their place, I said hello to them all and I was there till about 6pm, and as I told them I was helping out BLC for the past two weeks, so I had the feeling that the main head of the house didn’t like the idea and a message came to me indirectly that I should move out as his grandfather is ill and he is coming to live with them from outside Bishkek, so as I got the message directly from Aimaks (the two men from Tajikistan who I meet here in Bishkek) as they came to see me after I was away for almost two weeks here in the Ataturk park, so my main host passed the message to them and I told the Aimaks it’s not a surprise as I had the feeling for the last few hours I have been staying with them.

Then as I said goodbye to Aimaks and went back with the main host to get my rucksack and move out next day. On our way to their home, they stopped in the city centre to finish some ice cream business as someone was selling for them and then on our way home they got some food and petrol.

At my resting place as I felt that they don’t want me to be there anymore I put my head down for the night without eating anything.

24.8.15

Today, after waking up I said goodbye to the family and thanked them for offering me a shelter for this period of my stay here in Bishkek, then as I was walking to the city a kind man who helps with their ice cream business kindly brought me back to the city and after getting in touch with the Chinese agency for the visa and in touch with the BLC I managed to put up my tent at the yard of the BLC manager’s place, then ate some food, and I put my head down in my tent for the night.

I have to say here that I got in touch with some wonderful people as I was walking and talking on my way to my new resting place at the yard of a house in Bishkek, and as it’s said, as one door closes many others will open up to you, just you have to tune into them.

25.8.15

Today I woke up about 7am and after doing some updates for the past few days I ate some bread and butter and walked to the BLC and in there I was hoping to do some talking club classes, but I found out it’s just on Saturdays so I arranged to do some more for coming Saturday as I did one last Saturday, then I did some Internet updates and watching some educational videos and interacted with some more more people at the centre then I came back to my resting place at about 6pm and after eating some food I put my head down for the night.

26.8.15

Today I woke up quite early at about 5am and as for the weather it’s raining heavily and I have to come out of my tent and start walking to the Chinese embassy about few kilometres from where I was living. Then after getting there at about 7am I found out that about 70 people have put their name down to get into the embassy, so I did so and waited and stand outside as it’s still raining till about 9am then as the guards came and then some other people went in to the embassy with the knowledge of the guards and at about 0915 the woman from the agency that I applied for the visa she called me through the guards and the guards knew me from before as this was my second time to go there. Then I got the documents from her and I went to a counsellor and he first asked me about the route that I take and then I went back to another counsellor and this time he asked me for the details of my bank statement, my employer or sponsor’s letter to say they support my peace pilgrimage journey, so now both of the counsellors were making their voice the same and asking for the same thing and I couldn’t make an appointment with the ambassador as for them they had a list to tick before you go to the next step. So I had to move on and find another alternative to move forwards with my peace journey.

So I said goodbye to them and moved out and walked back to my resting place in the yard of a house in Bishkek in my peace tent number 4, then I had some food finally after not having much for a day or so, and then I put my head down for the night, thinking – what to do next!?

27.8.15

Today I woke up at about 8am and after having some food I went to the BLC and tried to catch up with some updates and think what to do next!? again.

In the afternoon I came back to my resting place and I managed to eat some food then made an arrangement to see Aimaks in the BLC office for them to meet up with the manager and chat about the centre’s future run, then I started to reorganise my application to apply for my Chinese connectivity, and my routes over there, after finishing with all that I got back to my resting place in my tent and put my head down for another night here in Bishkek.

28.8.15

Today I woke up about 7am and after having a cup of tea and some cake I started to walk towards the representative of the People’s Republic of China again for the third time, but before I get there, I got a message from the agency who was going to get my connection to China to say they don’t have my invitation letter, and I have to go to the embassy on Monday, but as I was there already I waited outside to see what to do next. In front of the embassy was very crowded and as it’s raining as well I saw one of the consular who knew me very well, and I asked him that I have got the letter you asked and now, I have to just get my invitation letter from the agency, so could you ask her to call me, so I can go in and finish the procedure, but he very kindly took me inside, and as I couldn’t find the agency, and the irony was now both of the counsellors were happy and they’re asking for the invitation letter and there was no sign of the agent?, and they asked me to wait and after the agent arrived I was told she hasn’t got my invitation letter, and I tried my best to find out what’s going on but I couldn’t, so at the end of the embassy time the guards asked us to leave the premises and myself and two others from France and Belgium have to move out, then after walking with them to the main road, then I said goodbye to them and I walked back to the BLC and after staying there for some time I came back with the family, then I stayed with them to eat some food and do a little update, then say goodnight to them all and the universe around me in my resting place (my tent in the yard of the house).

