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Adam’s Family and The Fellowship of Animal Lovers!!!!


2010_MayThis was posted by my sister and fellow crowd funding guardian on our new page
dedicated to our awesome doggie run campaign on Indiegogo
first part is in Croatian, please scroll down for English 🙂
* English version bellow

Juhuuuuuu! Pazitiv vajbrejšn!

Jutros je na našoj IndieGogo kampanji, predivna anonimna osoba uplatila POSEBNU kontribuciju, pardon, donaciju, odnosno

10881678_338805959632258_6862610134110125721_nKUPLJENA SU PRVA KOLICA za nekog od mojih životinjskih prijatelja!!!

Molim vas za SHARE i vaše prijedloge primam međeđim capicama u Inbox!

Više na stranicama kampanje:
http://igg.me/at/adam-totoro/x/1322809

2014_February_bTako, sinoć, bliži mi se rojstni dan kraju, i netom prije nego što utonuh u snove morske, poželio sam jednu stvar.
Poželio sam, da sva životinjska bića osjete Ljubav i Brižnost i Potporu, koju ja primam od svih vas predivnih dvonožnih životinja bez perja

To bijaše želja moja.
I ju!
Probudim se, kad ona već krenula da se ispunjava.

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Wooooohoooooooooooooo!!! Positive vibrations!

mica1mThis morning on our IndieGogo campaign, the wonderful anonymous Being contributed with special donation – and purchased THE FIRST WHEELCHAIR for one of my Animal friends.

Be kind to SHARE this and let send your suggestions to my Inbox.

You can see more on the Campaign page:
http://igg.me/at/adam-totoro/x/1322809

2007_April_bSo, last night, as my birthday was slowly reaching its end, and just before I dived into my ocean dreams, I wished for only one thing.

I wished that all the other animals could feel the Love and Care and Support, that I am receiving from all of you wonderful two-legged animals without feathers

This was my wish.
And guess what?
I woke up, and it already begun to COME TRUE.

* Croatian version above

Love,

Evelyn Vedrana ❤ and

Muppetofaman ❤ 

From GRAZ to ZAGREB and HOUSE of HOPE…DAY 34


Back to the stories about our adventure from the beginning of this year.

Link to TIMELINE of our 62 days long journey 🙂

03.02.2013. GRAZ – MARIBOR – ZAGREB : DAY 34

Our short stay in Graz was lovely in a great company of our host.

Digital StillCameraAfter a quick breakfast she walked with us to the bus station where we  took a bus to the hitchhiking spot. We took a goodbye photo before leaving 🙂

Digital StillCameraOn the way to the bus I have seen a Bosnian food place with the name of my birth city 🙂 Sarajevo was still a place to visit on our route and this reminded me how excited I am about it. I haven’t seen it for 9 years and I was looking forward to meet some family and friends.

Digital StillCameraHitchhiking spot was bad or we were just unlucky, so after more then two hours, I decided to go back to main train station center and hope on S-Bahn that would take me nearby Slovenian border where hopefully we will have more luck getting a ride.

Digital StillCameraWhile we were waiting Evelyn got a nice treat and she fully enjoyed it

Digital StillCameraWhen we got there, there wasn’t much traffic so we went on a another train for a short ride to Maribor. I had to ask a conducter to let us travel for free as I didn’t had enough money for ticket and I had to save some for food too.

Digital StillCameraShe wasn’t too happy, but she let us go to Maribor.

At this stage I was already getting very stressed about not making it on time to Zagreb and I am sure that this unnecessary stress affected our luck with hitching a ride that day.

This whole trip couldn’t be really planned in any details as I only had a route in mind but without any arragments in advance of how we will travel and where we will stay. And it was working great for us as I wasn’t stressing at all about when I will arrive to the next city, up until this day when I put a pressure on myself trying to get asap to Zagreb.

At the end I relaxed after exchanging few messages with my friend Danijel who was waiting for me.

