One of my favorite spots to play with Aya and Evelyn 😀
We have a space on sand and pebbles to run and bark at each other 😛
they are both fond of water
I 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…
…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.
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 🙂
Vienna 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.
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 🙂
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.
After 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.
I 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.
We then went out for few beers and the night ended very late.
Our host Adrian used to volunteer in Ostoja therapy center as a music therapist.
We 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…
Ostoja has different centers and I got a contact from a girl that works in a therapy center for kids with special needs.
Margarida 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.
She 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.
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.
and then to one of the Berlin wall sites…
and in the homeless hostel from GEBEWO where after a short talk I arrange to visit them tomorrow morning 😀
Discovering the Gift
Pencil sketches and colors of life in line drawing with inspirational poetry
Rundreise in (fast) alle Europäischen Hauptstädte mit dem Wohnmobil
Steps To Happiness.