29.8.15

I woke up at about 7am and after eating some bread and butter with a cup of tea, then I tried to sort out some electricity problem which earlier another man tried to sort out, but I needed some testing equipment which he didn’t have, so I left it for later to deal with it, and I warmed up some soup from last night before I head out to the BLC for a talking club arrangement, which I did last Saturday with two children, but this week I told some of the people who I knew as well, so eight people turned up and it’s not a bad one overall and I talked a bit about why I was there and then everyone else had a chance to speak and practice their English.

Then in the afternoon we went out with Aimak men and as we’re walking at the yard of the school we came across a security man and they asked him about if I can use an empty booth which no one was using it and he was quite happy to help after they explained to him who I was and what I was doing.

Then after they very kindly got some food and drink for me we said goodbye to one another and I came back to the office and after some Internet update and managing to speak to a friend from London and knowing that it’s Notting Hill carnival time there and all those memories was coming back to me, and after finding out everyone was okay I said goodbye to him, then some more Internet update before I headed back to my resting place and put my head down for another night.

30.8.15

Today I woke up at about 7am and after having something to eat and drink then I managed to clear and clean my camp area at the yard of the language centre manager, as everything was very smelly around the tent and under the tent a lot of water was accumulated, and as I knew I had a new place to put my head down for the night, then I decided to pack everything and be ready.

Then in the afternoon I did some washing and then went to the English centre for some updates till late evening then I came back to the manager’s place to eat some food and have some conversation with their kids about their reading books, then got some sleeping material and went back to my new sleeping place.

I put my head down, but I was interrupted first by some taxi drivers thinking that I was the security guard and then more interruptions from others.

31.8.15

Last night I woke up on many occasions as my place that I was resting, was very close to the main road and very noisy and as it’s a “security box”, so many people were thinking of me as the guard, and knocking the door for asking questions, then I have to direct them to the main security man, and then after about 7am the wife of the security man with a boy came and she was very unhappy as she found me inside the box, and it took me about half an hour to make her calm down and say to her everything is okay and your husband knows about my situation and I don’t come here with no knowledge of him, so finally after putting her on a phone to speak to someone who could speak in Russian and showing my message and speaking to her husband everything changed 180 degrees, and even later on they offered me some breakfast as well.

Then I went back to the BLC manager’s place to eat something as I was offered, then back to the office and helped out with a bit doing some of their updates.

In the afternoon I sat quite close to a centre which is called English Zone and as it’s close, I managed to get some connection and as I have heard the reason for today’s holiday and the place was closed and the area was quiet was because of the Independence Day back in 1991 from Russia, then later in the afternoon I made my way towards the famous “Ala-Too Square” and I stayed around till about 0115 next day.

01.09.15

Today I was in the square till early hours of the morning and then on my way back I got some food and drink then walked back to my resting place to put my head down at 3am for the remainder of the night, and I rested till 7am, then headed back to the manager’s place to eat some food as I was offered when I was in the office, then I did this little update for the past two days.

In the afternoon I met up with someone kind to go and introduce me to a TOEFL centre and then met up with few more wonderful people who very kindly invited me to the best Korean restaurant in Bishkek, then I walked back towards my resting place with a wonderful woman.

Then as I put my head down it’s about 4am that I was woken up by the security man and his wife telling me that the main manager isn’t happy for me to be here so I have to move out as soon as I can and she took the key for the door and it’s not very long after this notice that I was waking up again by the security man and I was asked if I could give some money to him to buy some alcohol and I said no, we’ll talk tomorrow, then I put my head down again, and it’s not very long before his wife coming back to me and asking me to move out, and I said alright.

02.09.15

I managed to take the sleeping stuff back to the BLC and then I headed to the Chinese embassy again for the fourth time and after about an hour of walking I got there and as I got there I didn’t wait outside for long before I saw the counsellor, who knew me, and he very kindly called me in and I didn’t have to wait outside for hours as I did on one occasion, and even he helped me very kindly to get in last time as well, then inside I spoke to the agency for my invitation and after sorting out a few things I got in touch with the same counsellor, and he told me at my interview after asking many questions that if I have a hotel reservation he’ll help me to get my Chinese visa, so I asked my agency and she told me just be patient and we will see if we can help, so she asked me to go back on Friday to see what will happen.

Then I said goodbye and headed back towards the city. On my way I stopped by a supermarket and I spoke to few people and one of them, as my message was resonating with him, very kindly offered me some drink and a chocolate bar.