Digital StillCamera Digital StillCameraAnother try to hitchike was not successful so eventuallyI got a ticket for a local train to Zidani most, where we got Intercity train to Zagreb. Another talk to the conducter and a little longer chat with Slovenian border police who were not happy that I stayed few days longer in EU over the limit of 3 months for tourists. But at then end they decided not to fine me. I didn’t even realized I broke some rule until they mentioned it.

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So finally after all day on the road we were in Zagreb and I was very happy to meet my dear friend Danijel at his workplace in “Dom nade” ( House of Hope) where I shared stories from the trip so far and got all the news about the project of DAILY CARE CENTER for homeless in Zagreb.

More about that project you can read on a blog of our non-profit association.

Please  have a look at the link  DOM NADE

Happy in Zagreb :D


Evelyn had a successful operation in Split on Monday.

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She broke her leg on Saturday in island of Brac and thankfully she will be fine after some recovery time.

 

IMGP2527We are in Zagreb to see dear friends and do work as I am preparing to present our recent campaign in Zagreb on 23.4.

For those of you that didnt follow this blog before, we went for a big trip at the start of the year to research situation about homeless in Europe.

Here you can check the timeline of that trip and links to stories that I had time to write about.

Greets to all followers from Evelyn and Muppet 🙂

 

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 29(1/2): we found EVELYN in BRATISLAVA


Digital StillCameraMy dreams were mostly about Evelyn, since I got her in August last year there was only one night when we weren’t together and it felt weird that she is not curled up beneath my feet.

Digital StillCameraI woke up determined to find her and I wasn’t to worried at the time as I had a feeling that she is in safe hands and that we will see each other later that day. After coffee with Tomas and our second farewell I went to Janka’s office to collect A4 leaflets with Evelyn’s photo and information about where and when she got lost.

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Janka said that we had over 1000 shares on Facebook pages of associations in Slovakia helping to find dogs. Even the hockey fans of Slovakian national team have put Evelyn’s photo on their wall. I was pleasantly surprised by this and I thanked Janka for sharing it everywhere last night.

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Then I went to Horski park as she got lost nearby.

 

I spend next few hours posting leaflets in the park and around on all the bus stations and asking some people with dogs if they have seen her.

 

 

hot chocolateIt was raining so I had to take a break and warm up with hot chocolate. I kept thinking about Evelyn and I hoped that someone is taking good care of her and that they will realise whe has an owner.

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Digital StillCameraOnce I finished putting up all the posters I went back to Janka’s office hoping she would have some good news soon. It was almost 3pm and I thought that someone must know something about her as more then 3000 people already shared her photo on Facebook and people on many locations around Horski park could see the info leaflets I have put up.

Digital StillCamera And then Janka received a message on facebook with Evelyn’s photo on another page of an associtation that is looking for new home for dogs. This guy has seen our post and compared the photos and then realized it could be a same dog. AND IT WAS, WE FOUND EVELYN!

I was really relieved and I rushed to the tram and then bus to get there.

Digital StillCameraDigital StillCameraShe was in Vozovna Hrobonova, where I was that morning leaving leaflets on a bus station. But at the time I didn’t think of going to security guys in their box who were guarding a troleybus depot 20m from the bus station. She was with them since the morning and they kept her safe despite constant  nagging from their boss who didn’t want her there. THANKS to these guys and everyone in SLOVAKIA that has shared her photo online we have found each other again.

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and SPECIAL THANKS goes to JANKA for sharing her photo all around the net and calling around different organizations. Above is Evelyn enjoying her treat in Janka’s office.

As a result of this little drama EVELYN’S BLOG got record views from Slovakia, so we joked afterwards that this was her PR stunt 😀

Then I called our next host Josef from TRNAVA to let him know that we are together again and that we can come and visit him there….

DAY 26: all day exploring BRNO and we meet Anna’s friends


After a great night sleep, Evelyn and I went to explore city of BRNO. I got the address of Armady spasa, so we first walked to there.

Digital StillCameraI had a nice chat in a mix of Czech and Croatian with people who work there and again I got an email of the director(pastor) as it was a weekend and he wasn’t there. I will have to contact all this people in Czech republic when I finish a trip and hopefully get some more info about their work.

