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Walking in the dark…


Two of us share a room, we even sometimes share a bed, like just now.

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She is my best companion, always excited to see me; sometimes a bit too much 🙂 but she taught me to calm down when I am nervous, to cheer up when I am depressed, to calm down when I am overly excited, to look one moment at a time and not to dwell on past but look forward to the future and all the little NOW’s that are coming… she is Evelyn, my one and a half year old dog and as a cliche says best friend…

IMGP3848We share walks as well and one of my favorite are in the night as I look at the stars and the moon, while she sniffs the ground and runs around…

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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

Breaking walls… to view the outside world better :)


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The wall is slowly moving away to give space to the window…

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In friends house with a drill and a lot of patience 🙂

The main drill is on repair so all the work is done with the small one with regular breaks

While Evelyn is taking a lot of rest and probably wondering when will the noise stop…

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My dear Evelyn so relaxed <3


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Another busy day in Zagreb and as I take a break to walk Evelyn to her favorite park, we met a nice couple and they invited us to join them. While we were chatting Evelyn relaxed fully in a shade 🙂

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Levitation in Zagreb with Evelyn :D


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From Grenoble to Zurich in a day


18.3.2013. Monday

We are revisiting some of the cities we have seen during our big campaign trip in January and February. 

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Today we left Grenoble that said goodbye with a morning snow 🙂

 

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We passed through Geneve, before stopping in Laussane to see two dear friends we met in a first week of January.

It was great to see Peter again, our host that time in Mont-sur-Rully and I shared some of the stories from the trip and we remembered a good weekend we spent together in Lausanne. 

And then I met my dear friend Kiki, amazing lady that speaks 11 languages; here is a reminder how we met.

 

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And we finished the day in Zurich, where we are staying at Rene’s place. A great friend from my Dublin days 🙂

We have great memories of Zurich too; stories here 1 and here 2

It was a wonderful day and reminded me of our awesome trip that finished not so long ago.

Please keep following this blog for more stories from that adventure and campaign for homeless people.

DAY29(2/2): after rejoining we visit TRNAVA :D


29.1.2013.

Digital StillCameraOur little drama has finished in late afternoon in Bratislava and as we were rejoined it was time to visit a new place, so we went to TRNAVA where our host Jozef was waiting since yesterday for us. Jozef was our fifth couchsurfing host and I was happy to see Trnava as it sounded like an interesting place.

We took a regional train as it was cheap and our host waited for us with his dog so we walked through the old town to get to his flat.

Digital StillCameraTrnava is full of churches and I took few photos during our walk. Dogs were happily playing in the snow and when we got to flat they went a bit crazy in play 😀

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Digital StillCameraWe went for a local beer in a Slovakian pub and there I met more people and we had interesting conversations.

Digital StillCameraOn the way to pub we came across Evelyn’s name on the building

It was a good finish of the day and I was happy that we are back together 😀

 

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 25: PRAGUE experienced diferently and arrival to BRNO with happy ending :D


We left Prague airport around 7am after sleeping for 5 hours on a bench in waiting area.

I had a list of places in mind to visit and I was hoping to interview some of the people working in these organizations.

But it was one of those days when it will not be possible as I didn’t have an appointment made in advance.

First we went to NADAJE center for youth. There I spoke to a young volunteer, but he explained to me that I will have to contact their office to speak to someone about their work. I took the address and decided to visit them later if I get a chance.

IMGP1402Then I walked again to the boat shelter I saw night before. When I arrived there, the young man on reception was very busy and he wasn’t speaking English and when I asked about anyone else available to talk to me in English he said no. I realised that he is just too busy and he doesn’t have time to deal with someone who is not directly using their services.

IMGP1404Last place I had marked on the map was Armady spasa(Salvation army) shelter. Their I managed to talk to one of the officers and she gave me email address of the director of that branch. He was away that day so it wouldn’t be possible to talk to him.

They were just finishing serving lunch and I saw there was many users leaving the house.

It was already early afternoon and I was hungry,cold and with 50 korun (2 euro) in my pocket so I decided to go to day shelter of NADAJE and have lunch there and shower if possible.

IMGP1407IMGP1406When I arrived there was a big queue so I waited for half an hour and asked the gentleman on the door if I can use their services as a foreigner for a day. He said no problem and gave me a ticket that allowed me to get free lunch, shower and some clothes if I need. I had sausage stew and a shower. In front of me in shower line was an old man who has obviously lived on a street for many years. It took him more then 20 minutes to get ready for shower and when I saw his legs and feet, the reality of being homeless strike me hard. I decided to take a photo of his feet while he was having a shower. I am posting it here as a clear example what happens to people on the street and I don’t mean to be disrespectful to him or others that I saw in the line there.

Evelyn waited outside so she was happy to see me coming back. As we didn’t have anything organised to sleep in Prague that night and I was almost without money I decided to get on a train in direction of BRNO.

IMGP1411IMGP1416IMGP1418IMGP1419We had to make few stops as I couldn’t afford to buy tickets. I did end up buying one ticket for a short distance ride to Zdar nad Sazavou which I later found has an Unesco heritage pilgirmage church.

IMGP1422IMGP1423While we were changing trains I got a credit top up from a friend in France which helped a lot as Adrian(our host in Wroclaw) gave me the address of couch surfing meeting in Brno.  We arrived to BRNO around 9pm and after searching for awhile we got to couch surfing meeting in a cool bar.

IMGP1425There Evelyn quickly made new friends and I exchange stories with people.A nice Italian guy bought me a beer and  Anna asked me do we have anywhere to sleep and as I said no, she offered a bed in her dormitory room. So this was truly LAST MINUTE COUCH 😀

After such an eventful day I was so grateful for a warm bed and I slept like a baby and so did Evelyn… like a puppy 😀 😛

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