Then I headed further towards the city and I got in touch with a kind man who we arranged from yesterday to meet in Ataturk park to go and see a place for me to stay while I am here in Bishkek, and as I met him in the afternoon he took me to a hostel, which was funded by the government for people with no place and those who have alcohol and drug issues, and as one of the managers asked me to do a blood test before I joined the centre, I told them the shelter is going to be temporary and I just come back at night to sleep and I really don’t live here for me to do the test, and he said I can stay there temporarily just for tonight, and I said thank you so much to them and I headed out to meet up with someone else who promised to help me and she very kindly got in touch with a kind man who introduced me to the TOEFL centre, and he offered me a bed in one of his rooms in another area in the outskirts of Bishkek (south of the capital), which I thanked him and I accepted it as my last shelter place has just came to an end last night.

03.09.15

Last night I tried my best to sleep well after I haven’t had much sleep for the past few days in the security box, but last night technologies of Internet and hour’s difference was causing us not to get a good sleep again as the wonderful man who has invited me back to his place had phone calls from US and the time here was 0230 to 3am, so I hoped that I can get some quiet night within next few days.

So I woke up at about 7am and after having something to eat I read a book which I was using it in an English talking club, then I asked the nephew of the man who I was staying with to do a test to find out what level he was, as he’s arrived about a week ago from Sri Lanka and wanted to do a test in a week’s time for his entry to a medical course, so we wanted to find out his level, then we had lunch which he prepared very kindly, and I have to say it’s very spicy for me, but I had it without the spice bit.

Then I started to read a book about TOEFL to prepare a topic for this coming Saturday in the new Toefl centre.

Later in the evening with the help of my wonderful new peace brother, I got in touch with the BLC and got my clothes and accessories from the manager’s place and I made them to know one another for future reference, then we headed back to my new resting place. On our way the police did stop my peace brother and he told me that he was in the wrong and police were right, and he had to pay about £2 bribe to let him go, then he said to me surprisingly they never stop someone if you are not doing something wrong.

Then back at home we had something to eat and then I took a shower and shaved before I said goodnight to the universe and everyone else around me on my second night’s rest in a new and more comfortable place than before, and I was hoping we would not get disturbed by new social media communication lines.

04.09.15

I woke up at about 8am and I have to quickly prepare myself to go to the Chinese embassy for fifth and final time to see if they can let me visit China.

So after having something to eat I was dropped off close to the embassy at about 9am and I got to the embassy about 0930 and after waiting for less than an hour, luckily the counsellor came out to speak to someone and as he knew me he very kindly let me in and then after getting all my paper stuff to him and showing him my good intentions of my visit to China, he very kindly stamped the papers and I was told by the agency I should get my connection to China by the coming Friday 11th of September, so after thanking everyone I left the embassy and headed back towards the city, where I stopped by the same supermarket on my way to the BLC for some rest, and I tried to communicate with some more people while I was reading my book “Night train to Turkistan – modern adventures along China’s ancient Silk Road”, by Stuart Stevens, which as I was waiting to connect with some people I read a couple of chapters, but I never managed to speak to anyone.

In the afternoon I walked back towards the city to meet up with someone very kind to eat some food and drink, then ended up staying for the dinner which was a famous traditional Kyrgyz food called “Manty” (it’s almost as famous as fish and chips back in England), then resting overnight, and as I had my English talking club next day close by their place I welcomed their hospitality, so I had a wonderful time and I managed to get some sleep later in the night.

05.09.15

I was woken up at about 7am by the knocking of the door from a neighbour who has put their food into the fridge of my host, then after having some food, I managed to do some updates, then I prepared to head out for my afternoon English talking club at Toefl centre.

I got to the centre at about 1pm and I spent about an hour to prepare some material for elementary, intermediate, and upper intermediate classes, then at 2pm first class started and we did icebreaker activities then spelling check, after this the next group came and we did the icebreaker activities again, then I had chosen a subject about “saving mother earth”, and a discussion on the topic about how we could save mother nature, which went very well, and at the end I put forward my view on the subject.

Then after thanking the centre for the opportunity they have given me to do the talk, they very kindly helped me with some funds towards my peace pilgrimage journey, then I said goodbye to them, and on my way out I met some students and one of them walked with me to Ataturk park close to the centre, then I went back to a place near to the centre to rest overnight there as I had another talking club next day and this time at the BLC.

06.09.15

I woke up at about 8am and after some exercise and having some food I headed out towards the BLC, and on my way I met a wonderful man who tried to find a shelter for me a few days ago and I asked him if he wanted to be part of the talking club and he was happy to walk with me there, then we had a wonderful talking club. Less people turned up this time, but it was effective to those who managed to turn up, and at the end I asked my guest to do a placement test which he did and he was at upper intermediate level.