IMGP1426IMGP1430For the rest of the afternoon we walked around Brno and Evelyn met really nice big dog to play with.

 

 

 

 

IMGP1434IMGP1436We were at a beautiful viewing spot when we came across this dog an his owner.

 

 

 

IMGP1438Around 5pm we met Anna and went to join her friends for a beer.

 

IMGP1443Then two of them were taking a flight to London where they live so we went to airport together. After few shots of Becherovka and few beers I was so ready for another good night sleep 😀 😛

 

 

IMGP1445IMGP1446But we went to another club and had few more drinks so as we arrived home around 2am I fell asleep in a second…

Evelyn was already napping in a club 😀

DAY 23: center for homeless in WROCLAW and on the road to PRAGUE…VIDEO


Digital StillCameraIt was time to say goodbye to Wroclaw after amazing time here… When I first planned the route, Wroclaw wasn’t on the list but I am so happy that I decided to visit this vibrant and active city. Digital StillCameraDigital StillCameraOn our last morning there we went to see a center for homeless people that is run by a big non profit association that has many centers around Poland. We spoke to Olek, who was very busy but he took some time to tell us about their work. He was running a computer lab where they have IT course for their residents. We didn’t have time to see much more of the center but we stayed in touch and I am hoping to see Olek again in near future. The association is

St Brother Albert Aid Society

and it has been helping people without home for more then 30 years. Here is the link to their website Digital StillCameraLater we picked our stuff in Adrian’s flat and we said goodbye to our bed 😀 We went to train as it was getting dark and I knew we won’t be able to get to Prague that day. But I was hoping to get as near as possible. We started with regional train, then we tried to hitchhike in a small place outside of Wroclaw, that didn’t work out so we took few other trains stopping in small places as I didn’t have enough money to pay for full tickets. Here are few photos from our stops on the way… Digital StillCamera Digital StillCamera IMGP1416 IMGP1418 IMGP1417 In one of them called Swardzow Wroclawski I recorded these two videos:

Asking for more money 😛

Review of the trip so far

At the end we manage to get as far as Bystrzyca Klodzka, a small town near the border with Czech republic. Digital StillCameraDigital StillCameraIMGP1344After wondering around looking for a spot to sleep as it was cold, we get back to train station as the waiting room was opened. It wasn’t heated but we still manage to sleep in a sleeping bag on a bench… IMGP1346 Tomorrow we have continued to Prague…

Happy in Zadar,Croatia…


sorry only an old photo in this post, which will probably reduce the chance of many likes 😛

this is not Zadar, but Mostar, one of the many places that stays in our hearts..Digital StillCamera

we are still on the road… 51st day… many kilometers traveled, many stories experiemced… many new friends…

We are now in Zadar… we arrived here yesterday after hitchhiking for two days from Split which is only 150km away… but two night sleeping outside when you dont plan was a blessing…

I would really like to write more frequently qbout our trip, but I have no laptop with me so it is only when I get a chance to use someones computer… but there will be time to tell the stories…

 

after an amazing and isnpirational day in Zadar I say good night or good day to all of you who read this…

love from Evelyn and Muppet

DAY 21:WROCLAW- hangover and meeting with Majka from’ House of Peace’ :D


I spent all morning sleeping after a long night out.

Digital StillCameraDigital StillCameraDigital StillCameraWe went for a walk in the afternoon. I went to get some food in Bar Mewa where they serve food with reduced prices, so I had full meal for 8 zloti or 2 euro.

Digital StillCameraThen we went to same space where I watched documentary night before and there I met Majka and she works for House of Peace that has been active locally for last 5 years. Their main projects are focused on improving relations between different ethnic groups in Wroclaw Nadozde area.

They have been working a lot with young people in the community and she gave me as a present a music cd of a teenager hiphop band 😀

Digital StillCameraDigital StillCameraDigital StillCameraWroclaw is beautiful in the evening and I enjoyed walking around with Evelyn.

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