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Republika Roz, Poznan… I really enjoyed it…


I was in Poznan and after few hours walking around in cold with Evelyn I found this great dog friendly restaurant.

IMGP1329IMGP1331Excellent and friendly service, very good borscht  soup

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IMGP1333amazing hot chocolate with local monks liquer 😀

IMGP1328The prices were so reasonable like the rest of Poland, country that I would highly recommend. Great people, amazing and rich history and architecture and much more…

Next visit in Poznan I will take someone to try Republika Roz  hot chocolate… yummy

3 sleeping spots… Geneve x2 and Bystrzyca KÅ‚odzka


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Geneve… 3 sites…January 2013


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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 😀 😛

We sign the wall in Poland…


Digital StillCameraSmall train station as we wait for a regional train… the town is Swardzow Wroclawski

I decide to mark our presence there… 😀

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DAY 24: we get to PRAGUE; local beer,beautiful old town and sleep on airport…


IMGP1351We got up early in train station of Bystrzyca Kłodzka and we hoped on a regional train that took us to USTI NAD LABEM in Czech republic.

IMGP1352IMGP1356From there we got to another small town and I took a walk trying to hitchhike but at the end we had to get another local train and then a faster train to PRAGUE, passing through Pardubice. To save on money, I paid ticket to Pardubice and we stayed on till Prague.IMGP1377

Digital StillCameraDigital StillCameraI tried to get a last minute couch in Prague, but when I asked for it I thought I will be earlier in Prague.On the day we arrived our two potential hosts were both out of town. So I decided to walk around the old town and ask in tourist office about homeless shelters.

Digital StillCameraI went to the boat on the river Vltava that is one of the shelters run by the city of Prague. As I arrived there I realized that you have to be Czech citizen to be able to enter and also I would have to be there early in the morning to ask for a night stay.

I went back to old town and enjoyed a local beer as Evelyn was playing with the waitress.

Digital StillCameraIMGP1394As it was getting colder, we took a last bus to airport where I sat on a bench reading a book and pretended that I am waiting for morning flight. Evelyn fall asleep very quickly and I followed holding a book in my hand.

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…

DAY 22: WROCLAW-visit to Ostoja and their center for kids with special needs


Our host Adrian used to volunteer in Ostoja therapy center as a music therapist.

Digital StillCamera Digital StillCameraWe went there in early afternoon and on the way we stopped in a park nearby where Evelyn chased the birds and ducks and again like in Berlin she had a short swim in a cold water of an almost fully frozen lake. She was quick to get out and continue running around happily…

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Ostoja has different centers and I got a contact from a girl that works in a therapy center for kids with special needs.

Digital StillCameraMargarida was very kind to take some time to show us around. They have different types of therapy for kids and we had a chance to see the dog therapy room and talk to a lady that was working there with a 12yr old kid.

Digital StillCameraDigital StillCameraThe dogs are specially trained, they have soft fur which is great for touch sensitivity of kids. With each kid they have an individual approach depending on their needs.

Digital StillCamera Digital StillCameraShe took us to other rooms, one of them was a stimulation room with music and light features. Margarida was trained in Portugal and this is her second time in Ostoja where she first volunteered few years ago.

Digital StillCameraDigital StillCameraEvelyn was all this time playing with the dogs outside and she really enjoyed it… they were sad when she was leaving…

It was great to see this center and everything they do there. I didn’t have time to visit their center for adults, but maybe some other time.

Digital StillCameraDigital StillCameraLater that day we met with Adrian and few other guys. We had a beer in a cool studio apartment where our host made a nice bar 😀

We are on the road for 46 days and here are few facts… :D


Digital StillCameraDigital StillCameraDigital StillCameraSince the beginning of the year we have been traveling and now on a following page you can find some of the facts from the road traveled so far…

It has been amazing so far thanks to all friends who helped 😀

here is the page with facts

 

 

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