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Christmas day on the streets of Dublin…


Last night we made a chocolate and almond cake with an intention to give slices to homeless people on streets of Dublin.

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We left the house early, me on a bike and Evelyn running beside and as we passed by famous sites like St.Patrick’s cathedral and Christchurch cathedral, many memories came back to me and I smiled 🙂

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We stopped beside Queen of Tarts, the best place in town for patisserie ❤

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then it was time to come across the first homeless person sleeping, so we left a Christmas wish and a cake beside him to wake up to something made with LOVE <3…

just across the street there was another sleepy person and we did the same thing there…

then a girl came to us asking what are we doing and we ended up sharing a coffee together while talking in Croatian. She comes from my country and she is visiting for two weeks and busking 🙂

another friend joined us and we left to spend sometime with him and Evelyn met a new friend on the way…

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He was a dog from an old friend of mine that heard us talking on the street and joined us…

another coffee in the park and after back to O’Connell street where beside the main post office, there was another homeless person having a naop and we gave him the same present… this time I took a photo from distance ❤

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and as the awesomeness of the day continued just as we started walking on a pedestrian walkaway by the Liffey river we came across dear friends and we shared another coffee for Christmas and they go to taste the cake 🙂

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Love to everyone on this day and let the spirit of it continue in your lives through the whole year…

We are now off to spend the night on the streets of Dublin, wondering what amazing experience will that be…

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Yours,

Evelyn and Muppet


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DAY 31: From TRNAVA to VIENNA :)


31.01.2013.

Digital StillCameraI had to say Thank you again to my dear host Jozef in TRNAVA. Previous night he  was kind to take us for an extra night as our hitchhiking attempt was unsuccessful. So we had to take a late local train to go back to Trnava from Bratislava.

We shared a breakfast and then he walked with us again to a hitchhiking spot on a beautiful sunny day.

On the way we have seen the  walls of the old town…

Digital StillCamera220px-Spartak_Trnava_current_logo…and a stadium of a local football team Spartak Trnava, whose supporters are known to be the most passionate in Slovakia and the team has a long successfull history in former Czechoslovak league. They have even reached a semifinal of Europan cup in year 1969. This was at a time when football wasn’t infulenced by big money like today.

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We say goodbye to our dear friends Jozef and Garofix as we hitchihike for a second day in a row from Trnava to Bratislava

We got a ride in less then 30 minutes and in Bratislava we catched a train to Vienna and saved a bit of money by buying a ticket for half of the journey. In Vienna I had arranged a couch for us with our new host Ash who also has a dog 🙂

Digital StillCameraAs Ash was at work when we arrived, there was time to explore the city center before we met him later at his home.

Digital StillCameraVienna has a rich history and you can see it almost on every step in the old town. As it was under Habsburg rule for many years and later a capital of Austro-Hungarian empire it has many significant buildings from those periods.

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One of the most famous and oldest is a St.Stephen’s cathedral or Stephansdom which has been built in 12th century and has since dominated the center of town. Here is a post on Evelyn’s blog about it 🙂

Digital StillCameraAnother well known site is Hofburg imperial palace that was the center of Habsburg empire. Today it is an official seta of an Austrian president. We only had time to see it on the outside.

Digital StillCameraWe took a moment to take a photo together and

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We have traveled for one month already and experienced many wonderful stories and I was very grateful for all the amazing people we met on the way.

The trip has already been a big success as we have talked with many people from different organizations working with homeless people and also with some who have other social projects like a kids therapy center OSTOJA in Wroclaw.

I gained a lot of experience from all this encounters and learned a lot about the situation of homeless people around Europe. And now we were getting close to Balkan countries where I come from and I was excited, specially about the trip to SARAJEVO; my birth place.

Digital StillCameraDigital StillCameraAfter that short stop we went to O’Connors old oak pub where my dear friend Gaz works as a head chef. We used to work together in Dublin in ELY restaurant in DUBLIN and now he has been living here for three years already.

Digital StillCameraI remembered my first trip to Vienna last summer; I spend few lovely days with him and his family and he was a saviour on my arrival.

Digital StillCameraThis time he was very busy so I enjoyed the beer while Evelyn was asleep.  The pub was buzzing and it was great to see they are doing soo well.