Then in the late afternoon I went back to the BLC manager’s place to have some food and help them with a move from the current place to a new flat not far from there, then I got in touch with my new host to connect with me and he very kindly helped BLC manager with their move as he had a car, then we said goodbye to them and we came back to my new resting place to south of Bishkek. Here after having some carry-out food, and helping the host with some “to whom it may concern” letters, I said goodnight to everyone, and the universe.

07.09.15

I woke up at about 8am and went out with my host to the international Ataturk Alatoo university, and there I had about an hour of talk about my peace mission, then as my host felt very ill we had to bring him back to his place to rest for the day, and I tried to do some updates.

In the afternoon after eating something and reading my book for a bit I went out with the host to a hospital and after checking two hospitals and driving around Bishkek for about an hour finally we found a hospital where they could see him for possible food poisoning, and after waiting there for about two hours we managed to make our way back to our resting place, and on our way we got some medicine and food for him as he was very weak by now, also at the hospital the doctor has prescribed him some liquid medicine for his high sugar level in his blood, which had caused a very high pain in his head, and as he came out he’s already feeling much better, after they have given him some medicine, then we got home, and had some food then we rested for the night.

08th, 9th, and 10th of September 2015

I was waking up everyday about 8am and after having some food and drink I was trying my best to put everything together to finish up with all my updates about my central Asia peace pilgrimage journey for the blog, as I had a positive feeling that on this coming Friday 11th of September, I had to hit the road again after some time of hold up here in Bishkek, and this time hopefully following the footsteps of Peter Fleming “News from Tartary” and Ella Maillart’s “Forbidden Journey” both were together in 1936 journey through China then in 1986 by three more people in a book called “Night train to Turkistan” by Stuart Stevens to follow almost 5000 miles of ancient Silk Road, and now in 21st century by a single man for a totally different purpose in an opposite direction from Kashgar heading east, so I hope the universe and all the kind people of this part of the planet will help me to overcome my further peace pilgrimage journey towards east, while advocating more harmonious way of living together in the world.

In the afternoons as I was carrying on with my writing, I was also helping to cook some food for my new host family that I was living with, also doing some cleaning and sorting out the kitchen area as well, and in the evening we all had a great time talking about different issues before going to sleep.

My thoughts for the last couple of months

There has been so many different issues around the world, I feel I have to express my thoughts on some of the issues, and here I would like to mention just two of them as they have been on my mind since last month more than any other issues.

First, the rising number of people who would like to leave the place which many of us call our birthplace or home, in a search for a new home and a better life preferable than theirs in their so called homeland.

The recent picture of the baby (http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/little-alan-kurdi-washed-ashore-suddenly-refocuses-syrian-tragedy-nahlah-ayed-1.3213893) who was washed up at the shore of the Mediterranean sea was a distressing image for any family or any human being to see across the world, and it sent out an upsetting message to the people around the planet about how much divided we are and humanity, especially those in the powerhouse of Europe, so called European parliament and politicians are powerless to do anything about the increasing number of migrants since the Middle East and North African conflicts climaxed this year, we have seen the news all over mainland Europe and it shows how much of a so called western democracy is really dysfunctional and powerless to do anything about it since it has begun many years ago, and I feel there’s a positive ugency around for a real democracy and real power back to the local communities than any other places.

The second which was more local to London and it’s the news of a man who is called Jeremy Corbyn (http://www.jeremycorbyn.org.uk/), that I am sure by now he’s known across the WISE Islands, which myself didn’t know anything about him till mid August through a teacher from England who is living here in Bishkek and asked me about him, and I told him I haven’t followed the news properly since May, then I heard about him through an Occupy rise up thread.

So imagine if a single man’s idea of change, the real change, and not Obama’s change or any other politician, otherwise Jeremy would be the same as any other politician and what’s a difference between him and any others who are calling for change, and as you might know he’s not even calling for a system change, but despite all of this it made such a headline, just imagine if we all thinking in the right direction for real change, a fundamental system change as many of us came together four years ago and we asked for those fundamental changes to take place, but it never took place and it’s dismissed by the big corporations supported by the government and its powerful forces, and now I’m wondering how a single man who’s asking for some of those fundamental changes and we all love to see him in power can make such a difference, so that shows how much desperate and tired we all are to see good things happen to humanity and the planet.

I hope that humanity comes to the point of understanding one another better and that real power will shift back to the real communities around the world and we interlink to each other through them.

With much love, peace, joy, and hope to see that day soon, until next time

your humbled Earthian brother from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan

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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.

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

Syria Peace & Justice

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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

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

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!

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

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

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…

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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