Digital StillCameraAfter that it was time to meet our host Ash, so went to his place, where Evelyn started playing with his dog 🙂

We then went out for few beers and the night ended very late.

 

DAY 28: after all day exploring BRATISLAVA – EVELYN goes wandering and missing…


Digital StillCameraOur second day started early as our host went to college we started our tour around the city.

First we saw the residence of Slovakian president who is not very popular here, but which politician is these days around Europe?

Digital StillCameraI thought that the building of Slovak radio station looked very interesting as it has a shape of upside down pyramid.

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Digital StillCameraIt was cold and snow everywhere but I had fun exporing streets of Bratislava and I really liked clever statues on the streets like the photographer and the worker coming out of the road 😀

Digital StillCameraThis time of year Bratislava is quiet with tourists. The season kicks of in April when boats on Danube start their tours.

Digital StillCameraThe city certainly has its charms and its well worth visiting and I think spring is probably great time.

Digital StillCameraEvelyn was happily running by the river and maybe we will have a chance to go on the boat next time.

Digital StillCameraShe also met a boy and they played for few minutes before he had to go home and I remembered to take a photo of two of us in the mirror.

Digital StillCameraOne of the very interesting architectural places is Modry kostol or a Blue Church of St.Elizabeth; an art nouveau building that is a great example of Hungarian secession

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We passed by an ice skating ring, placed on a very nice square.

While walking around I was also searching for office of Proti prudu organization that is working here with homeless and it is publishing Nota Bene magasine once a month. I didn’t find them and I was hoping to be of better luck tomorrow.

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As we went to a train station to take a break we witnessed security being nasty to an old homeless lady that was asleep in a waiting room. She wasn’t bothering anyone and she was obviously just looking for a warm spot. But they decided to follow the rules without any empathy. This same lady was kicked the day before too when a security guy really roughly pulled her out. This kind of violence upsets me always.

Digital StillCameraAfter that bad scene it was time to go up to Bratislava castle (Hrad) where we couldn’t enter as dogs are not allowed but we managed to see this cool statue on the way up.

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Digital StillCameraAnd we got a great viewpoint at the restaurant nearby the castle.

After all that we went back to our hosts place to pick up stuff and say goodbye.

But then something unexpected happened. As I was having dinner with my host, Evelyn was in a garden playing with his big female dog.  As I was on the way out we realized she is gone. We started searching everywhere and I called my friend Janka who started posting on different groups on Facebook that she is missing. and sharing her photos and her blog. That night we went 3 times in search of her,mostly in a big Horsky park nearby. After that I was sure that somebody has taken her and I was just hoping that tommorow we will be able to locate her.

There was no other option but to stay an extra night with our host Tomas, who was very helpful and wait for the morning to continue searching with the help of Janka.

It was a weird night and I kept dreaming about her, but I had a good feeling we will find each other next day.

Lausanne; a christians tent outside of cathedral; day5/44


IMGP0254After a good sleep and a shower in a house of our generous hosts, we have spent the next day in a tent with our new friends.

IMGP0271The tent was near the Lausanne cathedral and my christian friends were serving there goulash soup,tea,coffee,juices and biscuits all for free.

IMGP0289There were times when we would be singing songs together, although I was mostly just listening as my French knowledge is better in the future 😛

I have seen a lot of one on one talks and sharing of stories and opinions and I was involved in few of them…

IMGP0327In early afternoon I have met a friend from Lausanne and we shared a beer, it was delicious…

IMGP0332Evelyn was in her usual playful mode charming everyone around and occasionally disappearing just to freak me out a little bit 🙂

IMGP0294IMGP0333It was a sunny day in and around the tent as many people were passing by cathedral and stopping to have some food or to talk. I had some very interesting talks that are recorded and after this trip I will be editing them and sharing the most interesting parts.

IMGP0344Around 8pm we have all put a tent down together and then after a chat at our hosts home we were happily back to warm bed…

Love from Muppet and Evelyn

and a big THANK you to everyone we met on this wonderful day 🙂

Geneve was a great boost for the rest of the journey


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Strolling around Geneve ( DAY 3 out of 44)


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More photos of a house in Zagreb :D


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Strasbourg was inspiring… I will be back there one day…


Cathedral Notre Dame and river Rhin 😀

 

 

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